Moving into University accommodation

Moving into University accommodation can be a busy and exciting time. We aim to make moving in as simple as possible, so that you can feel at home right away.

Your accommodation offer

Your accommodation offer will be sent by email and updated on the Accommodation Portal. Make sure to check any junk, spam or promotions folders.

Once you receive your offer, you will need to confirm it within 4 days and make an advanced payment of £550 to secure your place. No deposit is required. This is the case across all University-owned and Partner accommodation.

Shortly after your confirmation is received, you will be sent details on how to access the Accommodation Pass, your induction to life in University accommodation. You will also be able to use the Accommodation Pass to book your arrival timeslot.

Should you need to cancel your accommodation, you will have 7 days from the date you confirmed to do so, free of charge. Your advanced payment will be fully refunded to you.

accommodation passAccommodation Pass

The Accommodation Pass is your comprehensive guide and introduction to living in student accommodation.

Containing all the essential information you'll need during your time with us, it's an important part of your student induction process and every student needs to complete it.

calendarBook your arrival timeslot

After booking your room, and once you've completed the Accommodation Pass, 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.

Getting to know your flatmates

The Hall Reps from the Guild of Students run the official accommodation Facebook groups, where you can meet and get to know other students in your halls.

Find your Facebook group

Please be aware that each year we see a number of unofficial Facebook groups and group chats on WhatsApp and Snapchat set up for 'University of Birmingham freshers' or accommodation sites. Be cautious of who you are giving your information to and bear in mind that many of these groups are set up by promoters who want to sell tickets to events.

Look out for the Guild of Students' official stamp which will be included on all their Welcome events.

Lateral flow testing

We ask that you take a lateral flow test before you move in. You can order tests online or can access them at pharmacies and other locations throughout the UK. If anyone will be helping you move in (such as your family), we ask that they also take a lateral flow test beforehand.

You should plan to take two lateral flow tests a week throughout the semester. If you are moving into University accommodation, you will receive a pack when you arrive. You can also order tests via Gov.uk and will be able to pick some up from collection points on campus.

You should not move in if you have symptoms that could be Covid-19, have tested positive, or are awaiting the results of a test. Contact Living if this happens, so that you can make alternative arrangements.

Travelling to us from overseas

We know that travelling into the UK from outside of it is a little tricky at the moment. That's why we're making it easier for you to join us this year, with early arrival times that leave plenty of time for quarantine before your official welcome week begins.

If you're travelling from a country on the Government's green or amber list, you can arrive from Thursday 9 September, before your contract starts, completely free of charge. To help you throughout your 10-day isolation period (if required), we will provide you with a complimentary support package filled with everyday essentials and give you free access to at-home fitness classes to boost your wellbeing.

If you're travelling from a country on the red list, you can arrive at any time between now and the start of your accommodation contract, as you will need to quarantine in a hotel before moving into your accommodation. To support you in this, the University will cover the cost of your quarantine period, with the total being deducted on top of your fees once you start studying with us. You can find out more about this via the button below.

Arriving in the UK

Additional FAQs for Overseas Students

Should I accept my accommodation offer?

If you plan to arrive on campus between 9 September and 1 November, you should accept your offer of accommodation from us. To help make travelling to your new home as stress-free as possible, you can move into your University or Partner accommodation up to 10 days before the beginning of your contract (from 9 September), at no extra cost. Your contract will begin on 20 September, and you will receive support from the Living team and a free Welcome package to help you settle in.

At Birmingham, we'll also support you if you're unable to travel to campus during your first semester or choose to postpone your travel arrangements. If this is the case, please get in touch with the Living team and do not accept your offer. We will send you another accommodation offer closer to your arrival date.

We only encourage you to accept your offer of accommodation if you know you will arrive in the UK by 1 November at the latest.

What if I can't arrive by 1 November?

We understand that travelling is more challenging this year, which is why we offer you the flexibility to join us on campus whenever you're able.

If you know that you won't be able to arrive here by 1 November, please contact the Living team at info@living.bham.ac.uk and do not accept your offer. We'll then send you a new accommodation offer within seven days, ensuring that you have the widest range of options available to you.

Will I still have the same accommodation options if I arrive after 1 November?

We expect to have the full range of accommodation options available; however, these will be subject to availability at the time of your expected arrival. Rest assured though that we'll match you to the accommodation that best suits your needs and be here to support you every step of the way.

What if my flight is cancelled and I can't travel?

If your flight is cancelled, and your new flight is after 1 November, please let the Living team know as soon as possible (and include any evidence). We will cancel your original offer of accommodation and send you a new one closer to the date of your arrival. You will not be penalised for the cancellation if you inform the Living team before 1 November 2021.

I'll be arriving after 1 November. Can I keep my booking but pay less?

No, we strongly advise you to decline your offer. We ask you to inform us as soon as you know your arrival date in Birmingham so we can arrange a new offer for you. We expect to be able to offer a similarly attractive option to you, matching you with the accommodation that best suits your needs.

If you accept your booking, you will be liable for the full accommodation costs which are charged from 20 September 2021 onwards.

If you have any questions or know that you won't be able to join us by 1 November, get in touch with us at info@living.bham.ac.uk. Our friendly team will work hard to ensure you receive the best accommodation for your needs and requirements.