We have exciting plans to help you become part of our community from the moment you arrive, and are putting in place activities to make sure you are safe, happy and healthy when you join us so that you can focus on settling into your new home, getting to know people, and preparing for your programme.
We work very closely with local providers, and operate our own Lettings Membership Scheme for private landlords, to help ensure that you can make fully informed decisions and still find accommodation with the most flexible terms. The University can support you when renting accommodation privately in a number of different ways. Rent Right is a joint initiative between the University and the Guild of Students (our students' union) to give the best housing advice to students during their time at Birmingham. Together, we have created step-by-step guides to help make the transition into the private housing sector as easy as possible.
There will be a wide range of measures in place to ensure that our University accommodation is safe and clean. You can still expect a tailored induction to your University experience, and once you're unpacked there will be induction events to help you meet other students. You'll have continued support from our Student Mentor Scheme and Hall Reps - just like in any other year - and you'll be part of an inclusive community straight away if you live in halls.
If you are an International student and have applied by 31 July, you will be guaranteed accommodation for your first year of study. If you are a UK student, we would also encourage you to apply for our accommodation as we can ensure you're supported across our sites. If you apply, we will ensure that where we can't provide you a room in our University or Partner residences, then we will support you to find accommodation in the private sector.
Below you'll find some further information on the measures we are putting in place to ensure you are safe from the moment of your arrival and throughout your time with us here in Birmingham in University-owned accommodation.
Travelling to the UK
At this stage we don't know what September will bring for those travelling to the UK for study, and will continue to update our guidance in line with the latest guidance from the UK Government. If you have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK and you are planning on living in University or partner accommodation then we'll be able to support you and tell you what you need to do.
Below is some further information on the measures we are putting in place to ensure all students in our accommodation are safe from the moment of your arrival and throughout your time with us here in Birmingham.
Cleaning and hygiene
You will see enhanced cleaning regimes across all of our sites, and all buildings across campus will be given a thorough clean and service prior to reopening, using anti-viral products.
Hand sanitisers, soap, and paper towels will also be provided.
Booking on your terms
If you cannot come to Birmingham for any reason, you will be able to cancel your contract without penalty and have any payments returned.
This applies to students with a booking in both University locations and with our Partner providers.
If you are an International student and have applied by 31 July, you will be guaranteed accommodation for your first year of study.
Offers will be sent between 12 August and early September. The time period to accept your offer and make payment will be seven days (as opposed to the usual four days).
After booking your room, you will be able to choose an arrival timeslot for your new home.
Timeslot options will be carefully spaced out to ensure that only a limited number of people are arriving to campus at one time.
If social distancing is required in your accommodation then we already have experience of how to operate all of our accommodation sites with guidance in place. We will abide by the 1m plus rule throughout campus, and reminders will be provided through clear and concise signage.
Before you arrive, you'll be able to undertake a full online induction experience.
Your accommodation pass will include information on your accommodation and the support available, as well as information specific to Coronavirus, and the responsibilities we have to each other.
All of our accommodation villages are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and so is our campus - with our own Security team on hand if there's ever an emergency. Your health and safety is our number one priority.
Flexibility to changing environment
In the event of an extended period of campus closure where students are asked to return home by the University, a framework for early release from your accommodation contract (Surrender of Tenancy) will be established.
Technology will help us
If you are in University accommodation or living with our Partner, Unite Students, you will be able to report maintenance requests or check the status of laundry machines from an accommodation app, minimising physical interaction.