"I have lived in halls for three years and that’s because it is such an eye-opening experience. You are mixed with people from many countries, allowing you to learn from them and them from you. These people quickly become your family; you support each other through assignments and visit all sorts of social events together."
Joe Houghton – Psychology student
Information for Prospective Students
Living in Halls of Residence
For many students, living in Halls of Residence is an essential part of the university experience. It often marks students’ first experience of independence and allows for the development of lifelong friendships.
Newman has 200 single study bedrooms in Halls on-campus. Rooms are fully furnished with a bed, bedside table, fixed wardrobe and cupboards plus accessories such as a desk and chair. The standard bedrooms are single study rooms with hand basin and shared bathroom facilities. The en-suite rooms are single study bedrooms with hand basin and a private bathroom. Students are required to bring their own bedding and any kitchen utensils they require or they are able to purchase a bedding pack at £25.00 each from the Housekeeping Department, with £15.00 being refunded when the bedding pack is returned in good condition.
First year students are given priority where possible in the allocation of rooms although a room cannot be guaranteed to all later applicants. Accommodation in halls of residence is guaranteed for all international and exchange students. PGCE students are allocated together in a quieter block where possible. We try to balance the number of students from all years who live in and students are encouraged to apply even if they live locally, in order to fully appreciate the complete student experience.
During the first couple of weeks, second and third year students act as Guardian Angels to help first year, exchange and PGCE students settle in. Living in Newman’s Halls on campus gives you the opportunity to have freedom within a secure environment with the support of the Hall Tutors, who are available to offer help out of office hours if required.
Halls are a great way to meet people from different courses, make new friends and really experience the community spirit on campus.
Halls fees are considered excellent value for money, the charges for 2015/16 being £3,800 for first year and exchange students per academic year for a standard room, £4180 for PGCE students. These rates include all heating and electricity costs and block possessions insurance cover. A limited amount of en-suite accommodation is available, with the rate for 2015/16 being £5000 for first year and exchange students, £5500 for PGCE students. Exchange students are able to stay in accommodation for the whole academic year or either semester 1 or 2 depending on their course.
The wireless network in Halls allows you to surf the net or access course materials through the intranet from the comfort of your room via your laptop. There is currently no charge for installation of hardware to enable your machine to be compatible with the wireless network and no monthly fee/charge per minute is made for internet usage.
Newman’s Halls of Residence are self-catered and there are shared kitchens in Halls of Residence which include a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, lockable cupboard space and seating area.
You can prepare meals and snacks in the communal kitchens or visit the on-campus food court, the Sanctuary (open Monday to Friday), which provides a range of reasonably priced meals, sandwiches and refreshments. There is also the Atrium Cafe which serves Starbucks coffee (open 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday) plus a variety of vending machines on campus offering snacks and hot and cold beverages. The launderette in Halls is available 24 hours a day.
The Student Accommodation Code
Newman University has affirmed membership to the Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing. The Code is concerned with the main principles and
essential requirements for well managed student accommodation. You can download
a full copy of the Universities UK Code of Practice.
The University has arranged some contents insurance for you with Endsleigh, the No.1 student insurance provider. It is important for you to check this cover, so please follow the steps below to ensure you fully understand the protection provided.
Enter in your policy number HH1062 at endsleigh.co.uk/reviewcover to check your policy details.
Visit the review cover link to:
- Check what is covered.
- Check key exclusions and limitations.
- Check your policy excess.
- Check how to make a claim, extend and personalise your cover.
It is important to find out exactly what you are covered for as you may find that the contents cover is not sufficient and you need to extend it to protect all of your possessions both inside and outside of your room.
Need more cover?
Laptops, tablets and phones are not covered outside of your room so you may wish to consider taking out additional cover to protect your essential gadgets and other possessions. Endsleigh is proud to offer a 24 hour * laptop and phone replacement promise and is the only insurance provider recommended by NUS.
For claims information, or to extend your policy, visit the Endsleigh website.
* 24 hours represents 1 working day from us approving your claim.
TV licensing wish to advise students that they must be covered by a TV licence to watch live TV on your laptop or any other device. You may not be aware that the refund process may mean that you are eligible for a refund as most students only require a licence for 9 months a year (October-June) rather than for the full year. A student who buys a licence in October will therefore be able to apply for a refund in the following June, assuming they will not be returning to the address between July and September. For more details visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk.
For further details about on-campus or off-campus accommodation with a local landlord, contact Karen Carter on 0121 483 2219 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Accommodation Information - New Students
1. Overview of Accommodation
2. Services Provided
3. Staff and Contact Details
4. Service Level Statements
5. Fire Safety
6. Student Responsibilities