The University of Hertfordshire is located north of London in the Hatfield area. The University originated as Hatfield Technical College in 1952 when the land was given for the foundation of an educational establishment by Sir Geoffrey De Havilland. The institution was awarded university status in 1992 following the Further and Higher Education Act and the University of Hertfordshire celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2002. The university itself is divided into two main campuses in Hatfield with a third, the School of Law, being located in the nearby town of St Albans. The University of Hertfordshire has over 24,500 students, more than 2,000 of which are international students representing over 85 countries. There are over 500 subjects taught at the University which are divided into 20 schools of study (links to the homepage of each school are provided below.)
Schools of Study
- Business School
- School of Computer Science
- School of Creative Arts
- School of Education
- School of Engineering and Technology
- School of Health and Emergency Professions
- Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium
- School of Humanities
- School of Law
- School of Life Sciences
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
- School of Postgraduate Medicine
- School of Psychology
The University of Hertfordshire has two large Learning Resource Centres (also known as LRCs) each of which provide a variety of tools and facilities to assist students in their studies. There is a centre on each campus - College Lane Campus LRC and the De Havilland Campus LRC. Both centres are open to students registered at the university and each student is encouraged to make use of all areas according to their study requirements.
Opening hours are as follows:
Hatfield Campus LRCs
University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB
Applicants per place:
- 24 hours daily for all UH staff & students:
- Monday - Friday 08.30 - 22.00
- Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 18.00
- Monday - Friday 08.30 - 22.00
- Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 18.00
College Lane Campus Learning Resources Centre
More than 1500 study spaces provide you with a choice of group work, individual and specialist study environments. In addition to the large collections of books and journals, this LRC is equipped with nearly 600 computers all with integrated access to the internet, StudyNet, a large range of software, Voyager - the University's library system, e-books, e-journals and online information services, as well as online help and support. There are wireless networks for use with your personal laptop.. Helpdesk opening hours vary but the main opening times are shown below.
Term Time LIS Helpdesk Services hours in both LRCs
- Monday - Friday 08.30 - 22.00
- Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 18.00
A media preparation centre is available in the College Lane LRC which provides facilities for printing, photocopying, colour photocopying, laminating, guillotining and binding. Laminating pouches and binding sets can be bought for a small fee (30p for a 100 page comb binding set) at the helpdesk.
A café study area is also available in the basement of the LRC, with coffee, tea and a variety of hot and cold drinks available.Freshly made toasties, paninis and baked potatoes are available as well as pre-prepared snacks. The opening hours of Café Study are available below.
- Monday -Thursday 08.30 - 20.00
- Friday 08.30 - 16.00
- Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 16.00
Automated lending services are also available with all book/journal loans and returns done using computerised methods. An automated message is also sent to your university email address when the books you have borrowed need to be either renewed or returned. The books/ printed journals available vary in each LRC. The College Lane LRC is home to Art, Biosciences, Careers & employment information, Computing, Design, Engineering, Health, Mathematics, Midwifery, Music, Nursing, Paramedic Sciences, Physical Sciences, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography, Social Care, Social Sciences, Sports Science, Technology.
de Havilland Campus Learning Resources Centre
1250 study places provide you with a choice of group work, individual and specialist study environments. This LRC is equipped with 620 computers all with integrated access to the internet, StudyNet, a large range of software, Voyager - the University's library system, e-books, e-journals and online information services, as well as online help and support. There are wireless networks for use with your personal laptop.
A café study area is also available in the de Havilland LRC providing the same refreshments as its College Lane counterpart. The opening hours for Café Study de Havilland are slightly different and can be found below.
- Monday -Thursday 08.30 - 19.00
- Friday 08.30 - 16.00
- Saturday & Sunday Closed
Lending services akin to those at the College Lane LRC are available, however the book & printed journal subject collection differs. The topics available at the de Havilland LRC are Accounting, Business, Economics, Education, Film & Theatre, History, Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Tourism. A request collection point is also available for books and journal articles on loan from major libraries and universities in the UK through the inter-library loan service.
