Apply for undergraduate and exchange student accommodation
We can guarantee a place in University accommodation with other first year undergraduates.
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.
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:
- self-catered/meals provided
- availability of ensuite shower/toilet facilities
- residences fee
- how close it is to your academic building, the city centre, or your choice of social or sports facilities
- and for some students, especially those from overseas, the availability of residences during the summer vacation (all of the University accommodation allow you to stay during Christmas and Easter vacations).
You can apply for a place in University accommodation after you have a firm offer to study.
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.
To ensure you are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University accommodation, you must:
- Submit your online application by:
- Firm students - Saturday 31 July 2021
- Insurance students - Tuesday 31 August 2021
- Full session Exchange students - Saturday 31 July 2021
- Receive/accept an unconditional offer to study by Tuesday 31 August 2021
When applying online, you will be able to detail your order of preference for the accommodation available. We will make every effort to ensure that you get into one of your preferred choices. If this isn’t possible, we will offer you an alternative residence based on availability.
Please note: If your online application is received after the deadline or you receive/accept an unconditional offer to study after Tuesday 31 August 2021, we will do our best to accommodate you and your application will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to the embargo periods for both Scottish and A Level results, UCAS applicants will not be able to apply online during the following times:
- 17:00 Tuesday 3 August to 08:30 Tuesday 10 August
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.
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 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 consists of the following information:
- 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.
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 2020/2021 was £15 per night.
|Firm applicants must submit their online application||Saturday 31 July 2021|
|Full session Exchange students must submit their online application||Saturday 31 July 2021|
|Insurance applicants must submit their online application||Tuesday 31 August 2021|
|Receive/accept your unconditional offer to study||Tuesday 31 August 2021|
|Accept your Offer of Residence (online)||Within five days of your room being allocated|
|Collect your room key||Within the dates/times specified in the arrival information|
Clearing, RPA and late applicants
We accommodate Clearing, Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA) and late applicant students in our student accommodation on a first-come, first-served basis. However, over the past couple of years, we have been able to accommodate the majority of students wanting accommodation.
|Wednesday 30 June 2021||This is the deadline for applications to study made through the normal UCAS admissions cycle. If you have applied after this date, University accommodation will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis|
|Wednesday 1 September 2021||We will have started processing late applications for accommodation. Once you have accepted your offer to study on a firm basis, we will email you with instructions on how you can apply for University accommodation online.|
We will keep you up-to-date about the availability of rooms and do our very best to find you suitable accommodation. If we cannot provide you with University accommodation, we will provide support and guidance in securing private sector accommodation.
If you have been unable to find a place in private sector accommodation and a vacancy has not become available in University accommodation before enrolment week, then we may be able to offer temporary hotel accommodation. We have a number of rooms in hotel accommodation which will be available to you for a limited amount of time (during September/October) for which a nominal charge will be made. As a guide, the charge for session 2020/2021 was £15 per night.
Part session students
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee exchange students a place in University accommodation for autumn or spring semester only.
|During September||We are unlikely to know if we can offer you a place in University accommodation until late September. You will receive further information regarding your arrival in Cardiff from our Global Opportunities Team.|
|After September||Vacancies generally become available from the first week in October so we advise you to apply for accommodation online. We process applications on a first-come, first-served basis and over the past couple of years we have been able to accommodate the majority of students wanting accommodation.|