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UOWD Residences

UOWD Residential Services provide students with a clean, safe and secure living option in Dubai. Student residences offer a unique multi-cultural environment conducive to academic success, personal growth, and social development.

Residential Services currently house undergraduate, postgraduate, and English study students in separate buildings for males and females - each overseen by live-in Residence Supervisors and student Residence Advisors.

1. Jebel Ali Gardens

The Residences are located in Jebel Ali Gardens (approximately 15 minutes by bus from Dubai Knowledge Park). All apartments in Jebel Ali Gardens are 3-bedrooms. All bedrooms are allocated on a shared-basis, 2 students per bedroom. The Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall, which houses over 200 shops (including a hypermarket, cinemas and amusement arcades, money exchanges, banking services, restaurants, cafes and food courts) is within a short walking distance from the Student Residences located at Jebel Ali Gardens.
The sports and recreation facilities are part of the facilities provided by the Complex Management where the Residences are located and are not under the control of UOWD. These facilities include a swimming pool, cricket pitch, football pitch, tennis courts and a basketball court. 
UOWD provides sports equipment such as basketballs and footballs, tennis racquets and balls, and bicycles at each Residence. These are provided for students' use free of charge
University transportation is available. Any personal transportation such as cars and motorbikes can be parked in the designated parking lots at each residence at no extra charge.
Since availability is limited, early registration is recommended to secure University accommodation. Private and family accommodation is not available in the UOWD Residences.
Residence fees include the following items:

  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Internet access and TV with cable service
  • Equipped kitchens with appliances such as stove, refrigerator, microwave, water cooler
  • Cleaning services and laundry facilities
  • Transportation to/from UOWD several times a day, including evenings for postgraduate classes
  • Residence Supervisors providing on-site supervision
  • A community lifestyle, encouraging participation in formal and informal social and sporting activities.

The following items are not included in the fees and students need to provide this by themselves:

  • Computers
  • Bed linen, pillows, blankets, towels
  • Plates, cups, utensils, pots/pans, cooking utensils
  • Bedside lamp, electrical adaptors, extension cords
  • Laundry soap, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Other personal items as required.
  • Students are also required to purchase their own groceries and prepare their own meals, or order meals from nearby restaurants.

2. Gloria Hotel Apartments

In the event that the Jebel Ali Gardens accommodation is fully occupied, we have alternative accommodation available at the Gloria Hotel which is within walking distance of the University. 
The rates are AED19500 + AED1000 refundable security deposit for the semester and accommodates 4 students per two-bedroom apartment. It includes the following facilities:
Accommodation fees include the following: 

  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Internet access and TV with satellite channels
  • Equipped kitchens with appliances such as stove, refrigerator, microwave
  • Transportation to/from UOWD several times a day, including evenings for postgraduate classes
  • Two times housekeeping service per week on designated days and timings
  • 20% Discount on all outlets owned and operated by Gloria Hotel.
  • Complimentary access to gym and swimming pool.

3. Emirates Academy (Opposite Burj Al Arab)

  • Alternative studio accommodation is also available at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. The accommodation is located within walking distance to the beach, opposite Burj al Arab and Jumeirah Madinat resort including 150 different restaurants and bars, Souk and many more. 

The rates are AED20,000 per semester + AED1,000 refundable security deposit
Accommodation fees include the following: 

  • Individual accommodation
  • The studio consists of a kitchenette workstation with basic utensils and cutlery, TV, bedroom, on suite bathroom
  • Services, gym, swimming pool, restaurant, supermarket, Wi-Fi, tennis and basketball court, laundry and drier machines available
  • Parking on campus
  • Security 24/7
  • Vending machines 24/7

What is not included in the fee:

  • No cleaning services (is available on paid basis)
  • UOWD transportation.

Please note that University Transportation is not currently available from this location. Students can take the RTA Bus Route 88 to UOWD.


UOWD provides air-conditioned shuttle bus services between the University Residences (Jebel Ali Gardens) and the Dubai Knowledge Park campus several times a day, including an evening service for postgraduate students. This is a free transport service run by UOWD. This service is not currently available to students residing at the Emirates Academy. Students staying at the Gloria Hotel, can make use of the UOWD Metro shuttle bus.
RTA public transportation is a safe, clean and inexpensive way for students to travel around the city. The public transportation system covers most of Dubai and students can avail of a discount by showing their Student ID card when they board the bus.

Health Services

All students applying to enter the University Residences must have a mandatory health check at the UOWD Medical Centre, prior to moving in. This health check is free of charge and must be re-done annually after the initial check-up.

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