Accommodation

ResLife

September 2021 applicants

The information below is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. This page will be updated accordingly as circumstances change.

ResLife

ResLife

ResLife @ NCL. Engage Grow Belong

ResLife at Newcastle

Your ResLife (Residences Life) team is a dedicated and award winning team within the Accommodation Service who are here to help you have a fantastic first year experience.

ResLife aims to support all of our students within University-owned and managed partnership accommodation to make your first year in University halls the best it can be as you make the transition into higher education, independent living and creating new friendships.

It will develop a lively and fully inclusive community within the three student villages (Castle Leazes Student VillageKensington/Park Student Village and Park View Student Village); each of these villages has a dedicated ResLife Coordinator, who is supported by ResLife Student Assistants (RSAs) in aiding the social, academic and personal integration of new students in the accommodation.

We are here to build a sense of belonging and community through an organised events programme; this includes everything from photo/scavenger hunts and inter-hall competitions to movie nights and cooking classes.  You’ll benefit from free interactive ResLife ‘Hacks’ on topics such as healthy living, drug and alcohol awareness, finances and budgeting, consent, safety and security, sustainability, handling difficult dialogues and situations, and everything independent living.

In collaboration with other university services, we will enhance your residential experience through a fun interactive programme of events, peer to peer/staff support and personal development/life skills within your new home.

ResLife will support you on your student journey from your arrival, to making friends and finding your way around campus, becoming an active and positive member of your academic community. Finally we will support you in finding your home for second year and being a member of the wider community should you need us. 

We can’t wait for you to be a part of the ResLife community.

Student feedback from Exit Survey 2020 & Spring 2021 Surveys :

“ResLife played a brilliant role in my first-year experience!”
“Thank you for the amazing job u guys are doing. It means a lot especially to international students!”
“Oh, where do I start! A big thank you to all of you for being there all those lonely times. For making me meet some of the best people, and for being some of the best people ever! I love you guys. I hope I meet you again soon.”
“Thank you for all the quizzes, great team of people”
“You have all done a really good job, despite circumstances. Thank you.”
“Thank you for making it so inclusive!”
“Thank you for the support you gave me throughout quarantine and the ongoing pandemic, I felt the ResLife team were very good at keeping in touch with students.”
“……love the giveaways and information... keeps students involved! Wish we had you for second year!”
“Thanks for being such a big source of cheer these two semesters. It was a splendid opportunity, the quiz nights and a few other workshops, to meet people across different accommodations and academic disciplines!”
“Good job guys”
“Lots of interaction. Help you meet new people. Help if you needed it”
“Thank you all very much for the hard work and effort you have put in!”
“Thank you so much for aiding my uni experience and for the enjoyment of the quizzes etc.”
“Thank you so much for being so Inclusive and for working your hardest to cheer students up over this period.”

 

 

 

Your ResLife Team

Your ResLife Team are:

ResLife Manager (RLM)
Tony Chapman-Wilson

Tony.Chapman-Wilson@ncl.ac.uk

Your award-winning ResLife Team is led by your ResLife Manager who oversees the ResLife programme across our Student Villages and works in collaboration with the wider university. In addition to this, he has also ran successful Glee Clubs, Connections Theatre Performances, and designed the ResLife curriculum and delivered ResLife Skill Seminars. 

 

ResLife Coordinators (RLCs)

Within each Student village, ResLife is overseen by a dedicated ResLife Coordinator (RLC). They look after your RSA team, work collaboratively with other university services to ensure the high-quality delivery of events and support your ResLife programme. They also provide student support within your Student Village running ResLife Connect and support sessions so you always have staff support near at hand.


