Blackfriars Residences

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Brand new student accommodation at the heart of Gloucester city centre, planned to open September 2018

​​​​​​​​A brand new development - Blackfriars Residences - will be opening in September 2018 for University of Gloucestershire students. 

This exciting new accommodation will host nearly 300 rooms for new and returning students, and will be managed by Cityheart* in partnership with the university. 

A combination of accommodation types will be available within the development, including: en-suite rooms in cluster flats, townhouses offering great communal spaces and self-contained studios. ​

The site is located in the historical Gloucester city centre, close to the main shops and restaurants and a 25 minute walk to the Oxstalls campus. Regular buses will be available from the city centre to the campus.


Indicative development image - credit Faulknerbrowns Architects​

Gloucester city centre

Gloucester has all the attractions of a city without losing the familiar feeling of a town; from cool waterfront bars and cafes, to one of the best live-event venues in the country. The city has received worldwide attention, featuring as a backdrop to shows and films including Hot Fuzz, Sherlock, Alice through the Looking Glass, Doctor Who and the Harry Potter series, as well as attracting sports fans for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hosted at our Premiere League stadium, Kingsholm. 

Whether it's adventure in the great outdoors or glamorous boutique shopping, this is the city that has it all. 

Gloucester Quays

Walk from Blackfriars: 10 min

With it's diverse mix of shops and eateries, the Quays promises something for everybody. Whether food festivals, outlet shopping, microbreweries or a trip to the cinema is your thing, the renovated historic dockside is one of Gloucester’s most popular venues.

People shopping at Gloucester Quays.

Escape Rooms

Walk from Blackfriars: 10 mins

It’s all down to brain over brawn in Gloucester's answer to the Escape Room craze. Based on the Japanese online game 'Takagism', Escape Rooms is a real-life interactive game which requires friends to work together to solve hidden puzzles all the while fighting the clock. Or dare your friends to work together to escape from Gloucester prison in sixty minutes.

Students at the Escape Rooms.

Rugby Stadium

Walk from Blackfriars: 15 mins

Don't miss the Cherry and Whites in Premiership rugby action at the historic Kingsholm, just a short walk from Oxstalls Campus and the City Centre. Also look out for the live concerts at the stadium throughout the year such as Little Mix, Elton John and Jess Glynne.

A Gloucester rugby match.

Sherborne Cinema

Walk from Blackfriars: 16 mins

A genuine hidden gem, the Sherbourne Cinema, near Blackfriars, lets you enjoy the latest films in historic art-deco surroundings. The Sherbourne offers an intimate way to experience movies, harking back to the golden age of cinema at student-friendly prices.

Students watching a film at the Sherborne Cinema.

ATIK Nightclub

Walk from Blackfriars: 11 mins

ATIK is the largest nightclub in Gloucester, with some of the biggest DJ’s and acts on the scene. All good nights out end at this venue which you'll find at the heart of the city's clubbing district - The Glos Vegas Strip.

People dancing at the ATIK Nightclub.

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre

Taxi from Blackfriars: 17 mins

Gloucester has a huge outdoor ski and snowboard centre - formerly the longest dry ski slope in the country - Olympic skier Eddy 'the Eagle' Edwards used to train there. Whether novice or pro, this venue offers year round snowsports, come rain or shine, complete with an authentic aprés-ski lodge.

Two students snowboarding.

Gloucester Guildhall

Walk from Blackfriars: 7 mins

This is a thriving hub of entertainment offering live music, comedy, theatre, film, exhibitions and talks. Nominated as the UK’s best small live music venue, the Guildhall offers a vibrant atmosphere that's perfect for a night out.

Gloucester Guildhall

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Walk from Blackfriars: 3 mins

Try your hand at something new by learning to paddleboard alongside the historic Tall Ships at Gloucester docks. The classes are perfect for beginners and act as a great workout developing your core strength. So if you don't fancy heading to the gym why not try the fastest growing watersport in the world?

People stand up paddleboarding in Gloucester Docks.

The Warehouse Climbing Centre

Walk from Blackfriars: 3 mins

Scale the heights and plumb the depths in this transformed Victorian warehouse with Gloucester's own impressive indoor climbing and caving center. Whether a novice or a veteran, you're bound to find adventure in the Warehouse!

Entrance to The Warehouse Climbing Centre.

​Rent for the September 2018/19 term

The diff​erent room options are available at the following rental prices for a 40 week term:    

  • Townhouse bedroom = £138 per week
  • Standard en-suite bedroom = £143 per week
  • Premium en-suite bedroom = £148 per week 
  • Studio bedroom = £185 per week

How to apply

Students can apply for this accommodation from January through the university halls of residence application process. We run a referral process which ensures all students who select Blackfriars as their preferred accommodation will have their details forwarded to our partner, Cityheart. Cityheart will then make contact with you regarding your application and offer you a place.​

Questions? 

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact our partner Cityheart on: 

*Cityheart has been active in the student accommodation sector since 2005. Over 5,000 student bed spaces have been delivered by partners in the business and Cityheart Living will operate the accommodation once it is delivered. Cityheart Living is an accredited business operating student accommodation across the country. All activity undertaken by Cityheart Living is in accordance with UNIPOL guidelines, so those who reside in the accommodation will have the confidence that the accommodation and related processes are professionally managed at all times.