Hertfordshire Sports Village is principally for student use, however it is also open to the local community who can access the facilities and services available on a pay-as-you go or membership basis. At some times certain areas of the Sports Village are used exclusively by the University for sporting fixtures etc.
The sports village boasts a wide range of state-of-the art facilities for fitness, swimming, climbing and racquet sports as well as many more activities. There are two main types of membership on offer at Hertfordshire Sports Village. Sports Village membership offer discounts on pay and play sessions and provide advanced booking and payment privileges. There is also a membership scheme for the gym giving unlimited use of the gym, group exercise classes and swimming. Non-members can use all pay and play activities but there is a guest fee of £1 for each non-member.
- Facilities -
Multi-Purpose Sports Hall
The main sports hall is the size of 12 badminton courts (which is split into three halls of 4 courts each). It's a fantastic area to play and enjoy badminton, netball, basketball and volleyball. A sprung wooden floor ensures that the playing surface is excellent whatever the sport and there is 1 hall (4 courts) built for and specific to badminton with floor mounted posts and full height green curtains.
The size of the 3 halls provides the flexibility required for up to 3 different sports to be played within the main hall at the same time ensuring that whatever your chosen sport you have an opportunity to play it on a regular basis. This also enables multiple matches with other universities to be run at the same time. It's really handy if you want to watch all three matches.
Student Union Shop
There is a shop on Both the De Havilland and College Lane campuses. The Student Union Shop provides a wide range of goods from chocolate bars to notepads, they have even got UH branded clothing. However, the shop on De Havilland campus is not owned by the SU which means that products are generally more expensive than in the shop on College Lane due to it being run by the SU.
The Galleria is a shopping and designer outlet centre with over 40 shops and restaurants including Odeon cinema, M&S, and TK Maxx.
It is located across the road from the De Havilland Campus. If you at the College Lane Campus you can simply hop onto the inter-campus Shuttle Bus to Dehavilland for free!
Each campus has a restaurant serving breakfast in the morning and lunch after noon. There's plenty of other foods and snacks available too. The College Lane Campus also has a salad bar, sandwich bar and a coffee counter serving hot beverages throughout the day.
As well as on onsite facilities that each campus provides you can also go to The Galleria where there are a number of restaurants including Frankie and Benny's and Nando's. If you wish to catch the Uno bus into neighbouring St. Albans you will find an array of popular restaurants and bars, including one of Jamie Oliver's eateries.
There are a couple of Cash machines located around the Uni on all Campus locations as well at the Galleria and in the town centre which also includes a Barclays, HSBC and Natwest branch
The University has their own bus company called Uno which serves not only students but the also members of the general public, although students get discounted rates! A few of the many routes the bus service offers are listed below:
- 714- Hatfield>London Victoria
- 644- Wembley Park>Hatfield
- 636- Leagrave>Hatfield
- 634- Hatfield>Hemel Hempstead
- 615- Stanmore>Hatfield
- 614- Queensbury>Hatfield
- 610- Enfield>Hatfield
- 602- Watford>Hatfield
- 607- Hatfield>Salisbury Village
- 657- Redbourn>Hatfield
- 635- Hatfield>Letchworth
- 603- Welwyn GC>Hatfield
- 641- Broxbourne>Hatfield
- 655- Borehamwood>Hatfield
The University is also situated a 10 minute bus journey away from the local train station which after a 20 minute train journey can take you into the heart of London. The University is a short 10 minute bus ride from Hatfield station.
There's plenty of opportunity to find work at uni, the student union are always in need of more staff or you could pop down to The Galleria and hand in your CV there.
There is a prayer room available on the College Lane Campus.
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The Students Union represent all students at the university by organizing campus activities and running different clubs and societies, from sports to entertainment.
