Chaucer House Portsmouth: The walkthrough
Chaucer House Portsmouth is a contemporary student accommodation in a prime central location beside Portsmouth and Southsea railway stations on Isambard Brunel Road. You couldn’t have chosen a more centrally located home in Portsmouth!
It is less than 10 minutes' walk away from the University of Portsmouth Guildhall campus. The Portsmouth City Centre? Just 8 minutes away!
With the Victoria Park nearby, take a stroll whenever you need to rethink your life’s choices. And let’s face it, this is uni life, so might as well get ready for a few of those strolls.
At Chaucer House student accommodation, you will be living in a fully furnished room with a comfortable bed and ample storage space for those must-have belongings. You will also get a dedicated study space to do such unnecessary things like studying. There is a range of both en suite and studio rooms, depending upon how social or introverted you are.
The studio flats can give you the first taste of your own place. With privacy, personal bathroom and a well-fitted kitchen, you can finally say hello to adulting.
We love a lil' extra
Chaucer House student accommodation has a spectacular entrance and the reception area with sprawling sofas, chairs and tables. There is also a spacious study room on the ground floor. On the first floor, there is a substantial standard room that's perfect either for studying or just chilling out with your friends or flatmates. A vending machine and a fully furnished kitchen will see to it that even at midnight, you can satisfy those midnight pangs of hunger. The place also boasts of great communal spaces and additional facilities –
Onsite community staff
Free printing for those presentations and assignments
Wifi both in common as well as your room
Recycling of waste
My unite app to keep you in touch with your flatmates
Know thy neighbourhood
Chaucer House student accommodation offers plenty of things to do while you live here. If you’re the ones who absolutely can’t miss your leg day, the Pure gym Portsmouth is within walking distance of the property. When you're not studying, Chaucer House Portsmouth offers way too many options to muck about and have a good time.
Portsmouth City centre: 8-minute walk
PureGym Portsmouth: 7-minute walk
Tesco superstore: 9 minutes by bus
Cascades shopping centre: 9 minutes by bus
Gunwharf Quays: 9 minutes by bus
Asda Portsmouth superstore: 10 minutes by bus
Emirates Spinnaker Tower: 12 minutes by bus
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: 20 minutes by bus
The Mary Rose Museum: 15 minutes by bus
Do not miss out on the ferry ride at the Wightlink Gunwharf Terminal to experience Portsmouth in a new light.
Wheeling your way around Chaucer House Portsmouth
The Chaucer House student accommodation is well-connected to the entire city via excellent means of public transport, with the nearest bus stations right across the street. Even the train stations of Portsmouth and Southsea are 5-minutes' walk away. It makes it easy to travel even beyond the city limits.
Nearest railway station: Portsmouth railway station
Nearest railway station: Southsea railway station
Nearest bus station: Civic Offices (Stop M)
Nearest domestic airport: Solent airport
Nearest International Airport: Southampton international airport
Living it up at Chaucer House Portsmouth
Living at Chaucer House, Portsmouth student accommodation doesn't mean all work and no play. Portsmouth has a lot to offer for those who are travel enthusiasts.
Whether it is shopping at Cascades or Tesco or visiting a mall; or having a ferry ride at Gunwharf Quays; or having a cultural and foodie night out at Southsea; everything is within reach. Portsmouth and Southsea are famous for their nightlife, especially around the Guildhall walk and Palmerston road. Some of the most happening places around are –
Carluccio's loch Fyne seafood and grill restaurant: 5 minutes by bus
Yates Portsmouth -The Dockyard pub: 5-minute walk
The cloud cafe at spinnaker tower: 6 minutes by bus
The tenth hole: 6 minutes. by car
South sea coffee company: 4 minutes by bus
Becketts Southsea: 10-minute walk
The Isambard Kingdom Brunel: 2 minutes by bus
Chaucer House Portsmouth is one of the most sought after suburbs for everything that it has to offer. Come over, and live it up with Unilodgers.
Classic Accessible Studio
1 double bed
19 Sep 2020
5 Sep 2021
1 double bed
13 Sep 2020
5 Sep 2021
1 single bed
19 Sep 2020
6 Jan 2021
Advance payment of £250 required to secure the room. Advance rent will be exempt from anyone booking in Scotland, paying in full, rebooking or booking after the due date of the first instalment.