Castle Leazes Student Village 
Includes: Castle Leazes; also Wellington St Plaza                           

Laura Ruddle
Laura.Ruddle@ncl.ac.uk
ResLifeCLSV@newcastle.ac.uk

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Kensington/Park Student Village             
Includes: Grand Hotel, Jesmond Rd, Bowsden Court, Windsor Terrace, Kensington Terrace & Park Terrace; also Turner Court and The View

Stephen Olver
Stephen.Olver@ncl.ac.uk
ResLifekpsv@newcastle.ac.uk

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Park View Student Village                       
Includes: Park View and Marris House; also INTO Joseph Cowen Halls       

Pam Bonner         
Pamela.Bonner@ncl.ac.uk                              
ResLifePVSV@newcastle.ac.uk      

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Services Development Officer

Peter Hunter
peter.hunter@newcastle.ac.uk

This is a diverse role which leads on multiple areas of ResLife including ‘ResAction’, our student volunteer network who promote and engage in sustainability pledges, campaigns and sustainable behaviours within the Student Accommodation.

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ResLife Student Assistants (RSAs)

ResLife Student Assistants (RSAs) are experienced students in second year studies or above who provide peer to peer support to you directly from within your new home. They run regular connect and support sessions for you to ask questions or for guidance, as well as a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive programme of events.

‘Here at Newcastle, we see our ResLife Student Assistants as an essential part of ensuring that ResLife remains student led.  Our RSAs are from very diverse backgrounds and bring a great deal of lived experience to the program.  The quality of our RSA delivery has recently received national recognition with one of our Student Assistants (Putu Sudiana) receiving the CUBO 2020 RA Award for exceptional performance.’

Student feedback from 2020-2021 ResLife Exit Survey:

“Thank you for the support you gave me throughout quarantine and the ongoing pandemic, I felt the ResLife team were very good at keeping in touch with students.”
“……love the giveaways and information... keeps students involved! Wish we had you for second year!”
“Thanks for being such a big source of cheer these two semesters. It was a splendid opportunity, the quiz nights and a few other workshops, to meet people across different accommodations and academic disciplines!”
“Good job guys”
“Lots of interaction. Help you meet new people. Help if you needed it”
“Thank you all very much for the hard work and effort you have put in!”
“Thank you so much for aiding my uni experience and for the enjoyment of the quizzes etc.”
“Thank you so much for being so Inclusive and for working your hardest to cheer students up over this period.”

 Student feedback from 2019-2020 ResLife Exit Survey:

“I’d just like to thank the ResLife team for making my stay so enjoyable and welcoming and wish them the best in the future!”
“I truly appreciate the effort the ResLife staff put in for the students. I am also grateful for how kind they were.”

 

 

 

 

 

Student Villages

Our lively student communities create a sense of belonging throughout your stay.

Each student village has its own unique feel and vibrant atmosphere and all are committed to ensuring your support, growth and some fun also within your first year with us.

You will see that each student village has its own identity as we create a caring, inclusive and giving community, with each having its own colour scheme:

Castle Leazes – Burgundy
Park View – Green
Kensington/Park – Blue

And don’t forget, if you are living in one of the managed partnerships, you are part of this student community as well:

INTO Joseph Cowen HallsPark View Student Village
The ViewKensington/Park Student Village
Turner CourtKensington/Park Student Village
Wellington St PlazaCastle Leazes Student Village 

Engage, grow and belong in your new home. Find out about the different villages below:

 
Student feedback

  • Thank you for being there for people during covid times” - 2020-2021 ResLife Exit Survey
  • “Thank you so much for aiding my uni experience and for the enjoyment of the quizzes etc” - 2020-2021 ResLife Exit Survey
  • “Thank you for organizing the events and your support during the pandemic!” - 2020-2021 ResLife Exit Survey
  • "ResLife was always very supportive and helpful’ - 2019-2020 ResLife Exit Survey
  • Thank you so much for being so inclusive and for working your hardest to cheer students up over this period” - 2019-2020 ResLife Exit Survey

Follow us on our social media platforms:

 

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Events

From social events to life skills workshops, ResLife will have something for everyone.

ResLife is here to welcome you to your Newcastle home, and to support you through your first year at university. Your ResLife Coordinator is available Monday to Friday, and they are there to answer any questions you might have, run a range of competitions and giveaways, facilitate a range of seminars with top tips and useful information, and to signpost you to relevant university services. It’s always good to talk, so feel free to come along for a coffee and a chat, make new friends, develop a range of new skills, and get the most out of your university and accommodation experience.

ResLife Welcome and Orientation Weeks 

Welcome week 1 - Commencing 06/09/21

ResLife Welcome Events

 

Welcome week 2 - Commencing 13/09/21

Welcome week 2 13/09/21

 

W‌elcome week 3 - Commencing 20/09/21

 Welcome week 3 20/09/21

 

Welcome week 4 - Commencing 27/09/21 (Teaching Starts) 

Welcome week 4 - 27/09/21

 

ResLife will offer a blended approach to our schedule, with present-in-person and remote activities across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Zoom, and will offer activities, top tips, social events, trips, support, signposting to university services, information and guidance.

Canvas will be used and will include a weekly ‘ResLife Round-up’ announcement on a Monday, as well as individual sections for each student village, ResAction, the educational curriculum, webinars, giveaways, and videos offering cleaning, cooking and independent living tips. An email reminder will be sent to all in-house students every Friday morning.

We will be running a number of trips during the academic year, so keep an eye out for these as places go on a first-come first-served basis. These might include:

  • Alnwick Castle
  • Game of Thrones and Hadrians Wall
  • Ice Skating
  • Theatre Trips
  • Christmas Markets

Fancy some peer to peer support? Well, your RSA’s will run events 7 days a week in your accommodation both online and in person. These range from bingo and quizzes, to cooklong’s and arts and crafts. The RSA’s are all students themselves who can share their experiences and top tips with you, as well as offer advice on student savings and places to go in the city (and beyond).

Make sure you keep up to date with your ResLife emails, Canvas, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out what’s going on.

ResLife aims:

  1. To provide peer to peer and staff support in your new home.
  2. To create a sense of belonging through engaging in events within your new home.
  3. To allow you to grow and gain life skills to be able to thrive in your first year and beyond.

We run a range of online and present-in-person seminars, known as ResLife Hacks throughout the year, and these include:

  • What is ResLife
  • Who’s Who in Accommodation
  • Fire Safety
  • Keep hold of your key
  • Getting on with your household
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Drug Awareness
  • Look after each other
  • ResAction
  • Sustainability
  • RSA Study Room: Rant/Vent/Study
  • Independent Living: Cooking
  • Independent Living: Laundry
  • Independent Living: Cleaning
  • Consent and Report and Support
  • How to budget

Follow us on our social media platforms:

Facebook – search for ResLife Newcastle University

Twitter – search for ResLife Newcastle University

Castle Leazes Instagramclreslife_ncl

Park View Instagrampvreslife_ncl

Kensington/Park Instagramkpreslife_ncl

Bowsden Court Instagram – bowsden_ncl

**Sign up to our Social Media pages before 30th September for a chance to win one of three 2020 Apple iPads **

Just click on the links above, and follow us for a chance to win

 

Student feedback from Exit Survey 2020 & Spring 2021 Surveys :

 “………. very helpful and always organised useful good events”
 “I believe the ResLife team was particularly important to people who were new to Newcastle as a city. I’d like to say thank you for making it an enjoyable experience living in Leazes and I hope that this is upheld for future students!”
“Friendly easy to talk to people you could easily have chat with if ever you were down or had a problem. A friendly face, who I can ask questions to about life at Uni, where to go and what activities are available to me”

ResLife Support

Support is available in your accommodation seven days a week either from peers (RSAs) or Staff (RLC). You can pop in or book an appointment for a ResLife Connect and support slot. Don’t forget that you can always email your ResLife Coordinator with any questions, or to book a ResLife Connect:

Castle LeazesResLifeCLSV@newcastle.ac.uk

Park ViewResLifePVSV@newcastle.ac.uk

Kensington/Park - ResLifeKPSV@newcastle.ac.uk

and if you are living in one of the managed partnership student accommodation’s, you are automatically aligned with one of the ResLife Student Villages where you can access all of the events, activities, competitions, giveaways and support. So, which Student Village are you part of:

INTO Joseph Cowen HallsPark View Student Village

The ViewKensington/Park Student Village

Turner CourtKensington/Park Student Village

Wellington St PlazaCastle Leazes Student Village

You will receive a weekly email from your ResLife Coordinator giving you the ResLife schedule of events, as well as telling you all about the ResLife ‘Hacks’ and competitions.

