Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University and thank you for choosing to live in our accommodation for the next year.

Welcome

Inside this handbook is useful information for you as a resident. Please take the time to have a good read-through and make sure you understand all the obligations and responsibilities that come with moving away from home. It’s a guide to independent living and should help you ease the transition into student life, including a list of contacts to gain advice, support or guidance whilst staying with us.

We hope you have an amazing time and look forward to getting your feedback about your experience at Christ Church in our annual National Student Housing Survey at the end of your stay.

COVID information

Please look out for the COVID-19 specific information throughout this handbook, which refers to government guidance, and highlights your obligations to keep yourself, your housemates and our staff safe. 

To protect yourself and others we are recommending everyone has the COVID-19 vaccination. It is safe, effective and provides the best protection against coronavirus. 

Disclaimer: the COVID-19 advise in this handbook will be updated as COVID-19 Government and University guidance changes.  

Accommodation Licence

The Accommodation Licence Agreement that you’ve accepted is a legal contract between you and the University. It lays out clearly the obligations that you have as a licence holder in the accommodation and the obligations that the University has to you. The minimum duration of the agreement between the University and the Student is for the Licence Period stated in your Summary of Offer.

You MUST read the Licence Agreement to fully understand these obligations.

Preparing to move in

Online induction

Your online induction will be available approximately 21 days before you arrive. This will guide you through instructions on how to book your arrival date and time.

What we provide and the Inventory

In all student accommodation, we provide a fridge, freezer, electric kettle, cooker, microwave, vacuum cleaner, toaster, iron and ironing board. Additionally, washing machines are provided where not offered communally. Rooms are supplied with a mattress and bed base, wardrobe, desk and computer chair, bookshelf, notice board, curtains or blinds, floor covering, lampshade, waste paper bin and electrical and TV sockets.

Although we do our best to ensure your room is ready for you, the Arrival Inventory Form is your opportunity to record if there is anything that is missing or damaged and take photos if possible. If we don’t receive a completed room inspection form from you within 7 days of arrival, we’ll assume that all decoration, fixtures, fittings and other inventory items meet our letting standard.

At the end of your licence period, you will be asked to complete a Departure Inventory Form. We will then carry out an inspection, and taking into account any fair wear and tear, you'll be invoiced for any missing or damaged items.

What to bring

You’ll need to bring a duvet, pillows and bed linen and details of the bed size in your room will normally be available on the individual site webpage.

You will also need to bring items such as:

  • towels
  • tea towels
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • saucepans
  • cleaning materials for keeping the kitchen, bathroom and your bedroom clean and tidy.

 

You can purchase goods and get them delivered here before you arrive, by going to UniKitOut. However only do this once you have received and accepted your accommodation offer, as they will need your accommodation address details.

Toilet rolls are not provided in en suite rooms and shared toilets, although there will be one as part of your welcome pack when you arrive.

All bedrooms have a notice board so that you can put up pictures and posters. Please ensure that you don’t affix any posters, pictures or any other items to the walls in your accommodation as you will be for any redecoration needed.

What not to bring

Items that are not permitted and which you should not bring with you include:

  • candles, tea lights and incense sticks
  • mini fridges
  • BBQs
  • oil and electric heaters
  • chip fryers
  • smoking equipment such as pipes and ashtrays
  • dartboards
  • weapons of any description either real or replica
  • drugs or any other psychoactive substances
  • large items of furniture or equipment such as white goods are not allowed in student
  • accommodation for health and safety reasons
  • pets of any description are also not allowed

COVID-19: Please try to limit the number of belongings you bring to accommodation. In the event that there are concerns regarding COVID-19, you may be asked to pack your belongings in preparation to return home so the fewer boxes the better!

Moving in and the first few weeks

Student standing in the doorway to an accommodation.

Key collection

In all cases, you’ll be given information about where to collect your key in the e-induction. It is important that you remove the key tag, identifying your address immediately.

Please take care not to lose your keys or access card. Replacements are available from Security, but a charge of up to £150 could be payable as in some cases, it may be necessary to change your lock which will incur an additional charge.

For those who have been offered on-site parking, a deposit of £30 will be required for the parking fob which will only be refunded once the fob has been returned.

Do not give your keys to anyone else: keep them safe.

COVID-19: Keys will be only be available for collection on your booked slot.

Adjusting to your new home

Going to University is a challenging and exciting experience with lots of opportunities, but many students find adjusting to a new environment can be difficult. We provide accommodation for a diverse range of students from different backgrounds and expect you to be tolerant and flexible in your dealings with the other students you will be living with.

The first few weeks at University are likely to be different from what you are used to and you may find things overwhelming at first.

We would like you to feel comfortable and settled in your accommodation and regard it as your home. However, please be mindful that appropriate attire must be worn when collecting post or visiting the reception areas in the residences.

If you find that you need information, please contact the University’s i-zone as the central information point of contact for all students, or go to useful university information.

If you need advice, support or guidance, please contact our Student Wellbeing Services. Our Student Wellbeing Services are here should you need someone to talk to. For instance, you can book a chat with our Student Wellbeing Advisors. Their friendly service is free, impartial, non-judgemental and confidential.

COVID-19: You will be expected to follow all government guidance on social distancing. You will be forming a household with the people you live with and will need to follow all guidance on socialising outside of your household.

In the unfortunate situation that you or a housemate contract coronavirus, the whole household will all have to self-isolate according to Government guidelines. When moving in with each other, you will have a role to play in supporting the safety of your new community, by observing social distancing, maintaining good hygiene practice, implementing cleaning rotas and following the Government protocol around contact tracing and self-isolating.

We will provide information, guidance and support so you can feel confident about your personal responsibility in keeping your household, neighbours and yourself safe.

Living together

The majority of students in our accommodation share facilities and therefore need to collectively organise certain tasks. We strongly suggest that during the first week you sit down with house/flatmates and confirm ground rules regarding noise, study times, guests and the sharing of personal belongings.

Accommodation staff will be available during the first couple of weeks at your sites and we also have Student Accommodation Champions (2nd or 3rd-year students who live in university accommodation) to offer advice and guidance on living together.

Visitors

You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests and these guests will be expected to comply with all Terms and Conditions of your Licence Agreement when they are in the accommodation.

Guests must not be left in accommodation unaccompanied. Residents are limited to one overnight guest for no longer than two nights in any one calendar week (Mondays to Sundays), and there must be a break of at least two nights between visits. Any guest, day or night, must be signed in with the residence Security staff. Where there is no site office, please sign into the site where you picked up your keys when you first arrived.

COVID-19: In line with current government guidance, the overnight visitor policy has been suspended. This will be reviewed monthly or as guidance changes. We will communicate any changes to you by email.

Keeping it clean

It is in everyone’s interests to maintain a clean, hygienic and safe environment. All residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their own bedrooms and ensuite rooms.

It is the responsibility of all residents in the flat/house to keep the kitchen clean, making sure that it’s clear of washing up and food waste. All rubbish, both recycling and landfill, must be taken to outside bins daily (before they overflow). Cleaning the kitchen also includes making sure that the grill pan, oven and microwave are clean regularly and that the fridge freezer is kept clean and free of ice.

Members of our Housekeeping team will regularly inspect kitchens, shared bathrooms and communal areas (internal and external) to ensure that they are kept to a good and clean standard. We provide a cleaning rota so that all residents are aware of what is expected. If, after a number of warnings it is still unacceptable, our team will contact all residents to resolve the issues. It is therefore important to make sure that you talk to your housemates and keep to the rota given to you. Please note that Canterbury is a high limescale area and you must not mix bleaching and descale products as mixing the two products produces a chlorine gas which could be fatal.

COVID-19: Additional cleaning is in place in communal areas such as stairways and corridors. The responsibility for cleaning your residence remains with your household. Specific cleaning information will be provided to you on arrival. Support is available from our housekeeping teams if you need additional guidance on cleaning

Causes of friction

Life in student residences has many advantages and can give you the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. However, there are lots of people around you and everything you do affects them and small tensions can become problems. Common causes of conflict include:

  • Playing music too loudly, particularly with a high level of bass, and especially after 11.00 pm. Remember everyone has the right to expect to sleep at night without disturbance.
  • Having noisy friends in your room, especially late at night.
  • Having friends constantly over to your accommodation without consulting flatmates.
  • Clattering around in rooms, corridors or kitchens, and banging doors, especially fire doors.
  • Leaving dirty dishes, food and rubbish lying around.
  • Playing ‘pranks’ on others, for example hiding belongings or taking food or borrowing kitchen items belonging to a housemate.

Please be considerate towards your housemates. You can make friends for life at university, and at Christ Church Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are central to our ethos and underpin everything that we do.

Noise

Noise can be a particular problem when so many people live in close proximity to each other.

Residents must not make excessive noise between the hours of 11pm and 7am. Noise should be at a sensible level at all other times. Requests to turn down music should be responded to in a positive manner. Unacceptable noise outside these hours will be treated as a serious breach of Terms and Conditions and may lead to early termination of your Licence.

Excessive noise is the greatest source of friction, both internally between residents in block accommodation and with the wider community. Avoid slamming doors, having loud discussions in your room or kitchen, shouting in corridors or out of the window. Be particularly mindful of noise you may make when returning home after a night out.

