Applying for your university accommodation can be a very daunting experience, as there’s so much to think about! This page summarises the key information you need to make the process much clearer.
How to apply?
When applying for accommodation, you will need to make an application directly through the university website, you may need to pay a deposit and you will need to complete an application form. First year students will be guaranteed a place in university accommodation, provided you have met the application and deposit fee deadlines.
Remember that if you are applying for accommodation at university in the UK, you must confirm your first and second-choice university (CF and CI choices).
Application deadlines and fees
Each university will have a different accommodation deadline so it is essential to check this in advance by visiting the accommodation section of the university website.
Details on how to pay accommodation fees will be sent to you by the university or made available on the university website.
Most universities will require you to pay a deposit, to secure your chosen accommodation. It is therefore important to check the university website for details on the types of accommodation available to you, how to make an application and to understand the associated costs and fees.
Types of accommodation
There are several different types of accommodation available at university:
- Halls of Residence: Halls of Residence, or ‘Halls’ are accommodation buildings owned by the university and tend to be reserved for new first year students. If you choose this option, you’ll usually share communal facilities like a kitchen or bathroom and typically have your own bedroom.NCUK recommends living in Halls for your first year, as you’ll have better access to support if you need it and can be sure that you’re living in a safe and secure environment.
- Private Halls of Residence: These are just like normal Halls of Residence, but are not owned by the university and are usually part of a chain of purpose built accommodation. They often provide services for more than one university, so you might find yourself living with students from another institution.
- Shared Houses/Flats: Some students choose to privately rent a house or flat when they go to university, either by themselves or with a group of friends. This can be a great option if you want a little more independence, but it does mean that you will be responsible for managing all your own bills and rent payments. Your university will usually have a list of trusted landlords available for you to use, so make sure you ask for this before starting your search for a house!
Things to consider
Once you have confirmed your first-choice university you will then need to start thinking about applying for accommodation. Some universities may allow you to apply as soon as you have received a conditional offer.
To help you with the decision-making process we have put together a list of things to consider as there might be some requirements that you need from your student accommodation such as:
- Shared bathroom or en-suite
- Self-catering or catered
- Shared room
- Alcohol free
- Single sex
- Location and cost
- Age requirements
- Health-related requirements
Top tips for moving in
Depending on the type of accommodation you choose, you may need to buy a few additional home comforts when you arrive at your chosen study destination.
When the time comes to move in, it is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the local area in case you need to buy one or two additional items such as the ones listed below:
- Posters & pictures
- Laundry basket
- Desk lamp
- Additional Furniture
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