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Clearing 2017

Frequently asked questions

The answer to your question may change depending on whether you are looking at BCU-owned accommodation, or our partner-owned accommodation. Please make sure your question is corresponding to the halls relevant to you.

 

1. How do I apply for accommodation?

You will need to know your choices of accommodation prior to making an application. If there are medical or mobility factors which have a bearing on your accommodation needs, please provide full details and supporting evidence at the time of application to enable us to allocate appropriately. You may also wish to contact the Disability Services team at Student Affairs for advice and assistance on +44 (0)121 331 5588.

To apply for accommodation you will need to:

  • Access our online accommodation application form
  • Register (you will require a valid email address)
  • Complete the application form; you will require your University Application Number which can be found on your offer paperwork from your school (it has eight numeric characters) then follow the instructions
  • Use the Additional Information section to advise us if you plan to be away and will not have access to the internet - this will help avoid delays.

Once you receive an email from Accommodation Services informing you that a room has been offered, log back into the online accommodation application form and follow the instructions provided.

Note: to avoid any delay please ensure you frequently check the progress of your application.

 

2. When will I know I have been allocated a room?

You will receive an email from Accommodation Services informing you that you have been offered a room, please ensure you accept and make the relevant payment required before the offer acceptance deadline date (stated in the accommodation application portal). Please follow the instructions in the email on how to accept your offer. If you miss the offer acceptance deadline date your room offer will be withdrawn. If your offer is withdrawn and you still require accommodation you will be required to make a new application and your application will be placed accordingly in the queue to await allocation.

 

3. When can I move in?

Before you can move into your accommodation, you will be asked to complete the online induction. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete this process. The online induction will include additional important information:

  • Key form, which you will be required to print out, complete and attach a photograph
  • Arrival checklist (what you need to do before you arrive)
  • Booking slot to confirm your arrival date and time - this email will be sent out two to four weeks prior to arrival.

Please note that the accommodation will not be available any earlier than the start of the Licence Agreement.

 

4. How much is the rent?

Please see individual accommodation location pages for rent prices, alternatively see Residence fees summary .

 

5. What if I don't have a University Application Number?

Your University Application Number should be on your offer letter. It is made up of eight unique numbers. If it isn't on your offer letter, please contact Accommodation Services.

 

6. Can I share with my friends?

If you wish to share with or be close to friends, you and your friends must clearly indicate this on each of your application forms. We will endeavour but cannot guarantee to place you near to each other however, this will depend on course offer status at the point of applications made and is subject to availability. 

 

7. How are students grouped in shared accommodation?

We take into account age, gender and course in order to place students near to others with whom they will have something in common, but not necessarily in the same flat.

 

8. Is there provision for students under the age of 18?

Download our policy on accommodating students under the age of 18.

 

9. I am a student with disabilities. Will my accommodation needs be met?

We guarantee that if you have a physical or sensory disability or a long-term health condition which causes you significant difficulties in your day-to-day life you will be offered accommodation for the duration of your course. It is therefore essential that you advise Accommodation Services of any disability or long-term health condition as soon as possible, so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you.

If you have a personal support worker who will be enabling you to live independently at university, we can also provide a room for them (the full cost of this room is applicable). Accommodation may also be adapted to meet your requirements if you have a disability or long-term health condition. We will require any information about the specific adaptions or support that you will require.

 

10. How long can I stay in my accommodation?

You sign an agreement for a minimum of 40 weeks, which covers the Christmas and Easter vacations. If the first year of your course exceeds 40 weeks we can extend your contract accordingly. You may however need to move to another flat/room, and it should be noted that accommodation fees increase on 1 September each year. If you need accommodation over the summer vacation, we will try to facilitate this, but again you may need to move to another flat/room/campus.

 

11. What if I am studying at Birmingham City University for only part of the academic year?

We are unable to offer accommodation at our City Centre and City South Campuses for part of the academic year however, we are happy to offer accommodation at our City North Student Village, subject to availability.

