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Accommodation and Arriving

Arriving to Ipswich

The closest airport to Ipswich is London Stansted. Once you have landed at London Stansted Airport you can take a National Express bus directly from the airport to Ipswich, which takes approximately 90 minutes - this can be pre-booked, or you can purchase your ticket from the airport. Once your bus arrives to Ipswich, the University and Athena Hall accommodation are a short 14-minute walk away.

If you are arriving to another London airport, such as London HeathrowGatwick or Luton we suggest that you travel by train from the airport to London Liverpool Street station. From here, you should take a direct train to Ipswich Rail Station, which takes approximately one hour. From Ipswich Rail Station you can then take a taxi to the University or to your accommodation.  

For more information on rail travel, please visit the National Rail website.  

Booking your accommodation

Hopefully, you've already made your accommodation arrangements but if not the The Infozone can provide information about recommended accommodation throughout your studies at the University of Suffolk. You will find information about on-campus and off-campus accommodation on our website, and can contact the landlords of the properties via links in these pages to ask any questions about a property before you choose which room to book.

The on-campus halls of residence, Athena Hall, is popular with students new to the University of Suffolk. Off-campus, you will find a mixture of halls-style accommodation and shared houses.  To see the accommodation we recommend off-campus please visit

Arriving at your accommodation

If you have booked accommodation in Athena Hall, you tenancy agreement will start from 7 September, therefore we recommend that you arrive during the weekend of 7-8 September. Athena Hall will contact you directly with information about your check-in; please note Athena Hall and other providers can only accommodate check in and induction during the day so we advise against booking late afternoon or evening flights. Athena Hall require students to book a specific check in and induction slot and will not allow check-in if this has not been booked. Please ensure you have secured your check-in time before booking your flights and transport to Ipswich

If you have booked your accommodation elsewhere, please contact the property owner to confirm when your tenancy agreement starts. We would still encourage you to arrive on the weekend of 7-8 September in time for Fresher’s Week!

Tell us your plans!

We know that starting at university and moving to another country can be exciting but daunting, so if you need any advice or guidance about arriving in the UK or Ipswich, or information about when your course starts, please contact us: