A new creative campus for Hereford

Station Approach was brand new for 2021 and offers high specification and secure student accommodation. The accommodation is located next to Hereford Railway Station and is mid-way between two teaching campuses.

The building itself is home to a four-year, public art programme – Lothar Gotz is currently displayed all around the exterior of the building – while inside the accommodation features include gym facilities, light spacious social areas and rooms designed specifically with artists in mind.

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On offer in the Station Approach student accommodation is 3 room types:

Our standard ensuites allow you to have your own bedroom and ensuites, whilst sharing a kitchen and social space between 4 and 7 students. Our Studios and Accessible Studios will give you complete independence as you will have your own bedroom, ensuite and kitchenette.

All our social and shared kitchens come with SMART TV’s. Other benefits include;

  • All bills included
  • Free superfast 250mb (wired) and 100mb (wireless) internet.
  • Free contents insurance
  • Onsite management
  • Minutes walking to shops, cafes and other services to support students independent living
  • All rooms available on 42 week tenancies.
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The Station Approach student accommodation is designed and made with creative people in mind. We can appreciate that most creatives don’t like limiting their creativity to a set space. This is why individual bedrooms include wall-boards for students to personalise with artworks and things that inspire them.

The building also provides lots of opportunities for students to share work and ideas, there is a spacious social space on the ground floor designed for exhibitions and performances as well as a place to hang out and socialise.

Hereford has a flourishing and lively creative community in which there will be many opportunities for you to get involved in and meet other like-minded people. The Station Approach team will facilitate a year-round event and social programme in collaboration with students to support the creative community.

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Station Approach is a short walk – or quick Beryl Bike ride – to your campus, and minutes from the centre of Hereford.

Within two mins’ walk: Two major super markets / a brand new doctors’ surgery and pharmacy / the city’s railway station / TGS Bowling Alley

Within five mins’ walk: a huge public park, with view across the city / the city’s main bus terminal / Hereford County hospital / more than a dozen bars and cafes, including Sensory + Rye, Wetherspoons and the Shack Revolution / the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Within ten mins’ walk: the city’s new shopping centre including an Odeon cinema / paddleboarding and canoeing launches / the city’s biggest theatre and arts venue, The Courtyard / Hereford Cathedral / five more public parks including the riverside St George’s Playing Fields / the Hereford Leisure Pool

… and pretty much everything else. Hereford is very much a walking city, but is also investing heavily in cycle infrastructure and electric busses.

Station Approach is the perfect base to enjoy and explore the city, and the surrounding countryside and nearby national parks.



Station Approach will be run to promote student community and student wellbeing.

It will have a staffed reception during the day and emergency contact service out of hours.

Individual bedrooms include creative wall-boards to for students to personalise with display of their own work or sources of inspiration.

A year-round events and social programme curated by the Station Approach management team in collaboration with students will support the creative community.

Student reps and HCA staff will be involved in on-going decision making around the campus management.

Abigail Appleton, Principal, said: “It’s been really exciting for me to work with partners who are as committed to supporting the student community and student wellbeing as Cityheart.  We are opening Station Approach to second and third years as well as first years as this reflects our ethos to develop an interconnected college community.  It promotes sociability, collaboration, creativity and supportive behaviour between year groups.  We are also working with Hereford’s new engineering education pioneer NMiTE, and degree students starting their new programme are also invited to apply for rooms in Station Approach.  Creative arts practice and innovative engineering have a great deal in common.  I’m thrilled HCA’s students have this chance to live within the same creative hub and look forward to seeing many creative collaborations emerge.”

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Some of our partners

Development Company Cityheart Partnerships specialises in working with the public sector and has delivered smaller scale Student Accommodation buildings across the UK as well as Healthcare buildings.  It has a strong ethos of working closely with partners and delivering sustainable solutions.  From Director Alastair Gourlay to Operations Manager Sian Evans, Cityheart is as passionate as we are about ensuring students are happy and supported in their residential accommodation.

Engie is one of the UK’s largest energy and services companies with a profound commitment to regeneration, community and placemaking.  Engie is excited to promote student art across the site hoardings as well as the finished building.

Caledonian Modular is a pioneer of offsite building. Our Caledonian designer David Wallace has ‘Art School’ in his DNA and is as happy talking Bauhaus as bathroom fittings with us.

Herefordshire Council is hugely supportive of the development of the Hereford’s historic art school and to further developing Hereford’s international reputation for specialist higher education as well as to making Hereford a sustainable city.  We love it that Chief Executive Alistair Neill comes to visit college on his bicycle.

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Studio bedroom

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Accommodation costs

The rental rate per week for a standard ensuite will be £143 for 42 weeks – equivalent to £6,006 per annum.

The rental rate per week for a studio room will be £164.20 for 42 weeks – equivalent to £6,896.40 per annum.

The rental rate per week for an accessible studio room will be £143 for 42 weeks – equivalent to £6,006 per annum.

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