Applying for halls

Applications for 2017/18 will be available from early April 2017.

To apply 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. 

Log in to our Housing Portal. 

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 five halls of residence, which are open to different 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).
  • Host Wembley: Continuing undergraduates and postgraduates (42 week tenancy).
  • Marylebone Hall: Postgraduates on a course at one of our central London campuses (38 or 51 week tenancy).
  • Raffles House: New undergraduates (42 week tenancy).
  • Alexander Flemming: Study Abroad and Exchange students 

For more information on our halls, visit our Halls of residence page.

How and when to apply

Applications open online in April each year and all applications must be made through our Housing Portal.

We cannot guarantee every student a place in halls, so 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.

Scholarships

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.

Essential documents

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.

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 also required to complete the Medical Self-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.

View our Hall allocation policy page for full details.

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 guarantee to let you know the outcome of your halls application based on the dates below:

  • Applied in April - We will respond by Friday 26 May
  • Applied in May - We will respond by Friday 7 July
  • Applied in June - We will respond by Friday 21 July
  • Applied in July - We will respond by Friday 11 August 

Read our What happens next? guide for information on what happens once you've made your application.

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 – 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.

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Frequently asked questions

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