Apply for postgraduate accommodation
Postgraduate students who have accepted an offer of a place can apply for accommodation. This page will tell you everything you need to know about the application process.
If you're looking for information on how to apply as an undergraduate student, visit our undergraduate application page.
Accommodation applications for new postgraduates expecting to join us in 2023/24 are now open.
Rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage you to apply early.
You will be prioritised for an offer of a room in accommodation owned, managed or approved by the University if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You’re a new, full-time taught postgraduate student starting in September 2023, and applying for a single room for the full academic year
- You’re an international student paying tuition fees at the overseas rate
- You're an international postgraduate taught (PGT) student who applies by 31 July 2023
Even if you don’t meet the criteria above you can still apply for accommodation. If we can’t offer University accommodation, we can advise you on private renting options.
Apply for 2023/24 accommodation*
*It may take up to 48 hours from accepting your course offer on the You@York applicant portal until you can log in to the accommodation application system.
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 accommodation.york.ac.uk using your York login details (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 six 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 at any time. Don't worry, we'll use your original application date when we allocate.
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 email@example.com.
After you've selected the room you’d like to book, you’ll be asked to review your booking.
On the next page, you'll need to read the terms and conditions before reaching the final page where you will confirm your application. Make sure you complete ALL of the steps, including the confirmation step.
Once your booking is complete, you’ll receive an email to confirm that we have received your booking request. If you do not receive an email, you have not completed all of the booking steps.
If you have applied for Student Castle accommodation, it may take upto three days for your booking request confirmation email to arrive.
Before confirming your booking, please make sure you read our Student Terms and Conditions carefully. If you receive an offer of a room at Student Castle, your residence agreement will be with Student Castle directly not with the University.
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
We will contact successful applicants in May.
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 advance payment
You will need to make an advance payment of £200 - this will be detailed in your room offer email.
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 instalments, the first of which will be due in October. We recommend setting up a direct debit.
What happens next
We confirm your booking*
Once you’ve made a booking, we'll send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, please get in touch.
*subject to change dependent on 2023 exam results day and clearing period dates.