Social - Bars, Pubs and Clubs
Details for The Forum
Address: College Lane Campus, Hatfield
Review of The Forum
Opened in September 2009, the Forum Hertfordshire is a £38 million home of the most exciting live music and club nights in Hertfordshire. Within the Forum Hertfordshire's first year of opening, we've hosted a wide array of artists including: will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Doves, Diversity, Scouting for Girls, The Maccabees, Chase and Status, Taio Cruz, Enter Shikari, N-Dubz and numerous others. With an overall capacity of 2,000 over three rooms, the Forum Hertfordshire can accomodate live acts, comedy nights, club nights and private parties from 50 to 1,500. Whether it's clubbing, concerts or coffee you're after, the Forum Hertfordshire is the place to be.
The SU (Student Union) puts on a wide variety of events, so there is something for everyone.
Monday: @mosphere - Desi beats, R&B, Hip-hop, Commercial.
Tuesday: Distort, Branded the "Alt Night" this is where mostly indie, rock, metal is played. Black is a must.
Wednesday: Bonk! Commercial chart, Hip-hop, Indie, Drum and Bass! Very popular night with a bit of everything.
Thursday: Propaganda & Ink
Friday: Flirt! Cheesy Pop and top of the chart tunes.
Saturday: Various themed nights, look out for whats on in the SU or online!
Monday: Pub2Club, This is a coach trip from the university to an external club, Liquid in Luton on Mondays, Batchwood on Wednesdays. Included is free entry to the font before you get the coach
Tuesday: Curry Night.
Wednesday: Regularly Live Sport.
Thursday: Comedy Night & Pub2Club.
Friday: Bar FooTSiE, Prices change depending on whats being bought. Occasionally prices change randomly to get people to the bar.
Saturday: Live Band every few weeks.
Sunday: Quiz Night
Clubs and societies
There is a wide seclection of clubs and societies that you can join throughout the year. At the start of each year a Freshers Fair takes place to introduce all the students to the different clubs and societies that you could join and if you cant find what you want you could allways start up your own club.
Below are some examples of some of the clubs and societies you can join at UH:-
At College Lane Campus, the accommodation is fully furnished, single study bedrooms with shared bathrooms. All rooms have network points.
The de Havilland Campus student village comprises 1,600 single study bedrooms with en-suite, network points and shared kitchen/diner.
Halls of Residence
Hatfield College Lane Campus
Although it is the oldest out of the two campuses (de Hav was built in 2003) it is by no means the quietest! A short walk from the University-owned, state of the art, £38 million nightclub – the forum – which has hosted popular global superstars such as ‘will.i.am’ and ‘Scouting for Girls’. College Lane also accommodates the SU bar and shop, an extensive learning resource centre, basketball courts and football pitches available for student use. The nearest shopping centre (the galleria) is just a short walk away or the Uno bus service and train can take you into nearby London.
Moving away from the all-important entertainment available on campus, here are the various halls available on College Lane and how much they’ll set you back:
There are 5 halls of residence at the College Lane Campus:
Butler Hall- A traditional University hall comprising of mainly single (but some double) rooms, complete with own washbasins. Kitchens are very spacious, as are the bathrooms and toilets, and the hall also has a dedicated television room in which the students often congregate in to relax. In total, Butler Hall has 65 single and 4 double rooms.
Price: Single - £93.94
Broad Hall- This hall is very similar to Butler hall, apart from all of the rooms are single with their own washbasin. There are shared kitchens, bathrooms and toilets and a television room. In total, Broad Hall has 103 single rooms available.
Prices: Single - £91.49
Fern Hall- Like Butler, Fern Hall is mainly single rooms but does have double rooms available. Kitchens again are spacious and bathrooms and toilets and television room are all communal. There are 86 single and 7 double rooms in Fern Hall.
Prices: Single - £93.94
Chapman Hall- One of the bigger halls on the campus, anyone who lives here also has the advantage of the laundrette facilities for the whole campus being located on the bottom floor of the building. All rooms have their own washbasins and spacious shared kitchens, bathroom and toilets, and a television room. There are 90 single rooms and 7 double rooms – with bunk beds – in this hall.
Prices: Single - £91.49
Coales Hall- All rooms in Coales are single with shared large kitchens, bathrooms and toilets and a television room. Coales Hall has 103 rooms available in total.
