How to Apply

2018/19 Accommodation Applications


How to Apply

2018/19 Accommodation Applications – September Entry

If you’ve selected Chester as either your firm or insurance choice, you will be sent information regarding accommodation in the post in April 2018.

As soon as you receive the information in the post, you will be able to apply online.

Please do not panic if you have not received the information by the 31st March 2018 . Please remember, here at Chester we don’t allocate the accommodation on a ‘first come first served basis’, so as long as you submit your application before the 22nd June your application will be considered fairly. Whilst you wait for your application information to come through the post, you may wish to spend some time thinking about what is important to you and researching the various options available at Chester. 

When to Apply

Here are the key dates you need to know when applying for University owned and partnership accommodation:

Monday 3rd April 2018 - Applications for accommodation open

Friday 22nd June 2018 – Deadline for priority allocation.

*If we receive your application after the advertised deadline for priority applications we will endeavor to process your application, but applications received before the deadline will take priority.

What Happens Next

University Owned Accommodation

Following the application deadline, we will contact you to let you know the progress with your application. At this point, we should be able to confirm that a room has been reserved for you. Once your academic results are known and your place at the University has been confirmed, we will then advise you of the actual room you have been allocated. This will also be be same procedure for students holding unconditional places. For the majority of students, this will be around A-Level Results Day on Thursday 16th August 2018.

Partnership Referral Accommodation  

For those students who are referred to our accommodation partners the process will be slightly different. Once the closing date for applications has passed  your contact details will be sent directly to the accommodation providers. The selected accommodation provider will then contact you directly with an accommodation offer and send through the accommodation agreement for you to complete. Each provider will have different terms and conditions in place, so it is important to understand these before agreeing to a contract. The accommodation partners will contact all referred applicants even if you are still waiting for results to be confirmed. If, in the unfortunate event that you do not achieve the required conditions to take up your place at the University, the accommodation provider will release you from your contract without financial obligation minus the original booking fee.  Please note you will not be released from your contract, should you remain a student of the University of Chester and choose to live elsewhere.

All referral accommodation is provided by private providers ( Fresh Student Living or Host students) and therefore any accommodation contract is with them and not the University of Chester.  

Allocation Policy

Our aim at the University of Chester is to help all first year undergraduates find suitable accommodation either in University residences, our partnership accommodation or in the private sector. 

Although we can’t guarantee University accommodation or partnership accommodation to all our applicants, last year all applicants who wanted accommodation were offered a place in University accommodation or referred to partnership accommodation.  We expect the same to be the case this year.

When allocating the accommodation, we take the following criteria into account:

    • Applicants who have selected Chester as their firm choice will be given priority
    • Geographical location of the students’ home base; places are allocated to those who live the furthest from the University
      • Priority is given to applicants who have a registered disability and/or medical conditions. Applicants must make contact with and provide supporting evidence to the Disability Support Office.  Applicants will be promoted to do this when completing the accommodation application.
      • Students who apply after the deadline, gain entry through an insurance choice or via clearing are less likely to be allocated a place in University accommodation, as priority will go to University of Chester firm choice applicants.
      • Applicants for Science and Engineering courses based at Thornton Science Park and Warrington Campus are guaranteed accommodation as long as applications are received by the 22nd June.  Further details on the conditions of this allocation can be found on the Thornton Science Park accommodation pages.                                                                                                                              
      • Please note guaranteed accommodation refers to guarenteeing a place in accommodation, however the University are unable to guarantee that your list of preferences will be met.