UK students can pay in 1, 4 or 8 instalments
Pay in Full
Pay in 4 instalments
Pay in 8 instalments, with a one-time admin fee of £99
International students can pay in 1 or 2
Pay in Full
Pay in 2 instalments (First in August and next in January).
Mode of Payment:
Pay using a debit/credit card online, over the phone or at the reception
Pay via direct debit or bank transfer
Cheques or Cash payments are not accepted
Addition to the policy -
· No Visa No Pay: if a student’s visa application is rejected or if the UK university application is rejected, the student needs to send the rejection letter to Unite, within 7 days of receiving it, and before the tenancy start date. The letter must include a date and the student’s name. On production of this the student will be released from their tenancy. The T&Cs for these policies can be found on Unite Students website.
· Visa processing delay: If a student cannot get a visa on time to come to the UK and wishes to cancel their booking with Unite, but is unable to provide a proof that the visa cannot be issued: the student must contact Unite Students, or the agency who helped process the booking. Unite Students will support the students on a case by case basis.
· University / School intake delayed: if the start date of a course has been postponed to a later date, the student can provide evidence showing the new start date, then Unite will delay the tenancy start date to suit the new start date of the course. The student will only be liable for the rent from this new start date.
· Travel Ban: if there is a travel ban either in the student’s country of origin, or in the UK, preventing students from traveling as planned: students affected by the ban can contact Unite Students or the agency who helped with the booking. Unite Students will delay the tenancy start date until the end of the travel ban. The student will only be liable for the rent from this new start date.
· Early leave request: We are also aware that some students may want to leave the UK and return to China / to their home country over the coming weeks.
If a student decides to leave early then just to confirm that our early leave policy will be enforced.
That means they will be liable to pay the remainder of their tenancy unless they can find someone to take it over for the remainder of the term.
Bookings made after 1st Nov:
Get 7-day cool off period to cancel the booking after signing the tenancy agreement. If the booking is cancelled within the 7-days period, the security deposit is refunded.
When staying outside, the 7-day cool off period and would like to cancel, its allowed but its required to find a replacement tenant. Until a suitable replacement is found, the tenancy agreement is not released and its compulsory to pay the rent. A £50 admin fee is charged to prepare the room already occupied before a replacement tenant moves in.
Bookings made before 1st Nov:
Get 14-day cool off period to cancel the booking after signing the tenancy agreement. If it's cancelled within the 14-days period, the security deposit is refunded.
If you are outside the 14-days cool off period but would like to cancel before the 1st August, you may do so. Your deposit will not be refunded back, but you will not be liable to pay any other fees.
If you are outside the 14-days cool off period and would like to cancel on or after the 1st August, you may do so, but you will be required to find a replacement tenant. Until a suitable replacement is found, you may not be released from the tenancy agreement and are liable to pay the rent. Any deposit or rent paid is refunded when the replacement is found. A £50 admin fee is charged to prepare the room if you have already occupied the room before a replacement tenant moves in.
No Place, No Pay - Prospective first-year undergraduate students:
If you are a prospective first-year undergraduate student and you do not meet the grades of the university you initially applied to, you may be released from the contract and receive a refund of your deposit provided you provide proof of this within 7 days of receiving your results. You may also be eligible to be released from the agreement if you are a prospective first-year undergraduate student and you choose to go to a different University because you have exceeded your expected grades.
Documents that would need to be supplied - A written rejection letter from your chosen university/college or UCAS or a screenshot of your UCAS status which confirms that the required results were not achieved, in Case 1. Copy of the proof of acceptance of your new university by UCAS adjustment in Case 2.
No Place, No Pay - International Students:
If you are a student moving to the United Kingdom from overseas for the first time to undertake study at a UK University and are not already residing in the UK or have not previously attended a UK university. Then in case of rejection from UK University, you can apply for you cancellation until 1st August 2018 and receive a refund of your deposit or advance rent payment.
After this cut-off date, you will have to pay all amounts due under your Tenancy Agreement unless a replacement Tenant. Until a suitable replacement is found, you may not be released from the tenancy agreement and are liable to pay the rent. A £50 admin fee is charged to prepare the room if you have already occupied the room before a replacement tenant moves in.