We also have a resident’s support manager that we work closely with and will be able to provide more enhanced support and direction to university services.  

 

Regular Social Events

A huge variety of regular events happen on weekly and monthly schedules and will include:

  • Inter-hall events and competitions
  • Orientation and Familarisation
  • Cross-cultural events
  • ResLife Respect campaigns
  • Movie nights
  • Glee clubs
  • Quiz nights
  • Study groups
  • Book clubs
  • Board Gaming events
  • Gaming events – including FiFA Tournaments
  • Poker and games Nights
  • Trips
  • ResLife Rainbow – LGBTQ+

From December, ResLife will be running its Find a Flatmate to support you finding your ideal accommodation and housemates for your second year. There will with introductory sessions in December, and the main sessions will commence in January and will be offered present in person on a Wednesday afternoon, allowing you to meet new, like-minded people; as well as to ask us anything about your second year accommodation options.

Check out the schedule of activities below for:

and check our social media for everything ResLife!

ResAction

ResLife has its own sustainability and climate crisis initiative called ResAction. There will be a range of competitions and events to promote an awareness of everything sustainable. You can also volunteer to be a ResAction Ranger and become an ambassador in your accommodation reminding your flatmates about recycling and reusing.

There are a number of campaigns, events and competitions including:

  • October – Instagram Competition - What don’t I do
  • October – Online Quiz
  • November - Instagram Competition - Winter Wonderland
  • November – ResAction Quiz Night
  • November – ResAction Movie Nights
  • December - Instagram Competition - Switch Off for Christmas
  • January - Instagram Competition - Student saving energy
  • February - Instagram Competition - Fake Bills
  • February - ResAction Movie Nights
  • March - Instagram Competition - Springing into spring
  • March - ResAction Quiz Night
  • April - Instagram Competition - Easter surprise
  • May - Instagram Competition - Summer to Share

Every time to engage with ResAction events you will be put into a prize draw for an iPad at the end of the academic year. So check out Canvas, your emails, and the social media platforms to find out more.

 

 

ResLife Skills

Living on your own just got easy!

ResLife Skills

‘ResLife Hacks’ provides hints and tips‌ to help you on your first year journey. So if you have any questions, or want to develop independent living skills, these are right up your street!

These are available both online and present-in-person, and these include:

  • What is ResLife
  • Who’s Who in Accommodation
  • Fire Safety
  • Keep hold of your key
  • Getting on with your household
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Drug Awareness
  • Look after each other
  • ResAction
  • Sustainability
  • RSA Study Room: Rant/Vent/Study
  • Independent Living: Cooking
  • Independent Living: Laundry
  • Independent Living: Cleaning
  • Consent and Report and Support
  • How to budget

You will also find a range of materials and web-links on Canvas in the ResLife module.

How else do we introduce you to new skills? Well, how about……

  • How to videos: provided to help you use all the amenities within your home. 
  • Vlogs & PodCasts with relevant up to date information about surviving and enjoying the first year experience.  

You can also view these on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

ResLife Connect is also there to help with any issues, big or small, whether it is to signpost you to other university services or talk through flat mate issues, your ResLife team are there to ensure you have support at hand seven days a week. Check out the times of these sessions on your ResLife schedule, or drop your ResLife Coordinator an email to book onto one of these:

Castle LeazesResLifeCLSV@newcastle.ac.uk

Park ViewResLifePVSV@newcastle.ac.uk

Kensington/Park - ResLifeKPSV@newcastle.ac.uk

So see what is available:

  • Welcome Weeks -Commencing weeks 06/9, 13/09, 20/09 and 27/09
  • ResLife ‘Hacks’ – Term 1
  • ResLife ‘Hacks’ – Term 2
  • ResLife ‘Hacks’ – Term 3

Don’t forget to check us out on Canvas as well for everything ResLife!

 

Welcome weeks 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ResLife Skills - Your Educational Curriculum - Terms 1,2 & 3 ResLife Hacks

Educational Curriculum Term 1

Educational Curriculum Term 2

Educational Curriculum Term 3