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2021/22 applications

Accommodation applications for postgraduate students are now open.

Our guarantee

You are guaranteed an offer of a room in accommodation owned, managed or approved by the University if you are an international student and fulfil all of the following:

  • apply for accommodation and have an unconditional firm course offer by 27 July 2021
  • are paying overseas tuition fees
  • are a new, full-time student, applying for a single room for the full academic year


Non-guaranteed students

We’ll still assist you with accommodation if possible, but will prioritise guaranteed students first. Submit an application and we’ll get in touch about the options available by August.

How to apply

When you apply for accommodation, we’ll ask you to rank your room choices in order. Each choice is for a specific room type in a specific college.

  • Login at using your You@York login details

  • Click ‘create application’ for the next academic year

  • On the first page check that all of your personal details are correct

  • You’ll then need to select your application type: Single, couple or family


List your top four accommodation options in order of preference by clicking the rooms banner icon. Each preference will specify a college, room type, let length, catering and bathroom information.

  • You can use the dropdowns and slider in the right-hand column to filter your search
  • You can rearrange the order of your preferences by dragging and dropping them in the right-hand column

You can log back in and change your preferences up until the guarantee deadline. Don't worry, we'll use your original application date when we allocate.

Let us know if you’ll be receiving up to or near the maximum maintenance loan and want to request that your £200 advance payment be deferred.

Finally, you’ll be asked if you have any additional requirements for health, welfare or mobility reasons. Please don't wait until you have received a room offer to let us know about these as we may not be able to find you a suitable room at that stage.

The last thing you’ll need to do is let us know who we can share your data with. This will include who we are able to talk to about your accommodation and room offer (including family members or carers) and the third party accommodation providers we can share your application data with if we need to.

Once you’re happy with your consent options you’ll be asked to review all of your options and choices before you submit your application. Remember, you can log back in and edit your application at any time.

If you would like to change your consent options, or allow us to speak to someone other than yourself about your accommodation once you have moved in, please let us know at


What happens next

1. Application confirmed

Once you’ve applied, we'll send you a confirmation email. If you mentioned additional requirements, please ensure you upload the relevant supporting medical evidence. We'll be in touch if we require further information.

2. Receive your room offer*

If you meet our guarantee criteria we'll get in touch in the following weeks after your application has been submitted. If you don't, we'll contact you by August about available options.

3. Accept your room offer

You’ll need to accept your offer by the date stated in the email by following the link provided. Make sure you have internet access for this.

4. Make your advanced payment**

Your £200 advanced payment will secure your booking and will be deducted from your first term's rent instalment.

5. Receive your room number

Room numbers will be sent out nearer to your start date. Around this time you’ll also start to hear more from your college about arrivals and events.

6. Pay your first rent instalment

Your rent is split over three termly instalments, the first of which will be due in October. We recommend setting up a direct debit.

*subject to change dependent on 2021 exam results day and clearing period dates.

** Continuing postgraduates, visiting students and students enrolled on a pre-sessional course at York, do not need to make an advance payment.

Cancellation and non-arrivals

To cancel a booking, please email We'll confirm whether you're eligible, and inform you of any additional charges.

These policies only apply to new students who do not arrive in York to start their course. You are not eligible to end your agreement if you are a registered student at the University.

If you inform us you wish to cancel:

  • More than four weeks before your booking start: We'll keep your £200 advance payment or charge you £200 if you have not paid it yet.
  • Less than four weeks before your booking start: We'll keep your £200 advance payment, and you'll be charged four weeks’ rent.
  • After the start date of your room booking: Please email You will be charged the equivalent of eight weeks’ rent from the day you contact us and a £200 cancellation fee.

Please note: You are not eligible to end your tenancy agreement if you are a registered student at the University. If you wish to be released from your contract you’ll need to find a replacement tenant and follow our request to vacate procedure.

Paying for accommodation

Information on when to pay your rent and the best ways to do so

How to pay

Pre-arrival information

Things to do now, what to bring and what happens when your arrive

New postgraduate welcome