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Accommodation FAQs

Wondering how to apply for accommodation, or where to buy essential items for your room? We answer your common questions below.

Applying for accommodation

If you can't find your answer via the section below, please drop us a line at accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk and we'll be happy to help. 

Can I view the halls of residence before I move in?

There are a number of open days and applicant visit days throughout the year which will give you the opportunity to view the different types of accommodation that BSU offer. We regularly post photos of our rooms in albums on our Facebook page and on our Instagram account.

You can also find 360° images of our rooms by browsing the albums we have for each location. We are adding new images regularly, so please check back for more.

I am a postgraduate applicant, can I apply for accommodation?

The same eligibility criteria applies to postgraduate students. See our 'Applying for Accommodation' page for more details. Provided you meet the criteria then you can apply.

We also operate a Direct Lets scheme for students returning to study at Bath Spa University if you have already lived in our accommodation during your undergraduate course. For more information, please contact the accommodation team by emailing accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk.

Which accommodation options can I apply for?

The campus where you will be studying will determine which accommodation options you are eligible to apply for.

Students who will be studying at Newton Park Campus – are eligible to choose all accommodation options.

Students who will be studying at Sion Hill Campus or Locksbrook Road (this includes courses taught at City of Bath College Dartmouth Avenue and The Circus) – are eligible to choose Charlton Court, Twerton Mill, Waterside Court, or Green Park House.

Students who will be studying a combined subject course taught on both Newton Park Campus and Sion Hill Campus (for example, Drama taught at Newton Park and Fine Art taught at Sion Hill), are eligible to choose any of the accommodation options.

How do I fill out the application form?

Once our application system goes live, you will need the following to access the online application form:

  • Your ten digit personal UCAS ID (which you can find on any UCAS correspondence) or; 
  • Your Bath Spa University student number
  • Your date of birth.

Please check your personal details to ensure your information is correct.

You will be asked to select three accommodation preferences. By choosing your accommodation preferences, you are registering interest in any of these accommodation choices.

What If I miss the application deadline?

Students who miss the first wave application deadline on 7 June 2019 will still be guaranteed accommodation and are able to apply in the second wave which opens on 17 June 2019 and closes on 2 August 2019. If you miss the second deadline you would need to join the waiting list from the 2 August 2019, which is open to all remaining applicants still in need of housing.

More information about the deadlines can be found in the Timeline section on our Applying for Accommodation page.

Do I need to pay a deposit or reservation fee?

If you are living in Bath Spa University managed halls, you will not need to pay a deposit or reservation fee. If you live in halls managed by external providers (Twerton Mill/Waterside Court and Charlton Court) you will receive full information on what you need to provide when you receive your offer.

Will I have to provide guarantor details?

Students who accept an offer of accommodation for a room with Twerton Mill, Waterside Court and Charlton Court will need to provide a guarantor reference.

A guarantor should be a responsible person who will be accountable for paying your rent and any damages should you be unable to make the payments. By signing the tenancy your guarantor will accept joint responsibility for the financial aspects of the tenancy agreement.

What happens if I move into halls of residence, and then later decide that I want to live somewhere else?

You are legally responsible for paying the total accommodation fees for the year and should refer to the terms and conditions of your contract. Under no circumstances should students enter in to two different contracts for accommodation for the same year.

I have a disability, what do I need to do to get help with my accommodation?

If you disclosed a disability or medical need on your UCAS form, Student Support should have been in contact with you. If you did not disclose this on UCAS, please email studentsupport@bathspa.ac.uk for further information. You can also request further information about disability support at Bath Spa and the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).

Accommodation basics

Is all accommodation mixed sex?

Generally accommodation is mixed sex, but we may be able to arrange single sex accommodation if there is demand. Please make it clear on your application form if you want to live in a single sex flat. We will do our best to accommodate this but it cannot be guaranteed.

Can I bring a car?

As all of our halls of residence are very limited for space, residents are unable to bring cars with them to university. However all of our halls of residence are within short walking distance of Bath's excellent public transport system, and the vast majority of our students make use of this.

Can I bring a pet?

You are not permitted to bring any animal, bird, fish or any other creature. This will be stated as a condition in all our accommodation contracts.

Can I bring my musical instruments? Will they fit into my room?

