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Applying for Accommodation – Bath Spa University

Apply now – applications are open for 2024/25 entry

Our online application system is now live for firm choice applicants arriving in September 2024 who meet our eligibility criteria. Before submitting your application, we recommend researching your accommodation options. If you have any questions, check our frequently asked questions page. 

Please click the link below to log in and make your accommodation preferences:

How to apply

To apply online, you'll need your:

  • Bath Spa University Student ID number (issued with your Bath Spa University offer to study)
  • Date of birth (which must be typed in the format DD/MM/YYYY)
  • Accommodation preferences (you get to select three preferences)

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

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2024.

How applications work

One of the important things to know about our application system is that we don't run a first-come, first-served 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 of receiving their preferred housing option.

How long you have to make your application

You have the entire application window, until 30 June, 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 time to visit us, explore our accommodation locations, and ask any questions you might have. Our key dates to be aware of can be found in the timeline section further down this page.

What to consider when you apply

Bath Spa University offers a wide range of contract lengths, prices and room types. Your three accommodation preferences are entered into our allocation system and we endeavour to meet your preferred choices, where possible. By completing this form, you're accepting that you have researched the different options and understand the financial responsibility of the preferences you've indicated. We may not be able to allocate you a room from your selected preferences, due to demand, so it's important to be familiar with a variety of options across all our locations.

If you need to disclose a medical condition or disability and have specific accommodation requirements please scroll down the page to the Priority Halls and returning students section.


Undergraduate students starting their first year of study at Bath Spa are guaranteed an offer of accommodation and are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • A first year undergraduate or foundation student at Bath Spa
  • A full-time applicant
  • Have made Bath Spa their firm choice in UCAS
  • Complete their application prior to the 30 June deadline
  • Will be studying at one of the following locations:
    • Newton Park
    • Sion Hill
    • Locksbrook
    • City of Bath College (if studying a Bath Spa foundation degree)

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

Please note: All offers of accommodation are subject to the student gaining the necessary grades to successfully enrol on their chosen course. Unsuccessful applicants will have their allocated accommodation removed and the room will be re-offered.

Students who don't apply for accommodation prior to the June deadline cannot be guaranteed an offer.

Key points

  • No cars are permitted for students living in halls of residence. For more information on Bath's fantastic public transport links, see our Getting Around section.
  • You must declare any disabilities or medical needs when applying. See the Priority Halls section below for more details.
  • Only include accommodation options that you're prepared to accept.
  • You’ll be able to change your accommodation options up until our online application system closes on 30 June.
  • The email address that you register with UCAS should be a personal address, not your school or college email address. We contact you via the email address you give to UCAS, and school and college email addresses usually shut down when you leave. To make sure you don't miss our time-sensitive emails going to an account that you can no longer access, please ensure you have a personal email registered on your UCAS account.
  • 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.
  • Accommodation is offered for the full length of contract. All contracts are fixed term agreements and once you have signed and accepted, you are committing to the full duration and length of the stay specified.

Receiving an offer

How to accept your offer

You'll be sent an offer of accommodation via email from mid-July onwards. Please ensure your email address on UCAS is up to date and not a school or college email address, as we use the email address you have registered with UCAS for our communications. We begin sending offers throughout July so please don't be alarmed if you don't hear from us on an exact date. 

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

If you've applied and stated your access requirements, please scroll down to the section below for further details about receiving your offer.

Please be aware that all prospective offers and allocations are subject to the student successfully joining Bath Spa University. Unsuccessful applicants will have their offer of accommodation rescinded.

How to reject your offer

If you decide to reject the offer of accommodation, we'll endeavour to make you a second offer, but please know the guaranteed offer of accommodation only applies to the first offer we send to eligible applicants, so a second offer cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability. 

You'll only receive a new offer should an alternative room become available.

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.

Priority Halls and returning students

Please see the options below if you have specific access requirements or you're not in your first year of study but interested in living in halls of residence.

Priority Halls

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 you haven't applied for accommodation stating access requirements before, you'll need to apply through the online accommodation application system when it opens. There is a section within the form called Priority Halls that you should complete if you feel you're eligible.

To support this application you need to send evidence from your GP or appropriate medical practitioner to This evidence should give specific information and reasons about the particular type of accommodation you require. Please contact the Student Wellbeing team if you have any questions about this process, or call +44 (0)1225 876543.

