Catherine House is our brand new student residence in Portsmouth – right in the middle of the city centre, so it’s perfect if you want to be within easy reach of everything.
Portsmouth & Southsea railway station is literally next door, Victoria Park (the oldest green space in the city) is just over the road, the Cascades Shopping Centre and Tesco Superstore are each about two minutes’ walk away, and then the main University of Portsmouth campus is a seven-minute walk at the most from this Portsmouth student accommodation.
Whenever you do need to venture a bit further out, there are plenty of buses you can hop onto around your Catherine House Portsmouth rooms – so don’t worry about that.
Booking Deposit of £250, to confirm your booking.
This is converted into a refundable security deposit at the start of your tenancy.
Pay in Full, to get 2% discount
Pay in 4 installments
Mode of Payment
Pay online by debit or credit card (2% surcharge), direct debit or bank transfer.
You get 7-days cool off period (Free cancellation period) to cancel your booking after you sign the tenancy agreement. If you cancel within the 7-days period, your deposit is refunded.
If you are outside the 7-days cool off period, but would like to cancel before the 31st of July 2017, you may do so. Your deposit of £250 and £50 booking fees will not be refunded. But you will not be liable to pay any other fees.
If you are outside the cool off period and would like to cancel after the 31st of July 2017, you can do so, but you will need to find a replacement student to take over your tenancy. Until a suitable replacement has been found, you will be liable to pay any accommodation fees or rent that becomes due. The deposit and booking fees are not refunded.
If you cancel after moving in, you will need to find a replacement student to take over your tenancy. Until a suitable replacement has been found, you will be liable to pay any accommodation fees or rent that becomes due. Any paid rent is refunded after a suitable replacement is found, however the £250 deposit and £50 booking fees are forfeited. The landlord can also charge £100 for cleaning and preparing the room for the new tenant.
If you do not meet the grade requirements of the university, you may cancel, provided you provide a proof of this to the landlord by 24th August, 2017. Your deposit of £250 is returned, however £50 application fees if retained.
How do I book a room?
Booking a room is simple, all you need to do is provide us with the details & we will be more than happy to do booking for you.
What do you need from me to book a room?
It is a simple four-step process:
Complete the application form and pay an £50 application fee.
Complete your booking information and pay your deposit of £250.
Sign your tenancy online.
If you’re requesting to pay by instalments, you will need to provide the guarantor's information.
Please have all your personal details handy.
Upon completion of booking your room, you are bound by the contract you have agreed to.
Can I live in the residence?
You must be a full-time student, and 18 years or older at check in. However, please be aware of the cancellation policy prior to booking should your place at university not yet be confirmed.
Do you provide summer accommodation?
It is always worth checking if there is any availability.
Can I sub-let my room for the summer?
Students are not allowed to sublet their rooms during their tenancy period.
Do I need to have a UK-based guarantor?
Yes, if you choose to pay in instalments. If you choose to pay annually then you do not need to have a guarantor.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes, if you have a UK based guarantor you can pay in four instalments. Students without a guarantor are required to pay their rent in full at a 2% discount.
What is the payment plan for rent?
£250 Booking fee/deposit. Payable when you apply.
There are four installment dates as follows:
21 August 2017
2 October 2017
02 January 2018
03 April 2018
What is the damage deposit for?
This amount is a refundable deposit taken to ensure that during your tenancy the fabric of your room is kept to an acceptable standard, taking into consideration wear and tear. A full list of charges on check out is available on your student portal.
What’s included in my rent?
Your fabulous en-suite room, all bills, 100Mb broadband wired and/or WiFi (Free upgrade to 100MB from September 2017) , contents insurance, 24 hour security and on-site maintenance.
What’s not included in my rent?
Pizza on demand or any food, laundry costs, TV license, parking, room-cleans.
How can I pay my rent?
You will be able to pay your rent online through your student portal, by direct debit, credit (2% charge) or debit card, BACS or bank transfer.
Can I change my rent instalment plan?
No. However, if you are struggling to make your payments, please email us regarding the same.
Can I pay my rent with my student loan?
The payment due dates should be in line with student loan payments. However, if this is not the case please let us know about the same.
How can I find out how much I owe?
You can see a full breakdown of payments made and due through your student portal.
What if I don’t pay?
We would request you to update us with the same, we would like to ensure that your payments are made on time.
Can I live with my friends?
Yes; to live with your friends all you need to do is mention their details under group booking section.
How do you decide who I live with?
Rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should you have preferences we would be happy to consider those on application. However, meeting those expectations is based on availability at the time of booking.
Do you allow couples?
Yes. This is only available in the studio rooms.
Can I choose which room I live in within the residence?
No. However, we endeavour to meet your requests depending on the availability at the time of booking.
What do I need to bring with me on arrival?
All your stuff! The room is furnished but you will need to bring items for you kitchen, linen and all your other worldly belongings.
Is there somewhere to park when I am unpacking?
Yes, for limited period of time. Further information on arrivals will be emailed to you two weeks before check-in so that you can plan accordingly.
Will there be someone to collect my keys from?
Yes, the full team will be there to help you on arrival. If you are arriving out of hours, it is advisable to let us know, but you will still be greeted by a member of staff.
Can I change rooms if I am not happy with my allocated room or flatmate?
Yes you can. However, there are no moves until 4 weeks after the contact start date and there is an administration charge of £50. There is some flexibility on this if there are cultural reasons or in exceptional circumstances.
What cooking equipment is supplied?
A microwave, hob and oven.
What kitchen equipment is not supplied?
Crockery, utensils, pots/pans and other small appliances.
Kettles and toasters are not provided. It is recommended before purchasing these that you get together with your flat mates to purchase these items together saving money and space.
Is bedding supplied?
No, you will need to bring your own bedding. All the rooms have a small double bed so you will need to bring double size bedding.
Can I bring my own washing machine/tumble dryer?
No, there are laundry facilities on site.
Can I bring a pet?
Tenants are not allowed to bring pets into the building.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. A wash costs around (tbc) £2.70 and a dry £1.20 (50 mins).
The laundry services are provided by Circuit. You will need to buy a top up card (£5 of credit) before you are able to use the machines.
Is there a post service?
Yes, you will have a post box in reception for your flat. Parcels can be delivered to reception. However, please be aware of the postal policy in using this service.
Where can I smoke?
Outside, in the smoking shelter. The buildings are non-smoking and incidents of smoking indoors will be dealt with strictly.
Do I have Wifi?
Yes, WiFi comes as standard.
Can I store stuff in my room and collect it later?
Unfortunately not. Information is available at reception as the does not have available storage space onsite, even if you have re-booked for next year.
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