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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION Thereâ€™s a lot to think about as you prepare for student life and weâ€™re here to help you out with one of the biggest decisions - where to live. We aim to provide accommodation for the majority of our first year undergraduates, with a choice of halls on campus. This year we will have a stunning new en suite self catering accommodation block available for first year students from September 2010. A room in one of our residences will provide you with a secure base in a friendly and supportive environment, where you can rest assured that the accommodation is managed by people who have your best interests at heart.
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LIVING ON CAMPUS We can offer you a variety of accommodation on campus, ranging from newly built, self-catering en suite accommodation in self-contained flats to part-catered accommodation in traditional halls of residence, with some en suite rooms. We also have a bar, launderette, sports and leisure facilities on campus, including a sports centre and fitness suite equipped with the latest TechnogymTM range. Gym membership is available to students at a discounted rate. Most of the rooms in our halls of residence have internet access, and you can gain access at any time of the day or night from the 24 hour computer room in the Learning Centre. All campus accommodation is accessed by a key, keypad or card-operated system which is backed up by 24 hour security. There is also a senior resident in each hall who can offer help and support. We have 575 bedrooms on campus, so we are normally able to accommodate all our first year undergraduates who want to live on site. Our accommodation contracts are for 39 weeks and the price includes heating, electricity and regular cleaning, as well as personal possessions insurance for the duration of your contract. We are committed to adhering to the Universities UK/ SCOP Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing, details of which can be found at www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/acop
Our self-catering accommodation gives you the flexibility of cooking your own meals or buying food in one of the catering outlets on campus.
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Self-catering (en suite) New for September 2010, All Saints Court will provide 198 self-catered rooms in blocks of 5 or 6 bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room and a communal kitchen, with dining and social area. Each bedroom has a single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, reading light, safe and bookshelves, and includes internet access. For more information on All Saints Court visit www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/services/accommodation Opened in September 2007, Trinity Close is made up of 14 two storey accommodation blocks, built around a landscaped courtyard area. Each block has 6 bedrooms with en suite shower room and a communal kitchen with dining and social area. Each bedroom has a single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, reading lamp and bookshelves, as well as internet access. 4 of the ground floor bedrooms in Trinity Close are fully adapted to the needs of residents with disabilities and disabled parking spaces are available close to these rooms. Self-catering (standard) Our standard self-catered halls offer an economical option for students on a budget. Each room has a washbasin, single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, reading lamp and bookshelves, together with a larder fridge as well as internet access. Bathrooms and shower rooms are shared by around 6 residents and communal kitchens by 9 residents. Most kitchens provide two electric hobs, two sinks, a microwave, an oven, a freezer, recycling bins, a dining table and chairs.
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PART-CATERED ACCOMMODATION Our part-catered accommodation includes a food allowance of ÂŁ25 per week for 37 weeks of the contract. We operate a pay-as-you-go facility using swipe cards. Food and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased in the dining room, coffee bar, or studentsâ€™ union bar. Part-catered (en suite) Kirkstall Hall offers part-catered accommodation with en suite facilities. Kirkstall Hall has 100 bedrooms situated over four floors. Most bedrooms are en suite and there is a communal kitchenette on each floor. Each room has a single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, reading lamp and bookshelves as well as internet access. 4 of the rooms in Kirkstall Hall are adapted for residents with disabilities. Part-catered (standard) Part catered standard halls are very close to the main building and provide a practical and economical option for many students. Our part-catered halls have around 50 bedrooms situated over four to five floors. Each bedroom has a washbasin, single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, reading lamp and bookshelves, and include internet access. There is a communal kitchenette on each floor and bathrooms and shower rooms are shared by around 6 residents.
HALL FEES All our hall fees are based on a 39 week contract. On campus fees include heating, electricity, personal possessions insurance, regular cleaning and internet access where applicable. Food allowances are included where indicated. The fee may be paid in full (in advance), in three installments (September, January and April) or in six installments by standing order from a parent’s or guardian’s bank account. Students on Primary Education degree programmes should note that Semester 2 finishes one week later than all other courses. This week is not included in the total charges given below and there will be an additional charge for this week if required.
Self -catering en suite
Self -catering standard
Part-catered en suite
£25 per week
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*For part-catered accommodation, fees include a two week retainer for the Christmas and New Year period (£30 per week) When choosing the right type of accommodation for you, please take the prices above in to consideration to make sure that they fit in to your required budget.
