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Terms and conditions of the Accommodation Guarantee

To be eligible for the guaranteed accommodation, there are some terms and conditions you will need to meet. 

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January 2019

Postgraduate

  • Your student status will need to be showing as Unconditional Firm (U/F) and you will need to have booked your accommodation and made your payment to secure your room by 9am on Monday 17 December 2018. 
  • There are two stages to completing the online accommodation booking process. If you meet the guarantee criteria, you will receive an email informing you when you can complete each stage. You will need to adhere to the instructions and deadlines in these emails and complete both stages in order to be guaranteed a room in BU accommodation.

September 2019

We guarantee accommodation for all new eligible undergraduate students who have selected BU as their firm or insurance choice and submitted their UCAS application by midnight on 30 June (UK, EU and non-EU international students)

UK/EU undergraduate

  • Your student status will need to be showing as Unconditional Firm (U/F) on UCAS Track by 8am on Thursday 15 August 2019. This is the final deadline for students to be guaranteed the chance to book a room in BU accommodation.
  • There are two stages to completing the online accommodation booking process. You will receive an email informing you when you can complete each stage. You will need to adhere to the instructions and deadlines in these emails and complete both stages in order to secure your guaranteed room in BU accommodation.

Non-EU undergraduate

  • Your student status will need to be showing as Unconditional Firm (U/F) on UCAS Track and you will need to have booked your accommodation and made your payment to secure your room by 9am on Monday 2 September 2019.
  • There are two stages to completing the online accommodation booking process. You will receive an email informing you when you can complete each stage. You wil will need to adhere to the instructions and deadlines in these emails and complete both stages in order to secure your guaranteed room in BU accommodation.

Postgraduate

  • Your student status will need to be showing as Unconditional Firm (U/F) and you will need to have booked your accommodation and made your payment to secure your room by 8am on Thursday 15 August 2019.
  • There are two stages to completing the online accommodation booking process. You will receive an email informing you when you can complete each stage. You wil will need to adhere to the instructions and deadlines in these emails and complete both stages in order to secure your guaranteed room in BU accommodation.

Insurance Choice or Applying through Clearing 2019

If you have chosen BU as your insurance choice or apply through Clearing you will not automatically qualify for the BU accommodation guarantee. BU will review this positon later in the 2019/20 application process and further information on your accommodation options will be sent to you at that time.

Disclosure of medical conditions and disabilities

BU is committed to supporting the needs of all students as far as reasonably practicable and we endeavour to accommodate all students falling within the Guarantee Policy.  However, where a student declares a medical condition or disability, which means that they need specialist or modified accommodation, or require the allocation of a specific type of room, this cannot be guaranteed, and if suitable accommodation can be provided it may not be possible to meet the student’s preference as to location or accommodation provider.  For such students you will need to let us know about your condition, which will require you to be registered with the university’s ALS team, so a full needs assessment can be conducted, in conjunction with our accommodation partners where relevant.  Taking into account any third party advice or recommendations as appropriate (e.g. from a consultant) BU will determine whether suitable accommodation is or can be made available (this might be existing accommodation in its current form or subject to reasonable adjustments made to meet the student’s needs). If the assessment finds that BU and/or its accommodation partners is unable to accommodate the student, because a suitable room is not available, reasonable adjustments cannot be made or the student’s needs are such that they cannot reasonably and safely be met, BU will provide the student with information on seeking accommodation in the private sector. 

If you fall outside of the standard BU Accommodation Guarantee but have a condition that may significantly impact upon your living arrangements, you should contact the Residential Services team to discuss your options.

Care leavers

Students who are proven care leavers or have a Compact agreement are guaranteed BU accommodation for the full period of their studies, if they require it. The deadline for students in this category to inform Residential Services of their need for accommodation is 8am on 2 September 2019.

Purbeck House, which is operated by our accommodation partner Unite Students, offer all Care Leavers who live in this property the opportunity to apply for the Unite Foundation Care Leaver Bursary. Details on the scheme can be found at the Unite Foundation website, including levels of funding available, eligibilty and how to apply for the bursary. If you are eligible and interested in applying for this funding then you would need to ensure you lived in Purbeck House. If you would like to discuss your eligibility for the scheme and how to put in your application then you can contact Jacqueline O'Brien on obrienj@bournemouth.ac.uk 

Estranged

Students who are able to supply satisfactory evidence that they have been estranged from their parents for at least 12 months or more will be guaranteed a room in BU accommodation for their first academic year of study. Evidence that will be considered in an application include:

  • Evidence from Student Finance England that a successful assessment for the status as Independent Student on the grounds of 'estrangement' has been made.

Or

  • Letter(s) from professional person(s), e.g. a doctor, social worker, teacher and/or supported accommodation provider, confirming their circumstances
  • If they claimed income support when they were under 18, a letter from a Jobcentre Plus office demonstrating they were in receipt of benefits due to their circumstances
  • Confirmation from their Local Authority that they received Section 17 (Child in Need) support until their 18th birthday due to their circumstances

Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis based on evidence supplied. The deadline for students in this category to inform Residential Services of their need for accommodation is 8am on 2 September 2019.

