Student Accommodation

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    **EN-SUITE ROOMS AT £99.00 PER WEEK FOR THE 2017/18 TERM** 





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    University Accommodation

    A great way to meet new people, make new friends, and gain some independence. Whether you choose a modern en-suite or studio flat at our recently opened Ayr Campus, one of our private flats in the picturesque town of Dumfries, take advantage of the £13.2million student accommodation which opened at Paisley in September 2012 or simply want to be at the heart of campus life in Hamilton, there’s never been a better time to stay in our student residences. With accommodation starting from just £85 per week in Hamilton and £99.00 per week in Ayr and Paisley, UWS accommodation is an affordable choice.

    All of our accommodation is self-catered and cooking facilities are provided.

    Visitors to UWS Campus may be able to take advantage of overnight accommodation in our on-campus halls of residence at a competitive price. Alternatively, visitors looking for short-term private accommodation can check availability using many external websites. Check our accommodation page for each campus for more information.

    • Allocations
      Priority for accommodation offers are based on distance from your home address to the campus. Please see our Allocations Policy for further details. You can apply for accommodation when you have received an offer of a place to study.
    • Insurance
      The University provides contents insurance for you with Endsleigh, the No.1 student insurance provider. This cover does not protect laptops and phones or other items when you are outside your room, or all risks inside your room. It is important for you to check this cover, so please follow the steps below to ensure you fully understand the protection provided.

      Enter in your policy number HH1119 at to check your policy details.

      Visit the review cover link to:

      Check what is covered.
      Check key exclusions and limitations.
      Check your policy excess.
      Check how to make a claim.

      Extend and personalise your cover to protect laptops, phones and other valuables.

      It is important to find out exactly what you are covered for, as you may find that the contents cover is not sufficient and you need to extend it to protect all of your possessions both inside and outside of your room.
    • What do you get?

      The Residence Team provide all students with a bedding pack containing duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillow slips and fitted sheet. We will also provide a crockery starter pack (1 place dinner setting plus tumbler, coffee mug and tea towel). For any specific queries, please contact us through the details on the right hand side of this page.

      We've tried to provide you with everything you'll need to get started, however if you want to add a few extras then please visit our partners website here. You can order prior to arrival and we'll make sure your products are here waiting for you when you check in.

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    • Want to know more?
      We have also put together a handy Frequently Asked Questions guide that will hopefully give you the proper direction at an early stage. This guide will be updated throughout the year.
    • UWS Res Life Team

            UWS Res Life Team

      Our UWS Residences in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley all operate an out of hours Res Life Team who work on a rota basis, 7 days a week and are here to assist you during your stay. Details of who is on duty will be displayed each evening on the Res Life noticeboard along with their contact details.

      Our Resident Advisors are students who are living with us, recruited and trained to help prepare them for taking up the role. Our recruitment period is during spring; however vacancies can occasionally arise during term.

      Should you experience any issues or have any concerns during your stay our Resident Advisors are an additional support mechanism for you to use. Our Resident Advisors can also offer help and advice about other sources of help and support available on and off campus. Whilst it will always be the ambition of the Resident Advisor to be able to assist you; on occasions they may need to refer you to either the Residence Manager or to a specific department dependant on the issue.

      Our Resident Advisors operate an office Res Life hour at their respective sites (please see details below) where they are available in person for any questions / queries. After this time they are contactable via the Res Life Mobile.

      What do our Resident Advisors do?

      We hope your time with us will bring a home away from home feel.

      Our aim is to help create a vibrant residence community and our Res Life Team are integral to this. They are here to help promote a safe and pleasant environment for you to live in, you will see them undertaking daily site patrols and ensuring that noise is kept to a minimum.

      We are committed to ensuring that our Resident Advisors are a friendly face to go to, to ask questions and give advice on resident life / UWS.

      They will often be the first point of contact if you ever experience any welfare or maintenance issues in our accommodation. All our Resident Advisors are 1st aid trained for any minor incidents and fully trained fire wardens.