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CAR PARKING Resident students are advised not to bring cars on to campus, as space is very limited and parking is subject to a pay and display system. Parking permits will not be issued other than in special circumstances, for example because of a disability.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES If you have a disability which you wish to be taken into account when your room allocation is being made, please tick the appropriate box on the accommodation application form and give details. We may request written confirmation from an appropriate professional. It is also important that you decide whether this information should be disclosed to other relevant staff at Leeds Trinity. If you tick Box A, the information will be forwarded to the Disability Co-ordinator. If you tick Box B, your request for confidentiality will be respected but please be aware that we may then be unable to make the necessary adjustments to support you.
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HOW TO APPLY Before you apply for your accommodation please read the information in this booklet carefully, paying particular attention to the terms and conditions on page 9. Accommodation can usually be provided for all first year students who apply but students should note that self-catering and en suite accommodation is limited and may be oversubscribed. Should demand exceed supply, rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If we are unable to offer you accommodation, or you choose not to apply, please refer to page 10 for information on finding privately rented accommodation off campus. When filling in your application form please indicate in order of preference the type of accommodation required, e.g. self-catered or part-catered (1 against your first choice and 2 against your second). Please rate all four choices in order of preference. Completed application forms should be returned to: Accommodation Office Leeds Trinity University College Brownberrie Lane Horsforth Leeds LS18 5HD If you do not wish to apply for accommodation, please complete the bottom section of the application form, indicating that you do not wish to apply and return the form to us at the above address.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? If you are holding an unconditional offer and applying for accommodation, you will be contacted as soon as possible after receipt of your application and requested to sign a contract and forward your accommodation bond (see page 9). If you are holding a conditional offer and applying for accommodation, you will be contacted after your examination results have been received and your place confirmed. You will then be asked to sign a contract and forward your accommodation bond (see page 9). Need some advice? Our accommodation office is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am â€“ 5:00pm. If you have any queries please contact us on 0113 283 7112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 8
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS Christmas and New Year accommodation During part of the Christmas and New Year period, from Saturday 18 December 2010 until Sunday 2 January 2011, those students in part-catered halls will not be able to occupy or gain access to their room. You may leave your personal possessions in the room and these will be covered by the insurance policy (within the limits of the policy). Students in self-catered halls will be able to stay in over the Christmas period should they wish. Accommodation with a food allowance Students in part-catered accommodation will receive a maximum allowance of £25 per week towards the cost of meals on campus. This covers 37 weeks of the contract, excluding 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year. No refunds will be given if this allowance is not used in full (unless the contract has been terminated), however this credit can be carried over to the next academic year. Hall fees The contract is binding for the full academic year and covers the whole period from Sunday 19 September 2010 until Saturday 18 June 2011. You may only terminate the contract if you withdraw from your course, or another student is prepared to take over your contract. The changeover will only be approved by Leeds Trinity if there are no other vacant rooms in any of the halls of residence.* You will be required to pay your hall fees up until the end of the term should you decide to withdraw. In special circumstances, and in agreement with student support, we will consider changing a room, depending on availability.* No reduction in charges will be made if you choose not to occupy your room. This applies to all resident students, including those with a local home address. *All room changes will be subject to an administrative fee of £25. Residents’ responsibilities As a resident student, you are fully responsible for the condition and content of your room and jointly responsible for the communal areas of the hall, in particular the fixtures and fittings. Any loss, damage or excessive need for cleaning within the room (excluding reasonable wear and tear), or loss, damage or excessive need for cleaning within the communal areas of the hall which may be reasonably attributed, will be charged in full. A bond of £250 is required when your contract is signed. The bond will be returned in full on termination of the accommodation contract unless: You decide not to take up the offer of accommodation before the start of term; There is a charge against the bond; The room keys are not surrendered; You owe debts to Leeds Trinity. Insurance All student residents are responsible for the security of valuables within your room and Leeds Trinity is unable to accept any liability if you do not meet these terms. We will arrange a block personal possessions insurance policy through a specialist provider to cover the whole of the period of your contract for on campus accommodation. Insurance details will be posted out to students with the accommodation agreement. 9
FINDING PRIVATELY RENTED ACCOMMODATION If you do not wish to apply for campus accommodation, the Studentsâ€™ Union may be able to offer you some advice, you can contact them on 0113 283 7241. The following website provides details of organisations that have extensive experience of accommodating students in the private sector in Leeds: www.unipol.leeds.ac.uk â€“ type the following postcodes into the search facility: LS5, LS6, LS13, LS16, LS18, LS19, LS20 and BD10. This site enables you to print off checklists to compare properties and offer advice on what to look out for when searching for rented property. After the first year, many of our students share rented accommodation in the popular areas of Horsforth, Headingley, Burley Park, Kirkstall, Cookridge and Yeadon. Leeds Trinity cannot accept responsibility for private accommodation contracts. You are strongly advised to have any contract with a private landlord checked by an appropriate professional before signing. Please contact the Students Union on the above number if you have any queries about looking for accommodation off campus. Please also bear in mind that when entering in to a contract with a private landlord you will not be able to claim back any rent for moving out for placements or withdrawing from Leeds Trinity, whereas this is possible when living on campus.
