The ESO attracts applicants from all over the world and from all walks of life, each with their own accommodation requirements. We don’t have halls of residence but there is a range of affordable housing in Maidstone – from en-suite student halls* and student houses to individual apartments and family homes. . The School produces comprehensive lists of housing through the summer, which can be viewed online via the ESO Learning Zone. The Learning Zone is made available to students once they have accepted a place on the course, enabling them to get in touch with others before the start of the programme.
The initial housing list is issued in early July, with regular updates provided throughout the summer months. It should be noted that properties are not vetted by the ESO and we strongly recommend viewing to ensure suitability; many of the local landlords are known to us and we are happy to offer advice should you need it. The local paper, the Kent Messenger, also provides extensive listings of affordable property to let in the area and details can be found on their website www.kenthomes.co.uk. Online sites such as rightmove.co.uk and zoopla.co.uk may also prove useful if you have specific accommodation needs.
Accommodation is relatively inexpensive in Maidstone and the majority of our students choose to house share. Costs vary depending on the size and type of property but typically start at around £70 per week for a room in a shared house. If you prefer to find your own accommodation, you should have no trouble finding a flat to rent. Obviously this is more costly and you should expect to pay over £100 per week for this type of accommodation.
* Please be aware that the Tonbridge Road student halls are owned and managed independently of the ESO – if you would like further information please email our Student Welfare Officer firstname.lastname@example.org