How to Apply

Applications for 2018/19 will open on 1st March.

The process of applying for accommodation at University College Birmingham couldn’t be easier. Simply follow the instructions below and complete the online application form. 

First-year UK and EU students 

Please complete all sections of the application form in full.

Acknowledgements for applications will be sent via email. Any specific requests must be listed under special requirements. 

Within our first-year blocks at both The Maltings and Cambrian Hall, we have a mature block, which initially houses anyone above the age of 22. If you wish to be allocated in this block, please state on your application form. 

UK and EU student attending the University for the first time can apply for accommodation as soon as the online process opens in the March. However, we will only be able to offer accommodation once you have been issued with an unconditional offer for study. The majority of first-year students receive unconditional offers in July/August, so don’t worry if you haven’t received an offer until then.

Continuing students

Please review the details we hold for you and update them as appropriate. It is important to ensure your email address and telephone numbers are correct as this is our way of contacting you with an offer. 

Any specific requests must be listed under special requirements. 

Students who are already studying at the University – whether they have lived in halls before or whether they wish to stay here for the first time – will be able to apply for the limited Returner Block in February at the Guild of Students Housing Fayre. Please note there will be limited availability for continuing students. The application date will be advertised before release on UCB online, the UCB website, at the halls of residence and via the University’s TV screens. 

As a returning student, you can request to be with friends. All requests will be honoured as per availability on a first come, first served basis. 

Current students who are going on placement are encouraged to apply at this time for when they return in February 2017. Please ensure you state the accommodation is for Semester 2 only, giving a date you will return from your placement. 

Please note: Room numbers will not be issued. However, we will confirm what type of accommodation you have been offered. Special requests will be honoured subject to availability.

Erasmus students

All Erasmus accommodation applications will be allocated in July, as long as you have received a full acceptance for your course. Any application request received after July cannot be guaranteed. Please ensure you select Erasmus as your type of study. 

Any student who applies for accommodation whilst attending an Erasmus Programme has the choice of a single semester or full year (42 week) contract depending on how long they wish to attend UCB.

International students

International students joining the University for the first time will be offered accommodation in our halls of residence if:

  • UCAS and the University have received your firm acceptance of an unconditional offer at University College Birmingham.
  • Your £4,500 tuition deposit is paid.
  • The accommodation manager receives your completed residency agreement, deposit and pre-payment by the offer date.
  • You are unaccompanied (i.e. you do not bring any dependents, such as a partner and/or a child) unless agreed in advance by the University. We cannot accept any arrivals before the contract start date.


Postgraduate students 

Rooms for postgraduate students are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To be eligible, you must have confirmed unconditional acceptance of a place on a postgraduate course at the University. Postgraduate student are normally allocated in their own blocks and/or flats and are located in the quieter areas of each site.