Official university guide to accommodation is here
Student accommodation at the University of Dundee is split across a number of sites around the West End of the city. All accommodation is now self-catering and non-smoking. All halls, except Tay Mills, are run by Sanctuary Management Services, a private company contracted by the uni.
In terms of design, all save Taymills (19th century, renovated in the 80s) and Belmont Tower (1960s) are relatively modern and newly built, and offer a very similar standard of accommodation. In the past couple of years, the university went on a building spree and constructed New Seabraes, Belmont Flats, Heathfield and West Park Flats all in more or less the same style: so these are all very similar.
In recent years, a large number of former residences have been closed. An official guide to accommodation on kept on the University's residences website.
Belmont is located centrally, between the students' union building and the Institute of Sport and Exercise (gym etc). It is split essentially into two parts: Belmont Flats, Belmont Tower
- Belmont Tower - An old tower-block, with a lower area, also old, called Balfour Flats.
- Belmont Flats - An enclosed courtyard of modern-built (in the same style as Seabraes, Heathfield and West Park Flats) flats.
Heathfield is just across the road (a university road, not a public one: light traffic) from the Belmont complex. It is identical to the new Flats at Belmont, Seabraes and West Park, although like Belmont benefits from an enclosed 'courtyard' style.
Divided into 'Old Seabraes' (general) and 'New Seabraes' (upper year and postgraduate students), this is located about 2 minutes south of the main campus, very near the Art School and conveniently beside Laing's Bar. Seabraes is almost close enough to be considered on-campus.
- Old Seabraes is still relatively modern, built in red sandstone.
- New Seabraes is identical in style to Belmont, Heathfield and West Park Flats.
West Park is the furtherest accommodation from the university, around 15 minutes walk to the West of the main campus, but more convenient for Ninewells Hospital (for medical students). It is in a pleasant residential area with grounds, although reaching the Perth Road shops, bars and restaurants takes about 10-15 minutes walk. That shouldn't really be too off-putting, it's not that bad, and there are regular buses from right outside.
There is a conference centre on site, and the whole thing is based around an old mansionhouse. There is car-parking nearby, and whilst in theory students cannot use the West Park car park, a blind eye is often turned.
- West Park Flats: Replacing the old hall, the Flats are the same design as Heathfield and Belmont Flats.
- West Park Villas: Opened in 1996, modern and more pleasant than most halls. There are 16 Flats, each with ten residents. Notably, the Villas have a common room for the use of all residents. Double beds too. A television will be provided for free in your room provided you get hold of a television licence.
Taymills is used generally as budget accommodation. It is in an old stone textile mill building which is also used for private student flats by the Unite company. It is located beside the Dundee Central Travelodge, and is the closest residence to the city centre, convenient for nightclubs and the bars at the West Port. It is within around 5 minutes walk of the main campus. Taymills is also run directly by the University, rather than the private subcontractor used for the other residences.
The building has a snooker hall behind it, and Dundee Central Mosque.
Furnishings are relatively basic. Flats either have 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms with a shared kitchen (with skylights only) and toilet/bathroom. Some of the windows are 'shared' across rooms due to its status as a listed building: so have an inner sliding pane and an outer, larger, one. Heating is electric.
There may be parking in the roads around Tay Mills, or Unite will charge £8 per week for a space.
There is no university internet connection in any of Taymills. The university previously allowed connections to be installed by residents at their own expense, although your humble correspondent is not sure whether this is still allowed.
- University's residences website - Provides information about all residences.