How to Apply for University Accommodation

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find out how to apply for university accommodation

Student accommodation options

Going to university and living independently can be a daunting experience. Understanding how to apply for university accommodation, particularly in your first year at university, will help relieve some of your concerns if you are living away from home, perhaps for the first time.

Most universities will offer first year undergraduate and postgraduate students a place in university student accommodation. University ‘halls of residence’ may offer a variety of accommodation options, including self-catered accommodation with shared kitchens, and catered or part-catered accommodation that have limited cooking facilities.

The price of university accommodation will vary depending on the city or town you want to live in, and whether or not you have an en-suite bathroom facility in your room. University accommodation options can be single-sex or mixed. University accommodation provides a great way to make friends and settle into your new social scene. Many provide you with the security of a hall of residence warden, who can help you resolve any issues you may encounter.

Private student accommodation is regulated by the student university accommodation code and other government approved accommodation codes (for example, by Universities UK). Health and safety maintenance is part of the regulations put in place to ensure your safety. Both university halls of residence and private accommodation options vary greatly in cost. We can help you understand what options are the best value to meet your needs.

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When to apply for accommodation at university

Make sure you accept your university offer by the given date to allow you to apply for university accommodation. We advise you to apply for university accommodation at the earliest possible opportunity when you have confirmed your first choice.

Most university accommodation options require you to move out at the end of the academic year. Finding private accommodation should be quite straightforward, and your university will provide advice on where to look for accommodation.

Getting the right accommodation for your needs is important to helping you settle at university. Our academic mentoring and guardianship service can help you to apply for university accommodation that meets your individual needs. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.