Mediation

If you are having problems with your accommodation, another student or a neighbour, then mediation may be a way of resolving disputes in these and other areas of conflict.

Mediation is a voluntary process where parties can resolve their differences with the guidance of an impartial mediator.

Visit the mediation clinic for more contact information.

During your stay with us in the accommodation, staff are available to advise you when you want to raise a query or note concern about anything in your accommodation. It is important that you feel able to talk to us if you feel unhappy or dissatisfied about any aspect of your accommodation. If you inform us at the earliest opportunity, quite often matters can be dealt with informally and promptly. However, if you feel you need to make a formal complaint if you are still dissatisfied, please see the Accommodation Complaints Procedure.

If you are unhappy with another student’s behaviour we ask that you try and talk to them informally first in an open manner. If this does not work please contact us in accommodation or security, and we will look at the options including mediation if suitable.

What you need to know

Internet

Your Internet is provided by the University.

The WiFi service we provide is called “Eduroam” and once connected, is available throughout your accommodation, on campus, as well as at other universities, colleges, museums and libraries around the world

For more information, you can browse our ResNet FAQs and for guidance please contact the i-zone.

Please ensure you are familiar with the IT Provision for Students on Campus, as well as looking at

Students and the TV Licence

In some of our accommodation we provide TVs in communal areas. Where we provide TVs, we ensure that a TV Licence is in place to cover its use. Please note however, that you will still require your own TV Licence should you have a TV set in your bedroom, and full information on this can be found on the TV Licensing webpages. You must be covered by a TV Licence to:

This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

Please be aware that as a result of geographical location, TV reception in some of the residences can be poor. You can find out further information on digital reception here.

Registering to Vote

Don’t forget that if you wish to vote you will need to register on the Electoral Register which you can do by going online.

Post and Parcel Deliveries

Post is delivered to your Security Reception, or direct to your house/flat post-box, (Monday to Saturday). Please ensure that all post is fully addressed, to include your room and flat/ house number.

Please note at Lanfranc parcel delivery drivers will call their flat number on the intercom and students are required to please answer and collect their parcel from the entrance gates.

We have limited storage at our site offices, and so we request that you make your own arrangements for parcel deliveries, e.g. local Amazon lockers.

CCTV and 24-hour Security

We take pride in providing a safe and welcoming environment at all of our accommodation sites.

CCTV is installed in some areas of the accommodation for your security and safety. This is carefully managed by us to ensure residents’ privacy.

All accommodation has 24-hour security available. In case of emergencies or first aid issues please call Security on 01227 922111. For all general enquiries please call 01227 922355 or contact the Security Caretakers on-site if you have a reception.

The Security Caretakers have disciplinary powers and any residents who ignore warnings from them may be subject to further disciplinary action from the University. To ensure overall safety, Security Caretakers have the power to stop and request ID from any resident or person in the accommodation. Security is everyone’s concern and it is also yours and your flat mates’ responsibility to ensure that you are all living in a secure and safe environment.

Insurance

Residents’ belongings are covered by a block insurance policy. This provides cover for loss or damage to belongings from theft, fire or flood. Look at the Certificate of Insurance for further details to check the cover is adequate for all your possessions, especially if you have specialist equipment or anything of particular value.

As part of the online induction process, you will be provided with a live link to the insurance induction page. This will provide you with your policy details, how to claim additional insurance cover that you may wish to purchase.

The University advises that valuables are not brought into residencies unless it is essential to do so. If this is the case, you should make every effort to ensure that they are kept safe, secure and appropriately stored.

Laundry

All of our accommodation includes laundry facilities, either in the kitchen or in a card-operated facility nearby. Some sites have access to an App that you can download, to help make doing the laundry less arduous.

Please ensure that laundry is not dried in kitchens and communal areas or on radiators, which can present a risk of fire and mould from condensation.

COVID-19: Please ensure that you wipe all surfaces before and after use. Hand sanitisers are present at the main entrance to all shared laundry facilities.

Waste and Recycling

Please recycle your waste, as the University supports all aspects of recycling. Throughout every site and campus there are clear ways in which we can all support our recycling policy.

Individually labelled bins are placed in most kitchens and it is your responsibility to follow the house/site instructions in dealing with this important matter. There are also special bins at different University locations for the disposal of ink cartridges and batteries.

We are a 0% waste to landfill University, however, we still aim to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we possibly can, as a responsible and environmentally aware organisation.

