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The University of Southampton Accommodation Thread


What University of Southampton accommodation is there to offer ?

Different halls, all slightly off-campus. All different but have their own things to offer students.
Southampton-based halls - you get a bus pass included with fees. The Southampton buses are very good and link up every campus to every hall to the city centre and Portswood. All halls have some common areas that are shared such as music rooms, common rooms, study rooms and sometimes gyms - check each hall website!
All bills etc. included in the price. You have the option to go into a mixed gender or single gender flat. You can choose a quiet area as well. This means that if you are put in a quiet flat you will be put with others who have selected the option.
Last year the University trialled "alcohol-free" flats and it has not been confirmed whether these will make a return.
New undergraduate students are often guaranteed an offer of accommodation if they apply before the 1st August 2020. (Not confirmed yet). Postgraduate and returning students can re-apply and can apply in a group application where all members of the group have to select the same accommodation preferences - group applications are not available to undergraduate students.

Halls:
Wessex Lane - 20 minute walk from Highfield Campus. 2 parts - Montefiore (self-catered), Connaught (part-catered)
Glen Eyre - 10 minute walk from Highfield Campus. Made up of lots of little blocks "student village".
Highfield Hall - 5 minute walk from Highfield Campus. Part-catered accommodation near to green areas and Avenue Campus.
Archers Road - 20 minute walk from Highfield Campus. 2 parts - Romero and Gately. Near to Southampton Common.
Mayflower Hall - 30 minute walk from Highfield Campus. In city centre, built in 2015. Near to NOCS.
City Gateway - 15 minute walk from Highfield Campus. Postgraduate only hall!
Erasmus Park (for WSA students) - Right next to Riverside Way, you can get a shuttle bus to Highfield Campus.
Riverside Way (for WSA students) - Built in 2017, next to Erasmus Park. Privately owned but has a partnership with the Uni.
Flats/Houses (for couples/families) - Scattered around the University site. There are very few of these.


The viewing gallery above the central common room at Connaught Hall (my photo)

What is the application process?

The process usually opens in March/April of the year (2020).

You will need the following to complete the application form:
  • your Student ID number for your application. This will have been supplied to you by your faculty when you were made your offer of study
  • an email address that you have access to. Email addresses that are likely to expire or terminated, for example school or college email addresses, are not suitable
  • your current personal details, including a current address
  • the dates that you wish to apply for (if you are a pre-sessional or visiting student, or if you wish to extend your halls contract, you may need to apply for the current academic year)

Please ensure that you read the Terms & Conditions for applying for halls before submitting your application.
[This is directly from the website here.]

You then will have to select 3-5 choices for accommodation for your application to go through. If you do not put at least 3 choices, your application will not go through (unless you are applying for Winchester accommodation, then it's 2 choices).

Offers of accommodation are made in batches up until mid-September from the Monday after A-level results day. If you submitted your application before 1st August 2020, you will be guaranteed an offer (usually).

How does allocation work and do I get much choice?

You can choose your contract length, type of room, hall and if you want your flat to be mixed or single gender, in a quiet area or a show flat.
Show flats are when your room can be used as an example for people to tour on open days (you get paid for it) :borat:

When you submit your application, the Team looks at it and tries their best to get you one of your top 3 choices. Allocation depends on availability and is done on a day by day basis. The Team allocate you a room according to what was specified on your application.
When you have met your offer conditions (you are unconditionally firmed as a student) we can offer you accommodation. You then have to log into your accommodation portal account and accept this.
Offers expire up to 4 days after being received, you should check your email and portal regularly (3 times a week) so you don't miss it!
You need to enter in bank details to accept your offer of accommodation. This sets up a recurring card payment plan for the rest of the fees which are paid in 3 instalments.

What is included in University accommodation?
see website information below:
Your accommodation fees include:
  • All your bills (gas, electric, water)
  • Wi-Fi and high speed internet connection
  • Unilink bus pass*
  • 24 hour support and services
  • 24 hour security
  • Variety of on-site facilities (e.g. common rooms and communal computers)
  • Contents insurance (depending on possessions you wish to insure you may need to purchase additional cover)

*Excluding Erasmus Park and Riverside Way.


Do they cater for special requirements?
Yes - tell enabling. [email protected] with medical evidence, forward it to accommodation. They can look into your requirements and ensure the room you are allocated is suited for you!
Before you start your application for accommodation please contact Enabling Services who will be able provide guidance and who will work closely with us to meet your needs. (from Uni website)


How much is it and when/how do I pay?
See the fees table on the website here or on the pdf you can download here.

You pay for accommodation in 3 instalments.
For example for the 2019/20 academic year:
7 October 2019
6 January 2020
20 April 2020
1 July 2020*
*51 week contract only

Trouble accepting offer? Email the team.
Trouble with SFE? Get it sorted with them before contacting accommodation. Try their facebook.
Anything else (after accepting offer) - contact the SSC Fees department for more information on options.

FAQ
bed sizes etc. see here

If you visit the area - there is a walking tour of the halls here that you can do yourself.
You can find the Halls Guide for residents here.

