College accommodation Whether you're planning to live in University accommodation or rent a house privately, there is help available to you from the University's Accommodation Services, Living.

Hearing about your University accommodation

In order to ensure that offers of accommodation are as fair as possible, all accommodation is allocated in a random order through our automated allocation process. Some accommodation is inevitably more popular than others, which means we can’t always guarantee you will get your first choice. We will endeavour to get as close to your preferences as possible.

For more information on our allocation process, please visit our allocating accommodation page

September arrivals – conditional students

If you are coming to the University of Birmingham with a conditional offer and applied within the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme, Living will allocate your accommodation up to 14 days from the day A-level results are released.

September arrivals – unconditional students

If you are coming to Birmingham with an unconditional offer, Accommodation Services allocate your accommodation in July. If you have not heard anything by early August, then please contact LIVING Accommodation Services.

September arrivals – insurance, clearing, and applications outside the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme

If you are coming to Birmingham with an insurance or clearing offer, or did not apply within the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme, make sure you have applied for accommodation. Living will then contact you around 10 days after A Level results day. Where we have vacancies we will offer these rooms and if we do not have accommodation within our own stock we will advise on suitable alternative arrangements.

If you are planning to be on holiday during these times and will not have access to your registered email account, you must contact Living to let them know. Failure to do so may result in your allocation being cancelled unnecessarily. 

University accommodation

You should arrange accommodation before you arrive. If you have any questions about your accommodation please first check Living's website and/or FAQs. If you have not arranged accommodation yet or if you have further queries relating to University accommodation which you have already been allocated, contact Living for information and advice.

Accommodation Pass

Before you arrive at the University, you will need to obtain your Accommodation Pass through the application portal. THis will provide you with vital information about your accommodation and the services that we provide, as well as enabling you to identify your future flatmates. 

Private accommodation

Living can help you find accommodation in the private sector with Studentpad, the University’s official property search engine. In addition to Studentpad, LIVING have partnered with Guild Lettings, the Guild of Students' dedicated letting agency run by the Students Union. Guild Lettings are located with Living in University Centre and can help you in your search for private rented accommodation.

Accommodation support during your studies

Accommodation support is available for you if you have any issues with accommodation once you have started your studies.  

Flatmate Finder App

The Student Mentors have created an app to help you make friends on Facebook before you arrive. Once you know where you'll be living, the Flatmate Finder App lets you find out who you'll be sharing your flat with, other students living in your block and coursemates who are living nearby.

The Student Mentor Scheme offers advice and guidance on a range of matter, so if you have any problems with your course, money, accommodation, wellbeing, or just fancy a chat, then contact the Student Mentors on


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