HCA's Student Halls No.1 Station Approach

Station Approach was brand new for 2021 and offers high specification and secure student accommodation. The accommodation is located next to Hereford’s railway station and is a 15-minute walk to either campus.

There are three room types on offer at Station Approach:

Our Standard Ensuites allow you to have your own bedroom and ensuites, whilst sharing a kitchen and social space between four and seven students. Our Studios and Accessible Studios will give you complete independence as you will have your own bedroom, ensuite and kitchenette. All our studios and shared kitchens come with toasters (or a grill), kettles, microwaves, electric ovens, fridges/freezers, hobs and a Smart TV. Tenants also enjoy on-site laundry services, covered cycle storage and free contents insurance.

There’s lots more information and images below but you can book now through the City Heart Living website here. 

If you’re interested in private landlord housing click here

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Lothar Götz at Station Approach

The building itself is home to a four-year, public art programme – Lothar Götz 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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Other features:

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Creative Communal Spaces

Outside of your room, the building has been designed to include more social spaces to work, meet or eat in.

The Station Approach Creative communal space is home to a range of break-out areas for every occasion, encouraging natural collaboration and communication.

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Ensuite Room

Ensuites all include a small double bed (4ft), en-suite facilities, as well as a spacious wardrobe, a comfortable study area and convenient storage.

The kitchen and living area are shared by 4-7 other rooms. Toasters (or a grill), kettles, microwaves, electric ovens, fridges/freezers, and hobs are provided, along with storage space for all other food and personal dishware.

The Living area Offers a Dining table, sofa, and Smart TV.


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Studio & Accessible Studio

Studios and Accessible Studios will give you complete independence as you will have your own bedroom, ensuite and kitchenette.

The modern studio rooms all include a small double bed (4ft), under-bed storage, spacious wardrobe, comfortable study area, sofa, and a Smart TV. Each Studio has its own cooking facilities including an electric oven, microwave, and fridge.

Accessible Studios are located on the ground floor and include all the same amenities plus extra space for wheelchairs.

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.

Standard Ensuite – £150.20 per week (42 weeks – £6,308.40pa)

Studio – £172.40 per week (42 weeks  – £7,240.40pa)

Accessible studio – £150.20 per week (42 weeks – £6,308.40pa)

Every resident at No.1 Station Approach will receive a key fob upon arrival giving them access to the front doors, the ground floor communal spaces, their room, and their shared kitchen (where applicable).  Every entrance, hallway door, and room door requires the correct key fob to gain access. No key fob – no access.

The building is also fitted with CVTV ensuring that no uninvited person enters the halls.

If a key fob is lost or an emergency occurs, Cityheart staff are on call 24/7.

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 wallboards for students to personalise and display their own work or sources of inspiration.

Year-round events and a 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 ongoing decision-making around 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.”


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


Don’t see an answer to your questions? Head over to the Cityheart Living FAQ page for more answers.

or email our housing team at housing@hca.ac.uk

Book Now

Click the link below to go the City Heart Living website – who manage number 1 Station Approach for HCA – to secure your place.

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Know Your housemates

Student halls are a great opportunity for you to meet new people and learn more about yourself. The thought of living with strangers can be daunting but try to remember that everyone is in the same position as you and all it takes is for someone to take the first step.

Don’t be afraid to speak to as many people as possible and include people in shared activities as you will be potentially spending the next 3 years with them! Have a look at our list of housemates and how to get to know them guide.

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Handy Halls Checklist

Many students moving into halls will not have been away from home for more than a couple of weeks, let alone a few months. It can be tricky to know what you may need to take with you. For a helpful list of things, you will need to consider taking, check out our handy halls checklist.

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Our City

Take a look at our Hereford City Map, made by HCA Graduate Hannah Jones or find out more about Hereford here.