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Study Abroad accommodation

A variety of accommodation is offered to our Study Abroad students. This can be accommodation with a family in our homestay programme or in accommodation on campus. 

We aim to provide our students with a happy and safe environment in which to study and socialise and are confident that you will enjoy your time at St Mary's.

Please note: that you must apply by any deadline specified to you and on-campus accommodation may be limited and therefore not guaranteed.

Campus accommodation

St Mary’s offers two types of on-campus accommodation, single rooms in De Marillac Hall or twin rooms in our Waldegrave Park Houses.

study-abroad-de-marillacDe Marillac

St Mary’s offers a limited number of en-suite single study bedrooms on campus, in our  De Marillac hall of residence.  All rooms have internet access and meals (breakfast and evening meal each day) are provided by the University refectory, only a few minutes walk from the hall.   


Waldegrave Park Houses

St Mary’s offers a limited number of twin bedrooms on campus, in our Waldegrave Park Houses. All rooms have internet access and meals (breakfast and evening meal each day) are provided by the University refectory, only a few minutes walk from the hall.



Living in a campus accommodation
Support services in halls

You must attend a safety and fire briefing during the first few days in halls as well as regular meetings that will be publicised ahead of time. You will have a Senior Resident, a St Mary’s student whose role is to assist and support you during your time on campus. They will help you settle in to campus life when you arrive, and you can seek their advice any time.

Your hall will also have a Resident Mentor, a member of staff who resides in a hall of residence. Their role is to support, guide and assist students living on campus. Resident Mentors can also issue disciplinary action against students who breach the hall’s rules.

Hall and room entry

You receive keys and/or an ID card that allows you to enter your accommodation when you arrive. We recommend that you don’t mark your key ring with your name or room location in case it goes missing. If you lose your keys, you will be charged for replacements and possibly for replacement locks. 


Rooms are cleaned weekly by the University cleaning staff. You will be advised on which day your cleaner will visit. You should tidy up the previous night so that the room is available for cleaning by 9 am.


Fire-retardant duvets (comforters) and pillows will be provided, together with a duvet cover, pillow cases and sheets. Please bring your own towels. You will be responsible for laundering your bed linen and personal clothing. There are launderette facilities on campus.


All rooms come furnished a wardrobe, drawers, desk, chair, shelf space and a notice board. Posters or photographs can only be displayed on the designated boards.

Electrical Appliances

Most small electrical items can be purchased cheaply in the UK after you arrive. If you bring any electrical items with you, you’ll probably need a plug adaptor. You may also need a converter or transformer. Check out this handy guide to plug and voltage information.

Communal kitchen facilities

These include snack making facilities such as fridge, microwave, kettle and toasters. Each student is responsible for their own washing up and must provide their own crockery and cutlery. The kitchens also have irons and ironing boards

Personal possessions insurance

This is provided free of charge only to those students living in halls.

Candles / naked flames

The use of these is strictly prohibited due to the potential fire risk. 

No-smoking policy

Smoking is not permitted in halls of residence or any university buildings.


No visitors are allowed to stay overnight in halls. 


We have 24-hour security near the main reception where students can go for assistance. The Security phone number is 020 8240 4335 for routine calls or 020 8240 4060 for emergencies. 

Meal Plan

All campus accommodation include a meal plan that covers breakfast from Monday to Friday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and seven evening meals in the St Mary’s Refectory. Evening meals these cannot be swapped for lunches, but you can buy lunch or make your own. 


Any mail sent over to students in halls will be delivered to the student mail room in the main building. If the item is too big to fit into your mailbox, you will be asked to collect it from the University postroom. Your address will be: 

Name // Regnum
Room number // Hall
St Mary’s University
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham TW1 4SX

Accommodation fees (2019/20)

The accommodation fees vary according to the type of accommodation

De Marillac

  • Semester one: £4,350
  • Semester two: £4,550


  • Semester one: £4,100
  • Semester two: £4100


  • Semester one: £3,550
  • Semester two: £3,550


  • Semester one: £3,200
  • Semester two: £3,300

All students are required to pay the £250 accommodation application charge. This includes a £50 non-refundable booking charge and a £200 damage deposit. 

The damage deposit will be refunded after the end of the contract period, providing the room has not been damaged and all keys have been returned.

Please note: prices are only set for one-year and may be subject to change in the 2019/20 academic year.

Homestay accommodation

Homestay Accommodation offers you the opportunity to stay with a single female or a family close to campus. This is a great opportunity to meet local people and in some cases learn about the local culture and norms. This is our most affordable type of accommodation and it has been very popular with previous students.

Types of accommodation/rooms

Almost all of our homestay accommodation is close to our campus in the pleasant, suburban locations of Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton Hill. These areas are generally very safe, but as with all urban locations students need to be aware of, and take responsibility for, their personal safety.

Staff from the Accommodation Service have visited all homestay accommodation to ensure that it is suitable - clean, well maintained and with suitable hosts who understand the homestay arrangements. 

