Cass is a purpose-built building with 132 bedrooms arranged over three floors. All of the single-study bedrooms have their own mini-fridges, washbasins and broadband. They are all centrally heated and fully furnished with plenty of electrical sockets and a TV aerial socket. You will need to provide your own bedding. Bedrooms are cleaned weekly.
Our kitchens are equipped with all the things you would expect, such as cookers, microwaves, fridges, freezers and a food locker for each resident.
You need to bring your own pots and pans, along with crockery and cutlery. Kitchens are cleaned daily. All showers, toilets and washing facilities are shared. There’s a large communal area with broadband consisting of a study/studio space for college work and a TV room. There are a limited number of parking spaces available for residents. As well as a residential Manager, the building is covered 24 hours a day by student subwardens; so if there is ever an emergency there is always somebody available to help
Note: Pictures on our website are for illustrative purposes only, rooms may vary.
One of the shared kitchens
Regular film nights in the TV room
Lock up bike storage
Personal lockable kitchen cupboards
Includes all utilities, room contents insurance, broadband and wifi
£500 refundable deposit
39 week fixed-term contract
Why do I have to pay a deposit?
Two reasons: one is to show us that you really do intend to take the room and the second to cover the cost of any damage or money that you might owe us at the end of your stay. We bank the deposit and return it to you 28 days after you leave. Your deposit is separate from your rent.
Why do I have to pay the deposit so soon after I have been offered a room?
We have so many people apply for rooms. Therefore, the sooner deposits are paid, the sooner we can inform those still waiting for a room if there are any rooms left to offer.
What happens if I pay a deposit and then decide I do not want the room before the start of the contract?
This all depends on when you cancel the contract. If you cancel with more than 56 days to go the deposit will be returned in full.
If you cancel with 28 to 56 days to go, we will retain £100 of the deposit as a cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 days to go, we will retain £200 of the deposit as a cancellation fee.
When will I get my deposit back?
The deposit is returned to you in full, if you don't owe us any money, within 28 days of the end of the contract.
When do I have to pay my rent?
Rent is paid in advance and you will have to make your first rent payment when you move in. If you live with us for the full academic year you will have to pay rent on 3 separate occasions; once in September, once in January and the final payment in April.
What happens if I want to leave?
When you agree to take on a room, it's for the whole academic year. This means, if you want to leave early we can only refund your rent if we get someone else to take your room. If you want to terminate your contract, you must let us know in writing.
If you leave University for educational or health reason, please speak to us about this.
Is there a curfew?
No, you can come and go as you please at any time of the day or night. You're given a key fob to enter the building. Just make sure that you do not let anybody into the building who you do not recognise and when you come and go from the building, please do so quietly.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to provide your own bedding (duvet, duvet cover, sheets, pillows, pillow cases). For information, the beds are 6 feet 3 inches x 2 feet 6 inches.
You will also need to provide your own pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.
Do I have to insure my possessions?
Cass and Claredale has provided room contents insurance for the duration of your stay through cover4insurance. This covers a wide range of belongings within your room, including laptops, sports and electrical equipment and clothes. We advise you to review your cover.
You have the option to extend your policy to suit your individual needs and avoid being under-insured.
For claims information, your policy details, to extend your policy, or if you have a question please visit www.cover4insurance.co.uk/cass-claredale
Can friends come and visit?
Yes, friends and family are more than welcome to visit. There is no accommodation for visitors so if a friend stays over it might be a bit cramped. Please remember, you are responsible for your guests and their behaviour.
Who cleans the kitchens, showers and toilets?
Kitchens, showers and toilets are cleaned daily. However, for the kitchens to be cleaned properly, you have to make sure you clean up after you have used the kitchen. This means that pots, pans, plates, crockery and cutlery cannot be left to rot in sinks or on kitchen tables.
Do you have parking?
There is limited car parking at the front and rear of the building. This is only accessible during office hours. Please contact the office staff for further information.
How many people use the kitchens and showers?
Usually kitchens are shared by about 12 people. There are sufficient showers for men and women on each floor.
Do you have washing machines?
Yes, we've got 2 coin-operated washing machines and two tumble dryers. You need to use your own washing powder/liquid. The washing machine costs £2.00 and the tumble dryer costs £1 for every 30 minutes' worth of drying.
Can I have a pet in my room?
Sorry, no pets
What should I do if I have a problem?
Just pop into the on-site office near the communal area. It's open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm. Outside office hours, we have Subwardens on duty until midnight and we will give you information about them when you come to stay.
What’s the difference between the room sizes?
The rent differs depending on the size of the bedroom. The room category details are provided above along with the term-time licence agreement for information. You will see the overwhelming majority of the rooms are classified as S2. When you apply, you can let us know your room category preference but we cannot guarantee we will be able to offer you the type of room you asked for. All rooms are furnished in the same way.