Halls of Residence
Your First Home in Taunton
For many undergraduate students, living away from home is a central part of the university experience. That is why University Centre Somerset offers attractive purpose-built accommodation to degree students - providing a welcoming place to live where you can form friendships and stand on your own two feet.
Our Canonsgrove Halls in Taunton are located in beautiful countryside on the edge of town. The commute to our Taunton campus is straightforward, by bus, bicycle, car or on foot.With 192 study bedrooms, Canonsgrove is an intimate community that reflects the diversity of our student body. You’ll live in a grouping with six or seven other people, sharing kitchen facilities and benefiting from an en-suite bathroom. The rooms are fully furnished and equipped with a wireless broadband connection.Canonsgrove has a laundrette for residents, as well as a bar, communal lounge, pool table, sports hall, outdoor barbecue area and café. It is overseen by a team of wardens, who ensure a safe and friendly environment where everyone is valued.
Given the nature of their courses, students at Cannington often find it easiest to live on campus. We have recently invested £3m in our accommodation here, and have 116 well-equipped single rooms available. Priority is given to students who live more than 30 miles away, or who are studying land-based disciplines.With catered and self-catering rooms available, there is plenty of scope to choose the right option for you. Either way, you’ll become part of a vibrant residential community where people share many common interests, and have an abiding love of the beautiful countryside that is right on the doorstep.Campus facilities include free Wi-Fi, communal TV lounges, on-site restaurants and cafes, free on-site parking and a laundry.
For students who wish to live in shared accommodation in one of our local towns or villages, or rent a room in a private house, our accommodation office collates a list of suitable properties. These are not managed by University Centre Somerset, and students are responsible for agreeing suitable terms with landlords.
What Halls can offer included in the price:
- Comfortable en-suite study rooms: 7 rooms per flat with shared kitchen area
- Inclusive of Bills: gas electric and water, personal possessions insurance and wi-fi
- 24 hour support team including student wardens, staff and on-call maintenance
- Bar and social areas to enjoy
- Sports Hall and 24 hour launderette
- For the summer: lots of outdoor space including a sports field and BBQ area for parties
Fees vary depending on your choice of accommodation. You should budget up to £129 per week to stay in self-catering halls, based on a 40-week year. Rental fees include all bills and personal possessions insurance. Students living in halls of residence do not pay council tax. When OFSTED inspected Cannington’s living quarters in 2015, it judged them to be Outstanding in every respect. The Inspectorate noted that “residential learners loved [their] experience … and thoroughly enjoyed the vast range of activities on offer … [seeing] these not only as fun but an opportunity to try new things.”
Somerset remains one of the most stunning and varied of counties. It offers spectacular scenery, a rich cultural life, busy shopping centres and lively social life including clubs, restaurants and pubs, cinemas and bowling alley. There are also a range of interesting tourist spots all within easy reach. Taunton has easy access to train, bus links and motorways to London, the Midlands and Wales. It is approximately one hour's drive from Bristol and Exeter airports.The halls have a varied calendar of social events, from sporting events to party nights. You will be kept well up-to-date with all up and coming events.
Travelling between Halls and College
There is a bus stop directly outside the Halls of Residence, with buses running regularly throughout the day. It is a thirteen minute bus ride to College or a twenty minute cycle ride. There are cycle racks available at Halls and on campus. Taxi's are also available.
Parking is free but spaces are limited.All vehicles are left at your own risk. You must take out appropriate insurance as the College will not cover any loss or damage. Please note bicycles are not allowed in any Halls’ buildings. If found, they will be removed and placed in the cycle racks provided for your use.
Applying for a Room
When you have accepted an offer of a place and know you will need somewhere to live in Taunton, you can apply for a room at our Halls of Residence. Please complete the application form and return it to us by email or in the post. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or return your form to Accommodation Office, University Centre Somerset, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AX.If you require further information about the Halls before you make your application please contact the Accommodation Office on 01278 655149.
Please note we give priority to first year students and rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis