Private rented accommodation

If you choose to live in private accommodation, or if you have been unsuccessful in your hall application, you have plenty of options.

If you'd like to discuss your options in more detail with us, get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Private halls

There are a number of companies that provide hall-of-residence style accomodation excusively for students. Many of these halls are based in the London area. For further information view our list below.

Student Housing List

Our regularly updated Student Housing List is a useful first port of call, providing details of landlords who have accommodation available to students.

The list is available to all full-time students at the University. When you have accepted a place on a course at the University, you'll be able to log in by entering your username and password when prompted.

In order to access the housing list you will need to log in. When you have accepted a place on a course at the University of Westminster, you will be able to log in by entering your username and password when prompted.

Your username is "w" followed by the first 7 digits of your student ID, eg w0123456. This number will have been provided to you by the Admissions Office and will be present on correspondence and - if you have one yet - your student ID card.

Read the information about Your University password and email account.

House-shares

The most common form of student accommodation is a flat or house share among a group of friends. You'll find potential student flatmates on our Facebook group.

The University also operates a housing list, where private landlords can advertise their properties directly to our students. While these properties are not inspected, we do require copies of gas safety certificates and documentation proving ownership.

Here are the websites that proved most popular to our current and former students when seeking house shares:

We advise students to be careful when responding to private listings and avoid giving out any personal information until they are satisfied that an advert is genuine. One method that scammers sometimes use is to ask you to ‘prove funds’ by transferring money to a friend using Western Union - you should never do this.

It is usually necessary to pay a deposit and one month’s rent in advance of moving in.

If you have any questions about contracts or deposits, please get in touch with the team.

Homestay

For students that would prefer to live in a family environment there are homestay companies that will be able to offer you this type of accommodation.

Please contact the following if you are interested in staying with a host family.

HFS

T: +44 (0)20 7510 9920
F: +44(0)20 7790 4653
E: [email protected]
W: HFS London

Perfect Host Homestay Ltd

T: +44 (0)20 8478 4111
F: +44 (0)20 8478 4242
E: [email protected]
W: Perfect host homestay

Homestay.com

T: +353 (0)1 6753010
E: [email protected]
W: Homestay

Hosts International

T: +44(0) 2073235244
F: +44(0) 2073235238
E: [email protected]
W: Hosts International

Accepting our halls offer

Formally accepting our offer

The first thing you will need to do is formally accept our offer – and you will need to do so by the deadline you are given. If you miss the deadline, your room will be given to another student.

If you have been offered a place at Harrow Hall or Marylebone Hall, we will send you an email, advising you how to accept your offer.

If you have been offered a place at Raffles House or Host Wembley, you will be contacted by the administration teams in those halls. Full instructions on how to accept the offer will be included in the correspondence.

  • Further information about Raffles House
  • Further information Host Wembley

Paying your deposit

You will be instructed to pay your refundable deposit of £250 or £500 online, this acts as a damage deposit* on your room.

Your deposit will be repaid to you 6-8 weeks after the end of the contract, minus any necessary deductions. The refund will be made in the same way that the payment was received.

* Deductions will be made from your deposit if you have any outstanding rent or administrative charges, or if there is any loss or damage in relation to your accommodation.

Paying your rent

If you will be staying at Harrow Hall or Marylebone Hall, your rent is payable in instalments and is due each term in advance.

Rent payment dates 2017/18

  • 16 September 2017
  • 6 January 2018
  • 7 April 2018

If you will be staying at Raffles House or Host Wembley you will be advised about rent payments in your room offer information.

Arriving at halls

You will need to arrive at your hall within one week after the start date of your tenancy contract.

If you do not arrive within this time frame, the room will be allocated to another student, unless you have already paid your rent in full, in which case we will hold the room until you tell us otherwise.

If you change your mind

If you decide not to take up your place in University of Westminster Halls, it’s vital that you notify the Student Accommodation team as soon as possible.

You will be liable to pay the rent until a University-designated replacement tenant is found and you will also be liable to pay a £50 administration charge. If you have already paid your rent in full, these deductions will be made and the remaining money will be refunded to you

If you decide not to take up your place in Raffles House or Host Wembley, it’s vital that you notify the appropriate administration team from the list below as soon as you can, so you can be informed of their cancellation policy.

Raffles House - [email protected]

Host Wembley - [email protected]

 

Hall Allocation Policy

Places in Halls of Residence are allocated according to the University's priority categories given below.

Due to the limited number of Halls of Residence places, it is normally only possible to allocate places to students in the first three categories for the start of the academic year. Students who are not allocated a place can request to be put on a waiting list and students in all categories may be offered a place later in the academic year.

Places can only be allocated to University of Westminster students who have completed a valid Halls of Residence application and have firmly accepted a place on a course, where the course and the student's mode of attendance are full-time.