DISCLAIMER - All of this is Student perspective and Student-based advice. This is NOT directly from the University and is no way official.

Accommodation Website.
Accommodation Portal.

General University of Southampton Contact details:
Phone: +44(0)23 8059 5000

University of SouthamptonUniversity RoadSouthamptonSO17 1BJUnited Kingdom


Student Service Centre Contact Details:

To help you get the support you need quickly, there is an online chat service. We will be online 10:00 - 16:00 Monday - Friday. Just click here to speak to us during these times. You need your University of Southampton ID number for this!
If you have a more complicated query or would like to speak to us outside of our chat hours, we are still available by phone on +44(0)23 8059 9599 or email at [email protected] or in person in Building 37 on Highfield Campus (opposite the Jubilee Sports Centre) between 08:30 to 18:00 Monday - Friday.

When to contact Your Faculty and Accommodation
If you have not yet had your accommodation confirmed (and it's after mid August/mid-September) please contact accommodation to see if your application is alright.
If you've not received a confirmation email that your place at the University of Southampton has been confirmed, you need to first contact the admissions team of your faculty. You can find phone numbers for them here. Please ensure you've sent the relevant documents your faculty has requested in order for your place to be confirmed swiftly.
Then you can always inform accommodation of the steps taken and for example if you are waiting for a DBS check it ensures they know everything is on track!
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My Halls Experience - Connaught Hall!

2 years ago when I was a fresher - I got my 2nd choice of accommodation in a non-ensuite room in the part-catered hall of Connaught (Wessex Lane).

There are some pictures in the OP and I will include some more below.
The room was very spacious. Lots of storage space.
The canteen looked like this:
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and they did lots of special events for the time of year:
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There are 12 meals a day when you are part-catered.
This includes breakfast monday-friday served between 7:30am-10:00am
Then you have a choice of lunch on campus at a value of £8.25 or dinner at the hall canteen from 5pm-7pm. The menu is posted online and you can take it away if you're super busy!
There are often specials and vegetarian/healthier options too. There is lots of choice and you get a starter or dessert + main meal + drink included.

Connaught is super nice because you meet so many people through going to meals together and socialising around the hall itself.
It has newly refurbished facilities.
These include, a small gym, music room, snookerroom, study room, viewing gallery, lounge, common room and the JCR (where Student Life often hold events).

Being part-catered, there is a small kitchenette included that has a hob, oven, fridge, sink, cupboard and shelf space etc. so you can make quick meals there if needed!
It's an absolute myth you're ever awkwardly waiting for a shower or the loo and it's something you'll have to get used to anyway throughout your degree. Ensuites are expensive and you may want to save the cash for something else (like a holiday :mmm: )

I think being part-catered and non-ensuite is good value for money personally and whilst I originally applied to highfield hall, at Connaught I had no problems. I met tons of lovely people whom I then went to get a house privately with the year afterwards.

There is a bus stop just ousitde it and it's really close to the Wide Lane Sports ground. Buses are super frequent - like up to 5 an hour - especially around lecture times!
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Feel free to ask any questions about accommodation! EstelOfTheEyrie will also be able to answer any questions you may have as well
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In the non-en-suite category 3 rooms at glen eyre, does anyone know how many people share toilets/ kitchen please?
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In the non-en-suite category 3 rooms at glen eyre, does anyone know how many people share toilets/ kitchen please?
A standard response for glen eyre is usually between 6-8 people per flat.
You usually then share around 3 toilets and a kitchen between you all.
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Is it expensive to stay near university area? Can you give cost of 1 student to live in that area?
Hi there
I noticed you were asking about accommodation, take a look at the thread I've written about it here.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me :yy:
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Hi everyone - I have had a few questions recently about if you wanted to stay in halls after your first year of University!
So here are a few things!

Returning Undergraduates apply around January/February time.
They hear back about their application around March/April.
Upon receiving an offer they have up to 3 days to accept this and when they accept their offer - it requires a £150 prepayment.
This is NOT a deposit and simply gets taken out of the total amount of accommodation fees you're paying for your contract.

Returning Postgraduates are the same but this time the prepayment is £350.

You can apply as a group. This can only happen if you all put the same preferences on your application.
One person of the group makes their application first and enters in a group name. The others can then add to this by putting down the same preferences and the same group name!

If you want to withdraw from your accommodation at any point, you should contact the accommodation office ASAP. They may not be able to refund the prepayment depending on how much notice you give them.
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Hello!

Do you have to pay a deposit? if so how much?

Also, I'm going to be 21 when I start uni (Sep 2020) classifying me as a 'mature student' are there certain accommodations recommended for me?

Many thanks
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Hello!

Do you have to pay a deposit? if so how much?

Also, I'm going to be 21 when I start uni (Sep 2020) classifying me as a 'mature student' are there certain accommodations recommended for me?

Many thanks
No deposit. If you're a new undergraduate you won't need to make a prepayment that I mentioned in my above post.
You only make this if you are a returning undergraduate or a new postgraduate student. This prepayment is not a deposit because you only pay it when accepting your offer and it comes out of the total of your accommodation fees in your contract.

