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Apply for postgraduate accommodation

Overseas/EU postgraduates

We can guarantee a single occupancy place in University accommodation to Overseas/EU postgraduate students providing certain deadlines are met.

You can apply for University accommodation after you have accepted your offer to study here. You can do this via the Cardiff University online system (SIMS). You will need your username and password which was emailed to you shortly after we received your application.

UK postgraduates

Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee UK postgraduates places in University residences. If places become available we will publish details on these pages.

How to apply

We offer a variety of student halls and houses for you to choose, depending on your lifestyle and budget. You may find it useful to consider the following factors when deciding on your living space:

To ensure you are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University accommodation, you must:

  • submit your online application and make a £200 non-refundable pre-payment
    • by Sunday 31 July 2022
  • receive/accept an unconditional offer to study by Friday 2 September 2022.

If you miss these deadlines, we will do our best to accommodate you and your application will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application order

Your application is processed in date order, according to two dates:

  • The first is the date we receive confirmation from Admissions of your unconditional offer to study
  • The second is the date of receipt of your application.

British Council or sponsored postgraduates

British Council or sponsored postgraduate students are exempt from paying the £200 pre-payment.

To qualify for this exemption, you must save your online application and forward suitable documentary evidence that you are a British Council student, or alternatively proof of sponsorship of your living expenses, to the Residences Office by email: or by fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4661.

If you do not save your online application and provide this evidence by Sunday 31 July 2022, you will not be guaranteed a place in University accommodation.

We will try to offer you one of your higher preferences when allocating you a place in University accommodation.

If there is not a vacancy in your first choice of accommodation, we will consider all your other choices in priority order until we can locate a vacancy for you.

Because the residences vary in the numbers of students they accommodate and some are more popular than others, obtaining your higher preferences can't be guaranteed. If your preferred accommodation is no longer available, we will make you what we consider a suitable alternative offer.

It is our policy to house students in mixed flats in terms of gender and nationality/race wherever possible, including study bedrooms on the ground floor. If you would prefer to live in a male-only or female-only flat, please let us know in your online application.

If you will be living in Clodien House, the following does not apply and you will receive further information directly from Unite.

In late July/August/September, you will receive an email telling you that your application has been processed and asking you to view and accept your Offer of Residence online.

You must accept your online Offer of Residence within five days or your offer will expire and the room will be allocated to another student. Therefore it is important for you to check your email account during this period.

Please note: some email providers may treat the email as spam, so please check your spam/junk mail folder as well as your inbox.

Your online Offer of Residence contains:

  • residences agreement
  • residential terms and conditions
  • arrival information
  • paying for residences guidelines.

Once you have accepted your Offer of Residence, your room will be reserved for you and you will receive an email confirming this.

You will be offered a place for a set period and once you accept your Offer of Residence, you become liable for the fees and associated charges for the residential period stated on your Residences Agreement.

To finally guarantee your place in University accommodation, you must arrive and collect your room key within the dates/times specified in the arrival information.

If you are unable to arrive within the specified dates, your Offer of Residence will be withdrawn and your room allocated to another student. We will no longer be able to guarantee you a place in University accommodation and you will need to contact the Residences Office when your travel date is confirmed to check room availability.

Temporary accommodation

If you have not been made an Offer of Residence prior to your arrival in Cardiff, temporary hotel accommodation may be available (during a limited period in September/October), for which a nominal charge will be made. As a guide, the charge for session 2021/2022 was £15 per night.

Key dates

Submit your online application and make a £200 pre-payment (non-refundable)Sunday 31 July 2022
Receive/accept your unconditional offer to studyFriday 2 September 2022
Accept your Offer of Residence (online)Within five days of your room being allocated
Collect your room keyWithin the dates/times specified in the arrival information

Arriving after September

Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee a place in University residences to students arriving during the academic year. You will need to contact the Residences Office to check availability:

Residences Office