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Benedict XVI House

8 Bedrooms

Benedict XVI House is a lay community of St Mary’s University, established in September 2010 in honour of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the University.

Its purpose is to provide a space within the University for a small group consisting of one member of staff and ten students to pursue together a life of prayer, study, community and outreach to the wider St Mary's community.

There are currently ten places available to full time students of St Mary's University. The house is beautifully appointed, with a kitchen, dining room, living room and garden, as well as a small chapel area and on-site laundry facilities. Most study-bedrooms are en suite and of a very high standard.

Further details can be found in the Benedict XVI House leaflet (PDF), alternatively please direct all informal enquiries to or

Apply for accommodation in Benedict XVI House

There are ten places available to full-time students of St Mary's University who are willing to commit to pursuing a life of prayer, study, community and service to the wider St Mary's community.

To apply for accommodation in Benedict XVI House applicants need to complete the accommodation application form. Rent prices can be found on this page. The completed application form should then be sent to

What Our Students Say

“My time at Benedict XVI house this academic year has been an amazing experience of both personal and spiritual growth. Being my first year at St Mary's, the prospect of university life was extremely daunting. However, the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the house has made this year seem very easy and fun.”
Lucy Wood-Ives

"In considering where to live, I could think of no better place than Benedict XVI to enrich me with a wholesome, Christian community living experience. The house is beautiful, idyllic and extremely well situated in relation to the University. I am very grateful for the opportunity to live in Benedict XVI and cannot conceive of a more appropriate place for me to have finished my time at St Mary's University." 
Brenden Thompson

"The house ethics of serious commitment to study, the friendly environment, community spirit and lovely accommodation, helps motivate each of the individual housemates to better themselves, improve their grades and develop themselves for future education/vocations. The house also has a chapel, in which one can pray with others, or in solitude, which creates a three way link between home, university and the Church.

"Thank you Benedict House for giving us the chance to improve our lives through our time studying here and for the chance to give something back, to the academic and wider world and in the things each of us does daily." 
Jason O'Malley

Rent Prices 2016/17*

  • Single en-suite bedroom (x1) £183.24 p/wk
  • Large en-suite bedroom (x3) £196.44 p/wk
  • Single non-en suite bedroom (x1) £156.31 p/wk
  • Shared twin en-suite bedroom (x4) £126.29 p/wk

*Please note: although the prices above reflect the weekly rent, the Accommodation Service will request rent in three equal instalments that fall on the same dates as other campus accommodation payments. Licence's for Benedict House are offered for 37 weeks.

Other Communal Facilities

  • Large fully fitted kitchen
  • Laundry room (with washing and drying facilities)
  • Comfortable sitting room
  • Chapel for quiet moments
  • Large Garden


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.

Free internet access is also available in the Library / i-learn café 24 hours a day.

Location in Strawberry Hill

7 Waldegrave Gardens
Strawberry Hill

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