  • Please remove all glass and recyclable materials in the bins provided. Food waste can be segregated and put into the food waste bins where applicable.
  • Packaging waste: Packaging waste is a large proportion of overall waste. Try to buy things in the types of packaging that can be recycled; remember to crush boxes and plastic bottles before putting them in the recycling bin. Get yourself reusable shopping bags; they’re much easier to carry, and reduce plastic bag waste. Most plastics, cardboard and tins are recyclable, but empty them and give them a rinse if needed first, so you don’t contaminate a whole bag of recyclable materials.
  • Remember that tissues, paper napkins, cling film and other very thin/soft materials are not recyclable, use them sparingly and put them in general waste when you’re finished with them.
  • Charity donations: Give good quality unwanted items to charity rather than throwing them away. There are many charity outlets in Canterbury as well as collection points across the town and campus for recycling books and clothing. At the end of the year, the Student Union collaborates with British Heart Foundation to provide you with charity sacks, making donating unwanted goods before you leave university housing even easier.

The University is committed to improving energy efficiency across our sites, in our offices, lecture theatres and accommodation, but we need your help. To do your part, think about the following and make them part of your everyday routine and this will really help.

Christ Church is aware of its environmental impact and how we work together for sustainable change, whilst maintaining comfortable living conditions. The University heating season is from 1st Oct-1st May, where heating is provided to between 19° and 21°C, during normal occupancy hours, usually switching off from 11pm to 6am.

The Students’ Union also runs Green Awareness campaigns which you can get in.

Remember, you can:

  • Reduce electricity consumption by turning off lights, televisions, computers, stereos etc... when leaving bedrooms or lecture/seminar rooms, and avoiding leaving equipment on standby.
  • Open your curtains, natural light is best!
  • Only boil the amount of water you need and avoid putting warm food in fridges.
  • Turning your radiator down or having a shorter shower will help the University to reduce gas used in the combination boilers and limit greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Put on a jumper before turning heating up, and if it is so hot in your halls that you have to open a window, please advise your Residency Reception who will adjust your thermostat if you cannot do it yourself.
  • Please report dripping taps to your Residency Reception so we can get these fixed.

Transport and Parking

All accommodation is centrally located on excellent public transport routes, and there are two train stations in Canterbury.

We strongly advise you not to bring a car with you to Canterbury. There is limited parking available at the following accommodation sites: Parham Road Student Village, Lanfranc House and Pin Hill. These spaces will be offered first to students who may need their car for travelling to work placements, and then any spaces left can be applied for. To request a car park space at your accommodation site by email.

If you must bring a car with you and there are no spaces at your accommodation, you can contact the local council to discuss alternative parking.

Parking for motorbikes also available. Please contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk for further details.

Bicycles:

You are very welcome to bring your bike to University but they must not be stored anywhere inside your accommodation as they may form an obstruction in the event of an emergency situation. There is ample storage for bikes across all sites. There are also lockers, showers and changing facilities available for cyclists across the university. The insurance we provide does not cover the loss or theft of bikes. You may want to consider this if you are thinking of bringing an expensive bike, please refer to the Insurance section above.

Campus Facilities, Travel and Parking

You can take advantage of discounted public transport services and find details on how to get between different campus locations using the free shuttle bus.

Housemates playing a game in their accommodation.

Faults and repairs

Maintenance and repairs are carried out by our staff or approved contractors all of who are clearly identified. We have some properties that we lease, where the owner's contractor will carry out the work.

How to report a fault

Faults should be reported via Planon, the Fault Logging App. You can find more details by visiting www.canterbury.ac.uk/accommodationfault, where you can find information on downloading the App. However, for emergency repairs out of office hours, please contact Security on 01227 922355 immediately.

If there is a delay in repairing the fault you’ll receive an update via your email address. We aim to respond to all emergency repairs within one working day; urgent repairs within three working days; routine repairs within five working days; complaints within five working days and projects within thirty working days. Details of what priority your repair has been classed as can be provided to you upon request. If we cannot fix something, we may have to wait longer for parts or a replacement on occasions.

Reporting a fault in your accommodation will form a contract between you and the University. You must therefore expect a member of maintenance staff or a contractor to enter your property to repair the fault. In an emergency, for example a flood, we may enter your accommodation without prior notice. Charges may be incurred by residents if non-urgent problems are reported during out-of-office times resulting in emergency contractors being called.

We would also refer you to your responsibility as a tenant as detailed in your Accommodation Licence Agreement.

Planned maintenance

We try to carry out planned maintenance of buildings to minimise inconvenience to residents but it is inevitable that some work will be carried out while you live there. We’ll normally give 7 days’ notice of planned work.

COVID-19: All staff and contractors who need to access your accommodation will comply with COVID-19 measures.

Room Checks

In order to ensure your health and safety, we reserve the right to enter residences without prior notice, such as if there is a potential emergency or disturbance. Occasionally the Security Caretakers need to visit rooms where there is a noise nuisance or other disturbance. Routine inspections and safety checks are conducted to monitor maintenance issues, health and safety considerations and to ensure that accommodation is being kept in reasonable order.

