Contract Lengths

The University offers two main contract periods to cater for the majority of courses studied by our students. The 38 and 40 week standard contracts are most commonly suitable for undergraduate students. The 51 week long contracts run until September and are only usually required by postgraduate students.

Occasionally, undergraduate students find that their courses can run on beyond 1st July. In cases like this we advise to opt for the 40 week contract and arrange Out of Term Residence (OTR) with the Residences team for longer stays.

Contract lengths for academic year 2015/2016

36, 38 or 40 Week contracts are most suitable for undergraduates, whereas postgraduates usually prefer the 51 Week contract. If you choose a shorter contract and find you need to stay in Halls over the summer, you can apply for this summer accommodation from Spring 2016 onwards. All our contracts include accommodation over the Christmas vacation period.

In some Halls we offer a 36 week contract, known as standard 36 week contract , which runs until 1st July but excludes the Easter vacation period. This means that students with this contract need to move out of their room completely over Easter, before returning to their hall once the vacation has ended.

Not every contract length is offered in every hall.

What period does each contract cover?

2015/2016 Academic Session:

Contract Name Duration Period
Standard 36 Week 257 nights 19th September 2015 to 1st July 2016
Standard contract 38 Week 266 nights 19th September 2015 to 11th June 2016
Standard contract 40 Week 286 nights 19th September 2015 to 1st July 2016
Standard contract (Liberty Living) 286 nights 19th September 2015 to 1st July 2016
Long 51 week contract 357 nights 19th September 2015 to 10th September 2016