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.

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?

We're happy to confirm that accommodation agreement terms have been adjusted to provide maximum flexibility for any further COVID-19 related 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.

 

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.

You can find out more in our ResLife Activity calendar

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 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.

What do I need to bring with me?

Use our what to bring checklist to help you prepare for moving into halls. 

We don't provide any bedding or kitchen equipment, but we've partnered with UniKit where you can order different kits before you arrive and these will be delivered to your nearest hall reception for you to pick up.

Depending on UK restrictions I may need to quarantine on arrival in the UK, what support is available in halls?

If you're arriving from a country listed as 'red' by the UK government then you're unable to move directly into University accommodation. Please check on the government website for further information and updates relevant to your arrival date.

If you're arriving from a country listed as 'amber' by the UK government then you're able to move into University accommodation to complete your quarantine period.

If you're in catered halls, a quarantine meal service will take place which will differ in times from the general meal service. More information will be provided to you directly.

If you're in self-catered halls, you need to prepare and ensure that you have food to cover your period of quarantine. It is essential if you're coming to the UK from overseas that you ensure you have a card enabled to work in the UK. For more information on purchasing food items please see our self isolation guidance for students.

We continue to provide welfare and pastoral support via our ResLife Teams who are available in all University accommodation.

What arrangements are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in University halls of residences?

The safety of our residents and our staff is of the utmost importance to us. We continue to follow guidelines from the UK government and from the Department for Education. 

In our accommodation each flat is classed as a household. If you're in accommodation provided in corridors then we have identified households within the accommodation and you'll be provided with information about which kitchen and bathroom facilities are available for your household.

Are all facilities available in University accommodation?

We continue to be guided by the UK government, Department for Education and Public Health England.

If that guidance states that areas must be closed down in response to COVID-19 then such areas will not be available for residents to use. We understand that should this occur this may cause disappointment but, for reassurance, such action would only be taken if we were required to do so by the UK or local government.

What does the contents insurance I get with my licence fee cover?

We provide cover for all students in University halls through Endsleigh insurance. It’s important to confirm your cover so that you understand what is and what isn’t covered.