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A home from home Arranging a place to live

Starting university is an exciting and challenging time and arranging a place to live is a priority for many students. Living with other students is all part of the university experience! Living in university accommodation offers students a comfortable and independent lifestyle and is particularly appealing to students who have not lived away from home before. We offer 2,400 places across, and in the vicinity of, our four campuses. You can browse through the range of accommodation, take a virtual tour and see price lists on our accommodation website. We know that many parents have anxieties and concerns about their children moving away from home and are unsure about securing university accommodation. Gareth Kennedy, Head of Residential Services at Ulster guides us through the process:

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How and when should you apply for a place in student accommodation? Students who have made Ulster their Conditional Firm (CF) choice through UCAS are eligible to apply for accommodation from 5 May of the year of entry. To apply for accommodation CF students will be emailed by Residential Services who will provide them with a web link to the portal for online accommodation applications. This email will also include the student reference number known as the B number which the student will need to register online to apply for accommodation.

CF students applying for accommodation can avail of the accommodation guarantee if they apply before 7 July and are also accepted onto their original course of study. Once a student has been accepted onto a course an accommodation offer is made automatically by Residential Services by email. The student can then decide whether to accept the original accommodation offer, request a different room or withdraw their application completely.

How much does student accommodation cost? How can payment be made? The university offers a range of accommodation options across its campuses to cater for every budget and taste. This ranges from ensuite to standard room accommodation with costs from ÂŁ56 to ÂŁ95 per week depending on the location and quality of the accommodation. Students should check out www.accommodation. for current prices. What does the cost include? Generally the price includes all utility costs, a housekeeping service, Internet access including WiFi (limited to some areas), pastoral support provided through Night Support and Resident Assistants, security, CCTV and block insurance scheme for contents and belongings.

Going to university - A guide for families (University of Ulster)  

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