Through the keyhole: a brief guide to student accommodation at Chester

If you’re considering applying to the University of Chester, you may have already started to picture yourself living away from home for the first time. Whilst this might be something that you’re really looking forward to, you might also be curious as to what to expect. So, to help complete this picture, here’s our brief guide to student accommodation at Chester.


A stone’s throw

The majority of University owned accommodation in Chester is either on the Parkgate Road Campus or on the border of this campus, putting you right at the heart of the University experience. Similarly, should you choose to study a course delivered at our Warrington Campus, you can expect to be living in one of our purpose built accommodation blocks right in the middle of this campus.



In recent years we have invested millions in new University accommodation and in a rolling programme of refurbishment and improvements to our existing accommodation. Most recently, the University has seen the building of a new accommodation block on the Parkgate Road Campus and the development of a partnership agreement with Fresh Student Living (Tramways), meaning the availability of accommodation is now greater than ever.


Accommodation preferences

When it comes to applying for University owned accommodation, you don’t need to pick a specific residence; just your preferred board basis. At Chester, you can choose to be either full board, semi-catered or self-catered. If you are interested in partnership accommodation, this should also be specified on the application. At Warrington, you have the choice of self-catered or semi-catered accommodation.


Safe as houses

Our friendly team of porters are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure your safety and welfare on campus – especially helpful if you forget your key!


In your shoes

Our Hall Warden scheme means that most University owned accommodation has a live-in second or third year student as a first point of contact. They too will have once been ‘in your shoes’ and remember what it was like when they first started.


Staying connected

It’s easy to keep in touch with friends and family near and far away with free broadband included in all University accommodation.


A home from home

We provide as standard a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair in all our rooms. And of course, you can bring all your creature comforts with you to make it a home from home.


Make yourself at home

Because we don’t just have one big block of accommodation, our student residences vary in style, meaning each has its own individual character.

Students often comment on the close-knit student community around campus created by the proximity of University and private sector housing. So, it really makes no difference whether you live in University owned, partnership or private sector accommodation.



If you pick Chester as either your Firm or Insurance choice, we’ll contact you in the summer with details of how to apply for University owned and partnership accommodation. This is allocated on the basis of three things, with priority given to:

  • applicants who select Chester as their Firm choice
  • applicants who currently live furthest away
  • applicants with specific needs

Whilst we cannot guarantee accommodation, last year all our applicants who wanted accommodation were offered a place in University owned or partnership accommodation. We expect this to be the same this year.


Private Sector

The important thing to remember is that University owned or partnership accommodation is just one option at Chester. There is also a great range of private sector accommodation to choose from.

If you decide private sector accommodation is for you, we can advise you on the process of selecting and applying for this. We work closely with the private sector to ensure you have all the information you need to choose the right accommodation for you. We will only recommend accommodation that has been accredited by the Council’s Student Stamp scheme.


Want to know more?

If you’re keen to learn more about student accommodation at Chester, we’d recommend having a look through our accommodation pages online. In the meantime, you might also like to look at Shannan’s, April’s and Adeeb’s experience of living in student accommodation at Chester.