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Catered accommodation

All meals are served in the campus refectory (14 per week) and the payment for these meals is included in your accommodation fees. 

En-suite rooms

Rooms with shared bathrooms

Accessibility information about all University accommodation is available on AccessAble.

Moving dates

Students living in catered accommodation will move in on Sunday 8th September 2019.

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 provided with one room key only, as we have proximity card access on a number of our halls.

However, for options such as Old House, 16 Strawberry Hill Road and The Waldegrave Park Houses you will be provided with an additional key.

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: A cleaning service is provided in halls of residence. En suite bathrooms are cleaned every three weeks, however the cleaning of non-ensuite bedrooms is the students’ responsibility. Daily cleaning is provided for accessible communal areas, including shared bathrooms. Students are expected to maintain rooms to a tidy manner and keep the floors clear of any obstructions; this includes all washing up, wiping surfaces and mopping spills.
  • 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.
  • Internet: New for 2019/20: Superfast broadband internet is available free of charge in all student bedrooms in catered University Accommodation.


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.