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Choosing your halls

When it comes to choosing your halls of residence there are a lot of options to consider. Catered or self-catered? Shared bathroom or en suite? A halls near campus or in the city? To help you with this important decision we have created a checklist of things to think about when making your choice.

Room type

We have a number of different room type options available to suit your needs and budget. For individual students we offer standard rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, rooms with private bathrooms and self-contained studio flats. For couples and families we have a range of one and two bedroom flats.

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Halls of residence

We have a total of eight halls of residence. You will need to consider a number of factors when choosing your halls complex and you will be required to make either two or three choices for your application, depending on your level of study.

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We have a variety of halls choices to suit your budget. Our most affordable room type is the non en suite category 1 room, which is a standard single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. We have two further non en suite rooms which contain a washbasin, which increase in price depending on the category and halls complex.

We also have two categories of rooms with en suite (private) bathrooms, which range in price depending on the category and halls complex.

For couples and families we offer a range of studio, one and two bedroom flats. Our least expensive flat is the studio flat category 1 per week, based on the standard 40 week contract.

The total cost of the contract will depend on the contract length - details can be found on our fees page.

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Catering options

We have two catering options available at our halls of residence - part-catered or self-catered.

Catering is available in Connaught (Wessex Lane) and Highfield Halls
Catering is available in Connaught (Wessex Lane) and Highfield Halls


Part-catered means that during term-time you would get breakfast and a main meal later in the day, on weekdays only (Monday - Friday). The main meal can be taken as either an evening meal in halls or a meal on campus during the day or early evening, in addition there is brunch on Saturdays and lunch on Sundays. 

Our part-catered halls of residence are Wessex Lane and Highfield Halls only.


All of our room types offer shared kitchen facilities. The size of the shared kitchen will depend on the halls and the flat that the room is contained within. All kitchens contain a sink, oven with hobs, fridge/freezer, microwave and dining table with chairs.

Contract length

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.

Occasionally, undergraduate students find that their courses can run on beyond 1 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

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 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 1 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?

2019/2020 Academic Session:

Contract length Duration Period
Standard 36 week 255 nights  21 September - 1 July (excluding 21 March - 19 April)
Standard 38 week 266 nights  21 September - 13 June
Standard 40 week 284 nights  21 September - 1 July
Long 51 week contract 357 nights  21 September - 12 September
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