Accommodation

We want to make the move from home to university as smooth as possible for you if you've chosen to live in our halls.

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our top priority in our halls of residence. We've made a number of changes in response to COVID-19, so that we can ensure our residences are safe, secure and comfortable for your arrival.

We understand you will have further questions, please look at our FAQs below or for further additional guidance our accommodation pages.

How do I apply for University accommodation?

You can apply for University accommodation by completing an online application. There is no charge to apply, but if you wish to accept an offer of accommodation you'll need to make an Advance Licence Fee Payment of £400 to secure your room. You'll need a valid email address and your University ID number (which can be found on your offer letter) to complete the application.

If your offer of a place at Manchester is conditional on examination results, your place in a residence will be allocated after your place at Manchester becomes unconditional. Undergraduate students do not need to notify us of their results, as the Accommodation Office will automatically be updated from the Admissions database. This does not happen for postgraduates students so please, email the accommodation office as soon as your place becomes definite.

The accommodation office will communicate with unconditional offer holders via email from June onwards to let applicants know the residence to which they have been allocated for September onwards.

Further information about applications can be found on our accommodation website.

Will I be able to move into University accommodation in time for the start of the year?

We have one of the largest university-owned accommodation provisions in the UK, which has remained open throughout the current pandemic providing excellent support and a vibrant community for those students who have remained with us here at Manchester. We're confident that with this experience, our halls and residences teams are fully prepared for the next academic year and that all the right safety measures are in place ready for students to arrive. We've adjusted our residences' accommodation agreement terms to provide maximum flexibility for any further pandemic disruption that may occur during your time in University accommodation.

With our accommodation guarantee you can apply for a place in halls with the reassurance that your Advance Licence Fee Payment is fully refundable should you be unable to take up your offer to study at Manchester.

You can apply for University accommodation by completing an online application. Applying is free but if you wish to accept an offer of accommodation you'll need to make an Advance Licence Fee Payment to secure your room. 

Further information about applications can be found on our accommodation website.

Is the University able to support me if I need to quarantine on arrival in the UK?

We'll be closely following the UK government’s advice with regard to any quarantine requirements for inbound travellers to the UK in order to understand any impact it may have upon our new and returning students by September/October 2021.

We're working hard to make sure that any appropriate arrangements will be in place to support our students. We will update this page as soon as we have more information.

Will accommodation still be guaranteed if I come later or defer the offer?

If you decide to defer the offer, then we will guarantee to make you an offer in the next academic year.

If you intend to arrive late, then please let the accommodation office know of your expected arrival date. The existing offer of accommodation may be removed and a new offer (which may be different from your original offer) will be made for when you plan to arrive. If this happens then you will only pay from the date your new accommodation agreement starts.

If I check-in late, can I get a refund for the part of the agreement period that I missed?

Technically no, there isn’t a refund for the part of the agreement missed. If you think that you're going to arrive late (a week to ten days past your contract start date) it is better to let the accommodation office know of your expected arrival date. The existing offer of accommodation will be removed and a new offer made for when you plan to arrive and in that way they will only pay from the date your new contract starts.

Is my Advance Licence Fee Payment fully refundable if I'm unable to take up my offer?

It's understandable that you may have concerns over your University accommodation, so we're happy to confirm that accommodation agreement terms have been adjusted to provide maximum flexibility for any further disruption that may occur during your time in halls. With our accommodation guarantee you can apply for a place in Halls with the reassurance that your Advance Licence Fee Payment is fully refundable should you be unable to take up your offer to study at Manchester.

You can apply for University accommodation by completing an online application. There is no charge to apply, but if you wish to accept an offer of accommodation you'll need to make an Advance Licence Fee Payment of £400 to secure your room. You'll need a valid email address and your University ID number (which can be found on your offer letter) to complete the application.

Further information about applications can be found on our accommodation website.

 

How will social distancing operate in halls?

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our top priority. Guidelines will be in place in all our halls when you arrive to support you living in halls while maintaining any required social distancing requirements. These arrangements will be communicated with you as part of your arrival arrangements and you will be expected to adhere to all guidelines.

Will accommodation be allocated according to academic discipline/area of study?

For the next academic year  2020/21, we will not allocate accommodation to students by academic disciplines/area of study with the exception of nursing and midwifery students. Similarly if you are a single semester student you will be accommodated in single semester blocks.

Will there still be social activities happening in halls?

We are currently planning for the arrival of students and will be offering a wide range of diverse online social activities. Where possible, and following UK government guidelines, we hope to be able to offer offline social and sporting activities to our students living in halls.

What support is available in halls?

Our University accommodation has remained open throughout the current pandemic, providing excellent support and a vibrant community for those students who have remained with us here in Manchester. At the heart of this is our ResLife team.

Our ResLife team are here to ensure that you get all the support and guidance you need throughout your stay in our Halls of Residence. Moving to somewhere new and starting university can be a daunting experience, but ResLife are here to make your transition into university life as smooth as possible and are your first port of call in halls for any problems you may have. The ResLife team lives onsite in halls and are on call for any issues or incidents.

The ResLife team will support you and encourage you to get involved in a wide range of opportunities to ensure that you get the most out of your time in halls.

Will the communal areas be open?

Where possible, and following UK government guidelines, we hope to be able to open facilities such as common rooms, residence bars and libraries. that will allow for the safe gathering of residents. However, to ensure the safety of residents and staff we may need to close some facilities from time to time.

Will there be enhanced cleaning services?

Our cleaning regimes will, at all times, follow industry best practice. They may vary from location to location, and from time to time, depending on changing circumstances.

How will catering work in catered halls?

Our catering team are busy working on plans for the provision of catering, and once finalised, these will be shared as appropriate.

How will arrival weekend be adapted?

We're working now, and will continue to work throughout the summer, to ensure that when you move into Halls of Residence, we can offer you the best possible experience while maximising the safety of all  residents and staff alike.

Arrivals to Halls of Residence will be staggered, so you'll be given a date to arrive at halls in order to create the household you'll be living in. If you're sharing accommodation, then you're considered a household. This means any government guidance for households will apply, so you don’t need to socially distance from each other and can attend events and activities together.

As our plans develop we'll keep you posted so that you'll know, not only what to expect when you arrive, but also understand when you should arrive, and what is expected of you to ensure the safety of all involved in arrivals.