For returning students entering their second and/or third year of study with specific access requirements, please contact our team to discuss possible housing options we may be able to provide. You can speak to our team at

Returning students

Returning students in their second year, third year or in postgraduate study aren't usually able to stay in halls of residence if they've already lived with us in a previous year. This is because we prioritise all of our rooms to first year undergraduate students.

Should we be able to offer any of our rooms to returning students, our Returning Students page will be updated, including details on how students can apply for a room. This isn't something we're able to guarantee each year and is dependent on availability within our halls.

If you have any questions about this please speak to our team:

Offers and allocations

2024/25 timeline

The timeline below is applicable to students who apply for the 2024/25 academic year, beginning September 2024.

  • 28 February 2024 – Applications open for firm choice student applicants.
  • 30 June 2024 – Applications close for firm choice student applicants. Firm choice applicants who have stated specific access requirements will be sent offers of accommodation shortly.
  • Mid-July 2024 – Firm choice applicants begin receiving offers of accommodation.
  • Late summer 2024 – Registration of Interest form will open for late applicants, insurance choice and Clearing applicants, to declare interest in our rooms. Offers can be made to applicants subject to room availability.
How allocations work

Firm choice applicants who have disclosed specific access requirements are given priority and are allocated first. This 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) and have submitted a housing application by the deadline. Find out more here.

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 one of their choices of accommodation, although this is not always possible due to high demand for rooms. As a result some applicants may be offered accommodation for which they did not state a preference. Where we receive identical applications for specific room types and locations that exceed our supply, we randomise applicants to determine who is successful in being allocated the room.

Accepting your offer

All offers of accommodation are sent by email. 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.

Lakeside, Gardens and Bankside 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 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 that 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'll need to enter a pin number which will have been sent to your mobile phone that day. If you don't receive a pin, you can contact our team and we'll look at an alternative way to send this to you.

Please note there will be an upfront payment required to secure your allocated room. This prepayment of rent will be taken off your rent instalments. The payment would only be refunded if you do not join and enrol at the University. It would not be returned if you arrive and move into your accommodation.

Once you've completed this, you're all done! There are move-in instructions attached to the offer letter email and we'll look forward to meeting you in September.

Charlton Court and Waterside Court

Charlton Court and Waterside Court are managed by Unite Students. You'll be initially required to complete their booking form and to make an upfront payment 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 Students. You should ensure you fully understand the legal commitment you're 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 Students staff will be able to answer questions regarding the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. Please email:

Twerton Mill

Twerton Mill is managed by iQ Student Accommodation. You'll be initially required to complete their booking form and to make an upfront payment and then arrange your instalment plan. The completion of your booking form is your acceptance of your room at Twerton Mill. You'll then be directed to complete guarantor information and sign your tenancy agreement. All further correspondence about their process will come directly from iQ. You should ensure you fully understand the legal commitment you're 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.

iQ staff will be able to answer questions regarding the tenancy agreement. Please email:

Rejecting your offer

Please scroll up to the Receiving an offer section for information about rejecting offers.

Show flats

Bath Spa University holds a number of Open Days and Offer Holder Days throughout the year. Prospective students and their supporters visit the University and have the opportunity to visit some of the accommodation options available for students.

Bath Spa University has a limited number of ‘show flats’ available at the following locations:

  • 5 rooms at Charlton Court
  • 18 rooms at Newton Park
  • 7 rooms at Twerton Mill

Students living within these flats receive a discounted licence agreement or rent charge, equivalent to £85 per event or £850 for the entire contract length.

Students living in show flats will also have the opportunity to become a paid Student Ambassador on these dates, subject to the standard recruitment process for these posts. Any Student Ambassador payment is in addition to the discount offered on the licence agreement or rent charge.

Students selecting a show flat option are making a commitment to:

  1. Ensure their room is clean and tidy for all the pre-agreed ten dates for Open Days and Offer Holder Days throughout the academic year. Dates for academic year 2024-2025 are currently being finalised.
  2. Attend a short training session from the Student Accommodation and UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Team during their first month at university. 
  3. Be available to accompany students and their supporters to view the communal areas and their bedroom between 9am and 5pm on all ten dates.

Discounted 'show flat’ accommodation rates are only available to students who commit to all ten dates.

The University reserves the right to move students to alternative, non-discounted accommodation in the event that any of these conditions are not met. 

Allocations to these rooms will be completed by the Student Accommodation Team, via the standard allocations procedure.

Students who are allocated a show flat room will receive further information about the full offer terms and conditions when they receive their room offer in July.

Frequently asked questions

Please see our Accommodation FAQs page for further details.

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