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ACADEMIC YEAR 2010/2011 Semester 1: Monday 20 September 2010 - Friday 10 December 2010 Christmas Vacation: Saturday 11 December 2010 – Sunday 9 January 2011 inclusive Semester 2: Monday 10 January 2011 – Friday 17 June 2011 (non Primary Education) Monday 10 January 2011 – Friday 24 June 2011 (Primary Education only) Easter Vacation: Saturday 9 April 2011 – Sunday 1 May 2011 inclusive
BUDGETING FOR ACCOMMODATION Living in halls in your first year is a great way to meet new friends, get involved with university life and make sure you make it to all your lectures on time! This leaflet aims to help you understand what you are paying for, how much it might cost you and how to budget for living in halls of residence.
STUDENT INCOME Most students* can apply for student funding from the government. This funding is for your basic living costs including your accommodation. We hope that by now you have applied for your funding. If you haven’t, you need to do this straight away. Usually, how much student funding you receive is based on your parents’ household income** so they will also need to provide information. You can apply at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance This website also has a ‘student finance calculator’ which will give you an estimate of what student funding you might receive, but here is a quick reminder:
Amount in 10/11
Tuition Fee Loan
To cover the cost of your tuition fees. This is paid direct to your university
You can apply for the full amount regardless of household income
A contribution towards basic living costs. This is paid to you in 3 instalments, one at the start of each term
Between £2,906 and £50
This entire grant is based on household income. If the household income is £25,000 or less you would receive the maximum grant
A contribution towards basic living costs. This is paid to you in 3 instalments, one at the start of each term
How much you get depends on how much maintenance grant you receive. If you receive the maximum grant you would receive a loan of £3,497. If you receive no grant the maximum loan you would receive is £4,950
Part of this loan is based on household income
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Both the maintenance grant and maintenance loan are for your basic living costs such as accommodation, bills, travel, course costs, food…. Other grants are available if you have a disability and / or children If you decide to live at home with your parents whilst you are at university you will receive slightly lower rate of maintenance loan You will start to repay the loans when you have finished your course and are earning over £15,000 per year If you are from Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales your funding will differ slightly from the above More information on student funding can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance and www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/studentfinance Your first instalment of student funding is paid to you when you have registered onto your course in the first week at university. This means that you will usually not receive any funding until the end of the first week (known as fresher’s week) so make sure you bring a bit of money with you for the first week
ACCOMMODATION COSTS The cost of halls of residence differs depending on which hall you live in. Some halls have en suite bathroom facilities, some have grouped bedrooms with a shared living room and kitchen and some include a food allowance. To find out more about the halls of residence at Leeds Trinity visit www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/services/accommodation Here is a quick overview of what the different types of halls cost:
Type of accommodation
Self-catering en suite
These rooms have their own private bathroom. Remember with ‘self-catering’ accommodation you will still need to buy all your food and cook it yourself
You still need to buy and cook all your food with this type of accommodation, but it’s slightly cheaper than ‘Self-catering en suite’ (above) because it includes a shared bathroom with a few other students rather than a private bathroom. Remember if you live in a shared house in your second year, you’ll be sharing a bathroom then too!!
