Living in St Mary's accommodation will help you to meet a wide range of people from different backgrounds. Each residence provides its own dynamic community and character offering you the perfect environment in which to get together with friends, study and relax.

What to remember when you move in:

The 2016/17 licence period begins on Sunday 11th September for students staying on campus and Saturday 10th September for students staying in Davidson House. Students offered to stay in Halls of Residence will receive notification of their hall of residence, room number and moving in details before early September. If you do not receive this information please contact the Accommodation Service.

Please note: term dates for postgraduate, foundation and undergraduate technical theatre fast track students will be different to the standard undergraduate dates. All students should check their term dates and notify the Accommodation Service as soon as possible to request an early arrival if required. Please be aware that this will not always be possible.


For most halls on campus you will be given two keys; your room key and a key to your mailbox (located on the first floor of the Students' Union building).

Remember to bring a key ring with you for your keys, and make sure it is easily recognisable (but not named or stating room location in case of lost or stolen keys).

If you lose your keys you will be charged for replacements and in some circumstances replacement locks - please look after your keys at all times.

Most halls have proximity card access with the exception of Old House ,Waldegrave Park Houses, 16 Strawberry Hill Road and Benedict House.

Davidson House has fob access.


There are communal kitchens available in halls for students on the meal plan. These provide snack making facilities i.e. fridges, microwaves, kettles and toasters. Each student is responsible for their own washing up and you must provide your own crockery and cutlery. The kitchens also have irons and ironing boards.

Students must not bring any cooking equipment into the halls of residence, however small (mini) fridges are permitted.

There are shared bath/shower/toilet facilities in non en-suite halls of residence. There are laundrette facilities on campus.

Davidson House provides residents with a full kitchen, dining and living area in each flat and on site laundry facilities.


Please ensure you read your licence fully. The undergraduate licence period is generally 37 weeks long. All students are required to sign a contract for their room for the whole academic year. Please refer to the Residents' Handbook and Terms of Occupancy (PDF) for further details.

Please note: Term dates for postgraduate, foundation and undergraduate technical theatre fast track students will be different to undergraduate dates so all students should check their term dates

Students allocated to Davidson House will be offered a 50 week licence, for sample tenancy documents please see the Fresh Student Living website.


The below excludes Davidson House, for details of what is included please see the Fresh Student Living website.

  • Meal plan: All room prices include 14 meals per week during term time only, which are taken as seven evening meals, five breakfasts and two brunches at the weekend.
  • Cleaning: Rooms are cleaned weekly by the University cleaning staff. The cleaner does not have the time to tidy the room before cleaning it. You will be advised which day the cleaner will clean your hall; you should tidy up the previous night so that the room is available for cleaning by 9am.
  • Furniture within student rooms: Essential furniture is provided (usually a wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair) and rooms generally have shelf space and a notice board. Posters or photographs can only be displayed on the designated board. You may bring your own items with you, e.g. TV/Hi Fi, etc but please be aware that the University takes no responsibility for your possessions.
  • Bedding: Fire retardant duvets and pillows, which meet safety regulations, will be provided by St Mary's.
    However, you must bring your own bed linen, i.e. duvet cover, pillowcases, sheets and towels. You will be responsible for laundering your bed linen and personal clothing.
  • Internet: Broadband internet is available free of charge in all student bedrooms on campus. Students can connect either using an Ethernet cable or by using a specially configured router available on loan from the Library and Learning Technology Department on campus.

Endsleigh Insurance Insurance:

are working in partnership with Endsleigh to provide you with some contents insurance. It is important for you to check this cover, so please follow the steps below to ensure that you fully understand the protection provided.

Your policy number is HH1263. Please visit endsleigh.co.uk/reviewcover to check your policy details.  

Visit the review cover link to:

  • Check what is covered Check out our support videos
  • Chat to our experts through Live Web Chat.
  • Check how to make a claim.
  • Extend and personalise your cover.

It is important to find out exactly what you are covered for as you may find that you require additional cover to protect all your possessions both inside and outside of your room.

Endsleigh's new student gadget bundles allow you to insure multiple gadgets anywhere in the UK and up to 30 days worldwide. The following three bundles are available depending on the value of your gadgets.  

  • £500 phone and £500 laptop or gadget
  • £750 phone and £750 laptop or gadget
  • £750 phone and £1,500 laptop or gadget

About Endsleigh

Endsleigh are the UK's No. 1 insurance provider for students and are the only insurance provider recommended by NUS. Over the last 50 years they have used their expertise to help shape their products, services, contents and tools around their customers' needs.

They understand that protecting and replacing gadgets quickly is hugely important to students, that's why they introduced their 24 hour* gadget replacement promise. (If your item is lost, stolen or unrepairable they'll replace it within 24 hours - one working day of your claim being approved.) Policy excesses apply.

*If your item is lost, stolen or unrepairable we’ll replace it within 24 hours - one working day of your claim being approved.


  • Bedlinen: Duvet cover, pillowcases, sheets and towels (for Davidson House, you will also need to bring a duvet and pillow)
  • Kitchen equipment: Crockery, (plate, cereal bowl, cup/mug, knife/ fork/spoon), microwaveable dish, washing up cloth and tea towel. Please do NOT bring any cooking equipment into campus accommodation
  • Limited consumables: i.e. tea/coffee, sugar, cereals, etc

Other items are available to purchase in local shops. You are advised not to bring too much with you in the first instance as you can always bring more from home at a later date.


If you bring your own television you must provide your own TV licence (please call 0870 600 1236 or check the TV licensing website for student details and how to apply).

In all halls of residence on campus, students can download free software from Keycom plc, the internet service provider. This will enable them to watch Freeview TV channels on their laptop. A TV licence is still required for watching live TV by this method. Electrical equipment is subject to PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) testing by our University electricians.


Students are advised not to bring their own cars as there is NO parking provided on campus for students unless you are a blue badge holder. Unauthorised vehicles parked within the University car parks will be clamped and a release fee will be charged.


  • Candles/naked flames: Due to the potential fire risk and risk of damage to property the burning of candles or any naked flames is strictly prohibited.
  • Smoking policy: Smoking is strictly prohibited in both communal areas and student bedrooms in halls of residence, as is the case in all other University buildings. Smoking is permitted in external areas.

Additional Policies that may be useful to you once you arrive are accessible on SIMMspace, the student intranet.