Inspections and safety checks are carried out at least twice during the licence period, usually at the end of November and Easter. We endeavour to give 7 days’ notice of these visits and it is recommended that, where possible, you are in your flat or house when the check takes place. For urgent work, we will give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice unless immediate action is required.

A clipboard with Staff & Contractor Access Logs will be located by the front entrance of your property and anyone entering should sign in and out on this log. All staff and contractors should carry ID, which you can ask to see.

Vandalism and damage

Residents will be held responsible for damage in their room beyond fair wear and tear. Any damage should be reported immediately to your Residency Reception or via i-zone. Rooms are inspected prior to arrival and departure. Residents will be invoiced for the cost of repairing the damage.

In circumstances where costs relate to an item/area in any communal area of your accommodation, if no resident(s) accepts responsibility the costs will be spread equally between all residents in the house/flat. Residents are expected to maintain the security of communal areas by locking outer doors when going out.

When damage is identified, students will be contacted, allowing the person(s) responsible (or anyone that has knowledge of who is responsible) 24 hours in which to identify themselves to Accommodation staff. Where the person(s) responsible for the damage are identified, they will be charged accordingly.

Condensation and ventilation

Condensation can cause staining and black mildew but there are several ways this can be reduced or avoided altogether. Remember to:

  • Use extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Ensure doors are closed to other areas of the residence.
  • Where condensation has occurred be sure to leave room heating ON to assist in drying out and remember to keep the room well ventilated.
  • Leave the small ventilation grill in your window open at all times.

First Aid

In case of emergency, you must always consider calling an ambulance in the first instance. If the injury is minor, please contact staff for assistance or telephone the Security helpline number on 01227 922111.

Remember, you can also call 111. The NHS 111 service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of fully trained advisers. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms and, depending on the situation, will then:

  • give you self-care advice.
  • connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or GP
  • book you a face-to-face appointment
  • send an ambulance directly, if necessary
  • direct you to the local service that can help you best with your concern

Electrical Safety

We carry out annual safety tests on all portable appliances supplied by us, e.g. lamps, microwaves. Electrical appliances which are brought into the accommodation by students must be electrically safe and of sound design. They should carry an ASTA/BEAB kite mark or equivalent European safety conformity marking. Their use will be at your own risk. Make sure cables to personal electrical equipment are safe and are not a trip hazard or fire risk.

Students from overseas should make sure their travel adaptors are compliant with British Standard 1363 for use with 230v AC power supply. This will be clearly displayed on the adaptor.

Appliances, cables and plugs that are damaged MUST NOT BE USED, and we may remove them. Please ask for advice if you are unsure.

Fire Safety

If you discover a fire

In the event of a fire, you should operate the nearest fire alarm call point, leave the building immediately and proceed to your designated Fire Assembly Point. Residents must evacuate the building if the fire alarm sounds, and only return to the building when a Fire Officer or Security Officer instructs them to do so. Residents in Headlease accommodation should leave their house immediately and telephone 999 and ask for the Fire Service, making sure they give the full address of the building where the fire has been identified.

Health and safety in accommodation

Fire Alarm Procedure

Follow the guidelines set out in your accommodation. Fire Evacuation Procedure notices are placed strategically throughout our accommodation, and you are asked to familiarise yourself with the procedure at the earliest opportunity.

  • If you are able to and it is safe to do so, shut windows and doors when leaving your room.
  • If you are able to, shout “FIRE” or bang on doors to warn others.
  • Leave quickly and safely and go to your designated Fire Assembly Point.

Fire Drills

Fire evacuation drills are arranged as per the University Fire Safety policy. You are required to cooperate with the instructions of University staff during evacuation drills. Should any impairment mean that you would face difficulty in responding quickly to a fire alarm activation, please refer below to Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) for further information.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

Should any impairment mean that you would face difficulty in responding quickly to fire alarm activation, please contact Support Services, who will develop a plan to ensure your safe evacuation. You can also contact them if you have a temporary condition or injury which may impede or slow down your safe evacuation from a building, who can arrange a temporary PEEP to ensure your safety.

Firefighting Equipment

The fire extinguishers and fire blankets are supplied for use only in an emergency. Tampering with any fire safety equipment (e.g. malicious use of fire alarms, unnecessarily discharging fire extinguishers, propping open fire doors or capping smoke detectors) is a serious offence. Any resident found misusing safety equipment will be subject to measures under the Student Code of Conduct, and will have to attend a mandatory Fire Safety Awareness Course.

Fire Alarm Testing

Fire alarms are tested on a regular basis and weekly testing in houses/flats takes place in accordance with University policy.

