How to apply for accommodation


Not sure how to apply for university accommodation? Our team are here to help and support you every step of the way.

Not sure how to apply for university accommodation? Our team are here to help and support you every step of the way.

  1. How you apply for accommodation with us depends on whether you have accepted us as your firm or insurance choice through UCAS.

    Firm choice means you have confirmed your place with us. Insurance choice means we are your second choice.

    Firm choice

    Have you confirmed us as your firm choice? If you're joining the University for the first time we will contact you with your unique registration number. You can then apply online via our portal.

    If you are joining us in September, we will usually open bookings and contact you in the March before you start. This is when our booking portal opens for the next academic term.

    Once you have applied for accommodation we will get back to you with an offer. When we send an offer for accommodation, you will need to pay at least £250 as a reservation fee/pre-payment.

    Please be aware, if you do not have a guarantor, you will need to pay accommodation fees in full before you start. Please do get in contact if you need extra support and guidance on funding and financial support.

    When applying, you should apply for either:

    • Our owned/leased accommodation;


    • University-registered private accommodation.

    Applying for both types may delay the application process.

    Insurance choice

    You will receive information about accommodation in August.

  2. You will be able to apply for accommodation once you have completed the following:

    • Accepted a place on a course
    • Paid your tuition fee deposit
    • Met any academic conditions.

    You can apply for accommodation using only one of the following methods:

    Please note that we only add properties to our official register that suitable. For more information contact the private accommodation team. 

  3. If you want to live in halls whilst studying a postgraduate course, we have lots of suitable places for you to stay. Where possible, we group postgraduate and mature students together. We are always happy to discuss your requirements.

    If you wish to live in one of our leased halls with other postgraduate students can try to arrange this for you. Please email us to find out more and apply.

  4. You may have a sponsor who will be responsible for paying your accommodation fees. If so, please ensure that you provide written confirmation to our Accommodation Service from your sponsor. This needs to be before you accept any accommodation offer.

    International students

    Under student visa regulations there is a maximum amount of your accommodation payments that can be reflected on your CAS.

    You may choose to pay the total accommodation charge. If so, you must ensure that you are still able to meet UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) maintenance requirements. You need to show that you have enough funds to support yourself after paying all your accommodation fees.

    Full UKVI regulations and other important information is on the Government website.

    If you have booked accommodation and do not get a visa we will refund accommodation fees paid. This is on a pro-rata basis. You should contact us immediately if you get a visa refusal. You will need to provide documentary evidence of this.

Apply for accommodation

If you're ready to apply for your accommodation, visit our accommodation portal. Here you'll be able to select your favourite halls and room type.

Apply now

Conditions of residence

Please make sure you read our conditions of residence. Particularly the information about cancellation.

Term already started?

Are you currently commuting to campus? If you decide that this isn't your preferred option, it might be possible for you to move into halls after the start of term. Please contact us for advice on any vacancies.

Contact us for vacancies

Private accommodation

Stay in halls of residence isn't for everyone, and if you choose to apply for accommodation elsewhere we have some useful guidance available, along with a list of our recommended private landlords.

If you wish to apply for university registered private accommodation please email the team for more information.

Contact the private accommodation team

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Accommodation support

If you've got questions about living in halls or private accommodation, get in touch with our teams and we'll be able to help.