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Applying for Accommodation

Applying for accommodation for the upcoming year 2020/21

Information relating to applications ahead of the September 2020 academic year will be updated on this page in the near future. Please watch this space for further specifics involving dates and deadlines.

Key dates

  • Applications open - February 2020
  • Applications close - July 2020
  • Offers of accommodation emailed to successful applicants - late July 2020
  • Waiting list opens - August 2020

If you any questions though, please contact us at accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk and we'll be happy to assist you. 

Please read on for further details about how you to apply and the selection process. 

How to apply

Please be aware that the following information only relates to undergraduate students joining us in September 2020. Returning or postgraduate students in search of accommodation can contact us by emailing accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk for further details.

Before submitting your application, we recommend researching your accommodation options. If you have any questions, check our frequently asked questions page. 

Applications are scheduled to open in February 2020. A specific date will be chosen soon and updated on this page in the near future.

To apply for an application online you will need the following:

  • Your UCAS Personal ID or Bath Spa University Student ID number (issued in your academic acceptance letter)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your accommodation preferences

When you apply, please check that the details we have stored for you on the application system are correct. If they are not, please log onto your UCAS account as soon as possible and update them, particularly your email address.

One of the important things to know about our application system is that we do not run a first-come, first-serve system. Whether you log in as soon as our online form opens or you wait a couple of weeks or months, every application is received the same way, so that all students have the fairest chance at receiving their preferred housing option.

Most importantly, please note you have the entire application window to research all of our options before committing to your preferences. You can even log back in and edit your initial selections, giving you more opportunities to visit us, see the locations, and ask any remaining questions you might have.

The deadline for applications will be in July 2020, and a specific date set in the near future. Please return to this page soon for an update.

Plese note, a waiting list for applicants who miss the deadline or apply through insurance or clearing will open after our primary application period has closed in August 2020. 

Eligibility

Students are eligible for accommodation if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are entering your first year of study at Bath Spa University
  • Are a full-time applicant
  • Have made Bath Spa their firm choice in UCAS
  • Will be studying at Newton Park campus, Sion Hill campus, Locksbrook Road, or at the City of Bath College (studying a Bath Spa foundation degree).

Foundation students are also able to apply for accommodation for both their foundation year and first year of undergraduate study.

Receiving an offer

How to accept your offer

You'll be sent an offer of accommodation via email the week following A-level results day. Please ensure your email on UCAS is up to date, as we use the email address you have registered with them for our communications.

Information on how to accept your offer will be sent via email and will detail any further information required. Please note that this will vary between UNITE students' accommodation (Waterside Court and Charlton Court), iQ accommodation (Twerton Mill), and Bath Spa University managed accommodation (Green Park House, Bankside House, Gardens and Lakeside).

If you've applied via the Priorty Halls process, please see the Access Requirements section below for further details about receiving your offer.

How to reject your offer

If you decide to reject this offer of accommodation, you'll have the option of going onto the accommodation waiting list. Applicants opting to join the waiting list won't be guaranteed another offer. You'll only receive a new offer should an alternative room become available in the order you have joined the waiting list.

Further information

For further details of each accommodation provider’s requirements, please see Accepting Your Offer.

For more information on the entire process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Key points

  • You must declare any disabilities or medical needs when applying - see the Access Requirements section below for more details
  • Only include accommodation options you are prepared to take
  • You’ll be able to change your accommodation options up until our online application system closes
  • It's important that you keep your contact details up to date - please update UCAS with any change in circumstances
  • Please note that not all accommodation options may be available on the application form due to a number of rooms being pre-allocated for students with access requirements or for Direct Lets pre-sold to returning students. The vast majority of our accommodation is reserved for students studying at Bath Spa for the first time
  • Accommodation is offered for the full length of contract, unless you are on an Erasmus or exchange course, in which case the specifics of your contract length will be made clear
  • No cars or parking is permitted in halls of residence. For more information on Bath's fantastic public transport links, see our Getting Around section

Access requirements

You may have specific requirements for your accommodation because of a disability that requires adaptations to a room or you may need a specific type of room.

