How to apply for accommodation

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Accommodation applications for 2021-22

The initial deadline for making an application has now passed, but you can still apply.

Applications for accommodation in Jul-Aug 2021

If you are a current student, places are still available in a number of halls for July and August 2021. Please make an application and contact Accommodation Services who will be able to advise you on availability at this time.

If you are currently in one of our halls and would like to book accommodation over the summer, please contact Accommodation Services with information on your request and they will be able to advise you on the next steps.

How to apply

Log in to our application portal. Please allow around 30-60 minutes to complete your application.

The application process

If you're applying for accommodation for the first time, there are 3 steps:

1. Confirm your offer

You can only apply for halls if you have firmly accepted an academic offer from us, this can be a conditional or unconditional offer. If Goldsmiths is your insurance choice, you won't be able to apply for accommodation.

Once you've firmly accepted your offer, please note that it can take up to 48-72 hours before you can register on our accommodation system.

You have unconditional firm status if you have accepted your place at Goldsmiths and have met all the academic requirements (eg A-level results; English language qualifications).

You have conditional firm status if you have chosen Goldsmiths as your first-choice university but haven’t yet met the requirements of your offer from us (you are waiting for your A-level results, for example). 

Once you've accepted your offer, please note that it can take up to 48-72 hours before you can apply on our accommodation system.

2. Register for an account

Next, you must create an account on our online system. Make sure you have your student reference number to hand — it will be eight digits long, start with 33, and be printed on your offer letter.

You will also need to enter your name and date of birth as it appears on your Goldsmiths offer. When you enter your date of birth please use the dd/mm/yyyy format or use the drop down boxes.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a verification email containing a validation code and a link to verify your account. You will need to use the validation code the first time you log into the online system, so make sure the email address you use is correct.

It’s likely the validation code will be sent to your junk/spam/filtered inbox and can generally take up to an hour to be received. Adding accommodation@gold.ac.uk to your email contacts may help to ensure you don’t miss any important communication from us.

Read our registering for accommodation guide for more information.

3. Make your application

Now you can log in to the application portal using the account details from the previous step, and select several accommodation options in order of preference. To help you decide, read our halls pages to find out more about the types of room available.

Applications submitted after the deadline will still considered, but may be initially placed on a waiting list.

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive an email confirming this. You can log back into your account at any time to check the status of your application.

Read our applying for accommodation guide for more information.

When you will hear about your offer

Once your application has been submitted, it will show as 'awaiting verification' until we can make you an offer of accommodation. Offers of accommodation will be sent out regularly in batches all through summer and into early autumn.

If you’re offered a place in our halls of residence, we’ll let you know via email. The email will include information on how to secure your place, including the deadline to accept your offer. Offers that are not accepted by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn, so please keep an eye on your emails to ensure you do not miss out on your offer.

When you can move into halls

Our undergraduate and postgraduate contracts for 2020/21 accommodation are due to start from Friday 17 September 2021. Students doing a PGCE will be able to move in from the start of September.

If you would like to request an earlier move-in date, please use the space for notes in your application to let us know about your preferred move-in date. A limited number of halls may be available for early arrivals and we will do our best to accommodate your request, subject to availability.

Further information about moving into student accommodation

Our government and Public Health England have been regularly updating their guidance and it’s expected things may continue to change over the course of the summer.

We take your safety and wellbeing extremely seriously and we are making every effort to ensure prospective students know what to expect from living with us before moving into student accommodation. With this in mind, we have put together some resources on keeping safe in student accommodation. Find out more.

Advice for those who need to self-isolate or quarantine on arrival, as well as information and support on how to order a bedding pack, kitchen pack, groceries and other supplies you may want to be delivered to your accommodation will be available over the summer and included in your Welcome Guide and online induction.

Our section on life in halls also has some useful information on what you can expect. If you have any other questions, please contact the Accommodation Office and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Once you’ve received an offer

If we have allocated you a place, you’ll receive an email with information about how to accept your place, how to agree to the terms of the contract, and how to pay your pre-payment or deposit.

The pre-payment is £150 and will go towards your first rent instalment. It applies to all halls except those in the Goldsmiths Student Village, where a security deposit of £200 is due.

If you’re not allocated a place in halls right away, don’t get disheartened. We will continually send out offers through the summer months all the way up to when students are due to arrive and we will keep you updated during this time.

Changes to your circumstances

Please take time to read and understand the terms of your accommodation agreement, the length of the contract and the information included in your offer.

When you accept an offer of accommodation, you enter into a legally binding contract and there may be financial implications if you then need to cancel the contract, unless you defer your place at Goldsmiths, withdraw from university or are able to find a replacement.

If your circumstances do change before you start you should get in touch with the Accommodation team for advice. 

Withdrawing your application

If before receiving an offer of accommodation you would like to withdraw your application, please email the accommodation team accommodation@gold.ac.uk.