UCL Accommodation


How to apply - Undergraduates

You should apply online for UCL Accommodation as soon as you have accepted an offer to study at UCL, and no later than 10 June in your year of study. Rooms are allocated based on preferences.

Step 1 - Check your eligibility.

Undergraduate students are eligible for a prioritised place in UCL Accommodation if they:

UCL Accommodation check your eligibility
  • are a full-time student  
  • are in their first year at UCL or are attending UCL for a full academic year on Junior Year Abroad (JYA) Erasmus, or Exchange programmes  
  • apply for a single room (we have very limited couples and family accommodation)  
  • have not previously lived or studied in Greater London at a Higher Education Institution (University)  
  • list UCL as their firm choice by 10 June 2024  
  • submit their UCL Accommodation application (separate to application to study) by 10 June 2024  

What if I am not eligible? 

If you are not eligible, you can find information about seeking non-UCL accommodation, including private student accommodation and private rentals, on our webpage, Alternative Accommodation for students.  

What does ‘prioritised’ mean? 

UCL recognises its priority groups as students who are new to UCL, life at university, and the UK. ‘Prioritised’ means these students are offered spaces in UCL ahead of other groups e.g., students going into their second year. 

UCL Accommodation welcomes and supports applications from students with additional requirements and will support them throughout their time at UCL. If you are a current undergraduate student with additional requirements and you would like to speak with the Accommodation Office, you can contact them by via askUCL or call +44 (0)20 7679 6322. Prospective students can contact the team by email at accommodation@ucl.ac.uk

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Step 2 - Choose preferences

Undergraduates do not select specific hall locations, instead selecting the below preferences in the UCL Accommodation Portal:  

  • Catered / Self-catered (catered where most of your meals are prepared for you, or self-catered where you make your meals yourself) 
  • Room type (Shared bathroom / Ensuite / Studio) 
  • Preferred maximum weekly rent 
    UCL Accommodation choose your preferences

Check the price points of our different room types and halls and decide which options line up with your budget. 

Included in the rent: 

  • free Wi-Fi 
  • basic contents insurance 
  • all utilities 
  • cleaning of communal areas and maintenance 

We will take your preferences into account when rooms are allocated. Due to the large number of applications, these preferences are not guaranteed to be met.   


Step 3 - Submit application

UCL Accommodation Submit Online

Complete and submit your application via the UCL Accommodation Portal by 10 June in your year of study. (For example, if you’re coming to UCL for September 2024, you must apply by 10 June 2024). You will receive a confirmation email when you have submitted your application. 

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after receiving your UCL offer.  

If you have registered with UCAS using a school email address, we recommend that you update your details with a personal email, as you may lose access by the time offers are being sent out and this could cause you to miss out on your room.  

Step 4 - Receving an offer

UCL Accommodation relax

The next time you hear from us will be when we make offers of accommodation. 

Offers will be sent out between April and the end of August. 

We allocate rooms based on preferences. Not all offers are generated at once, so we kindly ask you to bear with us and be patient. 

Step 5 - Accept

UCL Accommodation accept your offer

You will receive an offer by email, which you are required to accept through the UCL Accommodation Portal. To accept, you must pay a £250 deposit within 4 working days. Failure to do so will result in the offer being withdrawn. 

Be sure to check your emails regularly to ensure you don’t miss your offer! 

Please make sure your email address is correct, and that you check your inbox regularly - including Spam and Junk folders. 

Fees, guidance and payments

Fees, Guidance and Payment
Rent for UCL accommodation is paid termly. You will be notified via your UCL email account when your invoices are available on your Portico account - for the first term’s rent, this will be within two weeks of checking in to your hall. 

Find out more about UCL Accommodation fees, how to pay, read general regulation and guidance and find out more in the FAQs on the Fees, guidance and payments page.

Fees, guidance and payments

Any questions?

Get answers to some of the most common questions from undergraduate students applying for UCL accommodation.

FAQs for Prospective Undergraduates