UCR - University Centre Reaseheath
University Centre Reaseheath


For many people, coming to study at University Centre Reaseheath may mean living away from home for the first time. By living in one of our on-site halls of residence you will quickly settle into life at Reaseheath, make new friends  and adjust to independent living.

Make yourself at home in any one of our accommodation options on campus, ranging from modern townhouses to more traditional halls of residence. Wherever you decide to live on campus, you will be supported by our team of caring and supportive staff.

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Types of Accommodation at UCR


Whether you opt for shared bathroom facilities or your own en-suite, you will have your own room with a work station, WiFi and 24-hour support from our Safeguarding Team.

Your room will also be within walking distance to your classes and you’ll be able to make lots of new friends from different subject areas. It’s a great way to live independently by being amongst others in the same position, and you’ll be sure to create life-long memories and truly experience student life.

Life at Reaseheath

You will have access to high-quality social facilities on campus to enjoy outside of lessons, including common rooms, a student bar with table tennis, a pool table and large screen TVs, and a state-of-the-art gym.

You’ll be well fed during your time here too. You can choose to be catered for if you want to while living at Reaseheath, and receive your meals on campus, or if you want to cook for yourself, you will be able to do so in your kitchen on a self-catered package. On the days you don’t fancy cooking, you will be able to buy meals and snacks from one of our cafés on-site.


All full-time higher education students can apply for residential accommodation, and all first-year students are guaranteed a place in halls. This applies if you live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and if you apply during the normal admissions cycle.

You will see a typical student room, and find out what it is like to live on campus if you attend our Higher Education Open Days and Offer Holder Days.

Before applying for accommodation, please read the Student Accommodation Licence Agreement Conditions.

Halls of Residence Fees

Type of room Self catering Cost per week including 7 day a week meals allowance Cost per week including 5 day a week meals allowance
Platt single en-suite £144 £196 £185
Gawsworth, Capesthorne and Tatton Halls plus 1 house in Rode Hall (these are self-catered only) £144 £196 £185

All costs referenced below are subject to change.

How to Apply for Accommodation

During the application you will be asked for key information and to state your preferred choice/s of halls. Applicants will receive acknowledgement of their application which will then be used to allocate appropriate accommodation later in the year. Please don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for a while following your initial application, be assured that we are working on things behind the scenes.

Once you have received confirmation of your allocated room you will be required to pay a retainer to secure your accommodation*. Those who are unsuccessful will be placed on a waiting list and advised of transport options. Accommodation contracts will be issued for signing by applicants/guardians/guarantors.

*For those applicants who are successful in securing accommodation the retainer will be converted into their accommodation deposit upon signing the accommodation contract.

Please read the Higher Education Student Accommodation Licence Conditions.

To apply you will need your student ID number, this can be found on any correspondence from us (email, letter).

Catering at Reaseheath

There are a variety of options when it comes to eating at University Centre Reaseheath for those in self-catered accommodation, catered accommodation, and day students.

Outlets across the campus are available to all students providing excellent value for money and plenty of choice throughout the day.

The Catering team are happy to accommodate any specific dietary needs where possible and assist with any allergy requirements.

Please see below our current offering and opening times for all our outlets (as of March 2024)

The main restaurant remains open all day and has a wide selection of sandwiches, salad boxes, drinks, and snacks available to purchase between service times.

Mon-Thurs (7:45-18:30) Fri (7:45-18:00) Sun (16:00-18:30)

Breakfast (7:45-11:00)

Full cooked English breakfast, veggie/vegan options available. We offer a wide selection of fruit, pastries, muffins, waffles, French toast, toast, oats, cereal, breakfast bars and yogurt are available and all individually priced.

A 5-item cooked breakfast for £3.50. Prices start from 70p per item.

Lunch (12:00-14:00) (Fri 12:00-13:30)

A variety of freshly cooked meals by our chef’s team are available each service.

Same day and next day menus displayed in the restaurant daily.

A variety of meat and veggie/vegan options available every day.

Sample lunch menu

Monday Lunch

Roast chicken breast in creamy garlic and herb sauce OR Sweet potato bake served with Lyonnaise potatoes and mixed green vegetables

Sweet and sour pork OR veggie option with rice and prawn crackers 

Pulled Beef Brisket baps with braised onions, gravy, and chips.

All main meals priced at £4.50.

Side options inc. chips, gravy, beans etc all individually priced.

Dinner-(16:30-18:30) (Fri 16:30-18:00)

Sample dinner menu

Tuesday Dinner

Pulled pork and crackling or Vegan nut roast served with roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots, stuffing, apple sauce and gravy.

 Beef chilli/veg chilli served with rice, nachos, sour cream, and salsa.

