Student Accommodation

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    Source - Check In Survey 2015/2016

    See prices for the 16/17 academic year here and also the payment plans available here. Our rooms are always in great demand, so act now and secure yours! On campus locations at fantastic all inclusive prices. Why go anywhere else!

    **Academic Trimester Dates 2016/2017**

    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 new £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, 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 You can order prior to arrival and we'll make sure your products are here waiting for you when you check in.

    • 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.
    • Our Student Residence Team

      UWS Student Wardens

      Term time

      Our UWS Residences in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley all operate an out of hours Student Wardening 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 Wardens noticeboard along with their contact details.

      Our Student Wardens are students who are living with us and are 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 Wardens are an additional support mechanism for you to use. Our Student Wardens 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 Student Warden 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 wardens operate an office warden hours 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 Student Warden Mobile.

      What do our Student Wardens 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 Student Wardens 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 Student Wardens 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 wardens are 1st aid trained for any minor incidents and fully trained fire wardens.

      Our Student Wardens 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 Student Warden run events throughout the year! Below is a flavour of what has happened this term.

      Welcome events.

      Residence Halloween Party.

      Christmas Dinner Event.

      Movie nights.

      Pizza nights.

      Pool competitions / inter-campus competitions


      How to apply

      If you are interested in becoming a student warden for this summer 2016 or during term-time 2016/17 application forms and role profiles are below and will be available from each Residence office from Monday 21st March 16 and applications will be due by 5pm on Friday 15th April 2016. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline. 

      Application Form 1617  

      Head Warden Job Description 1617

      Student Warden Job Description 1617

      Summer Student Warden Job Description 1617


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

      Please see below contact numbers and hours of duty.


      Student Warden contacts are available on the noticeboards onsite.

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

      Office Wardens Hour – 16:45 to 17:45 Monday to Friday at Ayr Residence Reception



      Student Warden contacts are available on the noticeboards onsite. 

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

      Office Wardens Hour – 16:30 to 17:30 Monday to Friday at A Block Office



      Student Warden contacts are available on the noticeboards onsite. 

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

      Office Wardens Hour – 17:00 to 18:00 Monday to Sunday at Storie Street Residence Reception. 

    • 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 2016/17 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 16/17 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.  
      We are also available on