Enjoy – Live – Study


Contemporary, student accommodation in the heart of the Neptune Marina, Ipswich, Athena Hall is located on campus, and only minutes walk from all the facilities you need at university and the centre of town.

Living at Athena Hall provides the perfect environment for students, whether you're a first, second, third year, or a post-graduate – there is something for everyone.

Live - Study - Socialise. Athena Hall is the place to live and explore Ipswich and the surrounding area of Suffolk, it is close to amazing facilities to study and immerse yourself in university life, and a great way to make new friends and enjoy your first time away from home.

We look forward to welcoming you to Athena Hall.


We are a modern space offering shared flats for up to seven people, plus studios for those looking for more privacy. Our shared flats offer en suite rooms with desks for private study, plus a shared lounge and kitchen to relax and cook with friends.

For those who want to mix it up and meet some

of the many other students at Athena Hall, our lounge and courtyard is the place to chill, play games and enjoy some of the many events organised throughout the year for our students.

At Athena Hall we want you to make this your home. Comfort, safety and a great atmosphere –

a place to live and enjoy what will be one of the most memorable times of your life!

There is a lot to discover in Ipswich, whether it is culture, sports, shopping or the lively social scene – there is something for everyone. Take a look at our Going Out guide to see some of the things on offer.


There are three options: either bronze, silver or gold depending on size and location in the building.

  • Large, contemporary open-plan kitchen and lounge area for up to a maximum of 7 sharers.
  • Fridge freezer
  • Microwave/oven
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • 3/4 double bed with storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Shelving for additional storage

Included in your room or studio:

  • 12MB Broadband
  • Free Hello U welcome pack on arrival
  • Free contents insurance
  • Utility bills included (gas, electricity and water)
  • Shared facilities
  • Lounge & landscaped courtyard
  • On-site laundry
  • On-site management team
  • Secure bike storage
  • Internal courtyard
  • Fob entry system
  • CCTV


  • Kitchen and dining area
  • Bathroom
  • Desk
  • 3/4 double bed with storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Shelving for additional storage

Included in your room or studio:

  • 12MB Broadband
  • Free Hello U welcome pack on arrival
  • Free contents insurance
  • Utility bills included (gas, electricity and water)
  • Shared facilities
  • Lounge & landscaped courtyard
  • On-site laundry
  • On-site management team
  • Secure bike storage
  • Internal courtyard
  • Fob entry system
  • CCTV


The perfect place to widen your social network, chill out and challenge your friends on one of our many games.

Open all hours and we regularly organise student events including quiz nights, health & beauty days and pool competitions.

Our landscaped courtyard is a cool place to relax in the warmer weather.


Located only minutes walk from the University Campus Suffolk and the centre of the town. Check out this map and you will see that Athena Hall is located close to everything that Ipswich has to offer.

By Car:

From the west and south, leave the M25 at Junction 28 and follow the A12 to Ipswich. The A12 then becomes the A1214 (London Rd) which takes you into town. Follow signs for Orwell Quay, which will lead you to Duke St where you will find Athena Hall.

By Bus:

Ipswich buses 1, 3 and 6 run along Duke Street between the station, hospital and town centre.

By Train:

Ipswich is just over an hour by train from central London. Bus services 1 & 3 run regularly from the station and their routes include Duke Street.


You’re here to study and make the most of your first time away from home. Discover what Ipswich has to offer, whether it is food and drink, culture or sport – there is so much on offer to keep you and your friends busy. Big plus - you’re close to some of England’s best loved beach resorts and one of the UK’s greatest festivals. Enjoy!

Eat & Drink

Snobs Coffee
Ipswich Town Hall, Gallery One, Ipswich
Tel: 07538 809092
For those eager to escape the chain cafes, Snobs Coffee is the place. Located in Gallery One in Ipswich Town Hall, they offer a great selection of coffees, freshly squeezed juices and tasty food. Open between 10 am and 5pm.

Café Neptune
92 Fore Street, IP4 1LB,
Tel: 01473 250532
Good value café, serving great food and snacks for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Aqua Eight Restaurant & Bar
8 Lion Street, Ipswich, IP1 1DQ
Tel: 01473 218 994
Probably one for a special occasion, Aqua Eight is a destination bar and restaurant known for its fusion style dishes from East Asia. Treat yourself to dinner or a cocktail with small eats at the bar.

Pizza Express
Unit 14, The Cambria, 13 Regatta Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1FH
Tel: 01473 288 600
Great pizzas with a location looking over the marina – can’t go wrong.

Museum Street Café
Westgate House, Museum Street, Ipswich, IP1 1HQ
Tel: 01473 232 393
One of the few vegetarian restaurant/cafes in Ipswich the Museum St Café has a tasty selection of dishes that will not disappoint.

Zaika Indian
17 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TW
Tel: 01473 210 110/287 960
Friendly, local Indian restaurant recommended for its food and service, with discount offers available on takeaway and restaurant dining.