Pudding priced from £1.50

All main meals priced at £4.50.

Side options inc. chips, gravy, beans etc all individually priced.

A grab and go outlet where we don’t mind your dirty boots!

Mon-Fri (8.30-14.30)

From 8:30am Bootzone sells a selection of breakfast baps, pastries, and hash browns (a Reaseheath favourite!).

From 11:00 am selection of grab and go food is available including sausage rolls, topped chips, burgers, toasties, and a chef special of the day.

All items individually priced from £1 for chips up to Chef’s Special £4.50.

Mon-Fri (10:00-14:00) Sat (8:30-16:30) Sun (9:30-15:30)

A café open 7 days a week serving tasty light bites such as ciabattas, toasties, jacket potatoes, home-made cakes, and all your favourite Starbucks hot and cold drinks. Breakfast items available here including sausage/bacon baps and hash browns. Prices from £3.00 for a sausage bap to £5.80 for a hot ciabatta with various fillings served with crisps and salad.

Mon-Fri (8:30-14:00)

The Courtyard is in the university centre and is exclusive to university staff and students. The perfect place to catch up with friends and grab a light bite or grab a coffee and cake while studying. The Courtyard serves bean to cup coffee, breakfast baps, toasties, ciabattas and ready-made sandwiches and salads. Coffee and tea available from £1. Menu prices start from £2.50.

The Courtyard transforms into a bar in the evening providing alcoholic and soft drinks, a wide screen TV, pool table and its own entertainment schedule.

Mon-Fri (8:30-15:30)

Crust is our very own pizza bar. Menu includes Stone baked pizzas, garlic bread, jacket potatoes and build your own salad box with a selection of toppings and fillings.

Pizza prices start from £6.

All your favourite hot and cold Starbucks drinks are also available.

Crust opens in the evenings also and is student ran.

All students in catered accommodation will have the choice of a 5- or 7-day meal package. 

A 5-day meal package is from Sunday dinner through to Friday lunch.

As part of our safeguarding provision, we endeavour to ensure that our students are eating healthily and regularly.

We therefore encourage our students to eat a set three meals a day, all of which can be healthy and balanced. 

Student ID cards will be set up with meal plan to purchase three balanced meals a day. This will mean three separate mealtime allowances will be set up for you to purchase breakfast (up to the value of £3.50), lunch (up to the value of £4.50) and evening meal (up to the value of £4.50). This equates to meals to the total value of £12.50, for which you will pay £10 per day only.

The meal plan is better value for money than purchasing food with cards in our outlets. 

The 7-day meal package includes three meals per day Monday – Friday with provisions made to eat in Feast over the weekend or collect a takeaway meal. A full hot meal is served on Sunday evenings. Student cards are set up in the same way as the 5-day meal plan including weekends.

The meal plan supplied can only be used for the relevant meal and unfortunately cannot be saved to use another time. 

If you wish to purchase items such as canned soft drinks, crisps, chocolate, cakes etc. you would need to cover the cost yourself. 

Squash is provided in the outlets to access all day for anyone on a meal plan and tea or coffee at breakfast. A cup is given during mealtimes, but we strongly encourage all students to use a refillable water bottle to contribute to our university’s commitment to sustainability.

The whole Reaseheath campus is CASHLESS. You can pay with a debit card/Apple pay etc or load money onto your student card using Reaseheath’s IPay system.

Students who are on a meal plan will have their food allowance automatically allocated daily but still have the option to top up with IPay for any additional purchases that they would like to make.

We also have a number of vending machines situated across the campus which are all debit card only.


360 Accommodation Tour

Make yourself at home in any one of our high-quality accommodation options on campus, ranging from our new townhouses to our traditional halls of residence. Take a look at where you could be living on our 360 accommodation tour.

To navigate through the tour select the halls of residence using the tabs at the bottom. You can then click wherever you see a blue arrow and scroll around for the 360 experience!

What our students say

Summer Lakin | FdSc Zoo Management

“It’s like a community living at UCR; you get to know lots of other students and it’s fun to hang out with everyone every day and live with your friends.

“It’s also very convenient and easy to get to class as the UCR building is a two-minute walk away from my house. The accommodation is modern and spacious which is perfect, and you even get given toilet paper too, so you don’t need to worry about buying your own, which is always a plus!

“I love that there is a dedicated safeguarding team at Reaseheath; they are very helpful and are always there when you need them. If something is broken, they will arrange to have it fixed within just a few days which is great.

“Although it may be scary at first, when you move into your accommodation you will easily get to know your housemates, and you will begin to feel at home very quickly.

“It’s really hard to fault the accommodation at University Centre Reaseheath – I would recommend it to anyone!”

Summer Lakin - UCR accommodation profile 2023