There are a number of shared student houses within the accreditation scheme. They can be found in various locations but all within walking distance of the Ipswich campus. Most were previously family homes that have been converted to student houses; each house contains a shared bathroom, kitchen and social area, and typically have 4-5 bedrooms per house. Each property is managed by the owner or a managing agent on their behalf.
These properties are available to students in any year of study (unless otherwise stated) but may be of particular interest to:
- Continuing students
- Students looking for more independent living
- Student friendship groups looking to live together
- Students on a budget
- Students who do not wish to live in on-campus halls
Some properties may be located between the Ipswich campus and the Ipswich Hospital which may be of benefit to students on NHS placement at this location.
The property specification and facilities may vary from house to house, but the majority will be former family houses consisting of 4-5 bedrooms with a shared bathroom, kitchen and social area. A limited number of properties may have additional features such as further bath/shower/lavatory facilities or an ensuite bedroom. As most were once family homes, you can expect a variety of sized bedrooms in any one house; rent will be priced accordingly to reflect the size of the bedroom. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, bedside cabinet, chest of drawers, wardrobe, study desk and chair, and curtains or window blind.
- All standard bedrooms
- Utility bills and WiFi included in the rent
- Typically 42 – 48 week tenancies depending on the property, which includes Christmas and Easter periods. Alternative length tenancies may be available on request.
- Secure key entry to the house and bedroom
- 24 hour emergency number
- Kitchen and bathroom facilities shared between no more than 5 people
- TV license required for any of your own devices you use to watch TV as it is broadcast or BBC i-Player
- Bike storage
- Smoking is not permitted inside the building
- Parking may be available at a limited number of houses (additional charges may apply)
- Outdoor area
Rooms in a shared student house are typically in the region of £90 - £99 per week. The individual room prices will vary from property to property and include consideration for the size of each bedroom, facilities included and the distance to the campus. Tenancy lengths are typically between 44 - 48 weeks.
Please see Suffolk Studentpad (see section below) for details of each house, you can review and compare the different houses to see which you are interested in and then contact the landlord/agent on the contact details provided to ask any questions and arrange a viewing.
Tenancy lengths may vary from house to house. Please refer to your timetable to see the length of tenancy agreement you will require. Remember to check the start and end dates, and factor in any additional time you wish to stay outside of your academic timetable.
Each shared house is either managed by the owner or a managing agent on their behalf. If you are intending to take accommodation at any of the shared houses, you will be required to sign up to a tenancy agreement with the owner/managing agent. There is no legal connection with the University of Suffolk. It is your responsibility to understand and agree/sign the tenancy agreement and to determine the suitability of the accommodation depending on your needs and your ability to pay the rent. You should not sign a tenancy agreement with any accommodation provider until you are completely happy with your choice.
The information provided here is purely for guidance. All tenancy details should be discussed direct with the accommodation provider.
Please check the cancellation policy with the landlord/managing agent before committing to a room, this should advise what will happen if you book a room and wish to cancel it. Check if you will be released from the tenancy agreement if you do not meet the conditions of your offer at the University of Suffolk; please note it might not be possible to cancel if you decide you no longer wish to live there or have secured a place at a different university. For this reason, you are advised to only book once you are certain you have made the right choice for you. If you are selecting the University of Suffolk as your insurance choice, you are advised not to book a room unless you decide to study here.
If you are bringing a TV set or watching TV as it is broadcast on any device include a laptop or mobile phone, you will require your own TV licence. This includes downloading or watching BBC programmes on demand – including catch up TV – on BBC i-Player. For more information please see the TV Licensing website.
This property is not suitable for families with children. Pets are not permitted in the accommodation. Smoking is not permitted inside the accommodation. Limited secure off-road parking may be available at a few locations, additional charges may apply.
The property landlords/managing agents manage their houses independently of the University of Suffolk. Please contact them direct for any additional information you require or questions you may have about their property or tenancy agreement. You can also make arrangements to view the building with Property First. You will find their property advertised and contact details on our off-campus accommodation portal: Suffolk Studentpad.
It will provide details of all accredited accommodation available for the upcoming academic year and any rooms still available for the current academic year. Check prices, facilities and tenancy length as well as seeing sample photos. Contact the landlord/managing agent responsible to find out more, ask any questions and to arrange a viewing. Book direct with the landlord/managing agent when you have made your choice.
You can use Suffolk Studentpad to search for live vacancies, set up property alerts to be notified when new properties matching your preferred criteria come online, and to find room-mates. Search for accommodation by criteria that is important to you or browse everything available. Useful housing advice can also be found on Suffolk Studentpad.
Please make sure you request and read the booking terms and conditions, and sample tenancy agreement carefully before you book a room.
Not sure if a shared student house is for you? See the other accommodation pages and Accommodation Advice sections to learn more about the other accommodation we recommend.
Landlords/managing agents of recommended and accredited accommodation may need to confirm with the University of Suffolk your applicant/student status before offering you a tenancy, and similarly to confirm continued student status throughout the term of your tenancy agreement. By choosing to live in this property, you are agreeing to this exchange of information taking place.
By taking out a tenancy in recommended and accredited accommodation, you will also be agreeing to allow the University of Suffolk to request student occupancy details from the landlords/managing agents for the purpose of producing statistical analysis reports.