Fall in love at the seaside

Just minutes from Southend city centre and all its benefits, University Square has everything on your doorstep.



The details
Southend Campus
Ensuite, Private
Undergraduate students, Postgraduate students
Room and Accommodation Type Price 
Standard single £165.48
Standard single studio £204.12
Self-contained apartments £225.75

Don't forget, you can apply for accommodation with us as soon as we're your first choice.

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Please note that contract lengths vary in line with course dates. Postgraduate courses are normally 50 weeks and undergraduate courses are normally 42 weeks, however, some courses start earlier or finish later than others.

New student rate for 2024-25

If you are a new student for 2024-25, you can now take advantage of our 3 year Southend Campus deal with the following rates:

  • Single ensuite room is £165.48 per week

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Cladding replacement

Work to replace the cladding at University Square, Southend has begun and will be completed by August 2024.
Everything will be done to mitigate the impact on those living at University Square. Although there will be some noise and disruption during these works, there will be no disturbance during the evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Alternative study areas are available in The Forum and Gateway building.

Important fire safety information for University Square residents

Read more about our fire safety information at University Square.

About University Square

University Square accommodation is perfectly placed to enjoy the many attractions and facilities Southend has to offer. There are seven houses around a central enclosed courtyard and each contain flats for eight to ten students, with shared kitchens.

  • Conveniently located just off the High Street
  • Two-minute walk from our Southend Campus
  • 493 ensuite rooms, 61 studio flats and 1 self-contained flat
  • 3 wheelchair adapted studios and 4 wheelchair adapted ensuite rooms
  • Large common room with internet access, three wide screen televisions, and vending facilities
  • Launderette
  • Outside, enclosed podia area with seating
  • 24 hour security on-site
  • Available for undergraduates and postgraduates

Room details

  • En suite toilet and shower facilities in each bedroom
  • The self-contained apartment has 2 bedrooms, bathroom, living room, and kitchen
  • Typical room size is 15.5ft x 17.5ft
  • Networked internet access at no additional cost
  • Check out what else is with your room

Self-contained studio flats 

There is also a selection of self-contained studio flats suitable for either single or couple occupancy, with their own kitchenette and en suite bathroom. The vary in size depending where they are located.

The studios include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Small double bed
  • desk and chair
  • shelving
  • kitchenette (sink, hob, cupboards, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle)
  • Small table 

Further photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Adapted flats and studios

We offer a number of studio flats adapted for wheelchair users.

University Square
Group of students on Southend beach
Payments and charges

Find the full list of rent charges for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 here

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Postal address
University Square 36 Queens Road, Southend-on-Sea
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Contact us

For enquiries about accommodation or about an application you're making, contact us at the Student Services Hub. Quote your full name and PRID or PG number on all correspondence.