A Guide to Living at Brunel 2009/2010
The best of both worlds
Close to the bright lights of undergraduates, including those from
Central London, but providing a the local area;
compact, friendly environment in ■■ Guaranteed accommodation for
which to live, study and socialise, all new, full-time postgraduates
life at Brunel really does offer who have confirmed their acceptance
you the best of both worlds. and met the conditions for a course
by 1 September;
Our halls of residence are some of ■■ Free network access in all rooms,
the best value you can find in the through which you can use the
South East and London area. Very few Internet at no extra cost;
universities offer the same high quality
facilities across the entire range of their ■■ Modern accommodation, with a
accommodation, or such high standards choice of either en suite or standard
of student support. What’s more, Brunel’s facilities as well as studio flats for
halls of residence are all on-campus, couples;
meaning you are never more than 10 ■■ Bedding and linen provided and
minutes away from the teaching, social cleaned weekly;
and sporting facilities. ■■ Heating, lighting, water and standard
Our campus accommodation package insurance included in your rent;
includes: ■■ Christmas and Easter vacations
■■ Guaranteed accommodation for all included in the accommodation lease.
new UCAS main scheme first year
Something for everyone
Our accommodation has been Everyone has different priorities, so we offer
transformed in recent years. In 2008, a choice of en suite, standard and studio
the University completed a £250 million residences. Rooms are available on campus for
undergraduates, postgraduates, students with
campus redevelopment programme,
disabilities and co-habiting couples. Prospective
which saw the refurbishment of students wishing to enquire about any of these
existing halls and the construction room types should contact the Accommodation
of the new Isambard Complex. Office for more information (see the back page
for contact details).
Living on campus The facilities are very similar across all our halls of
residence, so you can only indicate a preference
We can now proudly boast 34 self-catering halls for an en suite or standard room, rather than
of residence (31 with en suite facilities), bringing for a specific hall. The Accommodation Office
our on-campus accommodation to 4,549 rooms, will take your preference into account, but your
including studio flats. choice cannot be guaranteed as some types of
accommodation are more popular than others.
Living off campus
You may choose not to live in halls
of residence at all, or to live off
campus after your first year. Brunel’s
dedicated Housing Office maintains
a large database of available rooms,
houses and flats, and can help you
find off-campus accommodation.
Local private housing is very
reasonably priced and is generally For the past five years, Brunel
much cheaper than Central London Accommodation Services and
(for more information, see pages Residential Services have received
18-19). ‘Hospitality Assured’ accreditation,
which demonstrates our focus on
your needs and our commitment to
excellent customer service.
En suite halls and studio flats
En suite halls provide over 84% of our
accommodation and are always very popular
with new students. All the en suite halls
contain specially-adapted rooms for students
with disabilities. Our 112 studio flats for
couples are located in the new Isambard
Rent Rent rates for 2009/10
are not yet set, but fLeming
for guidance purposes
the rate for 2007/08 is This large, modern residence is located at the
£97.02 per week for an heart of the campus. The hall comprises 380
en suite room. The rate bedrooms divided into 52 flats, each with a
for a studio flat in the shared kitchen.
Isambard Complex is
still to be confirmed
at the time of going
to press. Please
check the web at
for the latest rates.
Tenancy Period 36 weeks for
51 weeks for
Cleaning Communal areas are
Laundry Bed linen can be
each hall has an
Internet Free network access
available in all rooms
En Suite Bathrooms contain a
Facilities vanity unit, shower,
washbasin and lavatory
Security Swipe card entry or
entrance code system;
most halls also have
This hall is close to the Kingston Lane entrance Galbraith Hall is set around an attractive
to the campus, and to the sports facilities. courtyard and is close to the centre of
There are 279 rooms with 11 rooms sharing campus. With 328 rooms in all, the 40 flats
a kitchen on each corridor, making this hall a each contain 5 to 10 rooms around a large,
great place to socialise. communal kitchen.
miLL haLL bishop compLex (bishop, KiLmorey,
Lacy and st margaret’s haLLs)
This hall is built around a landscaped
courtyard, close to the centre of campus and The Bishop Complex is one of our largest
with easy access to local bus services. The residences, and is situated next to the Indoor
357 rooms are spread over 27 corridors, each Sports Arena. There are 698 rooms across the
sharing a kitchen. four halls, divided into a total of 76 flats which
each share a large, communal kitchen. Each
block is accessed by lift.
