Accommodation FAQs: Applying for accommodation

When should I apply for my accommodation?

The earlier the better. Applications are allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. Late applicants may not get their preferred accommodation choice if these rooms have already been allocated.

How do I apply for accommodation?

Go to the Apply for Accommodation page on the website and follow the application process.

Can a family member apply on my behalf?

It is preferable that you apply for your own accommodation in case you have questions that require answering. Many students ask their parents to apply, however because of data protection laws we can only speak with you regarding your application.

I am trying to apply online but I am receiving an ERROR notification

Please check that you are logging online with the correct spelling of the name you provided us with when you REGISTERED and note that your password is case sensitive. In the event that you are still unable to log on, please email for assistance.

I am being asked for my Student ID – I only have an Application number

The application number is your Student ID – this will be your dedicated number for your time at The University of Buckingham.

I have a friend or relative studying at University and I would like to live on the same campus

When making your application scroll down to the NOTES section and let us know the information. We will try to accommodate your request but it cannot be guaranteed.

I am uncomfortable sharing accommodation with the opposite sex. What are my options?

The campus halls are mixed, however, we do try to accommodate students as best we can. Generally, one floor is for female students, one for male students and the remaining floor is mixed. Flats and houses on the Moreton Road campus are single-sex too. Please ensure that you let us know you only want to share with single-sex in the NOTES section.

I have a disability – should I make the University aware of this?

Yes, all disclosures are confidential and can be made to the University’s Wellbeing, Skills and Diversity Department, at Disabled rooms are limited so please apply as early as possible in order that we can try to accommodate your needs.

I am not sure which accommodation to choose

Allow time to read through the various campus descriptions and prices. Alternatively, take a virtual tour, of accommodation at The University of Buckingham, to help you decide.

Living arrangements should take into consideration your budget; where your course lectures are held and various other options i.e. sharing facilities, ensuite accommodation, or would you prefer designated quiet residence?

Is it possible to come and view the accommodation?

A viewing room is available on our Hunter Street campus. In-person Campus tours can be booked online, subject to availability. Please contact the Accommodation Office if there is a particular room that you would like to see. If this is available, we can make an appointment for you.

Can I make requests on my accommodation application?

Yes, there is a NOTES section on the application. Please note that although we try to meet your needs, within reason, sometimes these cannot be carried out.

How far is my Accommodation from the University?

Accommodation at The University of Buckingham is spread over three campus areas. However, all are within walking distance to the University lecture halls. These range from a five to 25-minute walk.

Do you have family accommodation?

Norton’s Place is a terrace of 8 cottages suitable for married couples. Availability is limited so please check before applying. Please note that children are not allowed to stay on campus.

What is included in the cost of my accommodation?

All utilities and University Wi-Fi is included in the cost. All you need to budget for outside of this is your food and recreational requirements.

Do I have to pay the full amount now?

Your room offer, for accommodation at The University of Buckingham, is valid for 10 days. If you would like us to hold the room for you, then you will be required to pay either the £700 Security Bond or the first term’s rent.

How can I make a payment?

There are several ways you can pay. If you have made an application it is preferable to pay through the online portal for a seamless process. However, if you wish to pay via bank transfer, detailed information can be found on the Payments Method page of our website. If you do not pay through the portal, however, we do ask that you email us the payment information; we will have to accept the room offer on your behalf and without the information, you could lose your room.

I cannot pay in advance because I am waiting for my Student Loan to arrive

The University of Buckingham is a Private University and, as such, your first term’s accommodation fees and Security Bond must be paid before you collect your keys. Your Student Loan will not be released to you until after you have registered as a student. Therefore, you cannot depend upon your Student Loan to pay for your first accommodation installment.

My Foundation Course is for 3 terms; I can only apply for 4 terms. What should I do?

You do not need to do anything. The system allocates you four terms and we will amend the system accordingly once you have arrived.

I have been allocated a room that was not one of my choices. What can I do about this?

If you are unhappy with the allocation you may either reject the offer sent to you and re-apply (we strongly advise against this because offers are allocated on a first come first served basis; therefore your re-application will be treated as a new one), or, accept the room offer and once you have arrived you may apply for a room move. (However, room moves are not guaranteed and are only available if we have availability in weeks 4, 5 & 6 of the term).

My application has been withdrawn, what can I do?

Applications are withdrawn if payment is not made within 10 days of the room offer being issued. You will need to reapply again for your accommodation.

Does the accommodation at the University of Buckingham comply with the regulations set out in the Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice?

Our student accommodation must comply with the regulations set out in the Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing.

The Code requires us to provide clear policies and procedures relating to:

  • antisocial behaviour
  • complaints
  • contractual responsibilities
  • environmental policy
  • health and safety
  • maintenance
  • support services

We abide by this code and are audited every three years to make sure we meet the necessary standards.