Accommodation for full-time students

Nominated rooms in partner halls of residence

  • While Birkbeck does not own halls of residence, a number of rooms are reserved every year for Birkbeck students in partner halls of residence.
  • Eligibility criteria
    • 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 2018-19, for the full academic year, can apply for a nominated room.
    • 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 you to look into alternative accommodation options.
  • Information on each of the halls and their room options is available:
  • When to apply: Applications are now closed. No further offers of accommodation will be made.
  • Stays in nominated rooms are normally limited to one year.

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. 


  • A leading provider of student accommodation, Unite, has over 20 halls in London.
  • As a Birkbeck student, you are eligible for accommodation at the nominal rate of £155 per week at Unite's Station Court hall of residence. You can stay in Unite halls of residence as long as you are a full-time student. 
  • How to apply: complete the application form (the deadline for completing your application is 31 July 2018).

Private halls of residence

  • London has a variety of independent private halls of residence, 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). 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 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 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 on 1 February 2016. 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.