Chelmsford Student Village

Student outside entrance to Student Village flats

Because it’s right at the heart of campus, our Student Village is really close to all the University facilities. There are loads of high street shops, restaurants and cafes 15 minutes' walk away.

About the Village

The 517 rooms are split into 110 flats, and most rooms are en-suite. There are also two launderettes and bicycle storage available for residents. The Student Village is managed by ARU, and our Housing Management team will be on hand to help you with any queries once you move in.

Unfortunately Chelmsford students cannot reside within ARU Writtle accommodation. You will need to apply for accommodation at the campus you are registered to.

  • On campus
  • All bills included (water, electricity, internet and possessions insurance)
  • Wi-Fi and wired internet
  • En-suite and non en-suite rooms available
  • Two self-service launderettes
  • Bicycle storage
  • Post delivered to flat door
  • Residential Assistants living in the Student Village
  • 24-hour campus security and external CCTV
  • Repairs and maintenance service included in the rent
  • Adapted rooms available for students with a disability/medical requirement

Find out about specific properties in the Student Village

Who can apply for parking at the Student Village?

Students with a current tenancy agreement who are studying on one of the following courses:

  • Paramedic Science
  • Midwifery
  • Adult/Child/Mental Health Nursing
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Second year Social Work students
  • Medicine students in all years with certain placements (agreed by faculty)
  • Blue Badge holders, regardless of course (no fee payable)

Students on these courses undertake shift-based placements where public transport may not offer the flexibility required.

Parking charges

Students with placements
£110 for the duration of your tenancy agreement (if you end your tenancy agreement early, you’ll no longer be able to park in the Student Village and you won’t receive a refund)

Blue Badge Holders
Free for the duration of your tenancy agreement (if you end your tenancy agreement early, you’ll no longer be able to park in the Student Village and you’ll need to speak to Student Services about parking on campus)

What happens next?

Once we’ve received your application form, we’ll email you to confirm your eligibility to park and tell you how to pay for the permit (costs outlined above). You’ll be given your permit when you arrive on campus. If you change your vehicle during your tenancy, complete and return an updated application form so the vehicle details on your permit are correct. We’ll seek confirmation of eligibility for parking from the Faculty for students studying Medicine who are in their 1st year.

Unsuccessful applications

As there are limited parking spaces, parking isn’t guaranteed even if you’re eligible to apply. If your application is unsuccessful, you’ll be notified before you arrive and won’t be able to use any of the University car parks.

If you park in any of the University car parks without a permit or authorisation, you’ll be in breach of your tenancy agreement. This may lead to disciplinary action and you’ll have to pay any set parking charges implemented by the University.

Read more about more about student parking.

  • Car parking is allocated subject to the limit of supply and is not guaranteed.
  • A fully completed and up to date application form must be received confirming your current car information.
  • If your car parking application is successful you’ll be notified by email before you arrive. Do not bring a vehicle with you unless you have received this email.
  • You must only park in the designated residential parking areas as per your tenancy agreement, these are indicated on the Student Village parking map. Parking in non-designated areas will result in additional parking charges and disciplinary action.
  • Your permit must be clearly displayed at all times whilst parked in the car park and the details on your permit must match the vehicle. Any vehicle not clearly displaying a permit may be liable for a £25.00 charge per 24 hour period and further disciplinary action.
  • The car parking permit is only valid for the duration of your tenancy agreement. If you move out of your accommodation early for any reason your parking will be terminated and you won’t qualify for a refund.
  • Resident students who hold a “blue badge” are able to make an application irrespective of their course, and no fee for parking will be payable. Disabled parking spaces are limited and a copy of your “blue badge” will be required upon application.
  • All allocations are made in date order of a completed application being received and the allocation criteria being met. Parking is not guaranteed at any point during your stay.
  • New medical placement students will take priority over current residential medical placement students.
  • If you have a medical condition you feel requires you to have a vehicle onsite, you will need to complete a medical requirements form for the accommodation and provide supporting medical evidence from a registered GP for consideration. Even if you provide this information parking is not guaranteed.
  • You must not allow others to use your parking permit or student ID card to gain entry or exit from the car park. This will result in disciplinary action being taken.
  • No guest parking is permitted for any resident, irrespective of your parking privileges. Anyone without a valid parking permit who gains access to the car parks will be liable for any charges displayed.
  • You must notify the Residential Service of any changes immediately, by completing an application form and submitting it to the Residential Service office.
  • All vehicles using University car parks must comply with all traffic signs, direction and the maximum 10mph speed limit.

If the parking regulations are breached the following action will be taken:

  • First breach: warning letter/email to the student
  • Second breach: second warning letter/email to the students including signature of behavioural statement
  • Third breach: termination of parking privileges for remainder of tenancy agreement
  • Severe breaches of the parking regulations will result in immediate withdrawal of parking privileges

If you wish to appeal against your termination of parking privileges then an appeal must be received in writing, addressed to the Residential Service Manager within 10 days of the date of the termination.

Read more about more about parking regulations.

  • Single bed (3ft) and mattress with mattress protector
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Chest of drawers
  • Mirror
  • Bookshelf
  • Noticeboard
  • Rubbish bin
  • Under-bed storage space (some rooms include a storage box too)

En-suite rooms (498 available) contain:

  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Mirror
  • Shower

Kitchens (shared between three to six students)

  • Fridge freezer
  • Oven with grill and hob
  • Microwave
  • Dining table and chairs (except in three-bed flats)
  • Cupboard space
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Ironing board
  • Mop and bucket
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Broom
  • Noticeboard

Shared bathrooms (three-bed houses and some three-bed flats)

  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Mirror
  • Shower curtain
  • Bath with overhead shower

Before you move in

We'll ask you to pay £300 in advance to book your room. This will be deducted from your first rent payment once you've moved in, and is not a refundable deposit.

Rent is paid in instalments.


Check our rent table for more information about rent costs, tenancy lengths and payment plans.

Chelmsford Student Village rent table

If you'd like to book a room in our Student Village, simply apply online. Bookings open on 4 April 2024.

If you're applying for a single trimester contract, you won't be able to apply online. Please email your full name and student ID number to [email protected]

Before you apply, please check our criteria for applying and allocations policy

Find out when you can move in, how to collect your keys, and what to do if you're arriving early.

360 accommodation tour