      Our Resident Advisors are here to help you get involved and make new friends as we appreciate living away from home initially can be a daunting prospect, so look out for our Res Life run events throughout the year! Below is a flavour of what has happened this term.

      Welcome events.

      Residence Halloween Party.

      Christmas Event.

      Movie nights.

      Pizza nights.

      XBox competitions.

      Pool competitions / inter-campus competitions

      How to apply

      If you are interested in becoming a student warden for this summer 2017 or during term-time 2017/18 application forms and role profiles are below and will be available from each Residence office from Wednesday 1st March 17 and applications will be due by 5pm on Friday 17th March 2017. Please note applications may not be considered after this deadline.  

      Res Life Application Form 2017  

      Senior Resident Advisor Role Profile 2017 

      Resident Advisor Role Profile 2017

      Summer Resident Advisor Role Profile 2017


      If you are staying on during the summer our Residences still offer a Res Life Service, however please note that this is often run on reduced numbers.

      Please see below contact numbers and hours of duty.


      Res Life Team contacts are available on the noticeboards onsite.                                                                                                                                  

      Hours of duty - 16:30 to 08:30 Monday to Friday and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday

      Res Life Hour - 16:45 to 17:45 Monday to Sunday at Ayr Residence Reception


      Res Life Team contacts are available on the noticeboards onsite. 

      Hours of duty - 16:00 to 08:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday.

      Res Life Hour - 16:30 to 17:30 Monday to Sunday at A Block Office.


      Res Life Team contacts are available on the noticeboards onsite. 

      Hours of duty - 16:30 to 09:00 Monday to Friday and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday.

      Res Life Hour - 17:00 to 18:00 Monday to Sunday at Storie Street Residence Reception. 

    • What do our customers say about us?

      "Hamilton halls were excellently located for the University. Not even a 5 minute walk"

      "I enjoyed spending my first 9 months of life in Paisley in this accommodation. I made some amazing friends and had alot of good times. Furthermore, it is designed perfectly for students- plenty of space and easy clean surfaces!! I will look back on my time in Storie Street fondly!"

      "Brilliantly located and comfortable, a great place to spend your time at university!"

      "Loved my room. It was warm and cosy and all the staff were extremely helpful and quick with maintenance issues"

      "Easy, secure and communal place to stay for Students"

      "Definitely a great choice for a first-year student, or someone who is moving away from home for the first time"

      "The maintenance team here is awesome. They are very approachable and you can ask them anything. And they will go out of their way to help you out. pretty cool"

      "I thought coming to university in third year would be smart, as a quick and easy way to get my degree and get into a

      job asap, however, after settling in so well at the accommodation, I regret not having been at university from first 

      year. I've made some friends for life from opposite ends of the world!"


      All feedback above was gained through our 'Check Out Survey in May 2016'


    • Already staying with us?

      Please access your Student Portal for any of the following actions - 

      - To log a maintenance problem within your bedroom, your flat or even for the communal areas outside your flat door

      - To go back into your original induction in the event that you cant remember something that you may now find useful

      - Provide and view the inventory of your flat (the inventory should be carried out when you first arrive)

      - A quick link back into Hallpad in the event that you want to extend your lease into a new trimester

      - A quick link into the UWS e-payments system to make any future payments for both rent and tuition

      - We have also included a documents bank with handy forms and information around practical things during your stay (this is something that we are constantly adding to)

      The Student Portal can be accessed using the log in details you created for your Hallpad account when you first applied

    • Finance & Funding

      If you are a UK student who has taken out all the student funding you are entitled to, you should apply to the Discretionary Fund. This is a fund administered by the University to students who need a little extra financial support to get by. Any funding received is usually in the form of a non-repayable bursary and it can be paid directly to your accommodation account, reducing the amount you need to pay each month. To find out more, visit the Funding and Advice Teams webpage at

      All non-EU overseas students staying with us on a full academic contract will be eligible for our 'Overseas Discount'. This discount is changed each year and for 2017/18 will be published at the start of April. Once confirmed the application can be made direct to and is subject to t&c's.

