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How to apply for halls

An overview of the application > allocation > arrival process

step 1Assuming you meet our eligibility criteria and you have accepted (firm or insurance) a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Kingston University, we will send you full application details in May/June by email.

If you have not heard from us by 1 July and you meet our eligibility criteria, please contact us.

step 2The email will contain information to enable you to log in to our halls application website.

You should apply as soon as you have read this information, whether Kingston is your firm or insurance choice. Do not wait until your course offer is unconditional. The last date for applications is 9 August and your offer may not be unconditional until after this date. Unfortunately we are unable to offer a room to every first-year student who applies for halls and meets our eligibility criteria.

It is important you make three different preferences (unless you are a nursing student, who are usually housed together, in which case you have a choice of standard and Kingston Hill En suite). If you do not enter preferences you will not be allocated a room as you will be excluded from halls allocation.

Please read our guide to entering your preferences. We will try to offer you your first choice (if available) but this is not always possible. Priority for halls of residence will be given to students who register their preferences in good time and meet the eligibility criteria. Once again, the last date for application is 9 August.

step 3Rooms are allocated when your course offer is 'Unconditional Firm' and you have made your preferences online. This may be before August, but is usually after A-level results. We automatically allocate rooms by looking at your preferences, subject to availability. We will try to offer one of your preferences.

step 4If we offer you a room, subject to availability, we will send you an allocation email. Attached to the email will be several documents:

  • Hall Licence Term Sheet
  • Conditions of Licence to Occupy a Study-Bedroom in a Student Hall
  • Hall Registration Form
  • Hall Deposit Payment Form

These documents must be signed and returned in the post (we cannot accept scanned copies), along with a £300 deposit, by the closing date of offer. If you do not respond in time we will offer the room to someone else.

We appreciate that international students may need more time to return their documents in the post.

step 5If you have been allocated a room in halls, you will want to access the welcome to halls webpages. These cover everything you need to know about your stay, including what to bring with you.

step 6The majority of students arrive in halls on the second weekend in September. The allocation process will continue throughout the period from July to October. Please read our frequently asked questions on living in halls if you are not sure what to expect.

step 7If you have read the preferences guide and understand the room types and costs information, you can apply for halls.

View the preferences guide which will show you how to select your halls room preferences.

Communication tip

It is vital that our Applicant Services Department has your current address and email address, especially if you are travelling abroad during the summer. When we make an accommodation offer, there is a limited time to reply and pay the deposit to secure your room.


Please email or phone +44(0)844 855 2177 if you need to update your details.

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