Candles and Incense Sticks

The use and storing of candles and incense sticks in rooms is strictly forbidden. Candles have been associated with around 2000 University-related fires around the UK.

Fire Safety Basics

Cooking Safety

  • If you are called away from the cooker, remove the pans, and turn off the heat.
  • Don’t be distracted whilst cooking.
  • Always clean the grill pan after use.
  • Turn saucepan handles so they don’t stick out and are not over another ring.
  • Keep the oven door shut.
  • Don’t put tea towels or oven gloves down on the cooker after you have used them.

Frying Safety

  • Oven chips are safer and easier than frying in oil.
  • Chip pans/electric fryers are not allowed in residencies.
  • Use only small amounts of oil in frying pans when shallow frying.
  • Dry any food before putting it into oil-water will cause the oil to ‘boil over’ and ignite with explosive force.
  • NEVER leave the cooker whilst frying.
  • NEVER allow the oil to smoke – this is an indication that the oil is too hot and can easily catch fire.
  • If there are flames raise the fire alarm then if you think it is safe to do so, use the fire blanket to control the fire.
  • IF IN DOUBT GET OUT!
  • NEVER THROW WATER ON THE FRYING PAN OR OIL/FAT FIRES.
  • Never use a fire extinguisher unless you are trained and confident to do so. IF IN DOUBT, GET OUT!

If you follow all the above instructions you will be making sure that you and your housemates are all living in a safe environment. By ignoring these instructions you are putting not only yourself, but all others in the accommodation at risk.

Smoking - all our accommodation is smoke-free

Smoking (including e-cigs or vaporisers) are not permitted in any University building or residence. If you break our fire safety and smoking conditions, including covering smoke detectors or smoking in the shower room, you may be for a fire safety check and have to attend an awareness course. Additional breaches could lead to you being asked to leave our accommodation.

Barbecues

Students are not permitted to have BBQs in any of the Residences or grounds. Anyone found having a BBQ may be subject to disciplinary action.

Snow and ice

We have a snow and ice policy in place and this can be viewed. To avoid injury, please remember to dress for the weather.

Personal Safety

The campus is considered a safe environment and violent or distressing incidents are rare. However, you shouldn’t take unnecessary risks. Please report any incident (whether directed towards you or someone else) to your Residency Reception, Security or another member of staff.

Remember:

  • Never walk home alone after dark.
  • Even if you don’t feel it, try to look confident.
  • Keep to busy, well-lit roads; shortcuts are not worth the risk.
  • Be aware that mobile phones and MP3 players are a popular target for street robbers, so don’t advertise their existence.
  • Cover up jewellery and tuck in the ends of scarves so they can’t be grabbed from behind.
  • Listening to a personal stereo could prevent you from hearing an attacker's approach. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Personal attack alarms can be a valuable item to carry around.
  • If you carry a bag, carry it tucked under the arm furthest from the road with the fastening next to your body.
  • If someone tries to grab your bag, let it go. Your safety is more important.
  • Carry your valuables separately in different pockets. Don’t carry them all in one bag.
  • Try and minimise the number of valuables you carry with you.
  • When going out, tell someone where you’re going and what time you’re due to return or if you intend to stay away from the accommodation for any length of time.
  • When in pubs or clubs, never leave your drink unattended.
Don't forget SafeZone! Safezone is a health, safety and security app. Install it on your smartphone and use it to alert the security team if you need assistance on campus.
Don't forget SafeZone! Safezone is a health, safety and security app. Install it on your smartphone and use it to alert the security team if you need assistance on campus.

Be especially alert whilst you are adjusting to your new home:

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room, even if you’re only going to the kitchen.
  • Ensure that all external doors are locked at all times.
  • Report any fault with any security or fire safety equipment, for example, door locks, window latches, bleeping fire sensors.
  • Don’t lend your keys to anyone else or leave valuables lying around.
  • Ask people you don’t recognise who they are visiting before you let them into the accommodation.
  • Keep your bike locked securely in proper bike storage areas.
  • Close your window when you’re going out if you live in a ground or first floor room.
  • Check the limits of your insurance, you have basic cover through the University, but top up your policy if necessary if you have equipment that is not covered.

Your health and welfare

COVID-19: You are required to follow all government guidance on COVID-19 whilst living in University accommodation. If you feel unwell while you are living in accommodation, please contact NHS 111 and if advised to get a test, inform the accommodation team.

To protect yourself and others we are recommending that everyone has the COVID-19 vaccination. It is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus.

The University has a network of trained professionals offering a range of support and advice for the duration of your time with us. Whether you are seeking guidance to help you successfully continue with your students, or looking for a safe space to talk, or need further support as a disabled student, we are here to help.

