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The University of Southampton

Accommodation

We’re organising the way we allocate rooms in our halls of residence so we can maintain safety and social distancing.

If you’re covered by our accommodation guarantee, you’ll be guaranteed a room in one of our halls of residence if you’re arriving in September. If you are not covered by our guarantee, we still welcome your accommodation application and will always make an offer if we have availability.

We’re still working through accommodation requests for postgraduate students starting in January 2021.

How to apply for University accommodation

Apply using our online system, and we’ll allocate rooms following our usual process. We try to allocate and match accommodation to your preference, but we can’t always guarantee it.

Tell us if you have any underlying health conditions or specific requirements when you apply.

When you arrive

Your safety is our top priority, and we are aware that students in halls of residence will be coming from all over the UK and overseas.

Students arriving from the UK will spend their first 7 days settling into their halls of residence. If you’re arriving from outside the UK, you may need to spend the first 14 days quarantined in halls of residence – but don’t worry, our Student Life team is available 24 hours a day to support you.

All students will be invited to register for the University’s Covid-19 testing programme, which will allow you to take a simple saliva test for coronavirus when you arrive on campus. The programme will offer further testing throughout the term and will tie into the national Test and Trace service.

Keeping our halls of residence safe

We’re working to ensure the safety of our staff and students by putting certain measures in place. For example:

If someone in your hall of residence gets coronavirus

When you move into your hall of residence, you and the other students in your flat become a ‘household’. If someone gets ill with coronavirus or has symptoms, everyone in the household must isolate and follow NHS guidelines.

Wi-fi in halls of residence

All our halls of residence have wi-fi. But we recommend that you use an ethernet cable to connect to our network as this is more reliable for your academic activities, especially when viewing video. We’ll give you instructions on how to do this.

Contact us

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about University accommodation: accommodation@soton.ac.uk

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