UCL Accommodation



Information for prospective undergraduate students considering applying to UCL. Find out if you are eligible for guaranteed accommodation, how to apply, deadlines and how rooms are allocated.

First year guarantee 

All full-time single first year undergraduate students who chose UCL as their firm choice and have submitted their application by 18 June (year of study), and have not previously lived in London whilst studying at a Higher Education Institution (University), will be offered a place in UCL accommodation.

Don't meet the guarantee? 

UCL has a range of accommodation available for returning students and those who do not meet the eligibility criteria to be guaranteed university accommodation. Find out more on our Returning students' accommodation page.

Students holding UCL as an insurance offer

UCL cannot guarantee an accommodation place; please be prepared to find accommodation using University of London Housing Services.

Study abroad and exchange

Full-time undergraduate students attending UCL on Junior Year Abroad (JYA), Erasmus or Exchange programmes for a full academic year are considered equivalent to first-year undergraduate students for the purposes of allocating accommodation.

Students intending to attend UCL for less than an entire academic year cannot be guaranteed an accommodation place due to the limited number of spaces available. 

iBSc students

UCL cannot guarantee a place for iBSc students; please be prepared to find accommodation using University of London Housing Services.

Students under 18

Students under 18, prior to 19 September 2020, will be allocated places in designated halls. Based on room preferences applied for during the application process, students aged under 18 as of this date, will be allocated to places at Ian Baker House, James Lighthill House and Ramsay Hall only. Students under 18 will not be offered places in twin room accommodation, nor to any room type within the Intercollegiate Halls. For more information, please contact the UCL Accommodation Office.

Care experience and estranged students

UCL will provide 365-day accommodation for care leavers in their first year, and, if needed, for subsequent years of study. If you need 365-day accommodation, and/or accommodation beyond your first year at UCL, please contact the UCL Accommodation Office.

How to apply

You should apply online for UCL accommodation as soon as you have accepted an offer to study at UCL

Step 1 - Check your eligibility.

UCL Accommodation check your eligibility
You are eligible if you are:
  • You are a full-time, single first year undergraduate
  • You have firmly accepted an offer to study at UCL by 18 June in the year of study
  • You have not previously lived in London whilst studying at a Higher Education Institution (University)
  • You submit your accommodation application by the deadline of 18 June in the year of study

    Step 2 - Choose preferences

    UCL Accommodation choose your preferences
    UCL requires you to select your preferences. They include: 
    • catered or self-catered 
    • ensuite or shared bathroom
    • single or twin
    • cost 

    Your preferences will be taken into account when rooms are allocated, but due to the large number of applications, we cannot guarantee they will all be met.

    Step 3 - Submit application

    UCL Accommodation Submit Online
    Complete and submit your application via our online application portal by 18 June in the year of study. You will receive confirmation of your application by email only.


    Online Application Portal

    Step 4 - Relax

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

    Undergraduates holding an unconditional offer will be contacted in July / early August.
    Undergraduates holding a conditional offer will be contacted after the announcement of A level results in mid-August.

    Not all allocations will be generated at once and due to the current situation there is a slight delay in offers being sent out, so we kindly ask you to bear with us and be patient. 

    Step 5 - Accept

    UCL Accommodation accept your offer
    You will need to accept your offer of accommodation within three working days. When you do this, you will be asked to pay a £250 deposit. 

    Failure to do so will result in the offer being withdrawn.

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