How to apply for student accommodation

Find out how and when to apply for student accommodation at Southampton. We offer a wide choice of rooms in our halls of residence and also offer family accommodation for those with partners or children.

Accommodation for 2024/25 

The accommodation guarantee deadline has passed but we are still accepting applications. There is limited availability in University halls for 2024/25. If you are looking for accommodation please apply via the accommodation portal. An offer of accommodation is not guaranteed, so please apply as soon as you can for the best chance of receiving an offer.

Accommodation for 2023/24

You can apply for a part-year accommodation contract for 2023/24. We have some availability across most of our room types.

How to apply

Applications for single-occupancy rooms in our accommodation must be made through our online portal.  

To register, you’ll need your: 

  • personal email address (do not use a school or college email address) 
  • phone number 
  • home address 
  • student ID number (you’ll find this in your offer email)

We are now open for summer accommodation applications. If you require accommodation between 17 June 2024 and 14 September 2024 please submit an application via our accommodation portal. Summer accommodation applications close 30 August 2024 and must be for a minimum of 7 days except in exceptional circumstances.

Applications received after 1 July 2024 will not be covered by our accommodation guarantee and hall and room types you can apply for may be limited. We will make accommodation offers to applicants after 1 July 2024 dependent on availability however this cannot be guaranteed. You can check the progress of your application using the dashboard section of the accommodation portal.

In meantime you may wish to consider alternative accommodation options in the private sector.

Apply for accommodation 

You do not need to make a payment when you apply. Find out more about how and when you'll pay for your accommodation

If you need any assistance applying, have a look at our application guide. If you have any further questions, you can email us at

How to make your accommodation choices

  1. Choose between 3 to 5 rooms 
  2. List your room choices in order of preference
  3. Choose your contract length

You will also be able to request things such as: 

  • adaptations for accessibility and comfort 
  • a quieter flat 
  • a single-gender flat 
  • a no-alcohol flat 

You can visit our accommodation at Open Days throughout the year to help you make your choices. 

You’ll get an email confirming your application once you’ve submitted it. Please check your junk or spam folder if you don’t receive it, and remember to make us a “trusted sender” in your email client. 

When will accommodation offers be sent? 

2023/24 applications

Any applications submitted after the guarantee deadline date will be allocated and offered as availability permits. This may take a few weeks. Applications submitted after the guarantee deadline date are not guaranteed accommodation.

2024/25 applications

Applications for 2024/25 are now live and can be submitted via the accommodation portal

If you have made Southampton your firm or only choice (you have a conditional firm or unconditional firm course offer), you will be sent an offer of accommodation between 15 August and 2 September. You must meet the conditions of your course offer.

If you have made Southampton your insurance choice you will be sent an accommodation offer between 15 August and 2 September if you don't meet the conditions of your firm choice university. 

Postgraduate accommodation applicants will receive accommodation offers from June 2024 onwards.

If you don't come to Southampton, your application will be cancelled and you don't need to do anything.

How to stay in halls for another year

If you want to stay in halls for another year, applications open for a short period each year for current students to apply.  Returner applications will next open in early 2025 for 2025/26 applications.

The application process is the same as for first-year students, with one important exception – you can apply with other students in a group. 

When applying, you can enter your "Group Reference" on the final page before submitting the application. This Group Reference must be agreed between your group, so try to make it unique so that there is no confusion with other groups. 

We must receive an application from everyone in the group individually and we encourage you to submit the same site/room type/catering/contract preferences. 

Accommodation offers are usually sent within 2 weeks of applications closing.

If demand exceeds supply, a ballot will be held for available places.

Students with children 

The University has a limited quantity of family houses for students with children. If you're coming to Southampton with your partner and/or children, you must use our online form to request family accommodation.

Any offer made will be subject to us having a property available that is suitable for your family size. 

Request family accommodation 

Need advice?

Contact us

Talk to us, we're happy to help.
Student Hub, Building 37, Highfield Campus SO17 1BJ
We're open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We can't discuss your application status with you from 6pm, Monday 29 July until 8am, Thursday 15 August. This is due to the UCAS results embargo.

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