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Accommodation questions

I have a few questions about this process.

Can you only apply for accommodation once you’ve accepted an offer?

Can you apply to multiple uni accommodation?

When do you have to move in?

What is the likelihood that all accommodations will be taken before you can apply ?

Do people who live furthermore away get priority?

If you live close enough to commute from home is it just best to live from home?

And lastly, is it weird sharing a bathroom with strangers?
Hi,
You would have to check with the university specifically to make sure.
Generally, you can apply for accomodation only once you've accepted an offer (i.e. either accepted an unconditional offer or placed the uni as either a firm or insurance if you're going by UCAS).
You can apply to multiple uni accomodations. Usually, you rank them in order of preference then the university uses this to allocate to you.
The accomodation will not be taken up provided you apply the deadline they tell you. They also sometimes have accomodation for those who go through clearing, however, it is no longer guaranteed.
People do not get priority for living further away.
As for living at home, that depends on your priorities. Living at home can be good as you will not get homesick and also save money on accomodation. However, living away from home is good to gain more independence and it may also make it easier to socialise as you do not have to worry about travelling back home. Only you can really ascertain this.
No it is not weird. I think you would adapt fairly quickly. However, it depends on the person. A factor is how many people you are sharing with. The more bathrooms relative to the number of people in the flat, the better. It is one thing to consider when looking at accomodations.

Best Wishes,
Gulcin.
2nd Year PPE Student
University of Southampton
Original post by Anonymous #1
I have a few questions about this process.

Can you only apply for accommodation once you’ve accepted an offer?

Can you apply to multiple uni accommodation?

When do you have to move in?

What is the likelihood that all accommodations will be taken before you can apply ?

Do people who live furthermore away get priority?

If you live close enough to commute from home is it just best to live from home?

And lastly, is it weird sharing a bathroom with strangers?
Hello there!

When it comes to applying for accommodation, it's typically done once you've accepted an offer from the university. This ensures you secure your place before diving into the housing application process. As for applying to multiple university accommodations, it's indeed possible, but it's important to weigh your options carefully before making a decision.
Move-in dates vary depending on the university and accommodation type. Generally, they're scheduled before the academic term begins, allowing students to settle in before classes start. This window typically spans a few days to a week before the start of the term.

When it comes to availability, it's wise to apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of landing your preferred choice. Universities often allocate spaces for incoming students, but the demand can fluctuate.

Priority for accommodation is not often based on factors like distance from home. However, it's best to reach out to your university's accommodation office for clarification, as they will give you the most accurate information, and support you if you have any special circumstances.

Regarding the living situation—whether to opt for home or university accommodation—it varies for everyone. You should consider factors such as commuting time, cost, access to transportation, and the overall university experience.

As for sharing a bathroom with strangers, while it may feel unusual at first, it's a common experience in university accommodation. Many students find it becomes second nature after a while.

A valuable piece of advice would be to attend an open day at your chosen university and explore their facilities firsthand before making your final decision. This can provide valuable insights into what to expect and help you make an informed choice.

Best of luck with your studies and accommodation journey!

Best regards,
Natasha
2nd Year Dietetics Student
University of Hertfordshire
Original post by Anonymous
I have a few questions about this process.

Can you only apply for accommodation once you’ve accepted an offer?

Can you apply to multiple uni accommodation?

When do you have to move in?

What is the likelihood that all accommodations will be taken before you can apply ?

Do people who live furthermore away get priority?

If you live close enough to commute from home is it just best to live from home?

And lastly, is it weird sharing a bathroom with strangers?


I think you can apply at any university you hold an offer for most places guarantee a place if you make them your firm choice .

You can apply to as many as you like and even put in preference like if you’d like to be on a lower floor or something.

You’ll move in the week/weekend just before your first week it’s called moving in week.

Fairly unlikely provided you’re in your firm.

People who live along way away do get priority but as said if you’re in your firm first years are often guaranteed a place in university owned accommodation.

No it’s really not there is a whole bunch of reasons for this but in short university is designed around those who are in halls and not commuting students.

If they are clean it’s fine.

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