Catered en suite
These rooms have their own private bathroom. A food allowance is included in this cost (roughly £25 a week). This means you will be given a pre-paid food card when you move into halls. You can visit the dining room at Leeds Trinity and use your food card to pay for your food. You will probably still need to budget for a small amount of food in addition to your food allowance.
A food allowance is included in this cost (roughly £25 a week). This means you will be given a pre-paid food card when you move into halls. You can visit the dining room at Leeds Trinity and use your food card to pay. You will probably still need to budget for a small amount of food in addition to your food allowance. It’s slightly cheaper than ‘Catered en suite’ (above) because you’re paying for a shared bathroom with a few other students rather than a private bathroom. Remember if you live in a shared house in your second year, you’ll be sharing a bathroom then too!!
When you are deciding whether to live in halls, or which hall to live in, it’s important to consider the following things:
LEEDS TRINITY HALLS INCLUDE • the cost of electricity, gas and water. If you move into private shared accommodation (e.g. a house of 5 students in Headingley) your rent does not include these costs and you would need to pay for them in addition to your rent • the cost of some household goods – e.g. you will not need to find money to pay for toilet paper, cleaning products, cleaning utensils etc • the cost of the internet – you can access the internet in most rooms with no additional charge and without having to pay a monthly fee to an internet provider •
convenient payments – Leeds Trinity structures its payments for halls in line with your student funding so you can usually pay in 3 instalments around the same time as you receive your student funding. You will receive a payment schedule letter with your contract
YOUR BOND When you confirm that you want a place in our halls of residence, Leeds Trinity will ask you to pay a ‘bond’ of £250. This bond acts as a ‘retainer payment’ to secure your place in halls of residence. It is non-returnable if you do not take up your reserved place. When you move into halls, this bond becomes a ‘damage and rent deposit’. This means that shortly after you complete your year and move out, provided you have no outstanding money owing to Leeds Trinity for accommodation costs or damage costs, this money will be returned to you. Bonds are a common financial cost involved in renting and Leeds Trinity tries to keep its ‘bond’ costs as low and as competitive as possible.
OTHER COSTS When you are calculating your expected budget don’t forget the other things you will need to pay for on-campus such as: •
Car parking – if you bring your car you will need to pay to park it on campus. This will cost you around £10 a week (based on 09/10 charges). Have a think about whether you want to bring your car with you – if you live on campus you can walk to all your lectures and Leeds Trinity runs a free shuttle bus that takes you round the nearby area
TV Licence – if you live in halls you will need your own TV Licence. You are not covered by your parents’, the university or your friends next door!! A TV licence costs £145.50 for the year or you can pay for it quarterly. Log onto www.tvlicensing.co.uk for more information. A TV licence might be a useful going away present from your family or friends.
• Personal goods – you will need to buy items such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap etc. How much you spend on these will depend on your own personal preferences • If you are in ‘self catering’ accommodation don’t forget to bring with you pots and pans, cutlery etc.
WORKING OUT YOUR BUDGET When picking which hall you want to live in, as well as thinking about whether you want to cook for yourself and what kind of facilities you want, you should also think about which halls you will be able to afford. You need to consider if the funding you will receive will cover the cost of the hall you want. We hope that we have given you enough information for you to have an idea of how much student income (from loan and grant) you might receive and how much the different types of hall costs, what is included in those costs and what you will need to pay for in addition.