If so, please complete this Priority Housing Form alongside your accommodation application.

Once you've completed the form, please send supporting medical evidence to Student Wellbeing Services. Please contact the Student Wellbeing team if you have any questions about this process. You can email studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk or call +44(0)1225 876543.

All prospective and returning students who have been successful applying for Priority Housing will be informed of their allocation by email prior to A-level results day. All prospective allocations are subject to the student successfully joining Bath Spa - any unsuccessful applicants will have their offer of accommodation rescinded.  

Any Priority Housing applications received after the final deadline will have to wait to receive their allocated room offer until after A-level results day.

Offers and allocations

2020 timeline

Please watch this space for an updated timeline of important dates and deadlines for the 2020/21 application process.

How allocations work

Students with priority status are allocated rooms first. Priority status is given to:

  • Applicants with disabilities or access needs (who have provided medical/supporting information to the University and who have been approved) who have submitted a housing application by the deadline

Students on the Erasmus Programme or participating in Study Abroad are also reserved rooms in our accommodation.

All other accommodation applications are randomised; please note that rooms are not allocated on a first come, first served basis. The University will try to allocate an applicant their highest ranked accommodation preference wherever possible.

Every effort is made to offer applicants their first choice of accommodation, although this is not always possible due to high demand for rooms. As a result some applicants will be offered one of their other choices or, in some cases, accommodation for which they did not state a preference.

Accepting your offer

You'll be sent an offer of accommodation in the week following A-level results day. This offer will state the room you've been offered, the price, contract length and steps that you need to take to accept the offer. The process of accepting your offer varies slightly, depending on the accommodation you're offered. To accept the accommodation you'll need to log into our online system using your UCAS ID and date of birth. You'll then be asked to do some or all of the following, depending on your accommodation offer.

Newton Park, Bankside House and Green Park House

After logging into the online system and pressing ‘accept your offer’, you'll be directed to a page showing your online Licence Agreement. You'll need to read this document carefully as you're agreeing to the terms and conditions of this legal document. Should you have any questions at this point, it's important you make contact with us. Once you fully understand and agree to the terms and conditions you can sign it electronically. To do this, you will need to enter a pin number which will have been sent to your mobile phone that morning. If you don't receive a pin then there will be a link on the offer letter that you can follow to alert us to this and we will look at an alternative way to send this to you.

Once you have completed this, you are all done! There are move in instructions attached to the offer letter email and we will look forward to meeting you in September.

Charlton and Waterside Court

Charlton and Waterside Court are managed by UNITE. You'll be initially required to complete their booking form and to make an upfront payment of £250 that's then taken off your first rent instalment. The completion of your booking form is your acceptance of your room at Waterside Court or Charlton Court. You'll then be directed to complete guarantor information and sign your tenancy agreement. All further correspondence about their process will come directly from UNITE. You should ensure you fully understand the legal commitment you are making before signing and returning the tenancy agreement. If the booking form is not completed by the date stated, the accommodation offer will be withdrawn by Bath Spa University.

UNITE staff will be able to answer questions regarding the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement by emailing bath@unitestudents.com

Twerton Mill

Twerton Mill is managed by iQ Student Accommodation. You'll be sent a link to iQ's online booking form with your accommodation offer. The completion of the booking form is your confirmation of acceptance of a room at Twerton Mill. You’ll be required to pay a booking fee when completing the online booking form. Once you move into Twerton Mill the booking fee will then be used as your housing deposit. All further correspondence will come directly from iQ.

If the booking form is not completed by the date stated the accommodation offer will be withdrawn by Bath Spa University. iQ will generate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement and send it to you. You should ensure you fully understand the legal commitment you are making, before signing and returning the tenancy agreement.

Rejecting your offer

If you're unhappy with or no longer require your accommodation offer, you have the option to reject it and go onto the waiting list for another offer.

Please be aware that a second accommodation offer is not guaranteed and the waiting list is operated on a first come, first served basis.

Frequently asked questions

Please see our Accommodation FAQs page for further details.

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