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How to book accommodation

Accommodation Guarantee

There’s a lot to think about when you’re getting ready to start university. That’s why we try to make the process of choosing and booking accommodation as easy as possible.

In addition to the general support provided by our Residential Services team, we do this in two particular ways:

  • Our Accommodation Guarantee
  • Self-selection – a process designed to give you more choice

The Accommodation Guarantee

Once your offer status is showing as unconditional firm (UF), we guarantee accommodation for:

  • All undergraduate students who have selected BU as their firm choice and submitted their UCAS application by midnight on 30 June, or by midnight on 4 July for UCAS Extra applications
  • All postgraduate students who have booked their accommodation and made a payment to secure a room by 8am on Thursday 16 August 2018.

The guarantee excludes students who choose BU as their Insurance choice and Clearing applicants. Visit our terms and conditions page for more information.


When you come to select your accommodation, you’ll do so via two simple stages on our Accommodation Portal.

The self-selection system we use for the Portal is geared around giving you more control. In contrast to other universities, we won’t just allocate you a room; instead, you can choose from what’s available in your booking timeslot.

This gives all students an equal chance of booking their preferred accommodation.​

Find out more about the booking process.