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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

  • While Birkbeck does not own halls of residence, a number of rooms are reserved every year for Birkbeck students in partner halls of residence.
    • When to apply: Applications will open at the end of May 2021 
    • How to apply: Eligible students will be able to access the application form on their My Birkbeck account.
  • Eligibility criteria
    • You must have accepted a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Birkbeck on a full-time course to apply.
    • Only students starting a course in 2021/22, 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.
  • Students will be able to apply via Birkbeck for rooms in the following University of London Intercollegiate Halls:
  • Stays in partner halls are limited to the first year of study.

Other University of London halls

  • You can apply directly to University of London Accommodation for space at Eleanor Rosa house, Lillian Penson Hall and Nutford House.
  • Applications are dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis.

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 returning 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's flats

  • Located in Bloomsbury (Gower Street flats) these university of London-owned flats offer a great alternative to halls of residence for students who would like more independence and focus. 
  • Accommodation are self-contained and fully-furnished with weekly rates starting at £398 per week.
  • (PMU) for more information.
  • Spaces are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Help with private accommodation

  • Birkbeck students have full access to the University of London’s Housing Services (ULHS), the University of London's dedicated Private Housing Service, which offers a range of services to assist and support students who are looking for and living in private accommodation. 
  • ULHS run regular events to help students with finding flatmates and accommodation for the next academic year. You can also try the University of London's Flatmate Finder on Facebook.
  • 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.