Accommodation to suit you
The ESO attracts applicants from all over the world and from all walks of life, each with their own accommodation requirements
There is a range of affordable housing in Maidstone – from shared houses to individual apartments and family homes. Many students opt to share houses with other ESO students in and around the town.
To support students, the ESO has a dedicated staff member, who from early summer produces a comprehensive list of available housing and rental agencies, which is updated throughout the summer. The accommodation list can be viewed online via the ESO’s virtual learning environment (the Learning Zone). The Learning Zone is accessible to students once they have accepted their offer. In addition, students are invited to a closed Facebook Group managed by student ambassadors. Many students find house mates and accommodation through this group.
Please note that properties are not managed or 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.
New Starter Day
In mid to late July, the ESO hosts a summer get-together for new starters at Boxley House – this enables students to meet and get to know each other face-to-face. There are quite a few properties available to let by that time and students are encouraged to view some of them together after the event (from around 2.00 pm). Student Ambassadors are also on hand, as well as members of the Admissions Team who can help with any queries about starting on the course.
Like anyone starting a new life in a new country, I had a fair share of questions and anxieties. Where to live? How to get to school? How to get a phone plan? Which bank to choose? I was lucky enough to be put in contact with a current ESO student who answered my (numerous) questions and I felt a lot more prepared thanks to him.
I used the accommodation list and found a house quite easily, sharing with other ESO students in the higher years. I also arranged to carpool with other students from my year within the first week and have never been stuck without a lift.
I met a lot of my classmates at the 1st year applicant picnic and I found two other students that were my age also looking for accommodation, so we decided we’d find somewhere together. The ESO also produces an accommodation list, which helps to find free rooms in other ESO student houses which was helpful.