To help you put these things together here are some example budgets (based on a 39 week academic ye
Details of students, income and expenditure
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Total funding for year (loan plus grant)
Emma wants to cook for herself so chooses ‘selfcatering en suite’
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Cost of hall
£4,095. Emma has enough money to pay for this with her student funding
£3,908. Isaac doesn’t have enough from his student funding to pay for his halls. Luckily, his Dad has agreed to give him £400 a term. In addition, Isaac has managed to transfer his part-time job to Leeds so knows he will have a steady income of around £70 a week, making his total income £7,494
£4,500. to pay f funding
£1,808 Money leftover after hall costs paid (Total student funding minus cost of hall)
£3,586. Total income (£7,494) minus cost of hall (£3,908)
Food (based on £35 a week supermarket shop for catered halls)
£390. Isaac will be getting most of his food from the dining room at Leeds Trinity from his food allowance included in the cost of his hall. Isaac will need to do a small supermarket shop, probably costing around £10 a week
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£0. Isaacs Mum buys him a TV licence as a going away present
£0. Emma does not have a car so has no car-parking costs
£390 (based on 09/10 charges)
Money leftover for rest of academic year for other basic living costs
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Nila lives in foster care
Lives with his mum
Lives with her mum and her mum’s partner (Both incomes counted)
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Nila wants her own bathroom and loves the idea of getting most of her meals cooked for her so opts for catered en suite
Steve knows he isn’t getting a lot of grant and that his mum can’t afford to help him out so he opts for the least expensive halls self-catering standard
Jenny wants her own bathroom and a food allowance so opts for catered en suite
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£4,500. Nila has enough money to pay for this with her student funding
£3,120. Steve has enough money to pay for this from his student funding
£4,500. Jenny does not have enough to pay for this from her student funding. Although her parents are expected to contribute to her income, they are worried about their business and tell her they cannot spare her any money at the moment
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£390. Nila will get most of her food from the dining room at Leeds Trinity from her food allowance included in the cost of his hall. Nila will need to do a small supermarket shop, probably costing around £10 a week
£390. Jenny will get most of her food from the dining room at Leeds Trinity from her food allowance included in the cost of her hall. Jenny will need to do a small supermarket shop, probably costing around £10 a week
£0. Nila does not have a car
£390 (based on 09/10 funding)
£0. Jenny has no car
-£45.50. Steve uses his Leeds Trinity Bursary money that he receives to supplement his income when he starts to struggle financially
-£929.50.Jenny struggles to find the money to pay her accommodation and other ‘on campus’ costs - but she joins the jobshop at Leeds Trinity and in December starts to work part-time and earns £65 a week to contribute to her essential expenditure.
Leeds Trinity Bursary of £1,000
Leeds Trinity Bursary of £500
• As you can see, the amount of money you have left over after paying for most of your ‘on campus’ costs differs depending on how much student income you receive and which hall you choose •
With the money you have left you will still need to pay for other basic living costs such as personal items, travel and course costs – and don’t forget money to go out and have fun and the make the most of being at university in Leeds. For more information on budgeting visit www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/studentfinance
• The government expects that students will contribute to their own budget by working part- time. Leeds Trinity has a Jobshop that advertises jobs in the local area. For more information visit www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/jobshop •
If your student funding assessment recommends a contribution from your parents discuss with them the best way for them to make this contribution to you. For example, your parents can pay towards your accommodation direct to Leeds Trinity. For more information contact the Finance Department on 0113 2837311
If you receive a maintenance grant as part of your student funding and you are studying a full-time honours degree then you should also receive a bursary from Leeds Trinity of £1,000 or £500. This is paid in 2 instalments in February and May. You could use this money to pay towards your final instalment of hall fees in the third term; to put towards clothes for your placement; towards a bond for your house in the 2nd year of your course. For more information on Leeds Trinity Bursaries please visit www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/studentfinance
DELAYED STUDENT FUNDING Don’t panic if your funding is delayed at the start of the academic year. If your student funding has not been processed and paid at the start of your course then Leeds Trinity will give you an extension on the first payment of your hall fees so there is no need to worry. In addition help is available from Leeds Trinity to sort out any funding problems you are having, just contact email@example.com or visit the Student Support Centre when you arrive.
* UK students must meet course, residency and previous study eligibility criteria to apply. EU students are eligible for tuition fee support only. International students are not eligible for any statutory funding from the UK government. For information on support for EU and International Students please visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance and www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/studentfinance ** If you are over 25 then your funding will be based on your income and that of any partner. If you are under 25 then your funding will be based on your parents’ income, unless your parents are deceased, you are in the care of the local authority, you have a child, or you can evidence that you have been supporting yourself financially for 3 full years before the start of the course. You can find out more about household income at www.direct.gov.uk/studenfinance
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HELP AND ADVICE Leeds Trinity Student Adviser T: 0113 283 7173 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.leedstrinity.ac.uk Student Finance England T: 0845 300 5090 www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance Students from Scotland T: 0845 111 1711 www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance Students from Wales T: 0845 602 8845 www.studentfinancewales.co.uk Students from Northern Ireland T: 0845 600 0662 www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
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We aim to provide accommodation for the majority of our first year undergraduates, with a choice of halls on campus. This year we will have...