What kind of students can stay at The Foundry?
We offer accommodation for the following – freshers, returning students, placement students, postgraduates, international and home students – giving a healthy diversity. And we can cater for your needs whether you're individuals, couples or groups. We try our upmost to look after the needs of the different groups so, for instance we ensure freshers are allocated with other freshers and similarly with other groups.
What's included in the rent?
Your rent is all-inclusive of utility bills, including electricity and water, as well as site management and security. In addition to these, each apartment will have a 32" LCD TV (20" TV in studio apartments), a free TV licence for lounge areas, Freeview and Sky Sports channels, as well as leather sofas, free Broadband Internet and free contents insurance.
Are any of the bedrooms ensuite?
Yes, all of them.
Does the building have lifts?
Yes, The Foundry has one lift and three sets of stairs.
Is broadband access available?
Broadband Internet on a shared network is available. All you need to do is register when you move in.
Is The Foundry like a Hall of Residence?
Yes, in size, but not in terms of layout or atmosphere. Our schemes are purpose designed to offer a choice of fully furnished city-living apartments. You can be as involved as you like with events which are always organised to reflect the mood of the current residents. Or you can simply live in your town-pad and forget about the other students.
Can I share an apartment with my friends?
Yes. We have apartments to accommodate different group sizes, ranging from 2 to 6 bedroom apartments. Or we have studios apartments – state-of-the-art, self-contained apartments which are ideal for individuals wanting their own space, or for couples wanting to share the price.
Do I have to clear out my room out of term time?
No, your apartment is yours to live in for the full term of your tenancy which is generally 48 weeks for a standard ensuite room (though studios and 2 beds are generally for 50 weeks) and we can usually extend tenancies to cater for postgraduate needs.
In addition, if you are staying for another year – you can also leave all your stuff over the summer (you just need to box it up so we can give the rooms a thorough inspection, clean them and attend to any maintenance ready for when you return.
Is The Foundry on campus?
The Foundry is right in the town centre, whereas the campus is about a mile outside the town centre.
When does the tenancy start?
Contracts usually start 1st September and all we need to secure your room is £150 booking fee (which later becomes your damages deposit) and then just 4 weeks rent on 1st August - which we know helps your cash flow!
How is rent paid and how often?
We collect your rent four times a year – in August, October, January and April. This allows you to avoid paying one big lump sum and also coincides with the issue of loan payments.
How much deposit do I need to put down?
We ask for £150 booking fee when you sign your contract, which then becomes your damages deposit. This is refundable subject to satisfactory inspection at the end of your stay. Your deposit is protected by 'My Deposits' for the duration of your tenancy, you can find more information here.
How do I book my room?
You can make an enquiry right away; just email us, or call us on 01509 213135 and our management team will get right back to you with processes and options available – to suit your circumstances.
What if I like living at The Foundry so much I want to re-book for next year?
That's not a problem – many of our residents are returning students who just don't want to leave! We can't prioritise when we're handing out rooms though, so email us, or call us on 01509 213135 as early as you can to improve your chances. And if you are staying – you can also leave all your stuff over the summer, you just need to box it up so we can give the rooms a thorough inspection, clean them and attend to any maintenance ready for when you return.