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Allocation Process

When will I know I have been allocated a room?

Students who have accepted Birmingham City University as their firm choice and hold an Unconditional Course Offer will receive a room offer from 9 March 2021. Students who have accepted Birmingham City University as firm choice and hold a Conditional Course Offer will receive a room offer from 24 August 2021 (tbc).

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 deadline date (three days UK Students or five days for EU/Overseas students) which will be stated in the accommodation portal. Please follow the instructions in the email on how to accept your offer.

Please Note: If you have been allocated a room at Jennens Court, Lakeside, Staniforth House, The Heights, Bentley House or Queens Hospital Close your offer and contract is with one of our University Partner Providers. If you miss the offer deadline date your room offer will be withdrawn. If your offer is withdrawn and you still require accommodation you will be required to make a new application and your application will be placed accordingly in the queue to await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.

Can I live with my friend/s?

If you wish to live with a friend/s, you must both/all clearly indicate this on each of your application forms in the additional information section. We will endeavour, but cannot guarantee to place you near to each other, this will depend on course offer status at the point of applications made and is subject to availability.

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 may have something in common, but not necessarily in the same flat.

Am I guaranteed my top preference?

We cannot guarantee you will receive your first choice of accommodation. Your preferences will be used as a guideline and we will make every effort to offer you your preferred accommodation but this is dependent on the availability of rooms at the time of allocation.

What if I am unhappy with my Room Offer?

We will offer you the best option available on the day of allocation, taking into account date of application, availability, suitability, additional information provided and the need to create a balanced community in halls. If your offer is rejected or withdrawn and you still require accommodation, you will be required to make a new application and your application will be placed accordingly in the queue to await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.

Is there provision for students under the age of 18?

All student accommodation is an adult environment where most residents are aged over 18. Students sharing a flat with a student under the age of 18 will not have been vetted. All bedrooms are single occupancy however, students will share kitchen/dining/lounge facilities. Allocations are not based on age, gender or religious belief.

Is a payment required to accept the Room Offer?

Yes – you are required to pay either an advance payment or deposit to accept the room offer, depending on which accommodation you have been offered. Please see each of the accommodation pages or you can view the

Facilities Summary 2020-21

Can I apply if BCU is my Insurance choice?

Once Birmingham City University becomes your firm choice, (which is usually after you have received your results), you will then be able to then apply for accommodation. We do not guarantee but will aim to provide you with a room in University accommodation. If there are no rooms available we will assist you in finding alternative accommodation with a University-approved provider.

You must apply through the on-line process if accommodation is required by 4 September 2021.

Do I need a guarantor?

For the majority of the accommodation sites you are required to provide a guarantor. Please see each of the accommodation pages or click on the Facilities Summary.