Mizu Noodle
10 Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DB
Tel: 01473 288 839
Perfect for a casual night out with a group of friends. Contemporary style noodle bar, with seating on long tables and benches. Quick service, and good quality food.

Cardinal Leisure Park, 19 Grafton Way, Ipswich, IP1 1AX
Everyone’s favourite Mexican for quality and taste. Perfect location for pre or post cinema eats.

The Golden Ship Inn
Cliff Road, Ipswich, IP3 0AX
Tel: 01473 230030/287608
Chinese restaurant, with good service and value. Recommended by students.

Trongs Chinese
23 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TW
Tel: 01473 256 833
Recommended for its friendly service, good food - apparently the crunchy chicken is to die for!

The Greyhound Pub
9 Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 1SE
Tel: 01473 252 862
Recommended by the Good Pub Guide, for its good selection of ales and homemade food. Perfect for the winter days in front of the fire, or summer afternoons in the garden.

The Butt & Oyster
Pin Mill, Ipswich, IP9 1JW
Tel: 01473 780 764
One of the best known pubs on the waterfront. Great pub atmosphere and renowned for its good beer and pub food. Worth going for the location.

31 St Peters Street, IP1 1XF
Unique take away ice cream parlour. Amazing reviews for its amazing flavours and toppings, plus bespoke sundaes, shakes and splitz. Word is that their sundaes are a great hangover cure!

Kwan Thai
14 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TJ
Tel: 01473 253 106
Highly recommended Thai for friendly service and good food. Choice of sharing menus for groups and ideally located in the centre of town.

Night out

Isaac’s on the Quay
7 Wherry Quay Ipswich IP4 1AS Tel: 01473 284000

A popular spot for locals, offering something for everyone with four bars with an outside area. Look out for their regular live music sessions.

3-5 Northgate Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BX, Tel: 01473 214 430

Retro bar and club with party nights throughout the year and free admission.

Liquid Envy
First Floor, West Leisure Terrace Cardinal Park Ipswich IP1 1AX Tel: 01473 218 850

An award-winning club. Huge Ibiza style, lots of events and feature DJs.

Cardinal Park 11 Grafton Way Ipswich IP1 1AX


Crown Pools & Profiles Gym
Crown Street Ipswich Tel: 01473 433655

Ipswich offers fantastic facilities for swimmers, with three pools for casual swimming and fitness classes. There is also a gym, with membership starting from £18 per month, offering personal trainers and classes.

Goals Soccer Centre
Suffolk New College College Drive Ipswich IP4 1LT Tel: 01473 300060

Famous venue throughout the UK for their 5-a-side tournaments and leagues. Outdoor and indoor pitches for all weather and available to play up to 11 pm.

Dance East Jerwood Dance House Foundry Lane Ipswich IP4 1DW Tel: 01473 295 230

For those who fancy a more creative or alternative way to keep fit, Dance East offer a wide range of classes from ballet, contemporary to Zumba and Salsa.

David Lloyd Centre
Ransomes Europark The Havens Ipswich, IP3 9SJ Tel: 01473 717 600

The ultimate training centre for the all-round sports enthusiast. Indoor and outdoor tennis, squash, swimming pool, gym, badminton, plus more! Membership rates available for 18- 20’s.


The Corn Exchange
King Street Ipswich IP7 7DH Tel: 01473 433 100

Regents Theatre
3 St Helen’s Street Ipswich IP4 1HE Tel: 01473 433 100

The Corn Exchange and Regents Theatre offer an eclectic calendar of productions from music, theatre, film and entertainment. For those who prefer more arthouse films to the big blockbusters visit for their programme.

New Wosley Theatre
Civic Drive Ipswich IP1 2AS Tel: 01473 295 900

Contemporary and classic theatre productions and events.

Days Out

Go Ape
High Lodge Forest Centre Santon Downham Brandon Tel: 0845 643 9215

Test your friends’ dexterity and fear of heights! Try the Tree Top Adventure located in stunning woodland with awesome zip wires, crossings and tunnels. Not for the feint hearted!



Closest beach to Athena Hall, Felixstowe is a fun English resort offering beaches, entertainment, shopping and a selection of food and drink.


Home of the Adnams brewery and famous beach huts, Southwold is also well known for its art galleries and fresh fish – not forgetting being famous for Little Britain’s, Ladies sketch … For more adventure on the beaches, why not learn how to kite surf? Visit for more information for lessons and the best beaches on the Suffolk coast.


St Peter’s & St Nicholas Streets
Well known as The Saints with an eclectic mix of boutiques. The majority are housed in beautiful medieval buildings which create beautiful streetscenes, and are often the backdrop to bespoke Vintage Markets and Fayres. For vintage fans check out Urban Village.

For the high street brands there are two main shopping centres in Ipswich where you can find many of your favourite stores and brands.

Falcon Street Ipswich IP1 1DT

Tower Ramparts
Tavern Street Ipswich IP1 3BB


Athena Hall is the place to live for students. Location, social life and much more. Don’t miss out on being part of the Ipswich experience!


Athena Hall,

University Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 0FR,

T: 01473 221 526