Not really! It definitely depends on your preferences Do you want to be housed with new undergraduates or returning undergraduates? Within reason you could also ask on your application to be put in a postgraduate area.
However, you're not that much older than the typical cohort so it's up to you as it's your University experience!

Note: These areas I mentioned are subject to availability and are not always possible
Postgraduate only hall = City Gateway :yy:
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My Halls Experience - Connaught Hall!

2 years ago when I was a fresher - I got my 2nd choice of accommodation in a non-ensuite room in the part-catered hall of Connaught (Wessex Lane).

There are some pictures in the OP and I will include some more below.
The room was very spacious. Lots of storage space.
The canteen looked like this:
Spoiler:
Show



Image
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and they did lots of special events for the time of year:
Image



There are 12 meals a day when you are part-catered.
This includes breakfast monday-friday served between 7:30am-10:00am
Then you have a choice of lunch on campus at a value of £8.25 or dinner at the hall canteen from 5pm-7pm. The menu is posted online and you can take it away if you're super busy!
There are often specials and vegetarian/healthier options too. There is lots of choice and you get a starter or dessert + main meal + drink included.

Connaught is super nice because you meet so many people through going to meals together and socialising around the hall itself.
It has newly refurbished facilities.
These include, a small gym, music room, snookerroom, study room, viewing gallery, lounge, common room and the JCR (where Student Life often hold events).

Being part-catered, there is a small kitchenette included that has a hob, oven, fridge, sink, cupboard and shelf space etc. so you can make quick meals there if needed!
It's an absolute myth you're ever awkwardly waiting for a shower or the loo and it's something you'll have to get used to anyway throughout your degree. Ensuites are expensive and you may want to save the cash for something else (like a holiday :mmm: )

I think being part-catered and non-ensuite is good value for money personally and whilst I originally applied to highfield hall, at Connaught I had no problems. I met tons of lovely people whom I then went to get a house privately with the year afterwards.

There is a bus stop just ousitde it and it's really close to the Wide Lane Sports ground. Buses are super frequent - like up to 5 an hour - especially around lecture times!
Hi, do you know if Montefiore has similar facilities that you mentioned for Connaught ("It has newly refurbished facilities. These include, a small gym, music room, snookerroom, study room, viewing gallery, lounge, common room and the JCR")?
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Hi, do you know if Montefiore has similar facilities that you mentioned for Connaught ("It has newly refurbished facilities. These include, a small gym, music room, snookerroom, study room, viewing gallery, lounge, common room and the JCR")?
Montefiore shares these facilities so :thumbsup:
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Does anyone know if the non en-suite accommodation is single sex or mixed? Applying for mixed preference but I wasn’t sure if putting non en-suite options would affect this.
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Does anyone know if the non en-suite accommodation is single sex or mixed? Applying for mixed preference but I wasn’t sure if putting non en-suite options would affect this.
if you put mixed then the team will allocate you mixed
non ensuite will not affect this!
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Best social halls?
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Best social halls?
Connaught definitely! It's part-catered and that's a big reason for it. Everyone goes to meals together and it's a great way to meet people, make friends and plan events to go to together.
If you really don't want to be part-catered but want a social hall then it's probably between Wessex Lane and Glen Eyre.
Feel free to ask me any further questions about them.
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Connaught definitely! It's part-catered and that's a big reason for it. Everyone goes to meals together and it's a great way to meet people, make friends and plan events to go to together.
If you really don't want to be part-catered but want a social hall then it's probably between Wessex Lane and Glen Eyre.
Feel free to ask me any further questions about them.
how many people per flat in Connaught??
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how many people per flat in Connaught??
I think it's around 6-8 :beard:
for me when I was there it was only 7 because we had an unoccupied room!
I would say the blocks themselves, there are quite a few people. They're super sociable though, often played games and stuff with people in my block
Hope this helped!
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I think it's around 6-8 :beard:
for me when I was there it was only 7 because we had an unoccupied room!
I would say the blocks themselves, there are quite a few people. They're super sociable though, often played games and stuff with people in my block
Hope this helped!
Much appreciated xoxo
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x.!
Hi there again :hi:
To answer this part of your question, check out this thread!
You can only get a fridge if you have medicine and a doctor's note to prove that your own fridge is absolutely essential. Sharing a fridge is actually not too bad. If you are worried, talk to your flatmates and establish a system or label your own things with a pen.
Very unlikely to get a studio flat unless there is a specific reason as specified above. You also have better chances of integrating with fellow students, socialising with them and making friends if you go into a flat. Would recommend this too! I met loads of my friends in my hall of residence
Yes so most do go into private accommodation after first year. I went with a group of hall mates I met at my uni accommodation and it was lovely.
There is loads of support in going into private accommodation with the SUSU advice centre (student-union run) they check your landlord is in the good books and your contract is all ok!
Hope this helps,
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Hey, was wondering how many people share the shower and bathroom facilities for a non en-suite room at both wessex lane and glen eyre. Also, how many are usually in an ensuite flat together.
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