Lancaster compLex new haLLs of residence –
(Lancaster, stocKweLL, isambard compLex
southwarK, borough road,
maria grey and gordon haLLs) 2008 saw the completion of a spectacular new
residential complex set in landscaped grounds
Situated at the heart of the campus, and at the west end of the campus. This provides
completed in September 2006, the Lancaster 1,188 en suite rooms, 40 specially-adapted
Complex consists of 518 rooms, divided into rooms for students with disabilities, and
56 flats of up to 10 residents who have shared 112 studio flats for co-habiting couples. The
use of a large communal kitchen/diner. accommodation is divided into 17 blocks, and
includes a coffee shop, communal areas and a
Rooms in standard halls of residence offer a
high standard of accommodation at a lower
cost than the en suite residences. These
smaller, more intimate halls are very sociable
communities in which to live, and they have
recently been renovated to ensure that you
have access to high quality accommodation,
no matter what your budget. The three halls
are similar in both appearance and location,
close to the centre of the campus and the
River Pinn. chepstow haLL
Chepstow overlooks landscaped grounds and
Rent Rent rates for 2009/10 the river. It has 231 rooms, and corridors of
are not yet set, but up to 11 rooms share the use of bath, shower
for guidance purposes and toilet facilities, as well as a kitchen. Each
the rate for 2007/08 corridor also has a pantry containing a large
is £79.03 per week. fridge and freezer.
Please check the web
for the latest rates.
Tenancy Period 36 weeks for
51 weeks for
Cleaning Communal areas are
Laundry Bed linen can be
each hall has a
within the building or
Internet Free network access
available in all rooms
Room Facilities Each room has a
washbasin and vanity
Security Swipe card entry
cLifton haLL saLtash haLL
This hall has 235 rooms and is only a Saltash boasts attractive views over the River
two-minute walk from the sports facilities and Pinn and is conveniently close to the lecture
gym. Corridors of up to 11 rooms share the centre and the Students’ Union. Its 183 rooms,
use of bath, shower and toilet facilities, as well also grouped in corridors of 11 to 16, share
as a kitchen. Each corridor also has a pantry the use of bath, shower and toilet facilities,
containing a large fridge and freezer. One and a kitchen.
room is designed for disabled access.
Living on campus – the technicalities
wiLL i be guaranteed how wiLL my accommodation
accommodation in my first year? Lease worK?
We can provide accommodation for all new If you are an undergraduate student, you are
UCAS main scheme undergraduates, although currently required to pay accommodation fees
students who enter the University through the for a period of 36 weeks. This covers your
Clearing system are allocated rooms after main induction or “Freshers’” week, term time, and
scheme students have been accommodated. your Christmas and Easter holidays. If you wish
Accommodation is also guaranteed for all new, to remain in halls over the summer vacation, this
full-time postgraduates who have confirmed can be arranged at an additional cost, although
their acceptance and met the conditions for a it may not be possible to remain in the same
course by 1 September. The Housing Office will room. If you are a postgraduate student your
assist any student who is not allocated a room lease period is 51 weeks.
on campus to find alternative accommodation.
how wiLL i pay for my wiLL my room and
accommodation? beLongings be insured?
Undergraduate students pay for Insurance of buildings and basic
their accommodation in three termly insurance for your personal belongings
instalments, and postgraduate students are included in your rent. However, if
pay in four instalments. You can pay by you own any particularly valuable items,
direct debit, debit or credit card, cash such as a laptop or bicycle, you can add
or cheque, and payments can be made this to the insurance policy for a small
online, at the University Cash Office, or additional cost – it is advisable to read
over the phone. the extent of your cover carefully. There
is also an insurance company branch on
To secure a room on campus at Brunel campus, who can advise you on insuring
you will need to pay a deposit of £250. your belongings should you decide to
This will be paid back to you by reducing live in off-campus accommodation.
the cost of your last rent payment at the
end of the tenancy period.
