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Apply for undergraduate, Erasmus 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:

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.

Apply online

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

  • Submit your online application by:
    • Firm students - 09:00 Monday 29 July 2019
    • Insurance students - Saturday 31 August 2019
    • Full session Exchange/Erasmus students - 09:00 Thursday 8 August 2019
  • Receive/accept an unconditional offer to study by Saturday 31 August 2019

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 Saturday 31 August 2019, 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:

- 18:00 Monday 29 July to 13:00 Tuesday 6 August
- 14:00 Friday 9 August to 06:00 Thursday 15 August

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.

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 Liberty House the following does not apply and you will receive further information directly from Liberty Living.

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.

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 2018/2019 was £15 per night.

Key dates

TaskDeadline
Firm applicants must submit their online applicationMonday 29 July 2019 at 09:00
Full session Exchange/Erasmus students must submit their online applicationThursday 8 August 2019 at 09:00
Insurance applicants must submit their online applicationSaturday 31 August 2019
Receive/accept your unconditional offer to studySaturday 31 August 2019
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

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.

Find out more about accommodation for students who join us through Clearing and Adjustment

Key date 
Sunday 30 June 2019This 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
Monday 2 September 2019We 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 2018/2019 was £15 per night.

Part session students

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee Erasmus and exchange students a place in University accommodation for autumn or spring semester only.

Arrival periodAdvice
During SeptemberWe 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 SeptemberVacancies 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.