St Mary's University is on a beautiful, safe, self-contained campus in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham with busy towns nearby, great local transport links and central London only 30 minutes away by train. We are proud of our community atmosphere and with just 6,000 students studying here, it is easy to make friends and feel at home.
We offer a variety of accommodation to our Study Abroad students. This can be accommodation with a family in our homestay programme or in accommodation on campus.
Please note: that you must apply by any deadline specified to you and on-campus accommodation may be limited and therefore not guaranteed.
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 warm - 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.
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.
What our students say
"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."
"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."
"Katie was an amazing hostess. She was awesome to talk to, made me cups of tea when it was cold outside, and above all always made me feel at home."
How to book your homestay
If you wish St Mary’s to arrange your accommodation, you need to complete a . 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.
St Mary’s offers two types of on-campus accommodation, single rooms in De Marillac Hall or twin rooms in our Waldegrave Park Houses.
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.
The accommodation fees vary according to the type of accommodation:
Homestay: £2,900 per semester
De Marillac: £3,900 per semester
Twin Room: £3,075 per semester
Please note: prices shown above are projected prices.
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.
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.