It is ESSENTIAL that you register with a local doctor as soon as possible, you will find it very difficult to access health care in the event of illness if you are not registered with a local GP – please DO NOT forget to do this as soon as possible after you arrive at University.

If you are unwell at any time and require assistance, please contact your Residency Reception or Security. You can call NHS Direct on 111 for medical advice and in an emergency dial 999 and then contact a member of staff on call.

Dentist

There are two types of dental care available - private and National Health Service (NHS) funded. All dentists will provide private dental care but not all will accept NHS patients. A full list of dentists in the UK is provided by NHS.

Meningitis and Septicaemia

Older teenagers and university students are identified as being at high risk of infection because they tend to live in close contact in shared accommodation, such as university halls of residence.

Meningitis can be caused by a number of different infections, so several vaccinations offer some protection against it.

Symptoms of meningitis can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. In the early stages, there may not be a rash or the rash may fade on pressure.

Symptoms of meningitis, septicemia and meningococcal disease include:

  • A high temperature
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Breathing quickly
  • A dislike of bright lights
  • Being very sleepy or difficult to wake
  • Fits (seizures)
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Pale, mottled or blotchy skin
  • Spots or a rash
  • Headache
  • A stiff neck

If you, or someone you know has these symptoms, seek urgent medical advice. Don’t wait for a rash to develop. Early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics are vital.

See also our Health Support webpage for more information.

 

Immunisation against Illness

Contagious illnesses can spread easily on a University campus; please make sure that you are fully immunised before you arrive. It’s often worth checking with your family or your doctor which immunisations you have had. If you are a UK student aged between 18 and 25, there’s a very good chance that you’ve had only one dose of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine.

See more information on vaccinations.

Drugs and Alcohol

The possession or misuse of drugs (including cannabis) constitutes an offence in law. All students found in possession will be subject to the University’s Student Code of Conduct

  • Any substance that is ‘intoxicating’ can be abused and can be addictive;
  • Any substance abuse can have very serious consequences for your physical and mental health, relationships, future career and in the extreme your future altogether. It can seriously damage your academic performance and mean you are not giving your best to your studies – and that’s a waste when you think about what you are paying and sacrificing to come to university!
  • The use of illicit drugs can have very serious consequences for you staying in university accommodation – we will give you notice to quit if you are using drugs on our premises.
  • Canisters and Illegal highs over chemical substitutes – NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

Whatever you choose to do, it’s wrong to pressure anyone else to use any kind of substance. Respect their point of view.

If you are concerned about your level of drug or alcohol use, then you can contact Student Wellbeing Services, where there are staff within the department who can help students to access appropriate support externally.

Remember, when it comes to alcohol, most people tend to overestimate how much other people are drinking and can end up drinking more themselves just to try and “be like everyone else” – the reality is they are likely to be drinking a lot less than you think!

Access here for further information on drug abuse and alcohol.

The SU is proud to be working on accreditation for Best Bar None and NUS Impact so the Lounge bar & kitchen at St George’s Centre is a safe and inviting space for students to socialise.

Expect Respect

At Christ Church, we believe that we all have a part to play in creating and welcoming campuses, free from harassment. Click here for further information about Expect Respect.

If you have witnessed or experienced bullying or harassment, we are here to support you. Use our online Report+Support tool to report incidents either anonymously or to speak to an adviser for support. 

The CCCU Expect Respect Pledge

  • To give respect to all;
  • To take responsibility for helping to create an inclusive and welcoming University;
  • To take positive action to prevent discrimination by not tolerating, condoning or ignoring harassment of any kind;
  • To educate myself and others about harassment - what it is, how it makes people feel and challenging harassment when possible.

Your room: payments and changes

Paying for your Accommodation

The rent is payable either in full before the start of the academic year or in three equal instalments, each instalment payable at the start of each term. Should you choose to pay by instalments you will need a guarantor (who we will contact should your payments fail). What you need to know about and Your Accommodation Fees, Your Responsibilities.

Accommodation Room Changes

COVID-19: To mitigate any risk of contagion, room swaps or changes are suspended. If you would like to discuss a social situation in your accommodation, please contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk.

Change of Circumstances

You are legally bound to pay rent for the entire duration of the contract, even if you vacate your room for a period or leave before the end of the Licence Agreement. Returning your keys does not mean the Licence Agreement has ended.

If you wish to leave your accommodation but are intending to continue to be a full-time registered student of the University, you will only be released from your Licence if you find a replacement student not currently in University-managed accommodation. You‘ll have to pay for your University accommodation until a replacement student moves into your vacated room. If you’re considering this option we strongly recommend that you visit Accommodation Services to discuss this matter in more detail prior to signing any other agreement with another landlord.

