Castle Leazes is a traditional residence, just a three minute walk to the edge of the campus and city centre and even closer to the University Sports Centre. Castle Court is a newer block, also on the site. Both provide comfortable accommodation with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, offering both catered and self-catered options.
For those in catered rooms, breakfast and evening meal is served Monday to Friday in the dining rooms. Vegetarian options are available, however we are unable to cater for every dietary need and in particular we are unable to offer Kosher, Vegan or Halal diets. Catering is further complemented with a coffee shop, serving good-value hot and cold snacks and drinks during the day and, at other times, light snacks and sandwiches can be bought from the bar and shop. Vending machines provide a 24-hour service for confectionery, snacks and drinks. Small snack kitchens are available for when meals are not provided and include a cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster but you must provide your own crockery. While the blocks are mixed gender, you share the corridor, bathroom and kitchen facilities with students of the same gender. There are a small number of rooms situated within two-bedroom flats in the blocks which are used as overflow accommodation. These two-bedroom flats are located within the main corridors and provide two single bedrooms with a small kitchen and bathroom.
If you are in self-catered accommodation, there are two available options. Most rooms in the traditional blocks offer a washbasin and centre on a corridor (with approximately 10 rooms to a floor), with bathroom and kitchen facilities shared with students of the same gender, but the block will be mixed. Kitchens contain full sized cooker, refrigerator and freezer (with dedicated shelf space for each resident), microwave, kettle and toaster, and each resident has a lockable cupboard. A separate dining room is situated opposite the kitchen.
The rooms which provide en suite facilities are based either in Castle Court and consist of fourteen seven bedroom flats or within recently refurbished areas of the main block which have been converted to offer eight 10-bedroom flats. The flats offer a fully equipped communal kitchen, dining area and lounge with comfortable seating and a flat-screen TV, complete with TV licence.
Being self-catered you will have to cook and clean for yourself but you can opt to take occasional meals in the dining room (a hot main meal is only £3.50) or, better still, buy into the fully catered package and let someone else do it for you! Vegetarian options are available, however we are unable to cater for every dietary need and in particular we are unable to offer Kosher, Vegan or Halal diets. Crockery packs are included in all self-catered kitchens. Vacuum cleaners are also provided.
With over 1,000 students at Castle Leazes, there is a large range of facilities and social events to ensure that residents get the best introduction to student life. There is also a computer cluster of over 30 PCs, linked to the Internet via the University’s Information Systems and Services.
A large screen TV in the bar area allows sporting events to be viewed.
A Residence Manager is responsible for the services and facilities as well as welfare and discipline.
We take the safety of our students very seriously and Estates Security Officers patrol our accommodation to ensure your peace of mind.