Finding the right place to live is really important when you're moving away from home to come to university. That's why we guarantee accommodation for any postgraduate student who has registered and completed their booking by 5pm on 18 December 2016.
If English isn’t your first language, and you are planning to undertake a pre-sessional course at Bournemouth University International College, the accommodation process begins at an early stage. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about the accommodation options available to you.
Everyone else will apply for accommodation through the usual booking system online. You should receive an email from our accommodation team in November explaining your next steps.
If you're starting a degree with us in January 2017, the following accommodation will be available to book online from mid-November. All contracts will start on 21 January 2017 and last for 50 weeks only, ending on 6 January 2018.
Read about your accommodation options
Your next steps
The following information relates to students starting their course in January 2017.
Stage 1 - registering your interest in accommodation
Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants need to use our online accommodation system to register their interest in booking BU accommodation.
There are two main stages to the booking process. Stage 1 sees you register your interest in accommodation and tell us a bit more about yourself. Stage 2 allows you to choose your accommodation and make a payment to secure your room - you will only be able to do this once you have met all the conditions of your offer.
You should receive an email from us in the middle of November, with the information you need about registering on our accommodation portal for Stage 1. Please check your email account to make sure you receive this as you will need it to complete your registration. If you have not received an email from us by this time, and you have already made an application to study at BU, please contact AskBU.
Stage 2 - booking your accommodation
Once you have met your course requirements and show as UF (Unconditional Firm) you will be eligible for Stage 2. We will send you another email letting you know when you can log back into the system and book a room from the available options.
You need to have booked your room and paid your deposit to secure your accommodation by 5pm on 18 December 2016 to guarantee accommodation.
If you are a proven care leaver or have a Compact agreement, you are automatically guaranteed BU accommodation regardless of when you require it.
Disclosure of medical conditions and disabilities
Students who disclose a medical condition are covered under the standard BU Guarantee policy. If you have a medical condition or disability that may significantly impact upon your living arrangements, wherever possible, the university will endeavour to accommodate you. However, there is no guarantee that a suitable room will be available and, if booking outside of the BU guarantee, you are not automatically guaranteed a room in BU accommodation. Students in this category need to register with the university's ALS team and undergo an assessment of needs so we can determine whether suitable accommodation is available or reasonable adjustments can be made before arrival.
Students with families or dependents
The BU guarantee of accommodation is for the individual applicant or student only. Due to a shortage of suitable accommodation, the guarantee does not cover anyone else. If you have a family or dependents, you should read through ypir options on our Accommodation for families and couples webpage.
Terms and conditions
BU guarantees accommodation to students commencing their first year of study that meet the following criteria:
- You will need to be studying a full-time course on a BU campus
- Your offer will need to be showing as Unconditional Firm (UF) prior to 8am on 16 December 2016 so that point 3 can take place
- You will need to have booked your accommodation and made your payment to secure your room by 5pm on 18 December 2016
- Your home address is not within the BH postcode area
- There are two stages to completing the online accommodation booking process. Prior to 16 December 2016, you will receive an email informing you when you are eligible to complete each stage. You will need to adhere to the instructions and deadlines in these emails in order to be guaranteed accommodation.
Read the full terms and conditions of our accommodation guarantee.