You will be provided with further details
on these arrangements when you are
offered a place and a room at Brunel.
Living on campus – day-to-day life
what wiLL i find in my room? If you bring any equipment for receiving or
viewing television programmes with you to
All rooms on campus are equipped with a bed, University, you must purchase a television
bedside table, wardrobe, desk and chair, shelves, licence. We are unfortunately unable to license
wastepaper bin, notice board and mirror. All an entire hall of residence.
bedrooms are carpeted. Bedding and linen (a
duvet and duvet cover, two pillows and cases, All halls of residence are non-smoking.
two sheets and a mattress cover) are provided
For details of the facilities available in each hall,
for all rooms, and the linen can be exchanged
weekly. You will need to bring your own towels.
Each room has an Internet connection point,
but you do need to provide your own computer
equipment, including a network card (available what wiLL i find in the communaL
for around £30 from the Computer Centre shop, Kitchen?
if you do not have your own) and network cable. All our residences are self-catering, and kitchens
Network access is available for free, 24 hours a are equipped with a cooker, fridge, freezer, sink,
day, subject to correct usage. If you do not have kettle, kitchen bin, iron, ironing board, dustpan
your own computer you can use one of Brunel’s and brush, mop and bucket, a kitchen table and
many workstations around the campus, some of seating, recycling facilities (see page 16) and
which are available 24 hours a day. food storage space. Kitchens for the larger flats
contain extra cookers, fridges and sinks. on campus after their first year, and
You will need to bring your own cutlery, will consider all such cases fairly. Please
crockery and cooking utensils. contact the Disability and Dyslexia
Service for more information (see the
The kitchens are cleaned every weekday, back page for contact information).
but you are responsible for cleaning
your own crockery.
wiLL i be abLe to receive post?
are there rooms suitabLe for Each hall has a post room where you
students with disabiLities? can collect your post from a secure,
Most halls of residence have specially-
adapted rooms for use by students
with disabilities, including wheelchair how secure are the haLLs
accessible rooms and rooms designed of residence, and are they
specifically for students with hearing staffed?
impairments. Other adaptations can
be made to meet individual students’ Residence Managers can be found
needs as they arise. The University also in a central Residences Office either
recognises that some disabled students within or near your hall, every weekday
would face a substantial disadvantage between 8.30am and 5pm. They will
if they were not able to continue living help you to resolve any problems or
queries that may arise while you are living in This initiative was introduced in 2005, and has
halls. During evenings and weekends, Brunel’s proved extremely popular with all our residents.
own security staff patrol the campus and
check all University buildings, and students
requiring assistance can contact them outside where can i eat on campus?
of normal office hours. We also have our own If you don’t wish to cook for yourself, you can
Metropolitan Police Officer based on campus, find several places to eat around campus, all of
to build relationships and confidence within the which serve halal meat and vegetarian options.
community and the local area. The main refectory, the More Foodhall, serves
British, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian dishes
are there recycLing faciLities on throughout the week.
campus? You can purchase an all-purpose meal voucher
You are encouraged to separate and recycle package for use in the main campus food
refuse by using the facilities provided in the outlets. Each voucher is redeemable to the value
kitchens. The bins are emptied daily during the of £5.50 of food or non-alcoholic drinks, and
week, and at weekends you can remove rubbish they can be purchased in packages of either 50
to collection areas located near each building. or 100 vouchers for extra savings. The following
rates are valid for 2007/08 entry, and should be
used as a guide only:
■■ 50 voucher package: you pay If you live in halls of residence or within
£240.62 for tickets with a redeemable a two-mile radius of the University,
value of £275 (12.5% discount) you will not be permitted to park on
■■ 100 voucher package: you pay campus. If you live further than two
£467.50 for tickets with a redeemable miles away, or if you are a disabled
value of £550 (15% discount) blue badge holder, you will be eligible
to apply for a parking permit, which
If you do prefer to cook for yourself, costs £90 a year (2007/08 rates). A
there are two general stores on campus permit is required to park on campus
and several supermarkets just a short from Monday to Friday, between 8am
walk or bus-ride away. and 5pm. Special arrangements will be
in place at the start and end of each
year so that new Freshers and returning
how wiLL i get around the students can load and unload their
LocaL area? personal belongings.
