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Accommodation for full-time students

Applications for 2020-21 accommodation are now closed (as of 31 August 2020). You can still apply directly to the University of London for a place in Halls on their waiting list.

Please view our coronavirus information page to find out what the current status is at the College.

Partner halls of residence

  • Eligibility criteria
    • Applications for 2020-21 accommodation are now closed (as of 31 August 2020). You can still apply directly for a place in Halls using the University of London’s waiting list.
    • You must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Birkbeck on a full-time course to apply.
    • Only students starting a course in 2020-21, for the full academic year, can apply for a space in a partner hall.
    • 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.
    • Applications from students not meeting the priority criteria will be put on a waiting list. Students on the waiting list will only be contacted if a room meeting their requirements becomes available.
    • Demand for nominated rooms usually exceeds supply. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be offered a room. We advise applicants to also look into alternative accommodation options.
  • Information on each of the University of London Intercollegiate Halls and their room options is available:
  • Stays in partner halls are normally limited to one year.

£500 first term rent contribution - autumn 2020 entry 

  • We understand that this is an unsettling time, which is why if you apply to us for a place in one of the University of London’s Intercollegiate Halls (College Hall, Connaught Hall, Garden Halls, International Hall, Handel Mansions) by 28 August (extended from the original date of 31 July), we will contribute £500 towards the cost of your first term’s rent.
  • We are confident that you will feel that it is safe to stay.
  • Please note that Claredale House is not part of the University of London Intercollegiate Halls and is exempt.   
  • We will pay this directly to the University of London on your behalf, subject to all of the following conditions being met:  
    • Apply for a place in accommodation for Autumn 2020 through Birkbeck, University of London by 28 August 2020 .
    • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a full-time Birkbeck, University of London degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) starting in Autumn 2020.   
    • The £500 rent contribution is subject to you fulfilling any outstanding conditions of admission before you can enrol, and any outstanding conditions of the £500 rent contribution, before the £500 rent contribution can be confirmed.  
    • Pay your first term’s tuition fee payment to Birkbeck, University of London in full.  
    • Successfully enrol on a full-time degree at Birkbeck, University of London in Autumn 2020.   
    • Successfully enter into a contract with the University of London for your accommodation and pay all necessary fees and rent payments to the University of London.  
    • Not exit your contract with the University of London or move out of the University of London Halls of residence at the point at which the £500 contribution is due to be paid to the University of London.   
  • If all of the criteria is met, the payment towards the cost of the first term’s rent will be made directly to the University of London towards the end of the Autumn term 2020. If you withdraw from your programme of study or leave the University of London Hall of residence, you will no longer be eligible for the £500 rent contribution. The rent contributions are available to the first 100 students and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Safe to Stay - University of London Halls

  • The University of London has developed a complete programme to provide you with an unparalleled living experience in their intercollegiate halls. 
  • Since the coronavirus outbreak began, they have reimagined everything they do and they are confident that you will feel safe to stay in their accommodation, and that your accommodation will become your home base to achieve your greatest potential while studying at Birkbeck. 

Independent halls of residence

  • London has a variety of independent halls of residence, not-for-profit and commercial, offering a large range of accommodation from dorms to flats.
  • You must apply directly to the halls for a space. Applications are usually dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Applications are open to all full-time students (new and current students). A small number of providers accept part-time students. You can stay in private or charity-run halls of residence as long as you are a 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 Student Homes.
  • You must have an unconditional offer or be a current student to apply.
  • Through this scheme, the University of London offers and manages rooms in shared accommodation, in flats or houses. 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

  • Students in their second year and above can apply to stay in University of London-owned flats. Located in Bloomsbury (Gower Street flats), and with weekly rates starting at £386 per week 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 starts at the beginning of August for Gower Street flats.
  • Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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. See the ULHS Get Advice website for more information.
  • The ULHS Private Housing Guide provides information about finding, securing and overcoming problems with private student accommodation in London.

University of London - Intercollegiate Halls waiting list

  • The University of London Accommodation Services operates a waiting list at the beginning of September each year. Intercollegiate Halls rooms that were not allocated by other colleges and institutes to their students are offered to all University of London students.
  • You can find more information on the allocation process on the University of London page.
  • The application form will be available on the University of London Accommodation Services website for a couple of days at the beginning of September each year. Applications cannot be made by phone, or in person.