Accommodation

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for my accommodation?

You'll find all you need to know on our How to Apply page.

What do I need to bring?

Download our Accommodation Checklist document.

What will my room look like and how big will it be?

Each hall of residence is a different shape and size, with its own character. For an overview of each hall please visit the Halls of Residence pages.

How much will my accommodation cost and what is included in the price?

Accommodation fees increase year on year in line with inflation: download our current fees document from the Accommodation homepage for latest information.

All accommodation includes these term time services: heating, lighting, wired internet access, a regular cleaner, a weekly laundry service and, for those in catered accommodation; three meals a day from Monday to Friday. Meals are available at the weekend on a 'pay as you go' basis. This service is also available to self-catered students throughout the week.

How many weeks will I have to pay for and do I have to vacate my room for the holidays?

For undergraduate students all accommodation fees are based on a 36-week contract. You pay for your accommodation during term time plus the Christmas vacation, which means you can leave all of your belongings in your room during the Christmas break. Prices have been calculated to reflect the provision of all services (e.g. meals for catered students, cleaning and laundry for all residents) on a term-time only basis. Please note that the majority of residents will vacate their room, in full, for the Easter vacation when the halls of residence are used by conference guests. Storage space and alternative accommodation can be provided, through Student Services, for those who need it.

How do I choose my accommodation?

Once you've checked out our different halls on the Halls of Residence pages, it may help to consider:

  • Your budget. An en-suite catered room is a lot more expensive than a bedroom in a shared university house.
  • Would you prefer to cook your own meals or eat prepared food in the dining hall?
  • If you'd like / need an en-suite or are happy to share facilities?
  • Whether you would be happier in mixed halls / a single sex flat / a single sex floor within a mixed hall, etc.
  • How much space you will need; en-suite rooms are smaller than rooms without a private bathroom.

When you complete your online application, you will be required to list all different types of accommodation by order of preference.

Finally... visit Harper Adams, take a campus tour, have a good nosey in all of the halls and rooms. Where can you see yourself?

Am I guaranteed my first choice of accommodation?

You will be asked to list your choice of accommodation in order of preference for each accommodation type. Whilst every effort is made to secure your first choice, this is not always possible. Accommodation is allocated on a first come, first served basis, so the sooner you complete and return your application form the more likely it is that you will be allocated your first choice of accommodation.

Please bear in mind that the online application process will usually be launched in May, and only after you have been offered and accept a place at Harper Adams, so there may be students who complete this stage much earlier on, for example those who deferred their entry from the previous year.

Students with an established need (e.g. students with a disability) will be given priority for certain adapted rooms. Any specific needs must be noted on your application form to be considered during the allocation process.

When will I find out which accommodation I have been allocated?

We will be releasing accommodation offers on 18th August, from 5.00pm. If we are unable to offer you your first choice, we will try to offer your second choice but this is not always possible due to the high demand for on-campus rooms and certain types of accommodation in particular. We request that all students accept their allocated accommodation and 'give it a go' for the first six weeks. Many students find that they couldn't be happier but if you are still unsure you may apply in writing to the Accommodation Officer, who will try to honour your request wherever possible.

I will be under the age of 18 when I commence my studies, where will I live?

All students who are under the age of 18 when beginning their studies at Harper Adams will be required to live in Boughey Halls of Residence, in designated under-18 accommodation. These flats will only be accessible by students under the age of 18 and appropriately DBS-checked members of staff and wardens. Once students have turned 18 they can ask to move to an alternative room / hall. Every effort will be made to honour your request wherever possible.

What happens after my first year?

Second-year students live off-campus so that new students in their first year at Harper Adams can experience living in halls of residence. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your own experiences by living independently, with friends, in local privately rented accommodation. All off campus students are offered support and guidance with the whole process, from house hunting through to living together. There is no shortage of off-campus accommodation, from lodgings to small flats and bigger houses, in Newport and the surrounding villages. For more information please visit our Off-Campus Living pages.

Is it true I have to name all of my clothes?

Yes!
With more than 600 students living on campus our efficient laundry staff need to know exactly whose clothes are whose, just in case the occasional sock or t-shirt goes astray during the washing and ironing. Your washing will need to be sent to the laundry in an appropriate laundry bag (cotton/linen, non-wired) which must also be clearly labelled with your name. Further information will be sent to students with accepted offers prior to arrival.

What is the food like?

Harper Adams' catering department are an award winning team who pride themselves on offering quality locally sourced food. In summary: great breakfast to start the day, good portions, plenty of variety, and the catering team work hard to please our students. They are always open to suggestions and new ideas - if you think something is missing, get in touch!

If you have any specific diet requirements, let Student Services know before you arrival.

Do I need a TV licence?

You'll need a TV licence if you're watching or recording television programmes as they're being shown on TV. This applies whatever device you're watching on - a TV, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console - and however you're receiving the programmes - via an aerial, satellite, cable or streaming through the internet.

It's the law, and anyone living on campus who watches or records television programmes as they're being shown on TV without a valid TV licence is at risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Your parents' TV licence probably won't cover you when you're away from home, and your hall's licence won't either. However, there are some rare occasions where you could be covered. To check whether these apply to you, please contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090, www.tvlicensing.co.uk

A colour TV Licence costs £147. There are lots of different ways to pay - all in one go or spreading the cost weekly, monthly or quarterly. Just choose whatever's best for you.

Don't forget the student refund

If you're leaving your halls or rented accommodation and moving back home for the summer, there's a good chance you won't need your TV licence if there's one at home. If there is at least one month before your licence expires, you can get a refund for the unused month of your licence.

If you'd like a refund or further information, simply click here or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.

When don't I need a licence?

If you only ever watch Blu-rays, DVDs or downloaded videos, you don't need a TV licence.

If you're not sure if you need one, you can find out more at tvlicensing.co.uk/notv.

Do I need to PAT all electrical equipment?

If electrical items such as electric kettles, televisions, mini fridges/coolers, stereos and computers are brand new (out of the box), you do not need to carry out PAT (Portable appliance test) but you will need to provide the receipt to prove when it has been purchased. Inspections will be done at random at the start of the academic year. Where an electrical item fails the PAT it will be removed by the university for safe keeping. You will be advised in person or a card will be left. You'll need to arrange and pay for a repair and the item will be re-tested and if it passes, returned to you. Where an item is not repaired successfully within six weeks, it will be disposed of by the Estates Department.