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Accommodation for new full-time students

We reserve rooms in partner halls of residence for Birkbeck students. You can normally only stay for one year. The demand for nominated rooms usually exceeds the supply; therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be offered a room.

Eligibility for nominated rooms

  • You can only apply for a nominated room if:
    • you are starting your course in 2017/2018
    • you have a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Birkbeck on a full-time course.
  • Priority will be given to international students studying in the UK for the first time. Applications from students from outside of the M25 will also be considered. (Please check the other options listed below if you are already based in London.)

How to apply for nominated rooms

  • Applications are now open. Please download our nominated room guidelines to find out how to apply.
  • Rounds of nominations will take place in July and August. No application will be accepted after 24 August 2017.

Information on halls of residence

Intercollegiate Halls

  • The University of London halls of residence – known as Intercollegiate Halls – are shared between the University's Colleges and Institutes. This is a great opportunity to live with and meet students from other institutions.
  • You will find information on each hall on the University of London website. This including location, amenities, hall handbooks, cafeterias opening times, etc. However you can only apply for rooms reserved to Birkbeck students in the intercollegiate halls via Birkbeck accommodation.
  • Map of intercollegiate halls.
  • Application for academic year 2017/18 will open at the end of April 2017
  • If you are looking for accommodation after the application deadline or for the current academic year you can sign up to the waiting list of the University of London Intercollegiate halls.  Places likely to become available are those of students giving up their rooms before the beginning of term, so availability will be limited.
  • Stays in the intercollegiate halls are normally limited to one year.


  • A leading providers in student accommodation Unite has over 20 halls in London.
  • Unite is offering Birkbeck students rooms at a discounted rates in the Station court, North Lodge and Emily Bowes Court halls. You can find more information on these halls on the Unite website. In order to take advantage of this offer you must apply via this application form before 31st July 2017. 
  • Application is open to all full-time students (new and current students). You can stay in Unite halls of residence as long as you are a full time student.

Private halls of residence

  • London has a variety of independent privately owned and charity-run halls of residence, offering a large range of accommodation from dorm to flats.
  • You must apply directly with the halls for a space.
  • Application is open to all full-time students (new and current students). You can stay in private or charity run halls of residence as long as you are a full time student.

University of London Student Homes

  • It is possible for full-time students to apply for rooms that are advertised for direct let to all University of London students in the University of London Students Homes.
  • You must have an unconditional offer or be a current student to be able to apply.
  • Through this scheme the University of London offer rooms in shared accommodation, in flats or houses managed by the University of London. You would become a tenant of the University of London. You will be required to have a guarantor. Birkbeck cannot act as a guarantor for this scheme.
  • New rooms will be added regularly during the year.

University of London's flats

  • Second year and above students can apply to stay in the University of London-owned flats. Located in Finchley (Clandon House) and Bloomsbury (Gower Street flats), and with weekly rates starting at £82 per week (Clandon House) they offer a great alternative to halls of residence.
  • Please note that you must be able to visit the accommodation in person before you apply. Viewing for Clandon House starts at the beginning of June; August for Gower Street flats.

University of London's Housing Services (ULHS) – Help with private accommodation

  • Birkbeck students have full access to the University of London’s Housing Services, which is based in Student Central, next door to our main building on Malet Street. The University of London has a dedicated Private Housing Service, which offers a range of services to assist and support students who are looking for and living in private accommodation. The service helps you to find accommodation from their database which includes properties from private landlords as well as letting agents and private halls of residence.
  • ULHS also provides advice and assistance with the process of finding somewhere to rent as well as during the time you are renting. The experienced Housing Advice Team offer a contract checking service before you sign up to anything and also legal advice for those who are experiencing problems with private accommodation such as deposit disputes. The ULHS also provides information on the right to rent check implemented since 1 February 2016. See the ULHS Get Advice website for more information.
  • The ULHS Private Housing Guide provide information about everything you need to know about finding, securing and overcoming problems with private student accommodation in London.