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First-year students are moving into University-accommodation in time for Welcome Week; a week packed full of events to help students meet new people, learn more about their course and get to know the city.

Moving away from home to a new city for university is an exciting time, but it’s natural for it to feel a bit nerve-wracking too. It’s important to us that we make your transition from living at home to moving into halls as smooth as possible, which is why we’ve shared photos from our students on how to make your uni room feel like a home away from home.

What’s the accommodation like? 

Most University-accommodation in Chester is located on or next to our Parkgate Road Campus, or conveniently located in the city. Our range of accommodation means there’s something to suit everyone’s budget and all of our accommodation offers a safe and secure environment for you to live, study and socialise in. Living on campus means you have everything you need close by, including the main library, Students’ Union, sports facilities, gym, cafes, restaurants, student shop, laundry facilities and your new friends. You’ll also only be a short walk away from Chester city centre where there are plenty of things to do -  from eating street food at the award-winning indoor Chester Market*, to visiting Storyhouse, Chester’s cultural centre which is home to a library, theatre and cinema, and was awarded ‘Best Entertainment Venue’ at FX International Design Awards, 2018. *Great British Market Awards Winner 2020 – Best Small Indoor Market. 

Students based at Warrington will find all accommodation based on campus, with halls surrounding a large piazza area, putting students at the heart of the university experience. Living on campus means you will have everything close by and you’re only a short journey away from Warrington town centre where you’ll find plenty of things to do from exploring the cultural quarter to visiting Time Square, the brand-new £120 million retail and leisure hub.

Tip 1 – Make the room your own.

You don’t need to spend lots of money, or be studying our Interior Design course, to make your room feel cosy. Bring things that remind you of home, or add a few simple touches like plants, fairy lights or movie posters. Charlotte’s plant themed bedding is great! 


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And Adam’s put his shelves to good use…


Tip 2 – Pin it!

Whether it’s your favourite band poster, or printed photos of your friends and family, pin it up on your noticeboard. You could pin useful University phone numbers on the board, and maybe a couple of your favourite takeaway menus. (Deliveroo does come to campus!).

Tip 3 – Game on. 

Current student, Alix, found playing games like Jenga and Uno can be good icebreakers when you meet your housemates. Alix also recommends cooking a meal for your housemates, fajitas is always the most popular meal in her halls! 

Tip 4 – Study time.

Don’t forget to make some space for studying, a well-organised and clean study space like Neill’s will help focus your mind and concentrate on your assignments. 


Tip 5 – Pack your hobbies.

Why not bring your hobbies with you? Whether it’s a yoga mat, Playstation game, or paints like Kita May, your hobbies can help you relax and can also be great conversation starters when getting to know new people. 


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

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