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Your accommodation options

In addition to choosing what room type and hall you would like, you can tell us about additional needs or preferences on your accommodation application. These options may not be available at all halls, so if you would like more information, please contact us.

Accessible or adapted accommodation  

We want you to feel at home in our accommodation. If you will need any considerations or adaptations to be made to your accommodation due to a disability or long-term health condition, please apply as soon as you can and give as much detail on your application as possible.

You can contact us or the University’s Student Disability and Inclusion team if you’d like to discuss your options before applying. Considerations might include (but are not limited to) wheelchair access, hoists, grab rails and vibrating fire alarms. 

If you need an additional room for a carer or personal assistant, we can allocate one close to your own room. Please confirm how it will be funded with your local authority or care team as soon as you can, as the University does not cover the cost of additional rooms.  

Alcohol Free flats 

Alcohol Free flats are for students who agree not to store or drink alcohol within their rooms or shared areas. You’ll also agree that anyone who visits you will stick to the same rules. 

You will not be placed in an Alcohol Free flat if you have not asked for it. 

LGBTQ+ flats 

LGBTQ+ flats are for people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, who want to live with others from that community. The University of Southampton is a diverse organisation and expects all students and staff to be tolerant and respectful of each other.

However, we recognise that some LGBTQ+ students may feel more comfortable living with other LGBTQ+ students, and so you can request this on your application. We will prioritise your preference for LGBTQ+ accommodation above your selected hall and room type preferences, if required.

Please note that we cannot offer LGBTQ+ accommodation in addition to Quieter Lifestyle or Alcohol Free, and we cannot offer single gender LGBTQ+ accommodation. 

Quieter Lifestyle flats 

We offer Quieter Lifestyle rooms in most of our halls, where students who want a quieter living arrangement can live with others who also want this. Most of our postgraduate rooms are Quieter Lifestyle by default, but a lot of undergraduates choose this option too.

Student accommodation is often lively and we are proud of our vibrant student communities across the city, but this option means those who value peace and quiet in their home environment can choose to partake in the social scene as much or as little as they like. 

We also offer a Quieter Lifestyle and Alcohol-Free combined option in some of our halls. 

Shared accommodation 

All our rooms are single occupancy, except for our one and two bed flats, which are for couples.  

Single gender accommodation 

Most of our accommodation is mixed gender, but if you would prefer a single gender living arrangement, you can request this. No overnight guests of a different gender to the flat residents are permitted. 

Please note that members of staff attending flats for cleaning, maintenance or other purposes may be a different gender to the flat residents. 

Show Flats 

A Show Flat is a group of single rooms with a shared kitchen area that we allow prospective students to visit on our open days. 

If you volunteer to live in a Show Flat you will receive compensation for allowing people to view your room and communal space. 

We’ll make sure that: 

  • guides will be present during all tours, so no one will be unaccompanied in your flat 
  • a cleaning team will visit all communal areas before the open day 

To live in a Show Flat you’ll need to: 

  • keep your room and communal areas clean and tidy 
  • make sure you do not display any offensive items 
  • be polite and friendly to our visitors and guides on open days 

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