For each of these 5 halls all bedrooms are furnished with a bed, wardrobe, desk, desk chair, easy chair, bookshelf and desk lamp. There are individual food lockers in the kitchens for storage as well as a phone system. All rooms have network points installed.
Prices: Single - £91.49
Telford Court flats – Telford court is the most modern of the halls available on College Lane (built 1994) and contains 82 six-person flats and 2 three-person flats where each student has their own furnished bedroom with a washbasin. If you stay here you will share a spacious kitchen – fitted with microwaves, kettles and freezers – and 3 showers with flatmates. Each flat in Telford has a phone system, which can be used to phone all University extensions free of charge.
Prices: Single - £99.61
Roberts Way houses – Roberts way is a student village of 72 houses each comprising 6 single and a double room. A mini fridge is provided for students in each bedroom. Bunk beds are used in double rooms. Each student in Roberts way houses has their own furnished bedroom but share kitchen and bathroom facilities with other housemates. All rooms have network points and each house has a University telephone.
Prices: Band A Grade 2 – Single - £94.64 Grade 3 – Single - £93.94
Band D Grade 1 – Twin – £71.40 Grade 2 - Twin - £70.63
De Havilland Campus
de Havilland campus has eleven halls of residence all built in 2003. Usually a very popular choice for most students due to the en-suite facilities available in all 1,600 rooms, though halls on de Hav are the most expensive out of both campuses. The halls are: Sarratt Watton Redbourn Shenley Ashwell Aldenham Welwyn Sandridge Hadham Kimpton Lemsford Each of these halls consists of self-contained flats with an average of eleven students sharing a kitchen. Kitchens are spacious and include 2-3 microwaves, two freezers, two cookers an ironing board and individual as well as shared cupboard space.
As mentioned, all 1,600 rooms have an en-suite and come fully furnished complete with a mini fridge and network points. All students will be expected to keep the rooms clean themselves and to an acceptable condition (any charges come out of your deposit) and various laundry rooms are scattered around the campus.
Price: Single en-suite - £115.64
- Students are not allowed to bring cars onto the campus or into the nearby residential areas.
- Smoking is not allowed in any of the residential areas.
To contact the Residential Allocations Department:
- Residential Allocations
- Student Centre
- Mercer Building
- University of Hertfordshire
- AL10 9AB
- Tel: 01707 284071
- Fax: 01707 284074
- Email: email@example.com
Offers for accommodation are made after 1 July to all eligible students
This is just some useful information for all of you which are looking to rent private accommodation, either because you have gone through clearing and missed out on halls or don’t want to live in halls but do want to live in a student house.
Although mot of you will want to live in halls, the accommodation around the area is usually a welcome alternative to students who don’t managed to secure them.
There are various student-dedicated estate agents in the local area, all located around Hatfield town centre should you wish to go in and obtain lettings lists. The main student lettings agents are:
Strats Estates and Lettings.
Raine & Co Estate Agents.
Wrights Estate Agents.
Pikes Estate Agents.
Kings Estate Agents.
Duncan Perry Estate Agents.
Some agents may only ask for professional tenants (tenants in full time work) but it is always worthwhile enquiring if the landlord may be persuaded to take on students.
However, if you feel you don’t have the time to search through each of these agents individually, then be sure to check the Student Union accommodation office for their property listings (or UHSU.co.uk).
As far as housemates go- well that’s up to you- but you will find hundreds of students will post adverts on Studynet (University Student Intranet) or the University of Hertfordshire Facebook, looking for a house or housemate. Some of the major estate agents in the area also offer student tailored contracts, which only last 9/10 months (Start to end of academic year), ideal for those of you who will be off home to work over summer!
The University had an excellent reputation for learning and teaching, with consistently high scores for teaching quality awarded by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency.
For four consecutive years, members of staff have achieved lifelong Fellowship awards as outstanding teachers, as part of the National Teaching Fellowship.
The University was awarded E-tutor of the year for Engineering in 2003, awarded by the Higher Education Academy and Times Higher Education Supplement.
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