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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.

How to apply

Halls applications for 2021/22 are now open

You must apply for halls through our online portal, unless you need family accommodation. Please be aware that the online portal will not be available between 15-18 March 2021 due to essential upgrade works.

To register, you’ll need your:

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

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

Students with children

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

Request family accommodation

When to apply for accommodation

New students can apply for accommodation from February/March for the following academic year starting in September.

How to make your accommodation choices

  1. Choose between 3 to 5 rooms, or 3 if you want to live in Winchester.
  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
  • a postgraduate flat
  • to live with your friends

We’ll do our best to give you what you ask for. Last year we were able to offer 95% of students their first or second accommodation choice.

You can visit our accommodation at Open Days throughout the year to help you make your choices. You can also take a virtual tour of our halls.

How to stay in halls for another year

If you want to stay in halls for your second, third or fourth year, you will need to apply in January or February. We usually only have a small number of rooms available for continuing students.

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, 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 similar site/room type/catering/contract preferences.

Though the deadline to be guaranteed returner accommodation for 2021/22 has now passed, we are still accepting applications and will process applications subject to availability.

What happens after you apply

You’ll get an email confirming your application once you’ve submitted it.

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    Student Services Centre, Building 37, Highfield Campus.

    We're open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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