To apply for halls, you need to log in to the Housing Portal. If you have not already done so, you must first set up your password to make sure that you have full access to our Housing Portal.
When you have set up your password, you can apply for a place in halls and monitor the progress of your application.
If you’re a study abroad or exchange student, you can apply for a semester-only tenancy contract – for more details, contact the Education Abroad Office at [email protected].
Who can apply
You can apply for a place in our halls of residence if you are or will be studying as a full-time student.
Halls are not available to part-time students, but we can offer advice on finding private accommodation.
Which halls you can apply for
We have four halls of residence which are open to groups of students, with different standard tenancy lengths.
- Harrow Hall: New and continuing undergraduates (38 week tenancy) and postgraduates on courses at Harrow (38 week tenancy with the option to extend throughout the summer for academic reasons).
- Marylebone Hall: Study Abroad and Exchange students, continuing undergraduates (38 week tenancy) and postgraduates (38 week tenancy).
- Raffles House: New undergraduate students on a course at one of our Central London campuses, continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students on a course at any of our campuses (42 week tenancy).
- Alexander Fleming Hall: Study Abroad and Exchange students, continuing undergraduates (38 week tenancy) and postgraduates (38 week tenancy with the option to extend throughout the summer for academic reasons).
For more information on our halls, visit our Accommodation page.
How and when to apply
Applications open online in April each year and all applications must be made through our Housing Portal.
If you have accepted an offer for a course at the University of Westminster and you wish to apply for your accommodation early for Raffles House, we can guarantee your accommodation. Please contact Student Accommodation for more information: [email protected]
We recommend that you apply as soon as you can - there is a very high demand for places in halls.
If you are a new student, you can apply for a place as soon as you have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a course place. You cannot apply before this.
If you are an undergraduate student applying through clearing, you should apply as soon as the University has accepted you on a course.
If you are a student returning from a placement year, you will need to wait for your Faculty Registry Office to confirm your progression before applying for a place.
If your attendance is dependent upon your receiving a full University of Westminster scholarship please do not apply for halls.
If you are awarded a full scholarship you will automatically be allocated a room and advised when to access the housing portal to accept your room offer.
Who takes priority in the application process?
Halls of residence places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
We prioritise students who are care leavers from their local authorities and students who are estranged. If you are in these categories, please contact the Student Accommodation team once you submit your housing application.
We prioritise students with disabilities or medical conditions who can provide appropriate evidence from a doctor or specialist. This evidence must confirm that, in the doctor's or specialist's opinion, your disability or condition makes it essential for you to live in halls of residence.
If you are considering submitting medical evidence in support of your application please read the Disability Assessment Guide. You are also required to complete the Medical Self-assessment form online.
To register with the Disability Learning Support Team or access your disability support details, please log in to your Westminster account and click on the 'Disability Support' tab.
How and when you will hear back
You will hear back from us by email, so will need to check your inbox (including any spam folders) on a regular basis.
We aim to let you know the outcome of your halls application within 14 to 21 days of receiving your application, though some applications may take longer. During the Clearing period, you should know the outcome of your hall application within 7 to 14 days your application.
What happens next?
We aim to let you know the outcome of your halls application within 14-21 days although some applications may take longer. Please note that you could receive your response anytime from the day you completed your application, so check your emails regularly, even the spam folders.
The method of accepting an offer will vary depending on the hall in which you have been offered a room. IQ Raffles House is our partner hall and students offered rooms here will be contacted directly by their administration team with an offer and instructions of how to accept that offer.
If you have been offered a place at Harrow Hall, Marylebone Hall or Alexander Fleming Hall, you will be contacted by the University directly. In order to accept the offer you will need to log back into the housing portal, make your deposit payment to secure your booking and accept the tenancy agreement online.
Regardless of whether you are contacted by the University or our partner hall it is very important to respond by the deadline that you are given. If you miss the deadline your room offer will no longer be valid. The deadlines vary but will be clearly explained in your offer.
When you accept your room offer, you are asked to pay a damage deposit of £250.00 within the deadline given on your room offer. The damage deposit is paid as an indemnity against damage or other disbursements and is refunded at the end of your contract, minus any outstanding rent or administrative charges, or if there is any loss or damage in relation to your accommodation. You can view all your accommodation charges on My Student Record (SRS).
Deposit will only be refunded to the original method of payment at the time of booking your accommodation in compliance with UK money laundering legislation in force within 6 weeks of the end of the contracted period . You will be notified by the Finance refund team of your intended refund, please make sure you check the Credit/Debit card statement. For deposits made by third party, please check with the account holder.
If you do not receive a room offer by the date set out in our schedule, you will instead receive an email informing you of this. This will inform you that unfortunately you have been unsuccessful in your application and will explain what other options you can explore such as a list of private rented accommodation upon request. Once you have received this email, we will only contact you if a room becomes available. We will not be able to give you any timescales at that point, although we are of course happy to help if you have any questions.
Students usually have a week to take up their place from the contract start date after which the room will be given to another student. The exception is if we have already received full rent payment, in which case we will hold the room until you tell us otherwise. In this situation, you will be charged for the period we held the room and until a replacement has been found. The refund will then take place accordingly
If your application is successful
Visit our Accepting our halls offer page for details of what you will need to do if your application is successful.
If your application is not successful
First of all, don’t panic if your application has not been successful – The University of Westminster Student Accommodation team will be very happy to advise you on your housing options and invite you to our housing workshops.
You have a number of options, including finding your own, private housing. We run workshops and other activities to help you find a place, and maintain a housing list with a range of properties. Visit our Private rented accommodation page for details of these.
We will also add you to the halls waiting list and get in touch with you if a room becomes available.