Accommodation for presessional Students

All Presessional applications are now open via our Accommodation Portal.

This page covers everything you need to know about securing accommodation for the duration of your Presessional English course and beyond. Below you’ll find key dates and application deadlines, as well as information on how to apply for accommodation, broken down into four easy steps.

Living at University of Birmingham

Moving to a new country to study is exciting, but it can be a little daunting too. At University of Birmingham, you’ll receive all the support you need to settle into your new home. Our friendly team will be on hand 24/7 to assist you and all our residences have 24-hour security for extra reassurance.  

As part of your accommodation fees, you will be provided with an essentials pack which will be in your room ready for your arrival. This pack will include crockery and cutlery, a duvet, a pillow, and full linen set. In addition, you will receive kitchen pots and cooking utensils to use – please note these will be shared with all students in your flat.

Your accommodation fees will also include all utility bills (electricity, heating, etc.), Wi-Fi and basic room insurance for the duration of your stay.

Securing your accommodation

It’s easy to apply for your accommodation online via the Accommodation Portal. To get started, you’ll need to create a new account. You’ll then be able to apply for and secure your room for the 2024/25 academic year too.

1. Apply for Presessional accommodation

All Presessional applications are now open via our Accommodation Portal.

If you are studying on the 20 or 15 week Presessional course, you will be invited to book your own room after you have completed your accommodation application. Please note, the room you select through the Accommodation Portal will be available up until the 6 July 2024; however, we would like to reassure students that they are guaranteed a place within University Summer Accommodation, with the latest contract end date of the 14 September 2024. Once students have secured their room, the Student Living team will be in contact in May with more information on how to book summer accommodation.

If you are applying for a 10, 6 or 4 week Presessional course, once you have completed your application you will be invited to book your room form the beginning of May 2024.

Key 2024 dates and deadlines

 Course duration

 Applications open

Contract start date 

 Contract end date

 20 weeks

 4 March

20 April

 14 September

 15 weeks

 4 March

25 May

 14 September

 10 weeks

 4 March

7 July

 14 September

 6 weeks

 4 March

3 August

 14 September

 4 weeks

 4 March

24 August

 14 September

If you book a room with us for the academic year 2024/25, we can confirm that you will be housed for the period between your presessional and full academic year contracts. Please rest assured that a member of the team will be in contact nearer the time with more details regarding this. 

2. Choose your room

Our rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis via our online booking system. Therefore, we recommend booking your chosen room as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To access the system, you’ll need to select the ‘Presessional 2024’ classification from the options menu. You’ll then be able to browse all the accommodation available, filter your search, and add your chosen room to your basket.   

3. Pay for your room

To secure your chosen room, you will need to pay in full at checkout. Unfortunately, we cannot accept bank transfers.

Our Presessional accommodation from July will be priced from £130 per week for a shared bathroom and from £176 per week for an ensuite room. 

4. Apply for 2024/25 accommodation

To ensure you have everything you need at your fingertips for when your undergraduate or postgraduate studies begin, don’t forget to apply for 2024/25 accommodation. 

To ensure that you have your accommodation secured for the start of the new academic year we would also encourage you to submit a 2024/25 accommodation application:


- Apply for September 2024 (Undergraduate) as a Undergraduate – New Student

- Once complete, you will then receive further communication from our team regarding securing a room, from the 15th August 2024


- Apply for September 2024 (Postgraduate) as a Postgraduate – New Student

- Once complete, you will then be invited to book your room immediately after.

So long as you submit your accommodation application by 31 July 2024 you will be guaranteed the opportunity to book a room for the 2024/25 academic year. 

Looking to live elsewhere?

We can support you on finding accommodation in the private sector. For more information, please do reach out to our team via the Student Living Online Helpdesk.