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On-Campus Accommodation

Athena Hall is the on-campus halls of residence at the main campus in Ipswich.  Although it is built on land owned by the University of Suffolk, the building is owned and managed by Fresh Student Living; completely independently of the University. 

It is ideal for:

  • students studying at the University of Suffolk for the first time,
  • first time renters moving out of the parental home,
  • students new to Ipswich and not familiar with the area.


Athena Hall is just 300 metres from the Waterfront Building on the Ipswich Waterfront and next to the James Hehir Building.  Local shops and amenities are close by and the town centre is just a 10 minute walk away.  The main Ipswich train station is approximately a 20 minutes’ walk.

Property Details

With 590 bed spaces, Athena Hall offers a mixture of cluster flats and studio rooms.  In addition to the information below, further details including a sample tenancy agreement are available on Fresh Student Living's website:

Cluster flats – between 4-7 bedroom flats with a communal kitchen/common room.  Each single occupancy bedroom is lockable and is ensuite with a lavatory, hand basin and shower cubicle.  Rooms are furnished with a ¾ sized bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk and chair, shelving units and curtains or window blind.  The kitchen contains a fridge/freezer, oven, microwave and sink, along with ample cupboard space.  There is also a breakfast bar with stools and a lounge area with sofas.  Single sex flats may be available, subject to demand.


Studio rooms – available for one mature student or a student couple.  Furniture includes a double bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, shelving units and curtains, sofa and coffee table.  The ensuite is the same as detailed above.  The kitchenette contains a fridge with freezer compartment, microwave oven, two ring hob, sink and breakfast bar with stools.

Athena Hall also has a large common room for social events and a self-service laundry room on site.  There are no car parking facilities available at Athena Hall; students requiring car parking would be advised to make their own car parking arrangements elsewhere or to consider alternative accommodation with parking facilities.

Room Costs and Tenancy Lengths

Room Type

Tenancy Length

Weekly Rental

Total Rental

Bronze Ensuite


  42 weeks

  48 weeks (NHS only)

  50 weeks







Silver Ensuite


  42 weeks

  48 weeks (NHS only)

  50 weeks







Gold Ensuite


  42 weeks

  48 weeks (NHS only)

  50 weeks







Studio Ensuite


  42 weeks

  48 weeks (NHS only)

  50 weeks







Deposit on all rooms: £100

All prices above are inclusive of utility bills, internet access, contents insurance and IPTV (TV on demand via the internet).  Prices shown are for the 2018-19 academic year.

The deposit and first term’s rent are payable in advance of moving into the accommodation; this may be before you receive your first student finance payment and it is therefore advisable to save for this payment via methods other than relying on student finance.  Most students will pay termly; speak to Fresh Student Living if you wish to see if you can pay monthly - charges may apply.

How to book

If you wish to make an enquiry or book a room in Athena Hall you can do this via their website at the link above.  Please make sure you read the Booking Terms and Conditions and Sample Tenancy Agreement on their website carefully before you book a room.

Not sure if Athena Hall is for you?  See the Off-Campus and Useful Accommodation Advice on this site to learn more about alternative accommodation that upi may wish to consider.

Other information

Athena Hall is managed by the management company Fresh Student Living (FSL).  Students intending to take accommodation at Athena Hall will be required to sign up to a tenancy agreement with FSL.  There is no legal connection with the University of Suffolk.  It is the student’s responsibility to understand and agree/sign the tenancy agreement and to determine the suitability of the accommodation depending on their needs and their ability to pay the rent.  Students should not sign a tenancy agreement with any accommodation provider until they are completely happy with their choice.

The information provided is purely for guidance.  All tenancy details should be discussed direct with the accommodation provider.

If you book a room and wish to cancel it, please note that will only be entitled to a refund the full deposit and be released from the tenancy agreement if you are cancelling due to not meeting the conditions of your offer at the University of Suffolk; not if you decide you no longer wish to live there or have secured a place at a different university.  For this reason students are advised to only book once they are certain they wish to live at Athena Hall, and those students selecting the University of Suffolk as their insurance choice are advised not to book a room or pay a deposit unless they decide to study here.

Students bringing a TV set or watching TV as it is broadcast on any device include a laptop or mobile phone will require their own TV licence.  This includes downloading or watching BBC programmes on demand – including catch up TV – on BBC iPlayer.  For more information please see the TV Licensing website.

Data Protection

Landlords 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 recommended and accredited accommodation 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 for the purpose of producing statistical analysis reports.


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