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Accommodation Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out about accommodation?

Read through the information on this website, and Suffolk Studentpad for information about on and off-campus accommodation we recommend.  Contact the landlord of any properties you are interested in to ask any specific questions you may have and to arrange a viewing of the property where possible.  We recommend researching more than one property in order to keep your options open.  Once you have made your choice, the landlord of that property can advise how to book your chosen room directly with them.


When should I book a room?

It is recommended that you look into accommodation once you have received an offer for your chosen course.  Landlords will typically take bookings for students starting a course in September from the January before.  Bookings for students starting a course in February are typically taken from the October before.

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to look at several properties, where possible, before you make your decision.  It is advisable to check any cancellation policies with the landlord before you book a room.  Only book a room when you are completely happy with the tenancy agreement, terms and conditions and are prepared to commit to the room.


University of Suffolk is my insurance choice – should I still book accommodation?

Look but don’t book!  You may find it useful to familiarise yourself with the accommodation in case you have a change of circumstances and will be studying at the University of Suffolk.  You are strongly advised not to book a room unless you will be studying with us.


I am applying for a course through clearing – is it too late to find accommodation?

There may be accommodation still available for those applying through clearing; as demand for accommodation changes each year it can be difficult to predict.  It is advisable to make enquires with the landlord of the properties you are interested in once you have made an application for a degree with us.  Take a look at the on-campus and off-campus accommodation pages for more information, and find links to contact the landlords.


Can I still apply for accommodation if I live in the same town?

Yes.  There are no geographical restrictions on University of Suffolk Recommended and Accredited Accommodation.


Is same sex accommodation available?

Same sex accommodation may be available, subject to demand.  Please enquire direct with the landlord of the property or properties you are interested in. 


Can I view the accommodation?

We strongly recommend you view all of the accommodation options you are interested in wherever possible.  This will enable you to see the accommodation first hand to help you decide which room is right for you.  Viewings can be arranged direct with the landlord of the property.


When can I move in?

Students are recommended to move into their accommodation the weekend before their Induction Week; this information will be made available on the Applicant Area of this website.  Sample timetables can be found on the course information pages of this website

Moving into accommodation any sooner than this may make you liable for council tax up until the start of the course.  Your landlord should be able to provide you with council tax costs should you need to consider this.


Can I change rooms once I have moved in?

It is not always possible to change rooms once you have moved in, therefore it is important that you take the time to make the right decision on which room to book.  The landlord is under no obligation to allow you to move rooms and if they do allow it there may be an administrative charge.


I can’t find the information I am looking for – what should I do?

If you cannot find the answer to your query please contact the Infozone on 01473 338833, .  You will find our office on the ground floor of the Waterfront Building at the Ipswich campus.


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