Semester in London – University of Roehampton Housing

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!

All rooms have internet access and all fees are inclusive of utilities bills and contents insurance. Rooms are either en-suite, semi en-suite or shared facilities with wash basin in room.

Security are on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Hall reps and resident wardens live within the accommodation.

There is wifi in all common spaces in your housing, but I strongly suggest that you bring an ethernet cord to use in your bedroom, particularly if you will be in standard housing!!  If you have a Mac, this may mean buying an ethernet adapter (pictured below).

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Please note that although CISabroad makes every effort to provide your preferred form of housing, we cannot guarantee that all personal preferences are met. We have carefully selected safe and adequate housing for each student and each living arrangement is distinct and special in its own way.

Here is a sample standard room if you want to start imagining what to expect:


Every housing placement is different with different pros and cons. Your accommodations will be different than what you’ve come to expect in your home country. In general, be prepared for a relatively small living space in an older building with very basic amenities.

Now is the time to open your mind and get ready to experience something different; this attitude is in the spirit of your decision to study abroad.

Please also remember, that when you are abroad, you will be representing your home institution and your home country; behave appropriately.

There are no housing changes allowed during the first 2 weeks of the program. There is a natural adjustment period to life abroad and making any housing change decisions during this time is usually premature.

Housing Assignment

We know you are itching to know, but hold tight, you will receive your housing placement and information about your flatmates when you arrive on site.

For those of you who are offered spots in Premium Housing, you will have private bathrooms and bedrooms.  Standard Housing includes private bedrooms and shared bathrooms.  All residence halls include shared kitchens.

Keep your room and the common areas clean; this is especially important when you are sharing a bedroom, apartment, residence, or dormitory.

What is provided?

Bedrooms contain a bed, mattress, and mattress cover, pillow, desk with drawers, desk chair, curtains, wardrobe, shelving and a waste bin.

All flats / halls contain a stove (hob), oven, microwave, kettle, iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner, toaster, fridge, freezer and recycling bins.

Is there a meal plan included with my program fees?

No, there is not.   You will have access to a kitchen in your flat on the Roehampton Campus.  You also have the option to purchase this catered package offered by the University of Roehampton.   You will be limited to prepared foods in on-campus eateries, so this option may not save you money, but you may opt to purchase this directly through the University of Roehampton if you like!

Telephone and internet services:

There are internal phones in each flat / hall of residence and a public pay phone available on Froebel campus. Internet service is provided in all halls of residence, the majority through a data port and some via wireless connection. Wireless is also available in all kitchens and communal areas as well as in the catering areas at each College.

On arrival you will be provided with the relevant connections and information on how to connect.


Remember pollution can be caused by noise as well as litter, so please try to be responsible for your actions at all times.

Students are expected to be mindful of the proximity of neighbours both within the properties and in the wider community. The University takes a particularly serious view of student misbehaviour which inconveniences other members of the University or its neighbours.

Be considerate to your neighbours and avoid undue noise after 11 pm.

Utilities and use:

  • Heating and air conditioning should be used sparingly. NEVER leave heating or air conditioning units while you are not home. If you must have them on when you are sleeping, keep them low.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.

 The following electrical items are not allowed in bedrooms

  • Fridges (including mini coolers)
  • Electric fires and fan heaters
  • Microwave ovens
  • Electric or gas ovens
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Toasted sandwich makers
  • Rice cookers
  • Any other cooking appliance
  • Fairy lights – in any part of the residence


There are coin operated laundries with washers and dryers located as follows:

Whitelands: basement of Beverley
Southlands: ground floors of Blocks B and D
Digby: basement of Lee House and in the Hirst Building
Froebel: ground floor of Lawrence and Aspen
Mount Clare: ground floor of Picasso


  • You should lock the apartment door at all times. Also, when leaving the apartment, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor the housing company will not be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys to the apartment are stolen, lost or misplaced, all locks to the apartment will have to be replaced at the student’s expense, including key copies for all apartment members.
  • If the keys are left inside the apartment/bedroom and the locksmith has to open the door for the you, you will have to pay for this service.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces or roofs. This includes keys, cigarette butts or anything else big or small.

Guests and Alcohol Policies:

  • Disrespectful behavior related to alcohol consumption will end up in dismissal from the housing and you will have to find your own housing at your own expense.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the apartment.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing with them, is absolutely prohibited

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the apartment (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).
  • If extra time is needed to clean the apartment, or if items are damaged or missing, you will be charged and those charges will be deducted from your housing deposit. Housing deposits will be returned 8-12 weeks after the program has ended

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect your hosts and the other people that live in the building.
  • Remember that you are not on a college campus and not in your own home. Respect the property and get out of the “college campus” mentality.
  • Talk to your roommates if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your roommates.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will receive a first verbal warning. This warning will also be written and sent to your sending study abroad program and your home school.
  • The second infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your apartment. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense.
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email