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 our own halls of residence but there is a range of affordable housing in Maidstone – from student halls to shared houses to individual apartments and family homes. Most students opt to share houses in and around the town, which is fairly compact, making it easy to get around. To support students, the ESO appoints 2 members of staff each summer, who from early July produce a comprehensive lists of available housing, which is updated throughout the summer. The accommodation list 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, also enabling them to get in touch with others before the start of the course.
STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AT BOWER TERRACE
Student rooms are available at Bower Terrace. This is often the preferred choice for younger students, who are leaving home for the first time. Bower Terrace offers in excess of 100 rooms, each with its own desk and shower. Students are allocated a kitchen and lounge which they share with other students. Please contact Bower Terrace directly to find out more and to arrange a viewing: http://bowerterrace.com/
NEW STARTER DAY
Towards the end of July of each year the ESO host’s a BBQ at Boxley for all the new starters. The aim of the day is to allow students to meet each other, with a view to sharing a house together. By then the accommodation list is fairly long, so students might want to view a few properties after the BBQ finishes at 2.00 pm. For 2018 this day is scheduled for 28 July. Further details will be sent to new students in June.
Please note 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.