 

12. If I have a medical condition which has a bearing on my allocation, what should I do?

Please give details on the application form under the additional notes section, with a medical note where possible, to Accommodation Services. It is important to declare any such condition as early as possible in order that we can allocate the most suitable type of accommodation for your needs.

Please ensure you have also informed the BCU Student Affairs, Enablement and Wellbeing Team of your medical condition 

 

13. Can I view my accommodation before I move in?

Unfortunately it is not possible to view the halls of residence independently, but some faculties do arrange talks and viewings as part of their Applicant Visit Days. Tours of selected halls are also available on our University Open Days

 

14. How do I pay my accommodation fees?

When you are made an offer of a room, you must make an advance payment of £350 to secure it. If you subsequently withdraw and no longer require the room, we regret that this payment is non-refundable.

The remainder of the accommodation fees is to be paid by direct debit in three instalments (termly October, January and April). You'll receive further information about payments if you're offered a room.

 

15. Why has my online application not been processed?

Accommodation Services will only process applications from students who have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a course. If you hold an unconditional offer you will receive a room offer from 3 April 2017. For a conditional offer you will receive an offer after 17 August 2017. There are several reasons why we may not be able to process your application:

  • Birmingham City University is your insurance choice
  • You have not yet accepted your course offer
  • You have used an incorrect University Application Number - in some cases students assume the UCAS ID is the same as the University Application Number, this is not the case
  • Your details are not on the University's admissions system.

 

16. Do I need a TV licence for my room if I choose to watch TV?

If you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand – you will need a licence. Get more information about TV licensing.

 

17. What accommodation is available after the first year?

Many students find private houses for second and third years; details of these can be obtained from Birmingham City Student Homes

 

18. Do I need to upgrade my contents insurance?

This will depend on what equipment/belongings you will be keeping in your accommodation. It is advisable to obtain additional cover for specific items such as musical instruments and laptops. Enter in your policy number HH1123 at endsleigh.co.uk/reviewcover to check your policy details. Visit the review cover link to:

  • Check what is covered
  • Check key exclusions and limitations
  • Check your policy excess
  • Check how to make a claim, extend and personalise your cover.

It is important to find out exactly what you are covered for as you may find that the contents cover is not sufficient and you need to extend it to protect all of your possessions both inside and outside of your room.

 

19. Do I need to upgrade my internet?

The basic package gives 30 Mb provided by CableCom which should be sufficient for most students' study needs.

 

20. What do I need to bring with me when I move into my accommodation?

All accommodation is self-catered so you will need crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Take a look at the Facilities Summary for further details. All rooms are furnished so you do not need to bring any furniture but you will need bedding, towels and personal items. You can pre-order bedding and kitchen packs from the Unikitout website and they will be delivered to your room ready for your arrival. Use the promotional code 'BCITY17' – this discounts all orders by 10 per cent. Please ensure that delivery date for these kits are on or after 01 September 2017.

Facilities summary

 

21. Do I need to register with a doctor in Birmingham?

We strongly encourage students new to Birmingham to register with our healthcare provider Handsworth Wood Medical Centre (part of the Modality Partnership), which runs surgeries from City Centre and City South campuses.

 

22. How do I apply for accommodation?

You will need to know your choices of accommodation prior to making an application. If there are medical or mobility factors which have a bearing on your accommodation needs, please provide full details and supporting evidence at the time of application to enable us to allocate appropriately. You may also wish to contact the University Enablement and Wellbeing Team team at Student Affairs for advice and assistance on +44 (0)121 331 5588.

To apply for accommodation you will need to:

  • Access our online accommodation application form
  • Register (you will require a valid email address)
  • Complete the application form; you will require your University Application Number which can be found on your offer paperwork from your School (it has eight numeric characters) then follow the instructions
  • Use the additional information section to advise us if you plan to be away and will not have access to the internet - this will help avoid delays.

Once you receive an email from Accommodation Services informing you that a room has been offered, log back into the online accommodation application form and follow the instructions provided.

Note: to avoid any delay please ensure you frequently check the progress of your application.

 

23. When will I know I have been allocated a room?

You will receive an email from Accommodation Services informing you that you have been offered a room, please ensure you accept and make the relevant payment required before the offer acceptance deadline date (stated in the accommodation application portal). Please follow the instructions in the email on how to accept your offer. If you miss the offer acceptance deadline date your room offer will be withdrawn. If your offer is withdrawn and you still require accommodation you will be required to make a new application and your application will be placed accordingly in the queue to await allocation.

 

24. How much is the rent?

Please see individual accommodation location pages for rent prices, alternatively see Residence fees summary .

 

25. What if I don't have a University Application Number?

Your University Application Number should be on your offer letter. It is made up of eight unique numbers. If it isn't on your offer letter, please contact Accommodation Services.

 

26. Can I share with my friends?

If you wish to share with or be close to friends, you and your friends must clearly indicate this on each of your application forms. We will endeavour but cannot guarantee to place you near to each other however, this will depend on course offer status at the point of applications made and is subject to availability.

 

27. How are students grouped in shared accommodation?

We take account of age, gender and course in order to place students near to others with whom they will have something in common, but not necessarily in the same flat.

 

28. I am a student with disabilities. Will my accommodation needs be met?

We guarantee that if you have a physical or sensory disability or a long-term health condition which causes you significant difficulties in your day-to-day life you will be offered accommodation for the duration of your course. It is therefore essential that you advise Accommodation Services of any disability or long-term health condition as soon as possible, so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you.

If you have a personal support worker who will be enabling you to live independently at university, we can also provide a room for them (the full cost of this room is applicable). Accommodation can also be adapted to meet your requirements if you have a disability or long-term health condition. We will require any information about the specific adaptions or support that you will require.

 

29. How long can I stay in my accommodation?

You sign an agreement for a minimum of 43 weeks, which covers the Christmas and Easter vacations. If the first year of your course exceeds 43 weeks it may be possible to extend your contract accordingly. You may however need to move to another room.

 

30. If I have a medical condition which has a bearing on my allocation, what should I do?

Please give details on the application form and send a separate sheet, with a medical note where possible, to Accommodation Services. It is important to declare any such condition as early as possible in order that we can allocate the most suitable type of accommodation for your needs.

Please ensure you have also informed the BCU Student Affairs, Enablement and Wellbeing Team of your medical condition .

 

31. Can I view my accommodation before I move in?

Unfortunately it is not possible to view the halls of residence independently, but some faculties do arrange talks and viewings as part of their Open Days. Tours of selected halls are also available on our main Open Days.

 

32. Why has my online application not been processed?

Accommodation Services will only process applications from students who have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a course. If you hold an unconditional offer you will receive a room offer from 3 April 2017. For a conditional offer you will receive an offer after 17 August 2017. There are several reasons why we may not be able to process your application:

  • Birmingham City University is your insurance choice
  • You have not yet accepted your course offer
  • You have used an incorrect University Application Number - in some cases students assume the UCAS ID is the same as the University Application Number, this is not the case
  • Your details are not on the University's admissions system.

 

33. Do I need a TV licence for my room if I choose to watch TV?

If you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand – you will need a licence. Get more information about TV licensing.

 

34. What accommodation is available after the first year?

Many students find private houses for second and third years; details of these can be obtained from Birmingham City Student Homes.

 

35. What do I need to bring with me when I move into my accommodation?

All accommodation is self-catered so you will need crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Compare our facilities for further details (see below). All rooms are furnished so you do not need to bring any furniture but you will need bedding, towels and personal items. You can pre-order bedding and kitchen packs from Uni Kit Out and they will be delivered to your room ready for your arrival. Use the promotional code 'BCITY17' – this discounts all orders by 10 per cent.

Facilities summary

Can't find what you're looking for?

Email us

Please get in touch and a member of our accommodation team will get back to you as soon as possible.

accommodation@bcu.ac.uk

Phone us

If you still can't find what you're looking for don't hesitate to give accommodation services a call.

0121 331 5191