Current Accommodation Information

Applications for accommodation for academic year 2014/15

This page was last updated September 16th 2014.

Waiting to hear about your offer of accommodation?

Within the Freshers' Guarantee Scheme

All students within the guarantee scheme have now been offered accommodation.  If you believe you are in the guarantee scheme and have not heard from us please contact us.

What to do once you receive your offer of accommodtaion 

Once you have received your offer of accommodation email, log on to your online account to view your offer.  You will need your student ID and password. Once you are logged in please select the Application/Offer tab and select your relevant application before proceeding to your offer.

To accept your offer of accommodation and secure your room you will be required to pay a pre payment fee of £550. This is then deducted from the balance owing in your accommodation.

You are required to accept your offer and make a pre payment within four days of receiving your accommodation offer, if you do not we may cancel your room and allocate it to another student. Please be aware if you reject your offer of accommodation we will not be able to make another offer to you as part of the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme.

 (Please note if you have been offered accommodation with one of our third party providers, they will vary slightly in the way you accept your offer of accommodation, please do not panic and follow the instructions provided to you).  

What to do if you are not happy with your offer of accommodation 

Please be aware that unfortunately we are currently unable to make any alterations to bookings, as every room we have is allocated for the forthcoming year.

If you do not accept your current offer of accommodation, you will have to reapply and create a new application, which means that you will not be in the guarantee scheme, so may be without accommodation for this September.

In order to fulfil the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme, the university maintains agreements with local private providers that meet our quality standards. Rooms in these residences form 20% of the scheme and students may be allocated these in their first year. You will be placed with other university of Birmingham students, in the same way as you would be in university owned accommodation.

Living in student accommodation in your first year is about the friends you make and the experiences you share. Whilst you may have been allocated a room which was not high on your preferences, we can assure you that all our accommodation aims to deliver an enjoyable student experience.

We advise you to use our website, flickr and social media to review your allocated accommodation. Our phone lines are very busy during the summer allocation period, however if after reviewing your allocated accommodation you still have questions or require reassurance then please call Living to speak to one of our experienced advisors.

Undergraduates outside of the guarantee scheme - applies to clearing, insurance and late applicants:

Undergraduate students who have applied for accommodation after the specified deadline of 31st May for UK/EU students and 31st July 2014 for international students, have come through clearing or had University of Birmingham as your insurance choice, then unfortunately you are outside of our Guarantee Scheme and therefore we cannot guarantee you University owned accommodation.

UPDATE: We have now completed our guarantee scheme and are in the position to update you on the allocation process and our current accommodation stock. This year we received extremely high numbers of applications and demand for accommodation which means that we are now fully allocated for the forthcoming year.

We appreciate that this can be an anxious time and wish to offer you support in your search for accommodation to ensure you have a great student experience, starting with choosing the right accommodation.

If you wish to find out more information about living in the private sector and to look at the sort of properties that might be available then please view our StudentPad website. This website offers both a search engine to find suitable rooms within houses or whole houses if you have people in mind who you would like to share with. You can advertise that you are looking for rooms or flatmates on the online message board. All of the landlords and agents are accredited and have signed to agree to the code of practice.

If your situation has changed and you are no longer attending the University in September 2014, then please do get in touch with us so we can update your application and remove you from our allocation list. You can email or call Living, Accommodation Services on 0121 414 8000 or

Travel Daily List

For students who are within commuting distance of the university, we operate a ‘Travel Daily’ list. This list is for those students who wish to wait until a space in their preferred accommodation becomes available. This may happen as soon as welcome week begins, however please be mindful that accommodation is not guaranteed through this process. Students on this list are allocated on a first come first serve basis. We cannot guarantee that a space of your choosing will become available. If you wish to explore this option further then please contact Living Accommodation services.