In the final chapter of our four-part series for great group getaways, we take a look at university accommodation.Brenda Watkinson takes a look at some of the accommodation options available to groups including nationwide chains, smaller specialist chains, hotel and coach holidays, and independent hotels.
All around the country universities are able to provide accommodation for groups out of term time and typically have a large number of en-suite double and single rooms available alongside self-catering options.
With meeting rooms and lecture theatres, and often set in peaceful campuses, universities have the capacity to offer the facilities to suit the needs of your group.
Amongst those to consider in Yorkshire are the University of York and Leeds University, whilst further north is St Aidan’s College at Durham University. Options in the Midlands include Nottingham Trent and the University of Leicester.Cardiff University is a great base for exploring Wales and London has several options including Imperial College, Kings College, London, University of Greenwich and University of Westminster, and on the south coast groups the University of Portsmouth has a good groups offer too.
Located on the outskirts of Canterbury, the University of Kent has won the Best University Accommodation Category in the Group Travel Awards for 10 years, and it is an affordable base for walking and cycling groups to explore Kent.
Group accommodation at the University can be booked from mid-June through to mid-September each year, with a choice of en-suite rooms and self-catering flats. The campus offers wonderful views over Canterbury and the Cathedral as well as an excellent range of sports, leisure and restaurant facilities on site together with free car and coach parking.
Within its grounds is the Crab & Winkle Way, a six-mile off-road cycle and walking route from Canterbury to Whitstable (part of the National Cycle Network). Cycling groups who bring their own bikes can make special arrangements to store bikes securely free of charge meaning they can begin and end their day on two wheels on the peaceful parkland campus.
Small groups wishing to explore the Kent countryside by bike for anything from one hour to a whole day can hire a bike at the University’s new cycle hub and start their cycle straight from the campus.