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Our student accommodation guarantee

Most students starting at the University are guaranteed accommodation. 

We guarantee an offer of accommodation to all students who:

  • are a new undergraduate student, or new international or EU postgraduate student
  • are over 16 years of age
  • make the University either their firm or insurance choice, and apply for accommodation by 1 August

We extend the guarantee to the following groups:

  • pre-sessional English students
  • students on some study abroad and exchange programmes (please contact us to check if your programme is included) 
  • current international or EU students who apply by the deadline for returning students’ accommodation (usually mid-February)

Find out more about making an accommodation application.

Guaranteed accommodation for students from outside the UK

We guarantee to offer accommodation for:

  • international undergraduate students(for all the years you’re studying with us)
  • international postgraduate students(for your first year of study)
  • students on some study abroad and exchange programmes (please contact us to check if your programme is included)
  • a pre-sessional English student

How to get your guaranteed accommodation offer

If you’re a new student, you must:

  • make Southampton your firm or insurance choice of university
  • apply for accommodation by 1 August in the year your course will begin
  • accept your accommodation offer within the timeframe we give you, which is usually 4 days after the offer is made

You can find out more about the specific dates on our application page.

How to apply for accommodation

If you do not qualify for guaranteed accommodation

We may have rooms available even if you are not covered by the guarantee. We encourage you to apply for accommodation if you are: 

  • a visiting or exchange student on a programme without guaranteed accommodation 
  • a postgraduate student from the UK 
  • couple or family who wants larger accommodation  
  • a current student and you want to live in halls beyond your first year 

Need advice?

Talk to us, we're happy to help.

Student Services Centre, Building 37, Highfield Campus.

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

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