Before the 1st of August, for your cancellation request to be reviewed, you must provide a copy of the rejection letter from the UK University that you have applied for within 7 days of receiving your results.
Documents that would need to be supplied: The rejection letter from University/ Proof of IELTS examination failure / Proof of A level or equivalent examination failure.
Q. Is early move-in allowed?
The standard tenancies have fixed dates and cannot be changed. However, to move in earlier it may be possible to book an additional short stay tenancy, this will involve signing another set of paperwork and you will be charged for any additional nights.
Q. What documents are needed at the time of move in?
Please bring an official form of ID with you e.g. passport or provisional/driving licence. If you have not already returned the original signed tenancy agreement you should also bring these with you.
Q. What are the reception hours of the property?
These hours can vary from property to property and as business dictates. Most properties will advertise their opening hours at their reception.
Q. Is move allowed before payment?
It’s really important that your rent is paid on time. The first instalment before moving in covers the first part of the tenancy.
Q. Can the Family/Friends stay for a few nights after dropping me off?
It is best to speak with the staff at the property to find out if this is ok. If it is only for an evening or two, that is usually fine.
Q. How are the keys provided?
Keys can be collected from reception at check-in. Just come straight to the main reception with photo ID and take the keys.
Q. Can the given time slot for the property be missed?
That’s fine, arrive at any time and inform others.
Q. Are post delivery allowed to site without being present there yet?
Just inform the staff at the property of so they can look after the parcels.
Q. How to get directions to the property?
The easiest way to get directions would be to search the postcode on Google maps and find the directions on there.
Q. How to get to train station /airport to the property?
There may be many different transportation options like cab pre-book to the property before your arrival.
Q. Is move in allowed before paper sanction?
No, signed tenancy agreement and payment information are needed before move in.
Q. Are Friends/ Family allowed to stay overnight?
Yes, just let the on-site team know and consider the other flatmates and treat them with courtesy. Take the responsibility of any guest staying and be liable if any problems are caused.
Q. How to log a maintenance request?
Raise a Maintenance Request Form via My Account, or alternatively, check out the MyUnite app from the mobile device. Once logged, the form goes directly to our maintenance team.
Q. Is smoking allowed in the room?
All the properties are non-smoking throughout so please speak to the property team to ask where to smoke. There are usually outside areas to smoke with ashtrays provided.
Q. How to make a complaint against music?
Speak to a member of staff at reception and they will ask a member of our Service and Safety Team to come for help.
Q. Who is responsible for cleaning communal area?
All flatmates are responsible for keeping the communal areas clean and tidy. A template is provided for cleaning all flatmates get organised. If you cannot reason with your flatmates after speaking to them then please report it to a member of staff at reception and we will try to help.
Q. My room is not like the website - I want to move. Is it allowed?
All our show flats, and the images on our website, are representative of a particular room type unless labelled otherwise – however, they are not identical. Your room will have all the same features and fittings, just in a slightly different set up. If you are unhappy with your room, please speak to the reception team as there is often something we can do. Where there are other rooms available we will offer these as an alternative. To move room you will need to complete new tenancy paperwork, and there may be a small charge to cover the cost of making your original room ready for a new tenant.
Q. An emergency has happened back home and I need to cancel. Can I do this?
In emergencies, each cancellation request is looked at on a case-by-case basis and an early release is at the discretion of the manager.
Q. I am not getting on with my flatmates, how do I complain?
Where possible our city teams will try to help you resolve your issues – when a group of new people live together for the first time disputes can happen, so a bit of time can help to sort the problems out. If the problems are more serious then we will always try to move you to another flat if there is a room available. We take any form of anti-social behaviour, such as drugs or bullying, very seriously and investigate any complaints.
Q. I am locked out of my room key doesn't work. Who do I call to get back in?
We have dedicated on-site Service and Safety teams in all our cities – which means that there will always be someone around who can help you with things like new keys. Part of their job is doing patrols of the site and attending to incidents, so don’t worry if there is nobody at reception. You can also install the MyUnite app, which will connect you directly to the Emergency Control Centre if you are locked out.
Q. Some belongings of mine have been stolen, what should I do?
If something is stolen from inside your flat, or there has been a break-in, please contact the police and then inform the reception team. You will get a crime reference number from the police which may help you to recover the cost of the items, depending on your insurance coverage. The police will usually contact us to obtain the CCTV footage from our Security and Safety Teams to assist them in any criminal matter.
