Living on-campus in University accommodation

When you’re at University, your room is your space to call 'home' and where you live can play an important role in making new friends. There are a lot of benefits to living on-campus at the RAU. You’ll get to know the University, have your lectures on your doorstep and be right in the heart of the action.

Welcome to the on-campus student accommodation

We have a mixture of catered and self-catered accommodation with the half board option as standard. The bedrooms are a mixture of standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities and en-suite rooms, and we offer quiet bedrooms for students who prefer a more tranquil environment. 

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Your room will not just be a place to study and sleep, it will be your space to call home and the location will play a key part of meeting new people and making new friends.

Living on-campus is a great way to meet fellow students and to be where the action is, and comes with many benefits such as:

  • With welfare and pastoral support from tutors, the student support services manager, accommodation officer, student team advice representatives (STARS), and university nurse. There is always someone on hand in the case of an emergency
  • Security on-campus to keep you and your belongings safe
  • Free internet access in all rooms on our main campus
  • You are close to all campus services. The Tithe Barn and bar, The Restaurant, cafe, library, sports facilities, launderette and university shop
  • Prices for half board and self-catered accommodation are shown below. 
  • The housekeeping service means your bedroom is cleaned regularly and the communal bathrooms daily
  • All RAU halls of residence are fully compliant and covered by the Universities UK Accommodation Code of Practice

Car parking

Free parking is available on-campus. You will need to register your vehicle as part of your online self-registration - you will be notified when you can do this. Registering your vehicle gives you access to park only if space is available. 


Half board catering meal options are available as part of your package and additionally lunch is available to purchase in The Restaurant, offering a selection of hot and cold dishes. Catering staff are able to cater for special dietary needs but please advise of your requirements at the time of booking your accommodation. 

Accommodation fees to pay 2023-24

Room typeLocation

Annual price

Half board*

Annual price


Standard single

George wing, Bledisloe Court, Coad Court, Garden House


Large standard singleBledisloe Court£6,885 N/A
Ensuite singleCoad Court, Vic Hughes 2, Main Building£8,285 N/A

Ensuite single

West Lodge, Vic Hughes 1



Large ensuite single

Main Building, Woodlands 1 (quiet block) & 2



Small ensuite single

Main Building, Woodlands 3


Large ensuite single (hotel quality)RiversideN/A£7,696

A £200 pre-payment is required when booking accommodation (terms and conditions apply). The balance is then due when you start university.

*Half board is based on 14 meals per week (breakfast and dinner). 

Christmas holiday

All students are requested to give prior notice to Accommodation if they are staying on campus during the holiday or inform Porters Lodge/Security if they are just ‘popping in to’ campus over the Easter and Christmas holidays.

During the Christmas holiday please be aware that there is no catering or housekeeping on campus from the 23 December to 3 January.  Meal plans finish at the end of the Semester on 19 December but food can be paid for at the canteen until 23 December. Security will be onsite throughout the Christmas holiday in case of emergency.

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All applications must be made through the myRAU applicants portal. You will receive instructions on how to access the portal once you have been offered a place to study at the RAU.

Applications for accommodation will not be processed until a place on a course has been offered and the pre-payment has been received. Rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.