Holly Cross situated between Keele village and central campus offering room only single ensuite accommodation with TV, Wi-Fi and gym.


Holly Cross is at the south west of the campus, and overlooks the adjacent farmland. More than 100,000 visitors, guests and delegates enjoy the campus throughout the year at a variety of conferences and events, as Keele University is firmly established as one of the country’s top academic venues.

Situated within walking distance of Keele Village and offering regular buses from various points on Campus, into Newcastle Under Lyme (2 miles) which has a large shopping area, theatre, cinema, bars, restaurants and night life.

Offering room only single ensuite accommodation which includes a Queen's size 4ft bed and a bathroom with shower only, Wi-Fi, and refreshment tray. Adapted rooms are available in the Hall, please note this information on the additional information when booking.

History to the present day

The land upon which Keele lies was gifted to the Knights of Templar by Henry I around 1160, as a reward for the services rendered in Normandy. Privileges given to the Knights of Templar were marked with the Templar Cross. The Cross lives on in the name of Holly Cross.

Food and Drinks

On Campus, there is a range of restaurants, including The Refectory, CB's Grab and Go and Chancellor's Café (Please note that out of term time, not all of the campus restaurant facilities will be open).

A short walk from campus takes you to Keele village where you will find the historic Sneyd Arms, a traditional English pub with all the favourites of pub food and local ales.

Grounds and gardens

Within the grounds, you will find the magnificent 19th Century Keele Hall with its rolling lawns, seven lakes and Italian gardens. The Hall is open to the public, serving refreshments, lunches and is available to host anything from small meetings to international conferences, award celebrations and family gatherings.

The gardens are a perfect place to take a stroll, to relax and unwind, read a book under a tree or enjoy a picnic.

Other facilities

Guest have use of the Common room, a launderette, bicycle storage, and recycling points. Guests have use of the numerous sports facilities including fitness courts and gym. The campus also has it's own post office, bank and various food shops.


Breakfast (at additional cost)

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking

Minimum age 12

Room Only (no kitchen facilities)

No Official Rating



Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

Games pitches

Squash court

Tennis court


Woodland walks

No luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Washing machine

Central heating

Food and Drinks


Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Picnic area



Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (a short drive)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 12


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Travel Info

Address: Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 5BG, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm Check Out: By 9.30am

Complimentary Parking is available to all residents, you are required to display a temporary permit which is avialable on arrival. Please arrive at Keele Management centre reception to cllect your bedroom keys- SatNav users please use ST5 5AD


By Car:

From M6 Junction 15 or 16 head for Newcastle-under-Lyme. From Newcastle-under-Lyme follow signs for the A525 to Whitchurch; you will find the main entrance to the University on this road.

From the north: Leave the M6 at Junction 16 signed the A500/Alton Towers. At the motorway roundabout turn right onto the A500 for Crewe and Nantwich. The University is signposted from here and the journey time via the A500/A531 and A525 is about 20 minutes.

From the south: Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and follow the signs for the A519 into Newcastle-under-Lyme. The University is signed from the first roundabout.

From the west: Follow signs for the A525.

By Rail: For national train times and enquiries go to: The nearest railways stations to Keele are:Stoke-on-Trent (5 miles/8km)
Crewe (12 miles/19km).

By Bus and Taxis: The number 25 bus leaves for Keele from a bus stop opposite Stoke station every 10-15 minutes during the day and less frequently in the evenings. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. A taxi from outside the station directly to the University will cost around £10 and the journey should take 15 -20 minutes.

By Air: Manchester Airport is nearest to Keele and is about 35 miles (56km) away. These are also within close proximity to Keele, Birmingham International Airport, East Midlands Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport.