Clearing next steps: accommodation and student finance

Once you have received and accepted a Clearing offer from us there are a couple more steps you may need to follow - apply for accommodation and sort out your finances:

Apply for accommodation

To apply for a place in University accommodation you must:

1Have accepted an offer on a full-time course with us
2Live further than 10 miles from your place of study.
3Apply online by midnight on Thursday 31 August 2017

After you've accepted your course offer in UCAS Track, it may take up to 48 hours before your student clearing number – which is in the heading of your offer email – is recognised by our online accommodation application system. Please keep trying to apply during this period. You will need to select the 'Clearing 2017/18' accommodation application in the portal.

You will be allocated a room at our City North Student Village, 'Oscott Gardens' halls of residence. Where possible you will be placed with students on similar courses and take account of your preferences regarding living in single or mixed sex accommodation. 

Please note that, in order to apply for accommodation, your application must be UF status which means you must hold a firmly accepted unconditional offer from Birmingham City University. When your application achieves UF status you will receive a final acceptance email from us which includes your University Application Number. You will need to quote this number when you register/apply for accommodation. 

If there are no places available, we’ll help to find you alternative accommodation with a University-approved provider.

Find out more about Oscott Gardens >>

Oscott Gardens

Five reasons Oscott Gardens is a good place to live


The One Stop shopping centre is a few minutes walk across the road. With a big Asda it’s perfect for the weekly shop, as well as having a Boots, Burger King, KFC and many other stores.

En suite

All rooms in Oscott Gardens come as an en suite. So there's no need to worry about sharing a bathroom with people you may not know.


Unlike our other accommodation, Oscott Gardens has car parking. So you don't have decide whether to bring your car or not, or have to pay hefty prices in 24 hour parking spaces.

Gym membership

When you move into Oscott Gardens you will be given a free membership of the Doug Ellis Sports Centre. A health and fitness facility that includes a large gym, sports halls and football pitches. Even better a stone's throw away from Oscott.


Oscott Gardens is minutes away from Perry Barr train station and bus stops into town. With trains taking no more than 15 minutes, you can be in the centre of Brum before you know it. Many of the students at Oscott Gardens will also be studying in the city centre so you don’t have to worry about making your way in on your own.

Sort out your finances

Haven’t applied for student finance yet? You need to apply right away

Student Finance England will try to make sure you get some of your student finance as close as possible to the start of term, but the sooner you apply the better.

Apply for student finance >>

Have you already applied but your course, university or college has changed due to Clearing?

You'll need to inform Student Finance England. Full-time students can do this by logging into their student finance account. Part-time and postgraduate students need to send a form to Student Finance England.

Find out more about financial support for undergraduates >>

Finance and enrolment

You will be expected to make/arrange fee payment at enrolment. If you cannot provide evidence of your student funding or application for funding it will not stop you being enrolled, but you will be responsible for payment of fees and will be required to make payment in accordance with the University’s Fee Payment Policy.

 Got a question about finance?
Contact Student Services on +44 (0)121 331 5588 or visit AskUs@StudentServices

Your questions answered! 

After an offer



Student finance

The start of term


1. Where's my offer email?

Your offer email should be with you within an hour of you receiving the offer. It's if it has been longer please contact our admissions team, who will check your details.  


2. What do I do next?

You need to accept your offer on UCAS, make sure you’ve been released from any firm/insurance choices by speaking to those universities directly and then add your offer into UCAS. You then need to consider accommodation and student finance – and we have an Open Day on Saturday if you’d like to come and look around. 


3. How long does my offer last for?

Your offer lasts 24 hours, which gives you time to put your offer into UCAS. Your offer email will tell you how to do this.


4. I'm waiting for another university to release me into clearing - will my place disappear?

Try not to panic, your place is yours, we won’t give it away in a hurry. However, try to put your offer into UCAS as quickly as possible. If you’re struggling to get released into Clearing by another university please email our admissions team and let them know. 


5. How do I prove my qualifications?

You will have to upload details into the enrolment portal or bring them on your first day. 


6. How do I get released from an offer?

Please email our admissions team and let them know you'd like to be released into clearing.


7. Why haven't you released me yet?

We're likely to be very busy during clearing and will get to processing your request. Double check you have emailed our admissions team .


8. Why do I have an interview?

Some courses ask for an interview before they give you a place. You should have all the information about where you’re going and what you’re doing, but if you don’t please get in touch with the department.


9. I can't make my interview, what do I do?

Contact the department directly, they’ll be able to help you.


10. When do I hear about my interview results?

The interviewer should have told you when, we try and make a decision quickly. If you haven’t heard after a couple of days, get in touch with the department directly. 


11. How do I enrol?

You’ll get an email soon explaining how to enrol with step-by-step instructions, so keep an eye out! 


12. Where's my enrolment email?

It should be with you soon, once your offer has been confirmed. But, if you send me you email admissions your UCAS ID, full name and correct email address they can check we’ve got the right email address for you.


13. I'm stuck on enrolment I heed help?

If you’re stuck on enrolment please email and they’ll be able to help you!


14. When do I get my student ID card?



15. Why has my online application not been processed?

You can apply for accommodation here.


16. Where is this accommodation?

Our accommodation for clearing students is Oscott Gardens, which is in Perry Barr. Although you might be worried it’s a bit out of the way, don’t! Oscott Gardens is a great accommodation, with plenty of perks, and a 15-minute bus ride to the city centre. Have a look at the top of this page for more info. 


17. I don't like this accommodation - can I move?

If you don’t like the accommodation you’ve been allocated please email our accommodation team to discuss your options.


18. Where should I live?

You can apply for student accommodation at the top of this page and by visting our accommodation site. But if you’d like to live in private accommodation we’d recommend looking at BCUSU’s website which can help you find somewhere to live.


19. How do I apply for student finance?

You can read more about how to apply for student finance here it’s very easy to do!


20. Can I have a scholarship or bursary?

You can read more about scholarships and bursaries here and the financial support available to undergraduates here. Did you know we’re offer £150 to all students who enrol to spend in our online shop?


21. Where's my timetable?

Your timetable will be given to you during the first week of term, you should be told where to go in your enrolment confirmation email.


22. Do I have to go to the Big Welcome?

You should attend the course activities and lectures that are planned, as you may miss important information if you skip them. However, you don’t have to attend the social activities but we highly recommend going to a few, especially the societies and clubs fair so you can get involved in other activities! Read more about The Big Welcome here.


23. When is reading week? Can I go on holiday?

Not all courses have reading week, we would recommend getting in touch with your department to find out if you do have one, and bear in mind that reading week isn’t exactly a holiday, it’s a chance to get essays, coursework and reading done! 


24. Who's my personal tutor?

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor during your first week at uni, if not before so keep an eye on your emails! 


25. Where do I go on my first day?

You’ll be told where to go in your enrolment  confirmation email, but if you don’t have this, please email to check.