Apply for accommodation

Your home from home awaits. On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about applying for accommodation at Birmingham, from key dates to information about our Guarantee Schemes.

New student?

Applications are now open, and you can apply as soon as you receive your offer via UCAS. We can’t wait to welcome you to our vibrant student community!

Current student?

Student accommodation isn’t just for first years. Take the pressure off the house hunt and register your interest for 2022/23 before 15 January.

Looking for a room right now?

We still have some rooms left in our student villages for 2021/22. From flats set in campus’ rolling parkland to en-suites in Selly Oak, you’ll find your place with us. Simply submit your accommodation preferences and get ready to move into your new home.

Create your application

How to apply

1. Login and apply from 1 December 2021

You can apply for accommodation as soon as you have your offer letter. We encourage you to do this even if Birmingham is your insurance choice.

To get started, you’ll need to launch the Accommodation Portal and select the ‘First time login’ option from the navigation. Simply follow the steps detailed on there and you’ll be ready to apply via your account.

Don’t worry if you don’t have access right away; it can take up to 48 hours from receiving your offer letter for our systems to process your information. If you’re still unable to login after this time, please get in touch.

2. Choose your top six

We want you to be happy in your new home, which is why you’ll have the chance to list your preferred accommodation options. You’ll be able to choose six in total, with number one being your first pick. Once applications close, you’ll be randomly allocated a room based on your preferences and availability. This is to ensure that the accommodation allocation process is as fair as possible.

Whilst we can’t guarantee that you’ll get one of your six choices, we’ll do our best to match you to your preferred bathroom and/or catering type (e.g., self-catered, en-suite).

3. Guarantee your accommodation

We guarantee a place in accommodation for the majority of students starting their studies with us.  This will either be in one of the University’s villages or accommodation provided by one of our trusted partners. This is our Guarantee Scheme.

You can find out if you’re eligible and more over on our dedicated Guarantee Schemes page.

If you’re eligible, all you need to do to secure your home-away-from-home is submit your application by the following deadlines:

  • UK undergraduate students – 31 May 2022
  • EU and International undergraduate students – 30 July 2022
  • EU and International postgraduate students – 30 July 2022

Not eligible? Please still apply for accommodation by the dates above; if we have rooms available, we’ll match you to the best one possible. If we have no availability, we’ll support you in finding accommodation in the private sector.

What happens next?

1. Receive your offer of accommodation

We send accommodation offers out by email from 12 August up until early September 2022. Please keep your eyes peeled on your inbox throughout this period; you’ll only have a limited amount of time to accept your offer so make sure you don’t miss it.

2. Secure your offer 

Even if you accept your accommodation offer, your new home will only be secured once you’ve paid the required Advanced Payment. For University accommodation, this is £550 and is an initial instalment towards your accommodation fees. This means that it won’t be refunded to you at the end of your accommodation contract.

If you have an offer for accommodation with one of our partners, you’ll either have to pay an Advanced Payment or a deposit. They will get in touch with you directly with all the details.  

3. Look forward to starting life at Birmingham

It’s time to get excited – your new Birmingham home awaits! All that’s left to do now is pack your bags and see what’s waiting for you on campus when term begins…