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Applying to live in halls

Applying to live in halls

Applying online is quick and easy, whichever stage of study you’re at. Here are some hints and tips to read before you apply.

When to apply

New students who have selected Royal Holloway as their first choice for a full-time course, and have accepted their place, will be able to apply online for accommodation from 10am on Monday 30 January. 

Please see our allocation policy for full details on applying for accommodation. 

New undergraduate students 

We will guarantee you an offer of accommodation if you hold a conditional firm (CF) or unconditional firm (UF) offer and you submit an application for accommodation by Thursday 29 June 2023.

Applicants who have made Royal Holloway their insurance choice, or who gain a place with us through Clearing may receive a guarantee of accommodation. Details will be provided when you are invited to apply for accommodation. 

Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Applying through Clearing?

If you apply to Royal Holloway through Clearing, you will be invited to apply for accommodation once you have accepted an offer of study.

International postgraduate students

We will guarantee an offer of accommodation for international postgraduate taught students who apply for halls before 29 June 2023. Please note this guarantee does not apply for students who are applying for couples or family accommodation.

If you apply after 30 June your application will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Postgraduate students

While we cannot guarantee accommodation, we expect to have availability for all postgraduate students who apply by the 29 June 2023. 

If you apply after 30 June your application will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Postgraduate accommodation in London

We have a limited number of rooms in central London (intercollegiate accommodation), reserved for our postgraduate students. Find out more.

Frequently asked questions

Check out our accommodation options 

See how much each room costs

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective options, single standard bands E and J along with shared standard Band L might be best for you (undergraduate students only).

If you’re applying for a maintenance loan from Student Finance, you can use the Student Finance Calculator to estimate how much you’ll receive, before you apply.

If you are an undergraduate student, you can choose between catered and self-catered halls. Self-catered halls come with a shared kitchen, where you can cook your own food. All catered accommodation offers freshly-prepared meals in the dining hall, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

See which halls are catered or self catered

All postgraduate halls are self-catered.

Our dining halls cater for a range of dietary requirements, including vegan and halal. If you can’t see the option you’re after on the menu, just ask one of the staff at the food counter and they’ll cook something fresh, just for you.

Some of our halls offer en suite facilities, so you’ll have your own toilet, washbasin and shower. These are often the most expensive. If price is your main factor, do bear this in mind when making your application if budget is an issue.

Other halls have shared facilities. Here you share a bathroom with fellow students in your flat or corridor. You may also have a washbasin in your room.

See which halls offer shared or en suite facilities

If you have a medical condition we’ll do everything to make sure you’re offered the right accommodation to suit your needs.

Firstly, you’ll need to register with the Disability and Dyslexia Services team, as well as submitting an application, as normal. We’ll then assess your needs and allocate you a room that works for you.

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