University is your next step on the road to independence and it's important that you find a place to call home when you get here. 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 getting to know one another and settling into your new home.
There will be a wide range of measures in place to ensure that your accommodation is safe and clean. You can expect a tailored induction to your University experience, and there will be a range of events and activities 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.
You’ll be able to book a pre-arranged time slot for your arrival when your accommodation is confirmed in August. Once you’re unpacked, our student teams are preparing a varied and exciting programme of events to welcome and support you to your new home.
If you want to know more about what to expect in our accommodation and discover top tips, such as what essential items you will need to bring with you, then check out this advice from some of our current students.
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.
Undergraduate travel advice
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 Birmingham is your firm choice on your UCAS form and you have applied by 30 June, you will be guaranteed accommodation for your first year.
Offers will be sent between 10 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). This guarantee also extends to Study Abroad, International Exchange Programme, and articulation (e.g. 2+2) students outside of the EU. Visit the Accommodation section of our website and view our virtual tours to remind yourself of the different accommodation options open to you. You can still apply if you haven’t yet done so.
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.
Living at home or in private accommodation
We recognise that some students live at home and commute or arrange their own private accommodation. If you’re looking for accommodation independently, we are working with private landlords and private hall providers to encourage them to offer flexible packages. If you’re planning to commute to campus please look out for further information for students living locally across our 2021 website pages.
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