How long will it take to complete my application?
It is quick and easy to complete your application, most students spend no more than 15 minutes on this process. You can access the online portal from a laptop, smartphone or tablet and you can always log in and amend your preferences should you wish to, so long as you do so before the application deadline.
If you need to submit additional documents in support of your application it is a good idea to have electronic copies of these ready to upload when you begin.
What should I do if I am under 18?
If you have applied on time, we will offer you a room in a university managed residence if you are under 18 after 1 September.
If you have not applied in time please contact us and, although we cannot guarantee a room will become available, we may prioritise you for a vacancy should one arise.
As an international student, what will I be offered?
If you have been classified as international status for fee purposes and you have applied for accommodation through our online portal, you will be offered a room in a university managed residence.
If you’re in any doubt about your fee status, check with our admissions team.
If you have missed the deadline to apply for accommodation please contact us for advice.
Should I tell you if I am a care leaver or estranged from my family?
If you are a care leaver or are estranged from your family, please declare this during your accommodation application so that we can offer the most appropriate accommodation for your circumstances. This might be university managed accommodation with a longer tenancy length, for example.
Provided your status is confirmed by the Widening Participation team (care leavers) or the Student Advice team (estranged students) and you apply by the accommodation deadline, you will be made an offer of a room in university-managed accommodation. If you do not declare this information during your application but disclose this later, we may prioritise you for a room in university managed accommodation should a suitable vacancy arise.
We will also consider you for a university residence as a returning student if you request it, or help you to find suitable private rented sector accommodation. Contact our widening participation team to find out more about the help we offer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01273 641043.
Read the general advice from the university.
As a health sciences student, which accommodation should I choose?
We recommend health science students consider university managed houses as their preferred option for the following reasons:
- The contract lengths offered can be a better match for the longer terms involved in some health courses
- Health science courses can involve shifts and weekend working which can be easier to manage when living in house with other students studying similar courses
- University halls of residence do not offer parking but some of our unihomes and unilets do. This is particularly relevant for Paramedic Science students who are often required to have their own transport.
University-managed houses are allocated as part of our online accommodation application process. If you would prefer to look for accommodation in the private rented sector, we can provide advice to help you with your search.
Please let us know if you need to bring a car with you to university when you apply, so that this can be taken into consideration when we allocate rooms
If your course starts in February we can advise you about university accommodation availability or help you to find accommodation in the private rented sector. To find out about availability contact the accommodation service early in the new year.
As a BSMS student, how do I apply?
Eligible* BSMS students studying for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery will be made an offer of a room in university managed accommodation. Students can choose either University of Brighton accommodation at Paddock Field or University of Sussex accommodation at Lewes Court or Park Village. Both options are within walking distance of the Medical School and contract lengths match the BSMS term. We cannot guarantee to offer you your first choice of accommodation.
If you are allocated a room at Paddock Field you can choose to buy a food and drink plan.
I have missed the deadline, can I still apply?
If you miss the deadline please contact us for advice. We operate a priority waiting list for students who meet the following criteria:
- Students who will be under 18 on 1 September 2020
- Care leavers or students estranged from their family
- Students with an evidenced medical condition or disability who would be unable to study successfully while living in the private rented sector
What if my course does not start in the Autumn term?
If your course starts in February, please contact us for advice. Rooms become available in halls and university managed properties throughout the year. Alternatively we can share information with you to help you find a student house in the private sector
Where should I live as a mature student?
Students aged 21 and over are classified by the university as mature students. If you are eligible to apply for accommodation but you are not sure that university managed accommodation is the best fit for you, please contact us for advice.
We tend to group students by age so if other mature students have applied we will try, wherever possible, to place you together in one flat. Our university managed houses are often a popular choice for mature students so if people of a similar age apply we might be able to group you together in a property. University managed houses tend to be quieter than halls, as you are sharing with fewer people.
Alternatively, we can provide information to help you secure accommodation in the private rented sector.
Can I apply for quiet accommodation?
We do not currently provide a specific site identified as a quiet area. You may find that living with fewer people is quieter than living in a block with many others, if this is the case we recommend you select university managed houses as one of your preferences in your application. University managed houses range in size from 3 to 6 bedrooms.
How do I apply for a unihome or unilet?
University-managed houses (unihomes and unilets) are reserved for new students and allocated to students in the same way as halls of residence, so please apply online through the accommodation portal.
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