How we allocate places

Our allocation policy for accommodation

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We receive a higher number of applications than we have places available, and some of our rooms are in high demand, so applying for accommodation as early as possible will give you the best chance of being offered one of your preferred options.

Read our Accommodation Agreement Terms and Conditions 2024-25 (PDF) to find out more about our allocation policy. 

If you apply for accommodation before the deadline, we will intend to offer you a place in student accommodation, but we aren’t always able to send these offers right away as the availability of rooms can vary throughout the summer. We will continually send out offers until everyone who applied before the deadline has been made an offer, at which point we will start making offers to those who have missed the deadline.

We give priority to undergraduate and postgraduate students attending Goldsmiths for the first time and living outside the London Travelcard zones. Where possible, we will consider any personal reasons or circumstances you may have for wanting to live in student accommodation, as long as you've stated these in your application.

On your accommodation application, you will also have a box to tell us any additional information you want to share with us about your medical requirements. If you disclose medical requirements you will be asked to liaise with the Goldsmiths Disability Service as necessary. Special consideration will also be given to students who have experienced kinship care, are estranged or are care leavers.

If you apply after the deadline, you will be initially added to our waiting list. We are usually able to start housing people on the waiting list after we have processed all applications received before the deadline. Where possible, we will aim to make an offer of accommodation to all students on the waiting list by the start of term, however, this process may be delayed during periods of high demand. If you’re not allocated a suitable place in student accommodation, there are a range of alternative accommodation options and we have support available to help students in their search for private accommodation.

For those applying after the start of term, further information will be available on our website.