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    (Original post by Dominika4)
    Hi! I was wondering- has any of you who have unconditional offers already heard about accommodation? Have you been allocated one? Thanks!
    Nothing so far, just a mention on the new students website that info will be forthcoming shortly.
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    Great, I've missed UCL's accomodation deadline. Do you know if there is still something I can do? (BTW, I'm not in the UK and I don't know anyone there so renting a flat would be hardly possible and really expensive I guess...)
    Thanks a lot!
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    (Original post by Ric_94)
    Great, I've missed UCL's accomodation deadline. Do you know if there is still something I can do? (BTW, I'm not in the UK and I don't know anyone there so renting a flat would be hardly possible and really expensive I guess...)
    Thanks a lot!
    You can still submit an application but it will be given lower priority and you won't be guaranteed. The best thing to do is send one in and then make preparations for potentially having to find private housing come September. It sucks but it's not impossible - I think UCL has recommendations for alternative housing services over the internet.
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    (Original post by dirtyoldriver)
    You can still submit an application but it will be given lower priority and you won't be guaranteed. The best thing to do is send one in and then make preparations for potentially having to find private housing come September. It sucks but it's not impossible - I think UCL has recommendations for alternative housing services over the internet.
    Thanks! I'm going to look for it right now!
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    Hi! I´ d like to ask whether you have a option to choose vegetarian food in the catered halls. There is no information on food in the halls at the ucl website....Thanks!
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    (Original post by Ric_94)
    Great, I've missed UCL's accomodation deadline. Do you know if there is still something I can do? (BTW, I'm not in the UK and I don't know anyone there so renting a flat would be hardly possible and really expensive I guess...)
    Thanks a lot!
    you can still send an application in. You might well still get a place.

    Otherwise, private it is. Thousands of people from abroad manage it every year.
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    It's not hardly possible to find accommodation. I turned up for my year abroad in Milan with nothing sorted and found a room within two days. If anything, London would be easier to find something in, considering how many students there are here.
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    (Original post by Lizia)
    It's not hardly possible to find accommodation. I turned up for my year abroad in Milan with nothing sorted and found a room within two days. If anything, London would be easier to find something in, considering how many students there are here.
    Can you recommend something?
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    (Original post by Dominika4)
    Can you recommend something?
    What do you mean? I can't recommend a specific house. There are loads of estate agents if you want to rent a studio flat, or I'm sure google could point you in the direction of some websites to find housemates. Or ask the university if they have a service.
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    EU student here. With international orientation being on the 19th-20th of September, is it naive to assume that accommodation will be completely ready by that date?
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    (Original post by LosBlanq)
    EU student here. With international orientation being on the 19th-20th of September, is it naive to assume that accommodation will be completely ready by that date?
    Nope, if you need a room it will be there. The only possible exception will be if there is any kind of refurbishment - I arrived at the normal non-international time in September and I was missing some pieces of furniture for a week or two as they had just done it up. But yeah, they have to keep the accommodation at an acceptable standard as people live in it over summer
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    Is it not awkward sharing a room?
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    (Original post by dirtyoldriver)
    Nope, if you need a room it will be there. The only possible exception will be if there is any kind of refurbishment - I arrived at the normal non-international time in September and I was missing some pieces of furniture for a week or two as they had just done it up. But yeah, they have to keep the accommodation at an acceptable standard as people live in it over summer
    Thanks! I think even just a roof would pretty much suffice for a few days.
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    I assume this is against the policy regarding accommodation in the Halls of Residence at UCL, but how easy is it to get away with someone staying the night in your room?
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    (Original post by kylewstorey)
    I assume this is against the policy regarding accommodation in the Halls of Residence at UCL, but how easy is it to get away with someone staying the night in your room?
    The rules say that you're allowed guests for 3 consecutive nights. You have to sign them in and you're responsible for their behaviour.

    How many people pay attention to this rule is another matter. A flatmate of mine moved her boyfriend in for the last month and a half.

    Overnight you Should be fine but sign them in or you face issues if caught.


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    (Original post by Dominika4)
    Hi! I´ d like to ask whether you have a option to choose vegetarian food in the catered halls. There is no information on food in the halls at the ucl website....Thanks!
    I remember reading something on the UCL website about how there's usually a vegetarian option served at every meal. I don't think you need to specifiy that you're vegetarian to the hall, you just chose the vegetarian options when you eat in the cafeteria.
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    (Original post by jrmoore00)
    I remember reading something on the UCL website about how there's usually a vegetarian option served at every meal. I don't think you need to specifiy that you're vegetarian to the hall, you just chose the vegetarian options when you eat in the cafeteria.
    Thanks for your response!
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    Anyone else not able to log on to portico? I tried logging on, but it keeps saying my password is wrong, despite the fact it's the same username and password I used to apply for accommodation. I then tried changing my password just in case, but it REFUSES to take anything I try changing it to saying its "not strong enough" despite even making up words and using numbers, symbols, uppercase and lower case letters. Help
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    (Original post by amyelizabeth2681)
    Anyone else not able to log on to portico? I tried logging on, but it keeps saying my password is wrong, despite the fact it's the same username and password I used to apply for accommodation. I then tried changing my password just in case, but it REFUSES to take anything I try changing it to saying its "not strong enough" despite even making up words and using numbers, symbols, uppercase and lower case letters. Help
    is the password meant to be the same as the accommodation one?

    "Applicants
    Your Portico password is normally set through the Online Application Service. If you have forgotten your password click here to access the change password facility in the Online Application Service. If you have been instructed to use your UCL UserId please follow instructions for "Students, Staff and External Examiners" above and/or refer to the email inviting you to access the Portal."
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    (Original post by PJ991)
    is the password meant to be the same as the accommodation one?

    "Applicants
    Your Portico password is normally set through the Online Application Service. If you have forgotten your password click here to access the change password facility in the Online Application Service. If you have been instructed to use your UCL UserId please follow instructions for "Students, Staff and External Examiners" above and/or refer to the email inviting you to access the Portal."
    I think so, I've logged on to portico when I got the email and it worked. However, I just tried to on Monday just to see if I still could because according to UCL's website, unconditional offer holders are meant to get their accommodation replies in July. First, it told me my password was wrong then when I tried changing it, no matter what I tried it kept saying my password wasn't strong enough. Not really sure what to do anymore :/

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