Applying for halls
Applications for 2016-2017 will open from early April 2016
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 can I apply for?
We have six halls of residence, which are open to different groups of students, with different standard tenancy lengths (shown in brackets).
- Harrow Hall: New and continuing undergraduates (38 week) and postgraduates on courses at Harrow (38 week with the option to extend throughout the summer).
- Marylebone Hall: Continuing undergraduates on a course at one of our central London campuses (38 week).
- Raffles House: New undergraduates. (42 week).
- Urbanest Hoxton: Postgraduates (51 week).
- Urbanest Tower Bridge: Postgraduate (51 week).
- Victoria Hall: New and continuing undergraduates (42 week).
For more information on our halls, visit our Halls of residence page.
How and when should I apply?
Applications open online in April each year and you'll need to apply via our Housing Portal.
We cannot guarantee every student a place in halls, so recommend that you apply as soon as you can - there is a very high demand for places in halls.
All applications must be made via our Housing Portal and you’ll find full details on how to log in and apply on our Housing Portal page.
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.
- Download the Tenancy Agreement (PDF)
- Download the Shared Agreement (PDF)
- Download the Considerations for Online Applications (PDF)
Who is prioritised in the application process?
We prioritise first year students (undergraduates and postgraduates). Within this group, rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
We also prioritise students with disabilities or medical conditions who can provide appropriate evidence from a specialist. This evidence must confirm that, in the specialist's opinion, your disability/condition makes it essential for you to stay in halls. If you are considering submitting medical evidence in support of your application please read the Disability Assessment Guide. You are required to completed the medical assessment form as well as making an online application.
We reserve a number of rooms for continuing students, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
How and when will I 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 guarantee to let you know the outcome of your halls application based on the dates below:
- Applied in April - We will respond by Friday 27 May
- Applied in May - We will respond by Friday 8 July
- Applied in June - We will respond by Friday 22 July
- Applied in July - We will respond by Friday 12 August
Read our What happens next? guide for information on what happens once you've made your application.
What should I do if my application is successful?
Visit our Accepting our halls offer page for details of what you need to do now.
What should I do if my application is not successful?
First of all, don’t panic if your application has not been successful – London is bursting with accommodation and we are here to help you find somewhere suitable.
You have a number of options, from staying at one of our partner halls to 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. However, do not rely on this – start making alternative accommodation plans now.
If you’d like to discuss your options or have any questions, get in touch with us.