      Our Payment Plan for the 17/18 term is available here

      UWS Bank Details in a printable format to help with all bank transfers.



    • Renting your own accommodation

      UWS is delighted to offer student accommodation from an early stage in the process of your course acceptance. Our standards of accommodation are based on the needs of most students and the fact that many of our residences are on campus allows for quick and easy access to classes and services. However, should you prefer to consider a private let option; it might be worth giving consideration to the following areas:

      • Check that the landlord is registered with the relevant regional authority/council body.
      • Ensure that you receive a written tenancy agreement.
      • Ensure that you receive a receipt for your advance deposit.
      • Ensure that you receive a copy of the inventory of the property.
      • If the property has gas, ensure that you receive a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Certificate.
      • Check online for information regarding the Scottish Government’s Repairing Standard and ensure that your landlord is aware of and adhering to it.
      • If you plan on sharing accommodation with other students, check with the relevant regional authority/council body to establish whether the Landlord has a licence for this. This is classed as an HiMO Licence (House in Multiple Occupation).
      • Ensure that all those sharing sign the Rental Agreement; this will mean that all the tenants have responsibility for paying the rent. You may have to share other costs such as utility bills.
      • Once you have viewed the property it is recommended that you go back and have a look at the area the property is in.
      • For a handy guide that you can print off, read our Advice to students moving to an HiMO

      UWS Residential Services

      If you are considering a private let, but unsure of the local areas, the Residence Team will be delighted to help with advice and recommendations regarding residential areas within each of the campuses as follows:

      • For assistance in Renfrewshire, please contact 0141 848 3159
      • For assistance in South Lanarkshire, please contact 01698 288376
      • For assistance in South Ayrshire, please contact 01292 886 273
      • For assistance in Dumfries, please contact 0141 848 3159 (ask for Nicola)

      At this point, it is worth emphasising that the rent for University accommodation is all-inclusive. There are no additional utility bills to worry about regardless of use; we also provide insurance which covers the cost of your digital multimedia among other things; and we have free wi-fi in many of our residences. A comparison can be seen here at UWS vs HiMO

      If you decide that your private let is not working out at any point, we will be happy to advise and assist you, and do what we can to find you suitable student accommodation within one of our welcoming, safe and convenient student residences.

      Regional Authority Useful Links

      If you are considering letting private accommodation within the South Ayrshire area (this covers the Ayr Campus) go to the private letting info on the South Ayrshire Council Website

      If you are considering letting private accommodation within the Dumfries & Galloway area (this covers the Dumfries Campus) go to the private letting info on the Dumfries & Galloway Council Website

      If you are considering letting private accommodation within the South Lanarkshire area (this covers the Hamilton Campus) go to the private letting info on the South Lanarkshire Council Website

      If you are considering letting private accommodation within the Renfrewshire area (this covers the Paisley Campus)go to the private letting info on the Renfrewshire Council Website

      The local authority websites should also allow access to the “Guide to Private Letting” which can be downloaded and has additional useful information.

    • Non-Term Time Accommodation

      During periods of limited occupancy, for example summer months, we make our sites available to both long and short term bookings by private and commercial customers. To enquire about using our facilities, out with the normal academic year, please contact 

      We have standard rate cards set up and would be more than happy to price a package in line with your requirements.
      For further information please get in touch.  


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    For all enquiries, whether for future or current accommodation needs, please email

    or call

    Paisley Campus
    + 44 (0)141 848 3159

    Ayr Campus
    + 44 (0)1292 886273

    Hamilton Campus
    + 44 (0)1698 283100 (ext 8376)

    Dumfries Campus
    + 44 (0)141 848 3159

    Our offices are open between 0845 and 1645 Monday to Friday (outwith public holidays)

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