Applying for accommodation

When and how to apply

To apply for a place in our accommodation you'll need to use our online portal, which opens soon - a link to this will appear in your applicant portal once you have firmly accepted your offer. If you are an international student you will also need to have paid your deposit.

Our first allocation of accommodation normally takes place in May. We won’t prioritise your application based on the date we received it unless we receive more than one application where the distance from the campus is exactly the same.

However, for 2020 entry, we have extended the application deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for accommodation are still open and we have rooms available at Canterbury, Epsom and Rochester.

For 2021 entry, we have recently announced an accommodation guarantee for all first-year applicants. Please see our dedicated page for all the details on how to secure a place.

Submitting your application

You need to apply through our online accommodation portal, which you can access through your applicant portal.

The accommodation portal also contains more information on residence fees and periods of residence.

Let us know which accommodation and room type you’d prefer. We can't guarantee that you’ll get your first choice, but we’ll take your preferences into account when we allocate rooms.

Our allocation policy

If you choose to live in our halls of residence, we’ll do our best to arrange it. Space is limited, but we currently have places available at Canterbury, Epsom and Rochester for the 2020/2021 academic year.

We allocate places in line with the following priorities.

1. Any student with a diagnosed medical condition / disclosed disability – medical evidence must be supplied to support your application on these grounds.

2. Care Leavers will be considered on a case by case basis.

3. New international students – we will guarantee you a place (subject to availability) if we receive your application form by 13 May in the year of your application. 

4. New students – we give priority based on whose home address is the greatest distance from a chosen campus.

Read our full allocation policy

Waiting to hear back

You’ll get an automated email once you have submitted your application. Don't worry if you don't hear from us for a little while after this. We’ll be busy processing your application and will be in touch again when we have finalised the next allocation.

Accepting an offer

If we offer you accommodation in halls, you can view the accommodation agreement and terms and conditions of residence through our applicant portal. We’ll also tell you the deadline date for accepting or rejecting your accommodation offer.

To accept an offer, you’ll need to complete the relevant information and make an advance payment of £300 by the deadline date. This will be deducted from your first instalment of residence fees.

Don't leave it too late. If you don’t accept by the deadline date, we have to withdraw the offer and give the room to someone else.

Our accommodation agreement is a legally binding document. Once agreed, it means you’re signing up for the whole period of residence and full residence fees.

Getting ready to move in

Once you have accepted the accommodation agreement, we’ll let you know when you can complete our online induction and check-in. This will confirm things like where you need to go when you arrive and will let you choose when you’d like to collect your keys.

Applying for private accommodation

If you didn’t manage to get a place in halls, or asked for information about private accommodation, once we have processed you application, we’ll email you with details of how to use StudentTenant – the university-backed online accommodation-finding service – once we have processed your application,.

More about finding private accommodation.

Additional info:

For more information, check out our accommodation FAQs or get in touch.

UCA Canterbury
Phone: +44 (0)1227 817380

UCA Epsom
Phone: +44 (0)1372 202448

UCA Farnham
Phone: +44 (0)1252 892974

UCA Rochester
Phone: +44 (0)1634 888723