Newman University, Birmingham

Accommodation

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Living in Halls of Residence

For many students, living in Halls of Residence is an essential part of the university experience. It often marks students’ first experience of independence and allows for the development of lifelong friendships.

Newman has 206 single study bedrooms in Halls on-campus. Many of our Halls have been recently upgraded and rooms are fully furnished with a bed, bedside table, fixed wardrobe and cupboards plus accessories such as a desk and chair. The standard bedrooms are single study rooms with hand basin and shared bathroom facilities. The en-suite rooms are single study bedrooms with hand basin and a private bathroom. Students are required to bring their own bedding and any kitchen utensils they require or they are able to purchase a bedding pack at £25.00 each from the Housekeeping Department, with £15.00 being refunded when the bedding pack is returned in good condition.            

First year students are given priority where possible in the allocation of rooms although a room cannot be guaranteed to all later applicants. Accommodation in halls of residence is guaranteed for all international and exchange students. PGCE students are allocated together in a quieter block where possible. We try to balance the number of students from all years who live in and students are encouraged to apply even if they live locally, in order to fully appreciate the complete student experience.
During the first couple of weeks, second and third year students act as Guardian Angels to help first year, exchange and PGCE students settle in. Living in Newman’s Halls on campus gives you the opportunity to have freedom within a secure environment with the support of the Hall Tutors, who are available to offer help out of office hours if required.
Halls are a great way to meet people from different courses, make new friends and really experience the community spirit on campus. 

"I have lived in halls for three years and that’s because it is such an eye-opening experience. You are mixed with people from many countries, allowing you to learn from them and them from you. These people quickly become your family; you support each other through assignments and visit all sorts of social events together."
Joe Houghton – Psychology student


Halls of Residence at Newman University


Fees

Halls fees are considered excellent value for money, the charges for 2012/13 being £3,517 for first year and exchange students per academic year for a standard room and £3,832 for PGCE students. The fees include all heating and electricity costs and block possessions insurance cover. A limited amount of en-suite accommodation is available, with the rate for 2012/13 being £4,630 for first year and exchange students and £4,990 for PGCE students. There are a limited number of rooms available in the on-site campus houses with the charge being £3,293 per academic year for first year and exchange students and £3,573 for PGCE students. This includes utility costs and possessions insurance. Exchange students are able to stay in accommodation for the whole academic year or either semester 1 or 2 depending on their course.

The wireless network in Halls allows you to surf the net or access course materials through the intranet from the comfort of your room via your laptop. There is currently no charge for installation of hardware to enable your machine to be compatible with the wireless network and no monthly fee/charge per minute is made for internet usage. 


Catering

Newman’s Halls of Residence are self-catered and there are shared kitchens in Halls of Residence which include a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, lockable cupboard space and seating area.
You can prepare meals and snacks in the communal kitchens or visit the on-campus food court, the Sanctuary (open Monday to Friday), which provides a range of reasonably priced meals, sandwiches and refreshments. There is also the Atrium Cafe which serves Starbucks coffee (open 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday) plus a variety of vending machines on campus offering snacks and hot and cold beverages. The launderette in Halls is available 24 hours a day.


The Student Accommodation Code

Newman University has affirmed membership to the Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing. The Code is concerned with the main principles and
essential requirements for well managed student accommodation. You can download
a full copy of the Universities UK Code of Practice.


Halls Insurance

Newman works with Endsleigh Insurance to arrange standard room insurance for inside your room. Your room is covered, but your laptop and other gadgets aren’t covered outside your room.

Newman _accom 02To check what is covered, just download your insurance certificate. To arrange cover for your laptop, gadgets and other valuable items and to benefit from Endsleigh's 24-hour laptop and mobile phone replacement promise once your claim is approved, visit: endsleigh.co.uk/reviewcover or call 0800 389 1920/01282 672 108. You may also want to check whether your possessions would be covered through any existing insurance your family holds or seek quotes from other insurance providers.


TV Licence

TV licensing wish to advise students that they must be covered by a TV licence to watch live TV on your laptop or any other device.  You may not be aware that the refund process may mean that you are eligible for a refund as  most students only require a licence for 9 months a year (October-June) rather than for the full year. A student who buys a licence in October will therefore be able to apply for a refund in the following June, assuming they will not be returning to the address between July and September. For more details visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk


Further Information

For further details about on-campus or off-campus accommodation with a local landlord, contact Karen Carter on 0121 483 2219 or e-mail k.carter@newman.ac.uk  

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