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The majority of our accommodation in Chester is either on, or surrounding, Parkgate Road Campus, putting our students right at the heart of their university experience and just a short walk from the city centre. If you’re studying at our Warrington Campus, you’ll have everything you need on site, from a place to grab a bite or a pint, to your Students’ Union and halls of residence.

Choosing the right accommodation.

We’re always seeing questions around what the best student accommodation at the University is, but there’s not a simple answer, it always depends on what you’re looking for.

We have a range of accommodation types; from self-catered through to full board, from shared to studio, and from small self-contained houses to large traditional halls of residence. There’s also a whole variety of private sector accommodation available.

Student Dietitian, Laura, explains the positives and negatives of living in a studio flat in her Instagram post below.


Halls: • It's an exciting step to take, right? Those of you going to uni next year have lots to prepare for in a short space of time-- • One decision you'll be faced with is choosing your accommodation. Not all uni's offer studio flats, but on my open day I knew that that's what I wanted. For any of you torn between accommodation options next year I hope my advice will point you in the right direction. • Positives of living in a one bed studio flat✅: - You don't worry about living with people you have disagreements with. I personally am not one to have to wake up after a night out to the smell of stale alcohol and a dirty kitchen/ living space. And of course the responsibility of cleaning is shared between house mates, but in your own place you have no one to blame for mess but yourself. I love this about my flat- even though I'm not a clean freak my mess is mine and no one else's. - You get your own space to step away and focus/reflect when needs be. - Your food/ drink won't go missing. Housemates may borrow things here and there, which is perfectly fine, but I couldn't think of anything worse than coming home to cook and some of my ingredients are missing. For any future students with food intolerances accommodation (for me) rings alarm bells. To live on my own this year has given me the opportunity to make the best decisions for my diabetes and coeliac disease in my future studies. I have chosen to live with someone who respects my slightly different lifestyle and is proactive towards being a part of that; that's the support I need. - You still experience the student life. Living on your own in halls doesn't mean you're isolated. In freshers the students on my floor would socialise in the corridors • Negatives ❌ - It's easy to isolate yourself. Because you're in your own space it's easy to be drawn back from socialising. I'm not a big drinker so personally I've not spent as much time with my uni friends as I'd like to in this first semester, as students drink to settle in. - It is less homely. It's hard to find comfort without a bond created with housemates. These are your support network/ family you surround yourself with • What are your thoughts?

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We always recommend looking at all of the accommodation available and where possible, booking on to an Open Day so you can get a feel for yourself.

Making your accommodation feel cosy.

We really love seeing how students choose to decorate their university accommodation, making their rooms feel like a home away from home.


new room for the year-- #mychesterstory

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Here are a few tips to make your halls feel cosy:

  1. Put up photos and postcards on your notice board
  2. Bring the perfect bedding, blankets and cushions
  3. Get a plant, or two!
  4. What’s the one item you would bring to a desert island? A book? Your PlayStation? Don’t forget to pack it!

A bonus tip? Fairy lights.

Don’t forget about making a little room for study, too!

It can be easy to forget about the essentials when you’re excited, but your room will also become a study space. We love Kayleigh’s desk space.

Why not give us the grand tour?


love my room now that I have everything in place -- #mychesterstory #kingsleylodge

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We love seeing how our students have settled into their accommodation. If you want to share your photos or videos with us, tag @uochester and use the #MyChesterStory hashtag.

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