Brook Street Halls of Residence are situated a five minute walk away from the High Wycombe Campus. Brook Street accommodation comprises of flats of between six and ten bedrooms; each flat shares a kitchen-diner, two shower rooms and two toilets. Each room has its own washbasin and internet access.
What will be in my room?
There is no bedding or linen provided at Brook Street. You will need to bring:
- single duvet
- single duvet cover
- pillow case
- sheet for single bed
Each bedroom in Brook Street has:
- single bed (3ft) with mattress
- chest of drawers
- hand basin / vanity unit / light / mirror / under sink storage
- foot locker
- notice board
- wall shelving unit
- ceiling lampshade.
No additional furniture is allowed in the room.
Showers and toilets are shared by all residents along the corridor. Each flat has two showers and two toilets.
These areas are cleaned once a week between Monday and Friday.
All studio rooms also contain a kitchenette with 2 hobs and a microwave oven. Studio rooms at Brook Street have double beds and are en suite.
Each flat has a communal kitchen containing:
- 1 kettle (2 in a flat with 7+ students)
- 2 sinks
- 2 x 4 ring hobs
- 2 fridge freezers
- lockable cupboard per student
- tables and chairs
- ironing board
- mop and bucket
You will need to bring your own cups, plates, cutlery, utensils, washing-up materials and tea towels as these are not provided.
You must not bring your own deep fat fryer. Kitchens are cleaned once a week between Monday and Friday but it is your joint responsibility to ensure the cleanliness of the communal areas. Please clean and wash up after using the kitchen.
Maintenance requests and breakages must be reported via our online helpdesk system.
Please be aware that the Accommodation Service and Maintenance Staff have the right to enter rooms for inspections, safety, or repair purposes. Whenever possible students are given advance notice of staff entering their rooms.
You are responsible for cleaning your own room and must supply your own cleaning materials. The University supplies vacuum cleaners, dustpans and brushes, as well as mops and buckets. Residents are held collectively responsible for this equipment and will be charged in the event of a loss or damage.
As part of your contract, the University provides Standard Contents Insurance.
There is no aerial point provided in Brook Street.
Getting a TV Licence
You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.
To find out more, go to tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo
How can I buy a TV Licence?
There are lots of different ways to buy a TV Licence. Whether that’s through weekly cash payments, using your nearest PayPoint outlet, spreading the cost with monthly, quarterly or yearly direct debit, credit/debit card or by post – just choose the one that suits you best.
For more information on the ways to pay, go to tvlicensing.co.uk/payinfo
If I live in halls, won’t I already be covered by a TV Licence?
Your room needs to be covered by its own licence if you're plugged in to watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
Won't my parents' licence cover me?
Your parents' licence will not cover you while you're away at uni unless you only use a device that's powered solely by its own internal batteries and not connected to the mains.
What if I'm not at uni for the summer?
If you're leaving your halls or rented accommodation and moving back home for the summer, there's a good chance you won't need your TV Licence if there's one at home. You can see our policy and apply for a refund online.
What if I don’t need a licence?
If you don’t need a TV Licence, we would ask you to let TV Licensing know so that they can update their details. They won’t then send you any letters for approximately two years.
You are reminded that it is a breach of your Terms & Conditions not to evacuate the building in the event of a fire alarm. Misuse of fire equipment or failure to evacuate the building during an alarm will lead to disciplinary action being taken by the Accommodation Service. You are not allowed to cook food, use toasters or kettles in your study bedrooms as steam and smoke will set off the detectors that are installed in all bedrooms. Cooking is only permitted within kitchen areas.
You are reminded that students are not permitted to smoke in the study bedrooms; smoke will set off the fire alarms which are installed in all bedrooms.
You must vacate the halls when the fire alarm sounds. Familiarise yourself with the fire exit(s) in your flat, so you know where to go when the alarm sounds. Those who do not vacate are breaching the licence and putting peoples lives at risk.
Any propping or wedging open of fire doors, removal of door closures, tampering with or vandalising the automatic fire detection sensors, blocking of any escape route or misuse and/or malicious discharge of fire fighting equipment is prohibited. This could subsequently lead to loss of life for you, other residents or a fire fighter. Therefore this will lead to action being taken under the halls licence and could result in you losing your accommodation.
The following are common causes of fire:
- electrical equipment left switched on when not in use
- careless disposal of cigarettes
- accumulation of paper and other materials which can catch fire
- combustible materials left close to sources of heat
- inadequate supervision of cooking activities
- candles and incense sticks being used (this is against your licence).
Statistics show that inadequate supervision of cooking activities and careless disposal of cigarettes are the main causes of fire in student accommodation.
There are card operated laundry facilities in Brook Street halls. These are open 24 hours a day. Cards can initially be purchased from the machines in the laundry rooms; once purchased they can be topped up online.
You will also be able to view current usage online, so you won't need to hang around waiting for a machine. These laundry services are supplied by Circuit Managed Laundry Systems.
Kitchens are equipped with an iron and ironing board.
Any post you have delivered can be collected from the Brook Street Gatehouse. You must have your student ID to pick up your post.
Student Name Block, Floor and Room Number Buckinghamshire New University Brook Street Halls of Residence Bridge Street High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP11 2ET
Applications open on 22 June.
If you are a new applicant to the university, we have or will contact you as long as you have accepted the offer from BNU as your first choice. Make sure UCAS have your correct email address, as that’s the one we’ll use for new applicants. Once applications open, these emails will be sent out regularly, but please note, the process can take up to 5 working days.
If you believe you should have been contacted, but haven’t, then you can email email@example.com, and we can make sure you get it.
Everything is done by email and online. Simply follow the link we send and then the on-screen instructions to complete your application.
Please be aware that we have a high number of applications and so, once you have applied, it could take a few weeks to confirm your room, but you will get an email when we make the room offer.