The campus is well served by public There are a number of secure cycle
transport and Uxbridge town centre and sheds around the campus, should you
London underground station are only a wish to bring a bicycle. Access can be
short walk or bus-ride away. arranged through the Residences Office.
Living off campus
Either before or after your first year, housing, on subjects such as safety, what to
you may decide to live off-campus. expect when viewing a private let, and advice on
There is a wide choice of housing near tenancy deposit legislation. The Housing Office
operates several different schemes and lists of
Brunel, and it is usually reasonably
resources to help you in your search, and these
priced for the London area. In 2007/08, are described below.
you can expect to pay between £65
and £90 a week for a room, and most ■■ Head-leasing (for full-time students only)
student lets in the area are for Put simply, the University rents good-quality,
affordable properties from local private
a 12-month period.
landlords, and then rents them on to groups
of students. The University therefore becomes
your options the students’ landlord for the duration of the
Whatever you’re looking for, your first port
■■ Private sector houses
of call should be the Housing Office, which
The Housing Office can provide a list of
is dedicated to students’ needs and does not
private lettings, all of which are inspected by
charge for its services, unlike most agencies.
the Housing Office and checked to ensure
They can provide you with useful advice as
that they hold current Gas and Electrical
well as booklets and leaflets containing all the
Safety Certificates. Students can then arrange
information you’ll need to find good quality
viewings directly with the landlord.
■■ Private sector rooms can find accommodation. Many
The Housing Office can provide a list of these do charge for arranging
of rooms available in private houses, tenancies and checking references, so
sometimes in family homes with a it is advisable to start your search with
resident landlord whom students can the Housing Office.
contact directly to arrange a viewing. ■■ Local newspapers
These rooms can be very good value, The Housing Office holds copies of
as rent often includes heating and the local papers for reference, and
electricity. Landlords must present a can photocopy the relevant section
copy of the current Gas and Electrical on request.
Safety Certificates before the rooms
are advertised. All our students are ambassadors for
■■ Student advertisements the University, whether they live on
Students can advertise or search for or off campus, and how they behave
spare rooms on notice boards within reflects on the University’s good name.
the Housing Office and on the Brunel Living in the local community brings
website. responsibilities – not only maintaining a
house and paying bills, but also learning
■■ Letting agencies and private how to live amicably and considerately
advertisements with your neighbours.
There are plenty of letting agencies
and local papers through which you
Living at Brunel – your plan of action
To be considered for a room in Brunel’s halls of For accommodation on campus:
residence, all you need to do is indicate when The Accommodation Office
choosing Brunel on your UCAS form that you Tel: +44 (0)1895 267900
will not be living at home. If you are offered a Text: +44 (0)7624 805069
place on a course, the Accommodation Office Fax: +44 (0)1895 269793
will then contact you with further details. Email: email@example.com
In the meantime, the following services can Web: www.brunel.ac.uk/life/accommodation
provide you with information on any of the For accommodation off campus:
topics covered in this guide – and much more!
The Housing Office
All mail should be directed to the office Tel: +44 (0)1895 266187
or service in question, followed by the Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University’s address: Web: www.brunel.ac.uk/life/accommodation/
Brunel University students
Uxbridge For enquiries relating to facilities for
Middlesex disabled students:
The Disability and Dyslexia Service
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265213
Text: +44 (0)7790 761932
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this brochure and the University
will take all reasonable action to deliver services in accordance with the descriptions set out in it. However,
the University reserves the right to vary these services, using all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable
alternative. All cost, rates and prices stated in this brochure should be taken as a guide only.
All students are required, as a condition of registration, to abide by and submit to the University’s statutes,
ordinances, regulations and rules, which are published on the University’s website: www.brunel.ac.uk/