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Catered accommodation

All our catered accommodation is strictly non-smoking. All meals in the refectory (14 per week) are included in your accommodation fees.

En-suite rooms

Rooms with shared bathrooms

Accessibility information about all University accommodation is available on DisabledGo.

Moving dates

Students living in catered accommodation will move in on Sunday 9th September 2018.

Students 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 to discuss their requirements. There are options for University accommodation with both 37 and 51 week contracts lengths, and we can help ensure that you choose the accommodation that is most suitable for you.

Accessing your room and halls

For most catered halls 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.

Facilities in halls

There are communal kitchenettes 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. 

16 Strawberry Hill Road does offer a full kitchen, but also includes the meal plan. No discount will be given for meals not taken.

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 launderette facilities on campus.

Catered accommodation - what's included

  • 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.


St Mary’s work in partnership with Endsleigh who are the UK’s No.1 insurance provider for students to provide you with some contents insurance.

Essential items you'll need

  • Bedlinen: Duvet cover, pillowcases, sheets and towels
  • 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.

TVs and electrical equipment

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).

A TV licence is required for watching live TV by this method. Electrical equipment is subject to PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) testing by our University electricians.

Parking on campus

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.