Accommodation for presessional students

If you are attending the University of Birmingham presessional summer school courses and wish to live in University accommodation, you’ll need to complete our online application

Applications are open from 1st February 2018.

The information below relates to which presessional course you will be attending and what options are available to you when continuing your studies in September 2018. When completing your online application please ensure you select the presessional 2018 classification from the menu of options.

University accommodation for 20 and 15 week presessional students

Availability of University accommodation is very limited at this time of year. You will be allocated accommodation where there is a vacancy. This may be a room in a undergraduate or a postgraduate flat. The approximate accommodation fee ranges from £87 a week for a self-catered flat with shared facilities, to £193 a week for an en suite Meal Plan room (Meal Plan rooms include a set amount of money each week, during term time, to spend on food at catering outlets at the University).
Masonlake accommodation

If we are able to offer you accommodation, you will receive your offer before you arrive and after you’ve submitted your online application. There are two types of contract length you may be offered:


Accommodation contract length: ending on 1 September 2018

  • If we can offer you a postgraduate room in accommodation, the contract will run until 1 September 2018. Once you have received your offer you will be required to make the full payment online to secure your accommodation. By accepting the contract you are agreeing to pay for and remain in the accommodation you have been allocated until the end of the contract period.
  • If you choose to remain in University accommodation for the next academic year, you will be able to stay with us until your new room is ready.

Accommodation contract length: until 7 July 2018

  • If you are offered a room in undergraduate accommodation, this contract will end on 7 July 2018. Once you have received your offer you will be required to make the full payment online to secure your accommodation. By accepting the contract you are agreeing to pay for and remain in the accommodation you have been allocated until the end of the contract period.
  • What to do after your contract ends: If after your contract has ended you wish to stay in university accommodation for the remainder of your presessional course, you will remain in your room until the weekend of the 7 July. You will then be relocated to alternative accommodation for the summer period until 8 September 2018. Your accommodation for the period from 7 July to 8 September will be £130 a week in accommodation with shared facilities, and £165 a week for en-suite accommodation. This includes a twice weekly clean to the communal areas.

    If you do wish to stay in University accommodation between the 7 July and 8 September, you will have to complete an additional application. We will email you once you have arrived to provide further information about this process. We will also be delivering presentations in June to give you further details about your accommodation options for continuing your studies at the University.
  • Alternatively, you may choose to vacate your accommodation on July 7 2018 and move to the private sector for the remainder of your presessional course, which would also commit you to living in the private sector for the start of the academic year 2018/19. Private sector contracts usually start on the 1 July 2018 and run for a full 12 months. For more information on the private sector please take a look at our Private rented accommodation page. If you have any queries please contact us at living@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Remain in student accommodation: If you wish to stay in University accommodation for the academic year 2018/2019 after your presessional course, you must complete and submit a new online application form for the academic year 2018-2019. Applications are open now and close on the 31 July 2018 for international students. Please apply online  selecting either postgraduate or undergraduate depending on your course. If you are successful in your application for accommodation you will receive an offer of accommodation from us by September 2018, you will be expected to pay a £550 pre-payment to secure your room.

If you choose to remain in University accommodation for the next academic year, you will be able to stay with us until your new room is ready.

If you have any queries about your application please email us at living@contacts.bham.ac.uk. We will do our best to ensure you are fully accommodated throughout your presessional course.

University accommodation for 10, 6 and 4 week presessional students

If you are undertaking a 10 or 6 week presessional course, you will be allocated university accommodation at either the Jarratt Hall or Pritchatts Park Village, which will be entirely self-catered and includes the following residences:

  • Jarratt Hall, Selly Oak Village, en-suite accommodation
  • Ashcroft and Oakley Court, Pritchatts Park Village, shared facilities

The costs for accommodation are outlined below and the accommodation contract will run until the 8 September 2018.

If you are undertaking a 4 week presessional course, you will be allocated to Mason (Vale Village) for en-suite accommodation or Ashcroft and Oakley Court (Pritrchatts Park Village) for shared facilities, and the accommodation contract will run until the 12 September 2018. 

Accommodation fees:

  • £130 per week for a room with shared facilities, £140 for a duplex room
  • £165 per week for an en-suite room

All accommodation includes a weekly clean of communal kitchen area and shared bathroom facilities, as well as bedding and basic crockery and cutlery for the use of all students in the flat.

You won’t be able to choose your exact location but you can specify on your application form whether you would prefer en-suite or shared facilities or a studio, however please note these are subject to availability.

Jarratt Hall

Once you have received your offer you will be required to make the full payment online to secure your accommodation. By accepting the contract you are agreeing to pay for, and remain in the accommodation you have been allocated until the end of the contract period. 

See information below on what to do after your presessional course has finished.

Renting in the private sector

privateaccommodationIf you’d like to stay in private rented accommodation during your course, please take a look at our Private rented accommodation page for all the accommodation advice you’ll need. You can also look at the Guild Lettings website which is the Guild of Students' letting agency.

For more information on accommodation, take a look at our your accommodation questions answered page or contact us at living@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Accommodation options for continuing your studies with the University

Remain in student accommodation: If you wish to stay in University accommodation for the academic year 2018/2019 after your presessional course, you must complete and submit a second online application. Applications are open now and close on the 31 July 2018 for international students. You can apply using our online application and selecting either postgraduate or undergraduate depending on your course. Please note if you are successful in your application for accommodation you will receive an offer of accommodation between July- September 2018, you will be expected to pay a £550 pre-payment to secure your room.

Please note: If you choose to remain in University accommodation for the next academic year, you will be able to stay with us until your new room is ready.

Move to the private sector: if after completing your presessional course you wish to live in the private sector, please read the following information which provides useful guidance on house hunting in the local area. You may also wish to view the Guild Lettings website, who work in partnership with the University to ensure students find good quality accommodation.

If you have any queries about your application please email us at living@contacts.bham.ac.uk. We will do our best to ensure you are fully accommodated throughout your presessional course.