Purbeck House, which is operated by our accommodation partner Unite Students, offer all Estranged Students who live in this property the opportunity to apply for the Unite Foundation Care Leaver Bursary. Details on the scheme can be found at the Unite Foundation website, including levels of funding available, eligibilty and how to apply for the bursary. If you are eligible and interested in applying for this funding then you would need to ensure you lived in Purbeck House. If you would like to discuss your eligibility for the scheme and how to put in your application then you can contact Jacqueline O'Brien on obrienj@bournemouth.ac.uk 

Students with dependants (including families) or other third parties

The Guarantee Policy covers the individual student only.  BU cannot accommodate dependants unless it is in accommodation that has been allocated by BU for such use.  This type of accommodation is very limited and cannot be guaranteed to be available. If the student cannot be accommodated within BU managed accommodation BU will provide the student with information on seeking accommodation in the private sector.  BU does not accommodate third parties who are not dependants.

For the purpose of this policy:
A ‘dependant’ is a spouse, civil partner, child or parent of the student, or a person living in a single household with the student (excluding tenants, lodgers, boarders and employees).
A ‘single household’ is formed by: a family; single person; and employer and certain domestic employees (who provide a service and do not pay rent / other consideration); a carer and the person receiving the care; and, a foster parent /foster child.
A ‘family’ comprises a couple (whether or not married, and including same sex couples), a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child, grandchild or step child, cousin, niece or nephew or aunt or uncle.  Half-blood is treated as a relationship of full blood.

If your living arrangments include dependents or any other third party you should read through your options on our Accommodation for familes and couples webpage.

Accommodation for students under 18 years of age

If you want to live in University accommodation and are under the age of 18 on the date you require accommodation then you need to read and understand our policy before being able to proceed.

The under 18’s policy covers students wanting to book University managed or contracted private accommodation partner accommodation whose 18th birthday falls after the first day of the accommodation contract of the year of entry to the University.  This policy will cease to apply to students once they reach their 18th birthday. Please read the full policy document (pdf 948kb) and if you have any questions then please call Residential Services on 01202 961671 or email accommodation@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Criminal convictions

This section applies to any student who has disclosed a relevant criminal conviction as required under BU policy 3E: Criminal Convictions Procedure.  

Students will not be asked to make a separate declaration of criminal convictions as part of the accommodation booking process.  Under policy 3E, where a student declares a criminal conviction BU carries out an assessment of any risks which may arise within the University environment from the declared conviction. This includes consideration by the relevant BU Panel of any potential risks arising from the student living in BU accommodation.  The outcome of that risk assessment will determine whether and how the student can proceed to exercise their right to guaranteed accommodation under this policy as follows: 

If the risk assessment determines that there are no risks which justify an impact on the student’s right to guaranteed accommodation or restriction of the choice of BU accommodation, the student will be informed accordingly by the Panel.  The student’s guarantee of accommodation is not affected and they will be able to proceed with accommodation booking through the standard route.  No information about the conviction or the risk assessment will be passed to Residential Services; 

If the risk assessment determines that there are risks arising from the student living in BU accommodation but these could be adequately controlled through risk control measures put in place around the student’s booking of accommodation, the Panel will specify the required risk control measures.  These may mean restricting the student’s choice of BU accommodation or putting other conditions around their booking.  In these circumstances the student will be informed of the proposed control measures.  If the student wishes to proceed to take up their right to guaranteed accommodation on this basis, BU will provide the student with the information and assistance required to make their booking in accordance with the risk control measures.  Information about the required risk controls will be passed to Residential Services for this purpose, and information about the conviction and the risk controls will also be shared with a relevant third party accommodation provider of accommodation booked by the student if and to the extent necessary to enable the risk controls to be put in place.  If the student does not wish to proceed to take up their right to guaranteed accommodation on this basis, Residential Services will be asked to provide the student with information on seeking accommodation in the private sector but will not be given any information about the declared conviction or the risk assessment; or  

If the risk assessment determines that the risks arising from the student living in BU accommodation cannot be adequately controlled, taking into account all reasonably available risk control measures, BU will remove the student’s right to guaranteed accommodation.  Residential Services will be asked to provide the student with information on seeking accommodation in the private sector but will not be given any information about the declared conviction or the risk assessment. 

January 2020

Postgraduate

  • Your student status will need to be showing as Unconditional Firm (U/F) and you will need to have booked your accommodation and made your payment to secure your room by 9am on Monday 16 December 2019
  • There are two stages to completing the online accommodation booking process. If you meet the guarantee criteria, you will receive an email informing you when you can complete each stage. You will need to adhere to the instructions and deadlines in these emails in order to be guaranteed a room in BU accommodation.