Accommodation may be in a house or an apartment. There can be wide variations in size and facilities. The bathroom is sometimes shared with the hosts. In the some cases the student will have a separate dedicated bathroom or en-suite.

The room can be a single or double (with single or double bed) but will be in good condition, well decorated and furnished with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, hanging storage and chest of drawers as a minimum.

Hosts may be single females or couples, with or without children. Many hosts have pets (often cats or dogs). We will place students with animal allergies with a non-pet owner.

Students staying in homestays need to be aware that they are living in someone else’s home and be considerate and sensitive to the family lifestyle.

Living in a University Homestay
Breakfast and kitchen use

Breakfast will be provided by your host and will usually be cereal, toast, coffee, juice etc. Many hosts will ask you to make yourself at home and help yourself. Let your host know if there is anything in particular that you like having for breakfast, and, in most instances, they will be pleased to provide it for you (within reason). Please confirm breakfast times with your host.

Most hosts will be happy for you to make a drink or prepare food that you have bought yourself. Please talk to your host to make sure this is acceptable and tidy up after yourself in the kitchen and dining room. 

Meal plan

Included in your accommodation fees, you are entitled seven evening meals per week in St Mary’s Refectory. Evening meals these cannot be swapped for lunches, but you can buy lunch or make your own.


Please agree bathing and showering times with your hosts to ensure no one has to queue when everyone is trying to get out of the house, particularly first thing in the morning. Please tidy up after yourself and leave the bathroom in the condition in which you found it. 


You may have your own bedroom or share it with another student. Your host will provide bed-linen which will be changed each week. It is courteous to offer to strip and remake the bed. Please make an effort to keep the room clean and tidy.

Electrical Appliances

Most small electrical items can be purchased cheaply in the UK after you arrive. If you bring any electrical items with you, you’ll probably need a plug adaptor. You may also need a converter or transformer. Check out this handy guide to plug and voltage information.


Please clarify with your host about using the home’s telephone. Most hosts are happy for you to receive brief incoming calls from your family and to make outgoing calls with the use of a prepaid card. Local calls are NOT free in the UK.

Washing machines

Some lucky students will get their laundry done for them! Many hosts will allow the use of the washing machine for a small charge, though some will state ‘light use’ only (e.g. t-shirts and underwear), as drying space may be at a premium. If this is the case, you should bring jeans and other heavy items to the laundrette on campus to wash. You may wish to offer to buy your own washing powder and softener. 

Many households do not have tumble dryers. If your host does, make sure it’s alright with them to use because they are expensive to run.

Keys and security

Your host will provide you with a set of keys when you arrive which you will be expected to return before you leave. If you are the last person to leave in the morning or arrive at night, please check what you need to do to secure the house 

Use of the house

Most hosts will invite you to join them in their ‘family room’ and other parts of the house, but you should wait to be invited initially and respect that sometimes it may not be convenient for you to join them. 

You should never invite anyone to stay overnight or at the weekend without the advance permission of your hosts. If they agree, you may wish to offer to pay for your guest to cover the cost of extra laundry, breakfast, etc. 

If you plan to travel during your time in London, Please let your hosts know if you plan to be away travelling so they don’t worry about you. 


Most home stays are non-smoking. If you do smoke, please check with your host where this is permissible.

For more information on accommodation, please contact


We try to find very local hosts where possible as students eat their evening meal in the Refectory on campus every day. Generally the hosts should be within a 25 minute walk, although this depends on availability of hosts.

A short bus ride from host to campus may sometimes be required (maybe five to ten minutes). If you buy an Oyster card (initial cost £5, refundable when you return the card), this can be loaded with credit and provides cheaper bus journeys, currently £1.40 for a single trip anywhere along a bus route.

Length of stay

The University places students with hosts on the understanding that this will be for the whole semester. Hosts may depend on the income and they may have turned away other lodgers. Homestay is therefore not to be used as a 'stepping stone' to a room in halls (i.e. should one be made available by a UK student withdrawing from university).

We will only move students to another location if it is clear that there is a serious problem between host and student and that this cannot be reconciled.

How to book your homestay

If you wish St Mary’s to arrange your accommodation, you need to complete an accommodation application. If your application is successful, the International Office will forward further instructions to you regarding your accommodation and registration.

Although we will endeavour to offer you your preferred accommodation, this cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation can only be guaranteed to students who comply with any deadline specified.  

"I cannot imagine my accommodation any other way than with my wonderful host family! To experience British culture in the comfort of a home is tranquil and enjoyable. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the conventional lifestyle of the British home. I know I'll recommend the homestay option to students back at my home university."
"I would definitely recommend living in a homestay. What I've heard from my friends living on campus is it can be a little noisy. It's nice and quiet here and I like having my own space and having the freedom to come and go as I please. My host mom is very nice and is always here to help me if need be."