Q. Can I get a mini fridge for my room?
In most properties, you can bring small appliances for use in your room, but you will be solely responsible for any risk associated with them.
Q. What is my internet speed? How do I upgrade?
In most of our properties, your wireless connection speed will be 25Mb. There is the option of upgrading online to 32Mb. You can even choose to do this for a month at a time.
Q. What happens if I fail my exams during my stay? Do I still have to leave?
If you leave university during your stay with us you will still be liable for the rent as per the tenancy agreement. Please check the cancellation procedure accordingly.
Q. Is on-site parking facility available?
Many of our properties have a car park for students. There is a weekly cost for booking a car parking space, but you can choose to pay this in instalments.
Q. I have no hot water. What should I do?
You just need to raise a Maintenance Request Form via the My Account section. Once logged, the form will go directly to our maintenance team. Issues are rated on severity, so if it is a busy time please bear with us as it may take slightly longer for us to get to you than usual.
Q. My light bulb is broken, where can I buy a new one?
For health and safety reasons we ask that you do not try to replace light bulbs yourself. You just need to raise a Maintenance Request Form via the My Account section. Once logged, the form will go directly to our maintenance team. Issues are rated on severity, so if it is a busy time please bear with us as it may take slightly longer for us to get to you than usual.
Q. Can you call my university and tell them I am going to be late?
We don’t offer this sort of service I’m afraid. We are only responsible for your accommodation.
Q. I want to leave the accommodation, what do I do?
Please contact your team at the reception desk and they will guide you.
Q. Why are my windows restricted?
Your window may have a restricting device that limits how far it opens. It’s there for your safety so it’s important that you don’t disconnect or damage it, or let anyone else do so. If the window fittings do become damaged, you need to tell a member of the property team straight away. We check all the windows and their fittings regularly, to make sure they’re all safe and working properly. Depending on the floor you live on, it may be possible to derestrict your window upon request and with approval from the management of your property. Please speak to your reception team.
Q. Is there air conditioning?
Some of our properties have comfort cooling systems and some do not.
Q. What are the reception hours of the property?
Reception hours vary from property to property; most properties will advertise their opening hours at reception.
Q. Who's the manager?
Each city has dedicated managers for all our properties; you should be able to find out your manager's name by speaking to the staff at reception. The manager may not always be in your building as they may manage several properties.
Q. How to pay the rent?
You can pay by credit/debit card or direct debit. You can pay by logging in and clicking on Make A Payment.
Q. Is pre-booking the room allowed?
Absolutely! If you are interested in staying with Unite Students again, visit the My Account section and follow the links for rebooking.
We usually start selling our rooms for the following year a couple of months after you move in and we recommend you to act quickly for the best availability and prices. In most cases, you won’t even need to pay another deposit, so it’s a really simple process.
Q. What does the insurance cover?
You can find out what your insurance includes by viewing the insurance certificate on our website. Some items are not included in our standard package - this includes accidental damage to items in your rooms and loss or damage to personal items when you are outside your Unite Students property. Laptops and tablets, mobile phones and bicycles are not covered in the standard policy, however you can upgrade your policy so that your laptop, phone, tablet and other gadgets are covered, wherever you and your gadgets are, and this also includes a laptop and mobile phone replacement within 24 hours (one working day) of your claim being approved. You can add this upgrade for a small cost at any time during your stay.
Q. I don't get on with my flatmates- What should I do?
Where possible our city teams will try to help you resolve your issues – when a group of new people live together for the first time disputes can happen, so a bit of time can help to sort the problems out. If the problems are more serious then we will always try to move you to another flat if there is a room available. We take any form of anti-social behaviours, such as drugs or bullying, very seriously and investigate any complaints.
Q. Why don't you tell me about the building site next door to the property?
As our properties are situated in prime city centre locations, we sometimes have developments happening nearby. We will advise you about this when you book if we can, however, we cannot be held responsible for other companies' building works and are not always kept informed of when works will be taking place.
Q. Where do I leave my keys?
You will be supplied with a check out envelope – please complete the front of the envelope with your name, room number and future address and leave it at the reception. If the address where your deposit cheque needs to be sent has changed, then please also let us know on this envelope. If you need another envelope, please see your reception team.
