Information for local and commuter students

You may live locally and decide to live at home throughout your studies or you may choose to live off campus in private accommodation. Here at Keele we are committed to supporting students who are local or commute to Keele to ensure you have a great student experience.

There is lots of support that you can access prior to starting your course at Keele to support your transition and help you prepare for your university experience.

Keele peer support schemes

Find out more about the diverse peer support schemes at Keele.

Induction activities

As part of the Keele Welcome and induction you will be provided with resources and guides to support your transition. You will also have the opportunity to virtually link up with other local and commuter students, as part of the online pre-arrival and welcome experience.

A regular bus service operates between the campus and Hanley (where you'll find the main shopping centre), via Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent.  It is route number 25.  Students can travel on this route and other First bus routes at discounted fares.

The bus station at Hanley is also the base for National Express services.

Taxi fares will depend on the firm used but are approximately £4.50 from Newcastle, £7.50 from Hanley and £7 from Stoke station.

If you would like to cycle to, from and around Keele, useful information and tips can be found on the Keele Cyclists web pages.

As well as the other students you will meet through your course, at Keele we have a wide range of clubs, societies and other opportunities to meet new people including other local and commuter students.

At the moment, the University's level of operation is determined by a five stage coronavirus alert system, which is used to determine the types of activities that can take place on campus, due to restrictions around social distancing.

If you choose to live off campus in the local area and are looking to find private accommodation, then Keele Accommodation Services and the ASK advice service in the Student’s Union can provide lots of useful support and information to help you find the right accommodation to suit your needs.

You can find more information about living off campus and the services available on our accommodation webpages.

If you need any advice or guidance throughout your time at Keele there is lots of support available:

Student support

The student support team can offer advice and guidance on a range of different issues that you may face at University, including personal, financial and academic difficulties. If you would like to speak to an adviser you can contact them through Student Services by phone, email or live chat. For more information email student.services@keele.ac.uk or call 01782 734481.

Counselling and mental health

University is often a great experience, but it can also bring with it stress and challenge particularly if you are balancing your study with existing commitments. The Counselling and Mental Health service can offer you one-to-one support and appointments as well as workshops and group work.

Disability and Dyslexia support

If you have a disability, including specific learning difficulties or mental health and wellbeing issues, the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team can advise on a wide range of support to meet your individual needs. It is a good idea to contact the team before you start your course at Keele University to discuss any support you may need and ensure any necessary adjustments can be put in place.

Support on your course

All students at Keele are allocated a personal tutor who is a single point of contact on your course. Your personal tutor can provide advice, support and general guidance on academic and non-academic issues.

Find out about the experience of Jenny, a local student who commutes to Keele, here.

Contact us

Tel: 01782 734481
Email: student.services@keele.ac.uk