Students must accept any offer of a room in Halls of Residence by the deadline given and must provide all the necessary documentation and the deposit in order for a room to be held. Once an offer has been made, students cannot transfer to a different room or Halls of Residence.

Places are allocated for one year only, for the standard academic year from September to June/August (depending on the course length).

While the needs of international students are recognised, the University aims to have a mixed community in its Halls of Residence and operates the policy in order to maintain a mix of UK and international students.

Priority categories

1. Students with a relevant disability or a severe medical condition which would otherwise prevent them from attending the University without a place in Halls.

Students who have a disability or medical condition relevant to their housing requirement should make available to the Student Accommodation Team a recent medical report from their Consultant. This must be provided as soon as an application is made. Disability may include long term mental health as well as physical disabilities. Medical reports will be passed to the University Health Service, where a decision will be made on a case by case basis. Prior to making its decision the University Health Service may require additional information or for the student to book and attend a consultation.

Care leavers may also fall within category 1 and are required to provide supportive evidence from their local authority. Qualifying care leavers may be offered hall accommodation for the duration of their initial course.

2. International students who are new to the University and participating on programmes identified by a Campus as having particular strategic importance. Number of places required under this scheme to be advised by 1 May. Nominations of students to be advised by the Deans and Hall applications received before 1 July. Any places for which nominations are not received by 1 July will revert to the pool for categories 3-8.

3. The following are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Undergraduate students who are new to the University.
  • Postgraduate students who are new to the University.
  • Final year students who have not been in Hall before.

NB: A limited number of rooms are reserved for postgraduate and final year students.

4. Continuing (non-final year) students who have not been in Hall before.

5. Final year students who have been in Hall before.

6. Continuing (non-final year) students who have been in Hall before.

7. Students who have been offered a Hall place which they did not accept.

Please note: Students with Hall debts or who have been found to be in breach of the University Code of Conduct under the University's Disciplinary Procedure will not normally be considered again for a place in Hall.

Students nominated under category 2 are normally guaranteed a place in Hall for 1 year. No other students are guaranteed a place. A limited number of places are available for single semester students.

Applying for halls

To apply, you need to log in to the Housing Portal. If you have not already done so, you must first set up your password to make sure that you have full access to our Housing Portal.

When you have set up your password, you can apply for a place in halls and monitor the progress of your application.

Log in to our Housing Portal.

Who can apply

You can apply for a place in our halls of residence if you are or will be studying as a full-time student.

Halls are not available to part-time students, but we can offer advice on finding private accommodation.

Which halls you can apply for

We have five halls of residence, which are open to different groups of students, with different standard tenancy lengths.

  • Harrow Hall: New and continuing undergraduates (38 week tenancy) and postgraduates on courses at Harrow (38 week tenancy with the option to extend throughout the summer).
  • Host Wembley: Continuing undergraduates and postgraduates (42 week tenancy).
  • Marylebone Hall: Postgraduates on a course at one of our central London campuses (38 week tenancy with the option to extend in another hall throughout the summer).
  • Raffles House: New undergraduates (42 week tenancy).
  • Alexander Flemming: Study Abroad and Exchange students 

For more information on our halls, visit our Halls of residence page.

How and when to apply

Applications open online in April each year and all applications must be made through our Housing Portal.

We cannot guarantee every student a place in halls, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can - there is a very high demand for places in halls.

If you are a new student, you can apply for a place as soon as you have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a course place. You cannot apply before this.

If you are an undergraduate student applying through clearing, you should apply as soon as the University has accepted you on a course.

If you are a student returning from a placement year, you will need to wait for your Faculty Registry Office to confirm your progression before applying for a place.

Scholarships

If your attendance is dependent upon your receiving a full University of Westminster scholarship please do not apply for halls.

If you are awarded a full scholarship you will automatically be allocated a room and advised when to access the housing portal to accept your room offer.

Essential documents

Who is prioritised in the application process

We prioritise first year students (undergraduates and postgraduates). Within this group, rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

We also prioritise students with disabilities or medical conditions who can provide appropriate evidence from a specialist. This evidence must confirm that, in the specialist's opinion, your disability/condition makes it essential for you to stay in halls.

We also prioritise students with disabilities or medical conditions who can provide appropriate evidence from a specialist. This evidence must confirm that, in the specialist's opinion, your disability/condition makes it essential for you to stay in halls.

If you are considering submitting medical evidence in support of your application please read the Disability Assessment Guide. You are also required to complete the Medical Self-assessment form as well as making an online application.

We reserve a number of rooms for continuing students, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

View our Hall allocation page for full details.

How and when you will hear back

You will hear back from us by email, so will need to check your inbox (including any spam folders) on a regular basis.

