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

All costs referenced below are subject to change.

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 £140 £190 £180
Gawsworth, Capesthorne and Tatton Halls plus 1 house in Rode Hall (these are self-catered only) £140 £190 £180

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

As a University Centre Reaseheath student you are able to choose from catered or self-catered accommodation.

Where to eat:

The Catering Team at Reaseheath offer a wide range of food options across the campus for our students, staff and visitors. We offer breakfast, lunch and evening meals along with snacks throughout the day. The Catering Team can accommodate a variety of diets and food allergies so if you have specific needs please speak to a member of the team and they will be pleased to assist.

Please see individual opening times below, these opening times are for Monday-Friday, term time only.

The information is correct as of 2nd March 2022. All information and times are subject to change.

Open for breakfast: 8 – 9.30am, snacks: 10 – 11am, lunch: 12 – 1.30pm, snacks: 2 – 4pm, dinner: 4.30 – 6pm

The Main Dining Room offers breakfast from 8am and serves light breakfasts to freshly cooked full breakfasts.

Lunch service in the Main Dining Room offers a choice of main courses (including a vegetarian option), meal deal, sandwiches, salad box, jacket potatoes and pasta.

Our evening meals are also served in the Main Dining Room and offer a choice of main courses, vegetarian option, jacket potatoes, and dessert.

All residential students have the opportunity to purchase five or seven day meal packages which offers value for money and allows for planning of costs.

Open 10am – 4pm

Bootzone is open for snacks and light lunches and you are able to visit wearing overalls and boots without changing. As a grab and go lunch option Bootzone serves homemade pies and sausage rolls as well as ready made sandwiches.

Open 8.30am – 3pm

Feast Cafe is a smaller café experience offering hot drinks, snacks, jacket potatoes and toasted sandwiches. Feast also stocks Reaseheath Cheese and Butter to take home. 

Open 9am – 2.30pm

The Courtyard Café and Bar is situated within the University Centre and is for UCR students and staff only. The Courtyard Café serves fresh coffee, snacks, toasted sandwiches, ready made sandwiches and salads. In the evenings, the bar is open, serving bar snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There is a pool table and wide screen TV, and entertainment on most nights. 

Open 10am – 1.30pm

The Catering Van is situated at the Farm (near Agriculture) and offers hot food and drinks.

There are various vending machines across the site offering a variety of snacks. There are Costa Coffee machines in Courtyard Café and the Bield Bar. 

All costs referenced below are subject to change for 2022/23.

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 3 meals a day, all of which will be healthy and balanced.

Student ID cards will be set up with meal vouchers to purchase three balanced meals. This will mean 3 separate meal vouchers will be set up in order for you to purchase breakfast (up to the value of £2.50), lunch (up to the value of £3.50) and evening meal (up to the value of £3.50). This equates to meals to the total value of £9.60, for which you will pay £8 per day only. The use of these meal vouchers therefore is better value for money than purchasing food with card in our outlets.

The 7 day meal package includes three meals per day Monday – Friday with the opportunity for two meals each day during the weekend. Each day comprising of three specific meals i.e. breakfast (to the value of £2.40), lunch (to the value of £3.60) and evening meal (to the value of £3.60). This is with exception of Saturday and Sunday which comprise of brunch and evening meal.

The meal vouchers 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 soft drinks, crisps and chocolate you would need to cover the cost yourself.

As a guide costs are:

  • Breakfast (2 rashers bacon, 2 sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, beans, fried egg and toast) -£4.70
  • A main meal deal includes a main course item with self service potatoes and vegetables – £3.60
  • A pasta meal deal of a main pasta + a sauce +1 side dish – £2.50
  • Ready made sandwiches and salads – £2.50-£3.50
  • Homemade pies from Bootzone – £2


UCR and all Reaseheath campus outlets are cashless. You can use a debit card or the iPay system. The iPay system allows students to load money onto student ID cards which can be used instead of debit cards at all catering outlets. 

Students who sign up to the five or seven day meal packages will have money on their student ID cards. Additional top-ups can be added for bottled drinks and snacks. Vending machines and Costa Coffee machines require a debit card. 

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