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If you choose Chester as your Firm or Insurance choice, you will receive information via email and through the post about our online application process. As soon as you’ve received this, you can start to apply. 

The deadline for priority allocation is Monday 24th June 2019.  Applications at Chester are not taken on a first-come, first served basis, so you have plenty of time to consider your options.  You just need to ensure your application is in by this deadline.

We have tried to make the process as easy as possible.  Here are some answers to our most commonly asked accommodation questions:

  1. How do I pick my accommodation?

You won’t have to pick a specific hall of residence, but instead will have a choice of board types to choose from. These include our Full BoardSemi-Catered and Self-Catered halls, as well as en-suite and shared facilities. We also offer partnership accommodation to anyone studying at one of our Chester campuses. You will need to select all seven options in order of preference to submit your application.

  1. What’s included in the different board types?

All our residencies include bills, complimentary WiFi and essential furniture e.g. a bed, wardrobe, drawers and desk. If you’re in full board accommodation, you’ll get three meals a day, seven days a week during term times, with free gym membership included too.  Semi-catered residents will get lunch and an evening meal on Mondays – Fridays during term time.

  1. What are the contract lengths?

All University-owned semi-catered and self-catered options are 41 weeks and our full board accommodation contracts are 35 weeks. Full board residents will need to vacate their rooms over the Christmas and Easter break and move back into their room after the holidays.  If you are in full board accommodation and require accommodation or storage during the holidays, our Residential Living Team should be able to organise this for you.  Contract lengths are useful to know when working out how much each term’s rent will be and when figuring out what accommodation represents best value for money to you.

  1. How do I apply?

When you’re ready to begin your application, you should log in to PASS, our Pre-Arrival Student Site. Your username for PASS is your student number. Your student number can be found on the letter we’ll be sending out to you in the post. Your password is your date of birth in the format: CheYYYYMMDD. So, if your date of birth is 01/02/1995, your password would be Che19950201.

You’ll then be able to apply for your accommodation and put your preferred board types in order of preference. We recommend you spend some time looking at the accommodation options we have on offer before submitting your application. Think about your budget, and try to work out what residency represents the best value for money for you and your circumstances.

  1. What happens after my application is sent in?

For anyone holding a conditional offer, once you’ve submitted your application, we will email you after the closing date to confirm that a room has been reserved for you.

Once your academic results are known, and your place at the University has been confirmed, we will then advise you of the actual room you have been allocated. For the majority of students, this will be after A Level results day on 15th August 2019.

For students that are already holding an unconditional Firm offer, we will inform you of the actual room you have been allocated as soon as we possibly can.

In order to then secure your accommodation at the University of Chester, you will need to agree to the contractual terms and conditions online within three working days of receiving them, and make arrangements to pay a deposit of £250. Please note that if you are allocated one of our partnership properties, the deposit amount may differ.

For those students that have placed the University of Chester as their Insurance choice, we do advise that you still apply for accommodation during the application window. Please note that those who have selected Chester as their first choice will have priority during the allocation process.

  1. How is the rent paid?

We take three instalments from you to cover the rent; one at the start of each term. So if your room is £136.60 per week, and the term is ten weeks, we’ll take £1,366.00 in the first week of term to cover the rent.

Your deposit will be deducted from the bill for your final term's rent.

  1. What if I miss the application deadline?

If you miss your application deadline you are still able to apply; however, your application will not be given the same priority as those that applied before the deadline.  In addition, we will be unable to confirm your room until all other allocations have been placed. Likewise, applicants applying for accommodation through Clearing will be allocated a room in University or Partnership accommodation, subject to availability. 

  1. Who can I talk to about my application?

You can contact our Chester and Warrington Residential Living offices on the details below:

01244 513000

01925 534220

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