If you cease to be a student at the University by withdrawing or interrupting your course, your licence to occupy university accommodation ends and you must vacate the accommodation and hand your keys into the site office. Full details of how to terminate your agreement can be found in the Terms and Conditions at the end of this handbook.

Contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk to discuss your situation with us.

What's next

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Accommodation for your 2nd and 3rd Years

If you are a single student currently in your second or third year, you can request to stay in one of our University study bedrooms as a returning student, as long as your accommodation payments are up-to-date and you haven’t broken your licence. Students with a disability who cannot find a suitable room in the private sector will be prioritised.

Why consider Christ Church Accommodation?

  • 39-week licence: no summer rent or bills.
  • All your bills are included, plus free internet access and free content insurance and there are no Council Tax worries either!
  • Support when you need it: a helping hand right on your doorstep.
  • Repairs? No problem! Our in-house trades team are here for you.
  • Peace of mind. Stay with us for your entire student journey, and make housing one less thing to worry about.
  • Housing with friends. Did you know you can now apply to live with your friends?
  • Another plus: if a member of your group pulls out, you would not be liable for the extra rent/bills (which is sometimes the case in the private sector). You can apply as an individual student too!
  • Stick you what you know. Most accommodation is open to returning students.

COVID-19: When moving in with each other, you will have a role to play in supporting the safety of your new community, by observing social distancing, maintaining good hygiene practice, implementing cleaning rotas and following the Government protocol around contact tracing and self-isolating.

Contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk to discuss your situation with us.

See what help is available to you when looking for your off-campus student home.

Private Sector Accommodation

Should you choose to move into the private rented housing, we have put together some information to help you on where to look for your accommodation outside of the University in Canterbury and Medway, as well as private renting tips and advice and a student-friendly guide about renting as a student.

Moving out

The occupancy of your room lasts for the entire period stated in your licence. If you want to extend your contract over the summer period, this may be possible but please check with the Accommodation Office for availability.

When you Leave

You will need to:

  • Leave your room in a clean and tidy state, and undamaged.
  • Complete a Room Inventory Departure Form. If you leave and we find something wrong you could be charged.
  • Ensure that all outstanding debts to the University have been settled by contacting our Finance team at ar@canterbury.ac.uk.
  • Ensure that you make arrangements to have your post redirected as we are unable to forward any post after you leave and will need to return it to the sender.
  • Remove ALL your personal belongings.
  • Check that inventory item are present.
  • Restore all furniture to its original position.
  • Empty desks, drawers and wardrobes.
  • Clean ensuite bathrooms.
  • Remove posters, pins, blu-tack etc from pinboards and ensure all walls are cleared and unmarked.
  • Clean and vacuum your room and all communal areas, leaving it clean and tidy.
  • Remove all rubbish/waste/unwanted items to the appropriate dustbin/recycling areas.
  • Vacate your room, lock it and return your keys to Security or Residency Reception where you will be issued with a receipt. You will be charged for replacing keys and/or changing locks if keys are not returned.
  • After you have moved out of your room and handed in your keys, the room and communal areas will be checked.
  • If any damages or losses are found, or if extra cleaning is required or rubbish left in your room or in communal areas, a charge will be generated on your account.

Contact us

Support Services

The University has a network of trained professionals offering a range of support and advice for the duration of your time with us. Whether you are seeking guidance to help you successfully continue with your studies, looking for a safe space to talk or need further support as a disabled student, we are here to help.

SafeZone

is a safety app that Christ Church is making available to all its students and staff at all its campuses. The app allows you to alert University Security if you ever need urgent assistance, first aid or if you have an emergency while on campus via your mobile phone. The system is privacy protected, so will never share your location unless you summon assistance or if you use the check-in function. This also means the app will not drain your mobile phone battery.

The i-zone

is your student helpdesk and one-stop-shop for information about all aspects of life at university. If they do not know the answer to your question they will know who to ask. 

Please look out for the COVID-19 specific information throughout this handbook, which refers to government guidance, and highlights your obligations to keep yourself, your housemates and our staff safe.

Accommodation Site Contact Information Canterbury (email: accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk)

Out of office hours (17.30 – 08.30) Tel: 01227 922355 (via Security)

  • Petros Court Office hours Tel: 01227 922375/921777
  • St Georges Place Office hours Mobile: 01227 923485 (via St Georges Reception)
  • Parham Road Student Village Office hours Tel: 01227 472537/764864
  • Pin Hill Office hours Tel: 01227 453097
  • Lanfranc Office hours Tel: 01227 456392
  • All other residences at Canterbury Office hours Tel: 01227 922222 (via i-zone) Fault Reporting Find out how to report a problem, emergency and non-urgent repairs so that we can take action on your behalf, in a safe and timely manner.

 

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