Although you are very welcome to bring musical instruments, room sizes will vary so please check before bringing any large instruments. Please also be mindful of our regulations on noise when playing instruments.

Can I stay in my accommodation over the Christmas and Easter holidays?

Unless you have signed a contract requiring you to move out over Easter, you can stay in your room or store your belongings until the end of your contract. 

Am I allowed to have a guests stay with me in halls?

Although guests are welcome in our accommodation, they must be over the age of 18 and can stay for a maximum of two nights per any seven day period. All guests must be signed in by security.

Do I need a TV licence?

You will need to buy your own TV licence, which can be purchased via their website.

Do I need to pay any utility bills?

Our hall accommodation costs include all utility bills such as heating, hot water and internet. Your TV licence is not included. 

How do I pay for my accommodation?

We offer payment by instalment and this can be arranged when registering online. Instalments are offered by way of a recurring card mandate (using a debit or credit card) and you can enter the details safely and securely when you receive your joining instructions.

The accommodation instalment dates for 2019/20 year are:

  • 10 October 2019
  • 6 January 2020
  • 6 April 2020

Please note that the three instalment dates offered are arranged to coincide with students receiving their maintenance loan payments.

One off debit or credit card payment can also be made online.

Please note:

  • There is no commission charge for payments by debit or credit card
  • Where payment by instalment is permitted, there is no additional charge
  • If your card number changes or is reissued, or your expiry date changes, please remember to update your debit or credit card details via the Apphub
  • Please note that online card payments are done at your own risk. Due to the nature of online security, we encourage you to protect your financial information wherever possible.

Are there laundry facilities?

There are laundry facilities on all sites; these are accessible 24 hours a day. Washing detergent is not provided.

The laundry on all sites is managed by a third party company called Circuit. You can download the Circuit app for free to manage any laundry payments. 

Can I smoke in my room?

Smoking is strictly prohibited inside all student accommodation, including your study room or any indoor communal areas; there are dedicated outdoor smoking areas by your halls or common areas.

The use of e-cigarettes and vaping is also not permitted inside any university building.

Where can I purchase items for my room?

For students arriving in September, Uni Kit Out can arrange for bedding/kitchens to arrive at the university before you move in. If you are about to move into Bath Spa University accommodation, you can find out more information here.

What size is my bed?

Bed sizes vary between the different room types, so please check your room allocation to ensure you bring the correct duvet and sheet set with you.

As a guidance:

  • Lakeside Housing - single beds
  • The Gardens Housing - 124cm x 194cm - this is between a double and small double bed and we recommend bringing double bedding (with a non-fitted sheet)
  • Waterside Court - single beds
  • Charlton Court - 3/4 size beds
  • Twerton Mill - 3/4 size beds
  • Green Park House - 124cm x 194cm - this is between a double and small double bed and we recommend bringing double bedding (with a non-fitted sheet).

What to bring

Bedroom

  • Bedding – sheet, pillowcase, duvet cover (x2), pillow(s) and duvet
  • Towels and bath mat
  • Alarm clock (if your mobile phone doesn’t have one)
  • Coat hangers
  • Personal belongings to make your room feel homely

Kitchen

  • Crockery – a couple of plates, bowls, mugs, cups, glasses
  • Cutlery and cooking utensils – e.g. wooden spoon, tin opener, bottle opener, cheese grater, chopping board, colander, baking trays etc.
  • Pots and pans for cooking
  • Tea towels
  • Airtight food containers

General

  • Cleaning materials - washing up liquid, cloths, cleaning products (non-bleach) for basin/en-suite, duster, polish, washing powder for clothes, etc
  • Toilet rolls
  • Iron (an ironing board is provided in communal kitchens)
  • Basic food provisions to last until you do your first shop
  • Toiletries

Items that are not permitted in halls

The following list is not exclusive, so please check your licence agreement and Residents' Handbook for more details

  • Deep fat fryers/chip pans
  • Candles and incense sticks
  • Barbecues
  • Electric/paraffin heaters
  • Electrical items that are over a year old that have not been PAT tested. Initial PAT testing will be offered at the start of the academic year. Information will be provided at the start of term.

Can I have a fridge in my room?

Fridges are not allowed in study rooms unless there is a medical need. To apply to bring your own fridge on medical grounds, please contact Student Wellbeing Services who will liaise with us. Please note we do not provide fridges.

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