Applying for Accommodation

Applications for September 2019 intake are now closed

Applications for accommodation for the academic year commencing September 2019 are now closed.

If you are still waiting to hear from us or have additional questions, please contact us at accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk and we'll be happy to assist you. 

For students interested in applying for accommodation for the year commencing September 2020, please watch this space for more information.


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

  • Are going into their first year of study at Bath Spa University, are a full-time applicant and have made Bath Spa University their firm choice. Foundation course students are able to apply for accommodation for both their foundation year and first year of undergraduate study.
  • Live more than 10 miles from the University (appeals will be considered, please see below)
  • Will be studying at Newton Park campus, Sion Hill campus, Locksbrook Road, The Circus, Dartmouth Avenue or at City of Bath College (studying a Bath Spa foundation degree).

10 mile appeals

What is a 10 mile appeal?

If you'd like to move into University halls of residence but live within ten miles of the University, you won't be eligible to apply for accommodation. However, you do have the option to appeal the decision. 

How do I apply for an appeal?

To apply for an appeal, please email a short statement about why you'd like to live in halls of residence to accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk after the application window opens. We'll review this and respond to you with an outcome.

The information in your appeal could include:

  • Travel times
  • Travel costs
  • Your student experience
  • Medical needs.

We're looking to see that you recognise the costs involved in living in halls of residences and that you've properly researched this and are sure it's something that you want to do, including researching the difference between the cost of your commute and living in halls of residence.

In your appeal please include:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • UCAS or Bath Spa University student ID.

Please note, we can only accept appeals from students and not from a parent or guardian.

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, 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 we close our online application system
  • 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 University 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 a specific type of room.

If so, please complete this Priority Housing Form alongside your Accommodation Application via the link below:

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 prospetive allocations are subject to the student successfully joining Bath Spa University, and any unsuccessful applicants will have their offer of accommodation revoked. 

Any Priority Housing applications received after our final deadline on 2 August will have to wait to receive their allocated room offer until after A-Level results day.

Offers and allocations

2019 timeline

The timeline below is applicable to students who have applied for the 2019 academic year, beginning September 2019.

First wave applicants

  • February 2019 – Applications open for firm choice student applicants (first wave)
  • 7 June 2019 – Applications close for firm choice student applicants (first wave)

Second wave applicants 

  • 17 June 2019 – Second wave applications open
  • 2 August 2019 – Second wave applications close

The Waiting List opens for all applicants from 2 August 2019, including Clearing applicants.

Applicants who applied in the first wave (prior to 7 June 2019) will be allocated first. Applicants who have applied during the second wave will be allocated next, on a random basis.

If you haven't applied by either of these deadlines then you'll need to apply via the waiting list, which will open on 2 August 2019.

Students joining Bath Spa University via their Insurance choice (who have converted Bath Spa to their firm choice) will be allocated first, and remaining applicants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

First year undergraduates are prioritised and are still guaranteed accommodation. Any returning second and third year students on the waiting list should be aware that only first year undergraduate applicants are guaranteed an offer, and returning students may need to look for alternative accommodation in the private sector. Our team can support with the search; simply contact us by email.

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 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@unite-students.co.uk

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 the £250 booking fee when completing the online booking form. Once you move into Twerton Mill the £250 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 do 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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