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Applying for accommodation

When can I apply for accommodation?

The accommodation application will open on 2 March 2021.

From 2 March 2021 if you have accepted a firm course offer with Birmingham City University you will then be sent an email with a link to the accommodation portal in order to make an application.

All first-year, full-time home, EU and international students are guaranteed University accommodation if they have firmly accepted an offer in the main application cycle and apply by the deadline date.

Please view the appropriate portfolio for your academic year in-take. 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 Enablement and Wellbeing Team at Student Affairs for advice and assistance or calling +44 (0)121 331 5588.

To register and apply for accommodation you will need to use your University Application number/Student ID (it has eight numeric characters):

      • Register in the Accommodation Portal

      • Select your Application Pathway that is relevant to your Campus

      • Where required please select your accommodation preferences and contract length which is suitable for your course

      • Please use the Additional Information section to advise us of any requirements that is relevant to the allocation of your room

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

Why am I not able to register in the Accommodation Portal?

There are several reasons why you may not be able to register:
  • 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 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 You may have entered your personal details incorrectly - If you need any assistance please contact Accommodation Services.

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

Your University Application Number should be on your offer email. It is made up of eight unique numbers this should be on your Birmingham City University Course Offer. If you are unable to locate this number please contact Accommodation Services

Why have I not received my validation code email?

Please allow up to 30 minutes to receive the email and also check your spam/junk emails. If you have still not received the email, contact Accommodation Services.

How much is the rent?

Please see individual accommodation location pages for prices, alternatively you can view the

Residence fee summary 2020-21

I am a student with disabilities or a long term health condition. Will my accommodation needs be met?

If you have a disability or long-term health condition which causes you significant difficulties in your day-to-day life it is essential that you contact Accommodation Services as soon as possible to discuss your specific requirements. We will not be able to make you a room offer until we can confirm that reasonable adjustments can be made.

We may be able to offer you accommodation for the duration of your course but due to possible changes in the portfolio this may not be the same accommodation each year. 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). Please ensure you have also informed the Enablement and Wellbeing Team of your medical condition.

What if I am studying at Birmingham City University for one Semester?

We aim to provide accommodation for Semester students, this is subject to availability.

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.

I am a Late /Clearing applicant to the University. Will you still guarantee me accommodation?

If you are a clearing or late applicant we cannot guarantee University accommodation, we will aim to provide you with you University Accommodation (subject to availability). Otherwise, 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.