Our summer residentials run every year in July for students in Year 10, 12 or equivalant.
Applications for 2024 residentials are now open
Meet other students from across the country, live and sleep onsite in halls of residence, try subject tasters in our industry-standard facilities, take part in social activities, and speak to our current students about life at UoG.
A travel bursary of up to £50 is available to help with the cost of transport to and from the University.
“When we were talking about finances and trying to get into uni, I found out that there’s support for all of them, even if you have a low grade you still can get into uni and be successful.” Year 10 student.
View and apply to our upcoming residentials below.
“The sessions were broad enough for people with different interests to partake in and very active and inclusive.” Year 12 student.
As part of the summer residentials, students will be provided with meals on each day of the residential and accommodation (individual rooms with their own bathroom).
Below is a list of items that we ask each student to bring with them:
- Pillow, single bedsheet, and duvet/sleeping bag
(Optional) Blankets, in case the nights are cold.
- Hand and bath towels
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Shampoo (and/or any other hair products)
- Body wash
- Hairbrush/ combs, and hair ties
- Deodorants/ body sprays
We will provide hand soap and toilet roll in each room and we will provide spare toiletries and sanitary products if anyone is in need of these during the residential.
- To include coat/ waterproof jacket in case of bad weather
- Sportwear/ practical clothing for sports sessions
- Practical footwear
- Something to wear for the last night party (Year 10 only).
Rooms will not have washing machines, so students will need to bring clothing to last the duration of the residential: 4 days and 3 nights for Y10, and 3 days and 2 nights for Y12. onedri
- Reusable water bottle
- Personal medication e.g. inhalers/ Antihistamines/ Insulin/ Paracetamol*
- Mobile phone and phone charger
- A small rucksack or bag for daytime activities
- Notepad and pen
- Ear protectors/plugs/headphones if you have sensory processing difficulties.
*Please note, we will not be able to provide any type of medication to students, including paracetamol. If students need any medications, they will need to bring these with them and report them to a member of staff upon arrival.
To note: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their rooms are locked during times of absence. Any money or personal items that are brought to the summer school are at the owner’s risk entirely and the University will not be held responsible for any incidents of loss, theft, or damage to personal items.
View a list of frequently asked questions about our summer residentials below.
To be considered for a place, students should be in Year 10 or Year 12 and meet at least ONE of the following conditions:
- You are eligible for Free School Meals
- Have a UK postcode from a low progression area. Check here: Postcode Checker
- Your parents have not been to university
- You are currently, or have been, in care
- You are from a Black, Asian, or minority ethnicity
- You have a disability or special educational need.
If you don’t meet any of our eligibility criteria, you may still be able to attend a summer residential elsewhere. To find out what other universities have on offer, visit unitasterdays.com
Select the residential you’d like to apply to from the ‘upcoming residentials‘ section above.
You will then be able to fill out a short application form with your details and explain why you would like to come.
If you are in Year 12, you will also need to choose the subject strand you would like to do. Please note that only complete applications will be accepted.
We aim to inform all students if they have been accepted four weeks after the application closing date of May 6 2024.
Tell us as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com. This is particularly important if you are no longer able to attend so we can offer your place to another student on the waiting list.
Both residentials are free to attend. This includes your accommodation, meals, snacks, subject tasters and any activities during your time with us. The only thing you will need to pay for is your transportation to and from our Park campus in Cheltenham.
Students in Year 12 can bring their own money with them if they wish to purchase additional items from our Refectory, but please note that Refectory payments are card only, as are most of the vending machines on campus.
Yes. A bursary of up to £50 is available upon request to reimburse any public travel costs you have in getting to and from the Residential.
Please keep any receipts for trains, buses, taxis etc as these will need to be seen by us before payments can be authorised.
If you are being driven to the residential, we can pay up to 45p per mile in fuel costs and will need the postcode you drove from and returned to.
Bank details, including account name, number, and sort code for the bank account the money should be paid into should be given to us on the first day of the Residential during sign in.
Reimbursements may take up to 30 days after the event to appear in your account.
On the first day, you will need to check in at our Park Campus, Cheltenham GL50 2RH. This will be the main base for both Residentials and will also be where students will sleep.
Students will have the opportunity to visit our other campuses including Francis Close Hall (GL50 4AZ) and Oxstalls (GL2 9HW) if they are taking part in subject sessions there.
Transport between campuses is by coach, is organised by us, and is free. View the campuses in more detail.
Students are expected to remain on campus at all times, unless otherwise agreed prior to the residential with the Outreach Campus Leads.
You will be staying in our student accommodation on Park Campus. Our current students will have moved out for summer holidays during this time, so you’ll only be sharing with others on the residential.
You will have your own room, en-suite shower and toilet and will be in a flat with up to 8 other students attending the residential. A student ambassador will also be assigned to each flat and have their own room on that floor.
All of our ambassadors on the residential will be DBS certified. Accommodation options include single-gender and mixed-gender flats, if you have a preference for single-gender accommodation or any other requests then please let us know on the application form.
Bedding will not be supplied, view our kit list to see what you will need to bring.
Year 10 Residential
Year 10 residential schedule coming soon.
Year 12 Residential
Over the course of your stay, you’ll get to take part in 3 or 4 subject workshops, pick up tips from our support team, have plenty of time to relax with your new mates, and even go bowling one evening in town.
Our programme changes every year, but a typical first day might start by checking in and meeting other students over icebreakers and lunch. You’ll then head off for your first 90-minute subject workshop, where depending on the strand you’ll have chosen in your application, you might be using a VR headset in Digital Media, debating a case in our Law court, or learning how to dust for fingerprints in our Crime House. Whatever you’ve chosen, the workshop will be practical and fun.
You might then have some free time you could spend in our gaming zone, on our sports courts, or in our students’ union lounge, before some friendly competition in teams with your new flatmates in our quiz. After dinner, there’s plenty of time to relax in your flats, or watch TV or a film with popcorn, hot chocolate, and marshmallows in the Lounge. You’ll be in your own room by 10.45pm, ready to get stuck back in again the next day.
Please note that you are responsible for any valuables you bring with you and the University takes no responsibility for items that are lost, damaged, or stolen during your time with us.
Let us know on your application form if you have any dietary requirements so we can inform our onsite catering company Gather & Gather in advance.
This may include being pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan, gluten intolerant or Coeliac, having specific food allergies, or needing Halal or Kosher food.
Additionally, if you have particular anxieties around food or mealtimes and are happy to disclose this information on your application form, we can make sure these circumstances are taken into account.
We have lots of quiet spaces on campus if you need some time by yourself or away from a louder environment. We are more than happy to have individual conversations with students, parents, or carers before the residential regarding anything we can put in place to support you.
Yes. All of our campuses are accessible, and we try to make all of our activities during the residential as inclusive as possible. We also have accessible accommodation for you to stay in during your time with us.
If you have concerns about something or there are circumstances you would like to explain to us before the residential, we would be more than happy to book a call with you or your parent/carer to discuss how we can best support you during your stay.
You will be able to contact a member of the Outreach Team running the residential on a dedicated 24-hour emergency phone number that will be made available to you before the Residential begins.