Spend a Study Abroad Semester at St Mary's Study Abroad Programme Accommodation
St Mary's University is on a beautiful, safe, self contained campus in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham with busy towns nearby, great local transport links and central London only 30 minutes away by train. We are proud of our community atmosphere, and with just 5,000 students studying here it is easy to make friends and feel at home.
We offer a variety of accommodation to our study abroad students. This can be accommodation with a family in our homestay programme or in en-suite accommodation on campus.
Information on how to book your accommodation can be found at the bottom of this page.
Almost all of our homestay accommodation is in the pleasant, suburban locations of Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton Hill close to our campus. These areas are generally very safe, but as with all urban locations students need to be aware of, and take responsibility for, their personal safety.
Staff from the Accommodation Office have visited all homestay accommodation to ensure that it is suitable - clean, well maintained and with suitable hosts who understand the homestay arrangements.
Types of Accommodation / Rooms
Accommodation may be in a house or an apartment. There can be wide variations in size and facilities. The bathroom is often shared with the hosts. In the some cases the student will have a separate dedicated bathroom or en-suite (for sole use and directly off the room).
The room can be single or double size (with single or double bed) but will be in good condition, well decorated and warm - furnished with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, hanging storage and chest of drawers as a minimum.
Hosts may be single females or couples, with or without children. Many hosts have pets (cats/dogs). We will place students with animal allergies with a non pet owner.
Students staying in homestays need to be aware that they are living in someone else’s home and be considerate and sensitive to the family lifestyle.
We try to find very local hosts where possible - generally within 25 minutes' walk, although this depends on availability of hosts - as students eat their evening meal in the Refectory on campus every day.
A short bus ride from host to campus may sometimes be required (maybe 5-10 minutes). If the student buys an Oyster card (initial cost £5, refundable when you return the card) this can be loaded with credit and provides cheaper bus journeys currently £1.40 for a single trip anywhere along a bus route.
Length of Stay
The University places students with hosts on the understanding that this will be for the whole semester. Hosts may depend on the income and they may have turned away other lodgers. Homestay is therefore not to be used as a 'stepping stone' to a room in halls (i.e. should one be made available by a UK student withdrawing from university).
We will only move students to another location if it is clear that there is a serious problem between host and student and that this cannot be reconciled.
What Our Students Say
"I would definitely recommend living in a homestay. What I've heard from my friends living on campus is it' can be a little noisy. It's nice and quiet here and I like having my own space and having the freedom to come and go as I please. My host mom is very nice and is always here to help me if need be."
"I cannot imagine my accommodation any other way than with my wonderful host family! To experience British culture in the comfort of a home is tranquil and enjoyable. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the conventional lifestyle of the British home. I know I'll recommend the homestay option to students back at my home university."
"Katie was an amazing hostess. She was awesome to talk to, made me cups of tea when it was cold outside, and above all always made me feel at home."
How To Book Your Homestay
If you wish St Mary’s to arrange your accommodation, you need to complete a Study Abroad Application Form (PDF). If your application is successful, the International Office will forward further instructions to you regarding your accommodation and registration.
Although we will endeavour to offer you your preferred accommodation, this cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation can only be guaranteed to students who complete and return their form before the closing date.
De Marillac Hall - Campus Accommodation
St Mary’s offers a limited number of en-suite single study bedrooms on campus, in our De Marillac hall of residence. All rooms have internet access and meals (breakfast and evening meal each day) are provided in the University refectory, only a few minutes’ walk from the hall.
The accommodation fees vary according to the type of accommodation:
Homestay £3,100 per semester
De Marillac Hall £3,300 per semester
All students are required to pay the accommodation fees in full prior to arrival, together with a damage deposit of £200. This deposit will be refunded after the end of the contract period, minus any charges for damages, lost keys etc.
We aim to provide our students with a happy and safe environment in which to study and socialise and are confident that you will enjoy your time at St Mary's.