We guarantee to let you know the outcome of your halls application based on the dates below:

  • Applied in April - We will respond by Friday 26 May
  • Applied in May - We will respond by Friday 7 July
  • Applied in June - We will respond by Friday 21 July
  • Applied in July - We will respond by Friday 11 August 

If your application is successful

Visit our Accepting our halls offer page for details of what you will need to do if your application is successful.

If your application is not successful

First of all, don’t panic if your application has not been successful – London is bursting with accommodation and we are here to help you find somewhere suitable.

You have a number of options, from staying at one of our partner halls to finding your own, private housing. We run workshops and other activities to help you find a place, and maintain a housing list with a range of properties. Visit our Private rented accommodation page for details of these.

We will also add you to the halls waiting list and get in touch with you if a room becomes available. However, do not rely on this – start making alternative accommodation plans now.

If you’d like to discuss your options or have any questions, get in touch with us.

 

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Postgraduate Semester Module options

  1. Download the module catalogues from the table below.
  2. Choose 6 modules from the Faculty module catalogues below and list them on the application form in order of preference – 3 preferred modules and 3 alternative modules - in case your top choices are full or otherwise unavailable.
  3. If you would like to take an internship as part of your programme, you must include the compulsory module 5BUSS005X Professional and Personal Skills development module in your selections. Remember this carries undergraduate level credit.
  4. Check that your preferred module choices do not exceed 60 UK credits (12 US credits/12 Japanese credits/30 ECTS). This normally equates to three modules, but there are exceptions.
  5. If you are selecting any Media, Arts and Design or London Studies modules, check the "Media, Arts and Design portfolios and London Studies information" instructions below on portfolio submission and the maximum number of modules you can take.
  6. Get approval for your module choices from your home institution, to ensure you have agreement for your credits to transfer.
  7. Please note that it is not possible to choose specific day or time slots for modules as these will be allocated automatically by the timetabling system. Teaching takes place at the University of Westminster from Monday to Friday between 9am to 9pm.

Please note that the following postgraduate study abroad module catalogues are issued on the express condition that all matters in them are subject to change from time to time. In particular, while the University of Westminster will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses, programmes of study and other educational services, circumstances may change. Acceptance onto the study abroad programme does not mean acceptance onto particular modules. For full details of our acceptance policy, please visit our Acceptance to Study page.

The University of Westminster reserves the right at any time to vary the content and delivery of courses, to change the location of courses and modules, to discontinue or combine courses, or to discontinue services, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University of Westminster.

For practical modules at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, evidence of capability in each discipline you are interested in (demonstrated through a portfolio) is an important part of the admissions process and must be submitted at the time of application.

For details of what your portfolio must include, please download the portfolio submission guidelines for study abroad students PDF:


In addition, students are restricted to taking a maximum of 2 practical modules in each semester from Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Module catalogues

Faculty Teaching location Subject areas Module catalogues
Social Sciences and Humanities  

Regent Campus. central London, which comprises:

  • English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
  • Law
  • Politics and International Relations

 

 

Westminster Business School Marylebone Campus, central London
  • Accounting, Finance and Governance
  • Business Information Management and Operations
  • Economics and Quantitative Methods
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Development
  • Marketing and Business Strategy
Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design  Harrow Campus, north-west London (Travel Zone 4)
  • Creative Industries Management
  • Creative Practice and Art Theory
  • Emerging Media Labs
  • Professional Communication

 

Architecture and the Built Environment  Marylebone Campus, central London 
  • Architecture
  • Property and Construction
  • Tourism

 

   
      
 

Acceptance to study on the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme

  1. You will be advised of your acceptance to study on the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme via email.
  2. Your email will detail the conditions of your acceptance, including how to decline your offer of a place.
  3. Your acceptance will be sent either to you if you have applied directly to us or to the third party through which you have chosen to study at the University through if you have applied via one of our partner organisations.
    For details of the third parties we work with please refer to the partner table for Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme. This list is not exhaustive, ie you may be able to apply via a different university, for example, and the list may also be subject to change
  4. Acceptance to the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme does not mean acceptance onto specific modules or to a specific internship if you choose the internship option, but is an acceptance onto the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme.
  5. The University will offer modules in line with the disclaimer in its module catalogue for the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme.
  6. For details of the costs associated with the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme, including what is and what is not covered for tuition and accommodation costs, please visit our costs page.

The costs detailed on this page represent the costs associated with direct entry to the programme. If you apply via a third party the costs associated with the programme will be detailed by the third party.

For details of our withdrawal policy for the study abroad programme (tuition and housing) please visit our withdrawal policy page. The withdrawal policy applies to both direct applicants and applicants via third parties. Please note, the third party’s withdrawal policy may differ from the University of Westminster’s study abroad programme withdrawal policy. Students who choose to study at the University via a third party route must ensure that they are aware of the cancellation and withdrawal policies of the third party provider they choose to study at the University through.