Accommodation information for applicants

Enjoying your life in halls

We want you to enjoy your time while studying at the University, and stay safe and responsible while in halls. University-managed accommodation guidance will encourage residents to make the most of their stay.

Each shared flat will be considered a household and individuals will, therefore, follow government guidelines as a collective.

The University's Accommodation teams have taken extra measures to reduce risks during arrivals and to help support those who may need to quarantine. 

We will be there to help students overcome any issues that may arise.

If you would like to join the conversation, our Facebook groups are the perfect place to meet your new neighbours and keep up to date with the latest events and news updates. You can ask questions about your hall on our 'live chat' sessions and browse our handy guides to living in Plymouth.

Live chat

If you are yet to apply for accommodation but would like to know more about our halls, we offer live chat sessions every Monday – Friday between 14:00 and 16:00. Just message us on Facebook or Instagram to speak to one of our team.

Applicant FAQ

Why book University-managed halls of residence?

Our halls are provided in partnership with UPP, the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure. They provide and maintain the buildings while the University provides a range of support for you, including social events to create great communities, welfare support and 24/7 security to help to keep you safe. Our halls are located on campus, or within the nearby student village - only a few minutes’ walk from both University facilities and city-centre amenities.

As a resident in our halls you will sign a licence agreement directly with the University. Our friendly team provide information and advice prior to booking, and ongoing support during your time in our halls with 7 day per week on site assistance from our Halls Team. As part of the University, the team has a relationship with other student services and departments ensuring your needs can be met seamlessly. We also organise a ‘Residence Life’ programme of exclusive visits, activities and competitions, as well as offering dedicated Facebook groups and other social media for residents so that you can start to meet your hall mates before arrival, and stay up to date with our social events.

When can I apply for accommodation?

Once you have confirmed the University as your firm choice, you will receive an email containing a link to our accommodation portal, which will open for applications in early February and close just before results day. If you have already confirmed us as your firm choice, you will receive email notification once the portal opens. Once the portal closes, you will then only be able to apply for accommodation through clearing

How do I select my hall preferences?

Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis. You can select your room preferences during your accommodation application via the portal.

Am I guaranteed a hall room?

We guarantee a place in halls – either University-managed or from accredited private providers – to all undergraduate first-year students who make Plymouth their firm first choice and apply before the 18 June 2021.

Can I stay in halls for more than one year?

Returner applications are welcome to individuals and groups who meet the relevant criteria. Please contact us for further details.

Can I stay in halls all year round? 

For those who would like to stay in Plymouth over the summer a special student rate is available. This accommodation is en suite and is situated in a block reserved for summer accommodation residents only.


How do I find out moving day instructions for September 2021?

At the end of August you will receive an email containing your move-in day date and time slot, your flat number, route maps, parking, and hotel information. 

Can another person discuss my account with Accommodation Services?

During the application process, you will have the opportunity to add third party permission contact details. We can only talk to those people listed as the third party contact in the accommodation application due to data protection. Please note this is not the same as listing someone as your emergency contact as the third party permissions will not apply to them. If you wish to add someone as a third party contact you will need to do so in writing from the email address listed on your account, otherwise, we cannot discuss your details.

What if I am only studying during semester two?

Students who are studying at the University of Plymouth for semester two can make an application on our accommodation portal. Room offers will be sent to students in December and will be required to sign a licence agreement and the two weeks advanced rent within seven days.

The licence agreement will be for 24 weeks – 12 weeks' due in January and 10 weeks in April.

Information will be emailed to students once you have paid your advance rent and signed the licence. You will also be able to join your hall Facebook groups to meet your new neighbours before you arrive.

When will accommodation offers be sent?

Accommodation offers will be released from the end of June. To secure the room a payment of advanced rent is required. Please note that only the student intending to live in the room can sign the halls of residence license agreement.

I have disabilities or require specific requirements

If you have applied by the deadline specified on our website, we will try and allocate a room that meets your requirements where possible. Discover more about what the university can provide for Students with disabilities and medical conditions. If you are a postgraduate or require specific requirements you may be interested in reading our accommodation advice.

Will my belongings be insured? 

Insurance cover is provided in all University-managed accommodation by Endsleigh Insurance. View your insurance cover details.

Skills you can develop before you move to university

It’s likely that moving to university will be your first experience of living independently and while it can be a very exciting prospect, here are a few things to consider to make the step even easier:

  • how to budget for rent, food, shopping and social life
  • basic cooking, cleaning and laundry skills
  • social skills for living with new people
  • understanding responsibilities such as paying bills and signing important documents such as housing contracts
  • safety and personal security in a new city with new people
  • research all of the facilities at University of Plymouth before you arrive.