Q. What happens if I check out and nobody is at the reception?
If the reception is not open, look for a fast check out key drop box where you can leave your check out an envelope.
Q. Can I leave my belongings in my room?
Not unless you have booked to continue staying with us in your room and have a valid tenancy. Anything that is left once you have checked out will be removed as we have to get the room ready for the next tenant. A charge may apply if we have to remove any leftover belongings, so please remember to clear everything out when you leave.
Q. My flatmates don't help to clean the kitchen. What do I do?
We recommend you first discuss the cleaning with your flatmates and work out an agreed time for cleaning before you all check out so that the work is divided fairly between you. If the flat hasn’t been cleaned to a certain standard when we complete the check-out inspection then we will make appropriate charges which will apply to everyone in the flat.
Q. My flatmate has left food in the freezer. What do I do?
We recommend you first discuss the cleaning with your flatmates and work out an agreed time for cleaning before you all check out so that the work is divided fairly between you. This includes emptying cupboards and the fridge/freezer. Anything that is left in the freezer once the whole flat has checked out will be removed and a charge may apply.
Q. My flatmate has broken microwave, will we be charged for it?
We do charge for damages, however, if the person responsible for causing the damage is willing to take full responsibility then we will only charge that person. If no one accepts the responsibility for damages in a communal area then the charge will be split between everyone in the flat. If this happens, you can discuss this further with a member of our reception team.
Q. Can I leave things in my room if I've rebooked for the next year?
If you have a valid tenancy covering the time period, then yes you can. We just ask you to label any items in shared areas to confirm that they belong to you and not to someone else who has already checked out. This will help our cleaners.
If your booking finishes in June or July and your next tenancy starts in September, you will need to arrange a Summer Short Stay tenancy to bridge the gap.
If you do not have a valid tenancy for the summer months, you will need to move everything out of your room and shared areas as someone else could be occupying the flat immediately after you leave.
Q. What the latest time I can check out?
This varies depending on your property so check with a team member at reception well in advance of your check-out date. It is likely that the latest time will be 12:00pm on the last day of your tenancy.
Q. Can I stay an extra day?
This depends on your room and property, so please speak to the reception team regarding extending your stay.
Q. When will I get my deposit back?
If you are staying in England, you will get your deposit back in the form of a cheque, sent to your home address, within 14 days after your tenancy end date.
If you are staying in Scotland, Mydeposits Scotland will have emailed you a unique Release Code at the start of your stay. You need this at the end of your tenancy to authorise the return of your deposit.
Unite Students contacts Mydeposits Scotland at the end of your tenancy to confirm that you have checked out of your accommodation and advise on the deposit amount due to be refunded to you. This will be the full deposit minus any charges applied after your room has been inspected, or if your tenancy account has any outstanding balance due.
Mydeposits Scotland will email to tell you that we have started the release process. You have 30 working days from the date of this email to respond to the deposit release request. You will need to enter your Release Code to access any refund. If you do not respond within this timeframe, Mydeposits Scotland will return the deposit amount we have advised as due following your check out.
Q. Where can I park to load up the car?
During our check in and check out periods, where available, we allow access to our car parks for short periods of time so you can load up/unload the car. If there is not a car park at the property then you may be able to park just outside for a while. In most cases, there are also public car parks nearby. Please speak to your reception team for advice specific to your property.
Q. I forgot to put on the inventory that there was some damage when I moved in. Will I be charged?
Possibly yes, this is to be fair and consistent with our approach. We encourage you to complete the inventory thoroughly when you first move in. We also document any damage on our own inspections so you may find that we have a record of this damage, please speak to your reception team for more information.
Q. Can I make repairs myself?
No, for health and safety reasons all repairs must be carried out by the property maintenance team. Please let us know about any maintenance issues by logging a maintenance request through My Account or the MyUnite app, which will allow you to log maintenance requests easily from your mobile device.
Q. What happens if something is delivered to this address after move out?
There is limited space for parcels and post the tenancy has ended it cannot be kept. All items delivered after the tenancy end date are returned to the sender.
Q. Is landlord reference provided?
No ifs, no bots. Our Personal Student Advisors are real people, available 24x7 to guide you through anything.
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