Differences between City Campus and St Johns accommodation 

So you’ve decided to spread your wings and fly the nest but where will you be living while at university? If you are deciding to live in halls, then it is the perfect opportunity to embrace student life and here, at Worcester, we have two campuses to choose from. I know, yet more decisions.

I spent much of my first year visiting friends in a variety of different halls and although there is variance between them, all are fitted to suit student needs. With over 1000, recently renovated rooms available, all include:

  • free internet access;
  • no extra charges for gas, electricity and water;
  • compliance with the Universities UK Code of Practice for the Management of Student Accommodation;
  • 24-hour security;
  • welfare support;
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance; contents insurance; facilities for self-catering; and recycling facilities.

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Things to think about when deciding on the right place for you

The walk to lectures: Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the great outdoors and often love a good walk, but, if I’m honest, I didn’t fancy it before a 9:15 lecture or at the end of a long day.

Although the walk is considerably short (20 mins) between the City Centre accommodation and St Johns, I must admit I did prefer that extra time in bed.

On the other hand, a friend of mine loved the new lease of life that the early morning commute gave him, especially refreshing after the odd late night of indulgence…

Distance to town/lectures – It may be worth finding out where the majority of your lectures will be based.

While the majority of courses take centre stage at St Johns, if you are located in the Business School, City Centre accommodation is a stone’s throw away (unfortunately then, there are no excuses for being late to lectures!)


Budget – St Johns campus offers a wider range of accommodation, meaning there will be more choice to find something to suit your budget.

City campus is home to the higher end of the accommodation which means it will be a tad pricier (but think of the money you’re saving with the short walk into town).


Downtime – Where do you think you may be spending most of your time? If you think you’ll be scouting the town more than the St Johns community, the city centre is a lot more convenient, especially if you want to save money on taxis after a night out.

Fundamentally, it is all down to personal preference, there are great perks to both locations and it doesn’t take long to walk from one to another.

The best piece of advice that I can give, if you’re still a little unsure about where to ground your roots is to come to an Open Day, where you will have the opportunity to have a nosey around the different types of accommodation. We look forward to seeing you!