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Student Accommodation in Ipswich

Written by Sam | March 9, 2021

The University of Suffolk is based in Ipswich and attracts around 3,000 full time students a year according to Times Higher Education.

The University of Suffolk has five sites, with its central hub being Ipswich and satellite sites in Lowestoft, Bury St. Edmunds and Great Yarmouth (although this is in Norfolk, rather than Suffolk).

It is divided into six schools which are the school of law and social sciences; the school of health sciences; the school of psychology and education; the school of science, technology and engineering; the school of arts, design and humanities and the Suffolk Business School.

It was awarded university status in 2016 and has grown very well considering it has only been several years.

If you want to see what life is like in Ipswich as a student then this page will help: Ipswich as a student

Find more information on the University and what it has to offer students: University of Suffolk.

Private Student Accommodation in Ipswich

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation is in Ipswich that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

The benefits to some of this accommodation can be:

  • Accommodation manager
  • Social events
  • Games, cinema, study and gym
  • Free breakfasts
  • Bikes to use
  • Bills included
  • Contents insurance

The list can go on and not every accommodation will offer everything on the list, it all varies, so make sure that you do have a look at what each one has.

The downside of this type of student accommodation can be that it is much more expensive than the student housing in the area, however, we will give you some options for both and you can decide!

Map of student accommodation in Ipswich

As you can see there isn’t a huge amount of student accommodation in Ipswich and this is largely because of the amount of students at the university currently. I think if the student count goes up, so will the accommodation.

This means students don’t have a lot of choice and that can be boiled down to what the university offers, one or two student accommodations or student housing.

All the accommodation is within walking distance of the university and the town centre, plus it has good access to trains and bus stops if you ever need them.

Some good student accommodation providers in Ipswich are:

If you are searching for student accommodation and want to make sure that you find a good accommodation, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Check the quality of the beds, en-suites and kitchens
  • Make sure there is enough space and storage
  • Look at the communal areas and make sure they are big enough for multiple people
  • Check the social calendar
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check the inventory and what the accommodation comes wit
  • Check the location and commute to university

Do you want more detail on how to find your next student accommodation, this article will help: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation.

Student Housing in Ipswich

With only a few student accommodations in Ipswich and the rest being managed or owned by the university, it means that students will search for student housing.

If you are starting your search for the next house and unsure when to start, most students start searching in late November and December and then maybe book if they find a good quality house or wait until the new year.

The best areas to live as a student in Ipswich are:

  • Cliff Lane
  • Felixstowe Road
  • Town Centre
  • California

These are areas that are close to the university and the town centre. You can live in the town centre, however, that will be the most expensive.

Cliff Lane and Felixstowe Road are the major roads leading in to the town centre, there will be plenty of roads that come off and students will live in those areas.

California as an area to the east of the town and is a little further out, this is probably a 15 minute walk from the university where as all the other areas are roughly 10 minutes!

The average rent in Ipswich for a student house with bills is probably around £100 per week.

If you are searching for a student house in Ipswich and want to find a good house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Make sure it has quality bedrooms, baths and kitchens
  • Does it have a good design and is functional
  • Can everyone fit in the living room?
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check deposit scheme registration
  • Look to see if the property is well maintained

If you would like more details on how to find a good student house, this article will go in to more detail: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation.

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