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Undergraduate 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 UCAS Track, 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.​ 

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. 

Information for Health & Social Sciences students

If you will be studying Midwifery, Operating Department Practice or a Nursing course, you are advised to find accommodation close to your placement locality, which may not be in Bournemouth. During your placements, you will experience the full 24-hour shift pattern and will work long days, making it sensible to be based close to the hospital, rather than the university campus. Our NHS accommodation pages have comprehensive information about the rooms available in different locations and how to apply for them.

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.

Will I be able to book accommodation if I applied after the January deadline or through UCAS Extra?

You will be able to register your interest in BU accommodation and be invited to book any remaining accommodation prior to Clearing applicants. Alternatively there are a number of student accommodation options in Bournemouth not associated with BU, but that may be right for you.

Will I be able to book accommodation if I apply through Clearing?

You will be able to register your interest in BU accommodation, any accommodation that we have available at this time will be advertised on the portal. However, due to high demand for our accommodation and as you do not fall within the BU accommodation guarantee; we are unable to confirm that a room is going to be available for you to book. You may want to consider alternative accommodation. There are a number of student accommodation options in Bournemouth not associated with BU, but that may be right for you.

Is it possible to book accommodation if BU is an insurance choice?

No, you will only be able to book accommodation once you have met the conditions of our offer and it is displaying as unconditional firm (UF) in UCAS Track if BU is listed as your insurance choice.

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?

Whilst it may be possible to book into the same flat as a friend, this cannot be guaranteed;  if you and a friend are allocated the same room booking timeslot then you may be able to book rooms in the same flat if you book at roughly the same time. Please note that booking timeslots cannot be changed. 

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.

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.

What accommodation can you book if you’re studying at a partner college?

As you will be studying at a partner college the best option for you will be to seek housing through your college, they will be able to provide you with suitable options available nearby and put you in touch with the right people.

If you are studying at Bournemouth and Poole College please visit their website for accommodation details.

If you are studying at Wiltshire College Salisbury please visit their website for accommodation details.

Unfortunately you are not eligible to live in Bournemouth University accommodation as you are studying with one of our partners but, as said above, our accommodation wouldn’t be the best option for you.

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.