General UoBD Guidance

You could be a postgraduate student already living in the city of Dubai or an undergraduate student moving away for the first time. Wherever you are in your student journey, you will be an integral part of our Birmingham community.

Purpose build student accommodation in Dubai tends to offer facilities such as gyms and social spaces, with basic costs of Wi-Fi and utilities usually included in the fee. We have recommended some of these providers on this site, namely Yugo Dubailand,  DSOA University Residences, and KSK Homes. Alternatively, we are able to assist you with finding a private apartment in Dubai.

Shuttle transport services will be provided at key times between our campus and our recommended accommodation providers.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Dubai will depend upon your lifestyle choice, but it is possible to live economically if you shop wisely and budget carefully. Basic products and services are reasonably priced and there are regular sales and promotions on consumer goods. When coming to Dubai you will need to consider costs such as visas, accommodation and transport.

The cost of accommodation can vary significantly. Most accommodation providers will require you to pay a deposit of rent in advance, meaning that as well as having a monthly budget for accommodation costs, you will need access to additional funds initially to secure your tenancy.

Accommodation FAQ

The University of Birmingham Dubai does not directly provide student accommodation, but we have provided the details of three providers of purpose built student accommodation that are closest to campus and just a short journey away from Dubai International Academic City. They are The Myriad DubaiYugo DubailandDSOA University Residences and KSK Homes.

What accommodation options are available?

Yugo Dubailand are located in the Dubailand residence complex, 15 minutes from the University of Birmingham Dubai campus.

Facilities: Purpose-built to cater to students with all-inclusive rates, Yugo Dubailand offers private and sharing spacious room types with an exclusive fully furnished kitchen, dining lounge and gender segregation. Residents can also enjoy facilities and services, including:

  • Study room
  • Study cubicles
  • Gymnasium
  • Games room
  • Cinema lounge area
  • Outdoor seating and open terrace
  • Rooftop swimming pool with lifeguard
  • Free laundry
  • Prayer rooms
  • Bi-weekly housekeeping
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Free parking

For full details please visit Yugo Dubailand's website.

DSOA University Residences: is owned and operated by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis which is about 8 minutes from our campus.  

Facilities: Furnished with beds, study table, chair, lamp, shelf, built-in wardrobes, personal safe and mini fridges in studio rooms and a large fridge in the apartment units.

  • Bathroom in each room
  • Social areas
  • Free laundry services (self-serve washers and dryers available)
  • Please purchase your own bedding
  • Free high speed Wi-Fi.
  • Transportation (One pickup & One Drop off) or more, based on the number of students registered.
  • Basketball, volleyball and football courts
  • Daily shuttle bus to shopping malls and downtown Dubai.
  • Complimentary cleaning service once per week.
  • Cleaners available till 10:30 PM for emergency cleaning services.
  • Water & electricity.
  • Separate building for females. Cleaners & security in these blocks are females only.

For more details please visit DSOA website.

KSK Capital LLC proudly presents brand new vibrant student residential communities located directly at the heart of Dubai International Academic City, the prime destination of higher education in the UAE.


  • Fully equipped gym
  • 24/7 security
  • Swimming pool
  • Study rooms
  • Laundry service
  • Private free parking 
  • Free wifi
  • Complimentary shuttle
  • Bills included

For more details please visit KSK Homes website.


How far are the student residences from Dubai Campus?

Yugo Dubailand is located in Dubailand which is 15 minutes’ drive from campus.

DSOA University Residences is located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis which is 8-10 minutes’ drive from campus.

KSK Homes is located in DIAC which is a 3 minutes' drive from campus. 

How much are accommodation fees?

  • Yugo Dubailand:
    • Monthly costs for twin accommodation start from AED 2,550 or AED 3,700 for single accommodation.
    • The total amount payable to confirm the booking is AED 2,500, which includes AED 2,200 refundable deposit and a AED 300 one-time non-refundable admin fee.
  • DSOA University Residences:
    • Monthly costs for twin accommodation start from AED 2,500 or AED 5,000 for single accommodation.
    • To secure your accommodation, DSO University Residence requires three months’ rent paid in advance and a security deposit of AED 2,500 (twin accommodation) or AED 5,000 (single accommodation).
    • Special rate for a full academic year (9 months) is available.

How can I reserve my place in the student residence?

To reserve accommodation with either of the providers listed, you are advised to contact them directly to make your reservation: Yugo DubailandDSOA and KSK Homes.

Do the accommodation providers offer single sex accommodation?

Yes. The student residences are gender segregated with male and female residents living separately.

  • Yugo Dubailand: All apartments are segregated, there are separate rooms for male and female students.
  • DSOA University Residences: Buildings are gender segregated and specific building allocations are based on student enrolment and availability.

Does the university offer a shuttle service?

Yugo Dubailand, DSOA and KSK Homes offers regular shuttle transport services from their accommodation to Academic City and key locations in Dubai for residents that are part of the accommodation agreement. The University will also be offering some shuttle bus services along key routes for where our students live. It is not anticipated that students living in student residences would need this transport in addition to hat provided by their student residence.

Can I visit the student residences before making my decision?

Students and parents are most welcome to the Residences for a tour.

To arrange a tour: Contact Yugo DubailandDSOA or KSK Homes.

Is the university able to assist me to find alternative accommodation options?

Yes, the University Student Services team will be able to put you in contact with appropriate accommodation agencies to help you find the accommodation in Dubai that is right for you. For any queries please e-mail