Right on the University's doorstep


CitySide offers brand new, purpose-built flats right on the University’s doorstep. You’re on the edge of campus and less than ten minutes’ walk from the city centre, with easy access to cafés, supermarkets, bars, shops and restaurants.

Run in partnership with Downing Students and all accommodation is en suite, with some premium (slightly larger) rooms. Five or six rooms share a communal kitchen, dining and living area – an ideal space to socialise with your flatmates.

There’s an on-site gym and a large, state-of-the-art common room provides an open space for you to watch TV, meet fellow residents, play games, listen to music or just relax after lectures. There’s high-speed broadband throughout the building and laundry and cycle storage facilities.

Some building works will be taking place until October or November 2020 on the land next to CitySide. Although these works are internal and so should not cause much disturbance, there may be some noise from construction traffic to this site. 

Where building works have taken place previously, most of our students have not found this noise an inconvenience but, if you are somebody who is particularly sensitive to noise, you may prefer to consider another residence.

Read more about what you can expect to find in your room and flat.

Fast wi-fi

Laundry room in Block A

Cafés nearby

Bars nearby

Shops nearby

On-site gym

Pool table and table football

Common room with TV

Contents insurance included in your rent

Security service on call 24/7

Efficient, responsive building maintenance

Secure cycle storage

Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding has not been used in the construction of CitySide. 

CitySide also has many features that enable the safe evacuation of individuals, including a fire detection and alarm system that exceeds legislative requirements. The automatic L (Life) type alarm system ensures that all areas of your residence are covered by detection, including bedrooms, kitchens, plant rooms, and communal areas.  Other fire safety systems installed for your protection include:

  • Fire containment between rooms, flats and areas within buildings. Walls, ceilings and door sets are designed to resist and prevent the spread of fire long enough for you to safely escape the building.
  • An installed sprinkler system.
  • A dry riser system to be used by the fire brigade in a situation where they want to use their fire hoses on any level of your building.
  • A firefighting lift/elevator for use by fire fighters to assist them to get quick access to all building floors to put out a fire and help residents leave the building
  • Fire extinguishers and/or firefighting blankets throughout the building(s).

In addition, we operate a system where local staff and fire wardens are trained to undertake proactive and reactive fire safety duties, which include building inspections and routine fire safety checks.


Self catered


43 week contract *

£162 - £166 per week

Self catered en suite £162 - £166 per week / £6,964 - £7,140 total
You can compare costs of residences

Self catered en suite : 43 week contract*.
* Due to refurbishment or vacation lettings some blocks may open later or close
earlier than others and as a result, some contracts may be slightly shorter.

Your rent includes

All rooms include

  • Bed and mattress
  • Wardrobe
  • Study table and chair
  • Shelving and storage
  • Noticeboard
  • Access to a shared kitchen
  • Read more in furniture and facilities

Location, essentials and travel



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Will Faust, MEng, BEng Mechanical Engineering

“ Being a new building, CitySide’s facilities are modern, with an on-site laundrette, games room, study room and a small blackout room/cinema area. With the mini-supermarket right next door, I’ve found it incredibly convenient and easy to live comfortably day to day, with most things I need on my doorstep.”