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Postgraduate accommodation dates and details

If you’ve accepted an offer to study at BU this September 2018 and you've chosen us as your firm choice, you'll receive an email inviting you to register your interest in BU accommodation from April. When our rooms are ready to book and your offer is showing as unconditional firm (UF) in myHub, we'll email you with a timeslot to book your accommodation*. 

*A percentage of rooms from each accommodation will be available in your timeslot. These can be booked on a first come, first served basis to give all students an equal chance of booking their preferred accommodation.​ 

Non-UK students

If you’re a non-UK student and have accepted your offer to study at Bournemouth University, you can still progress into stage 2 even if you haven’t paid your tuition fee or deposit. However, please note that if you pay your deposit and booking fee for accommodation and subsequently decide to not enrol, you will still have to pay a full year’s rent. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you’re certain you’ll be joining us before you complete this stage.

Pre Sessional English students studying at BU International College

If you are studying Pre Sessional English at BU International College you will be sent information via your university email account explaining the process for you to apply for BU accommodation. Please ensure that you read it carefully and act promptly to ensure that you do not miss out on university accommodation.

Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I don’t have online access when I need to complete either stage 1 or stage 2?

There is no way to book accommodation offline. If you don’t have online access, you need to give your login details to someone you trust to book your accommodation on your behalf.

Please be aware that the person you give your login details to will have access to all of your personal information, and that your login details will remain the same throughout your studies at BU, potentially also giving that person access to your personal information in the future. Please read our full disclaimer (pdf 21kb) before passing your login details to anyone to complete the accommodation booking process on your behalf. 

Living with a host family

If you would prefer, you can make arrangements to stay with a local family – an option that is open to international students. If this interests you, you should contact the Residential Services team directly. We will then send you the details of several host families and you can make arrangements to live with them.

Please note that this accommodation is not inspected by the university. Breakfast and evening meals are often included, but this is something you should discuss with your host family before you arrive.

Is there a way to choose your own room?

Yes. When you sign into the online accommodation system you will have to choose your own room. In the second stage of the process, you will be asked to set up a profile of yourself that can be displayed to other prospective students.

This means you can look at who else is living in a particular flat and try to find flatmates who you think you will get on with.

What if you have specific needs for your accommodation?

If you have specific needs when it comes to your accommodation, whether due to a disability or wanting to live with your family, you will have the chance to tell us about it in the first stage of the accommodation application process. We will then contact you to discuss the best options to meet your needs.

Can you ensure two people are in the same flat?

There is the possibility that you and your friend can live in the same flat. When you sign into the online accommodation system, you and your friend will need to try to find a flat or house that has two available rooms and book them at roughly the same time. 

Is there a different process for booking Unilet?

Fundamentally, no, the process is the same and you will still need to book your room through the online accommodation system. Remember that the price of rooms in Unilet properties varies based on a number of factors. When stage two opens, you will be able to see the prices for the rooms in each property and choose one that suits your needs and budget.

What information do you need to log into the online accommodation system?

You will be emailed log-in details for the online accommodation system. If you have accepted your offer and put BU as your firm choice (conditional firm or unconditional firm) before the portal opens, your login details will be emailed to you.

Is it possible to arrange to move in early?

No, we’re sorry but you are not able to move in before the moving date you are given.

If you live within the BH postcode, can you book accommodation?

As you are within the BH postcode area you won’t be eligible to book BU-allocated accommodation until after the start of term, when there may be vacancies which arise due to late cancellations, but you can still register your interest by completing Stage 1. We’ll be in touch with you once you meet the requirements to proceed to this stage, usually within two weeks of your offer going firm.

If you’re studying part time, can you still book accommodation?

Unfortunately to be eligible for BU accommodation students need to be studying full time at either our Lansdowne or Talbot Campuses.

What if you’re not available to book your accommodation when you're given access to the Accommodation Portal?

If you are not available during your time slot then you will need to give your login details to someone you trust to book your accommodation on your behalf.

Please be aware that the person you give your login details to will have access to all of your personal information, and that your login details will remain the same throughout your studies at BU, potentially also giving that person access to your personal information in the future. Please read our full disclaimer (pdf 21kb) before passing your login details to anyone to complete the accommodation booking process on your behalf.