Our application process is available between 1 November – 1 July for accommodation in September in line with deadlines set out below.
Step 1 – accept your academic offer
You must have formally accepted your academic offer (conditional or unconditional) before you apply for accommodation. For undergraduates, this means you must have accepted Leeds as your firm offer through UCAS. If you have done this, you can apply for accommodation from 1 November.
If Leeds was your insurance choice, but you have now accepted your place to study at Leeds, you can apply for accommodation between 18 August and 31 August. You will usually need to wait 2 days after accepting your offer before you can apply.
Step 2 – choose your accommodation
Take a look at our residences to explore the different types of accommodation we offer. You can choose between catered and self-catered rooms, and all your bills are included in your rent.
If you want to find your own private accommodation, you can read Private accommodation for more information on private accommodation and comparing the costs of our residences.
Step 3 – special requirements
At Leeds, we want everyone to feel comfortable and at home. If you have any special requirements, make sure you let us know. Read Special requirements for more information, and make sure you upload any supporting medical evidence and the Additional Requirements form if you need to.
Step 4 – apply for your accommodation
Our application process is available between 1 November – 1 July for accommodation in September in line with deadlines set out below. You can complete the application form via our Accommodation Portal. To access the Accommodation Portal for the first time, you will need to set a password using the 'Create Account' option. You will then receive an email with a link to create a new password. Once you have created a new password, you should log in with your email and your password.
There are different deadlines dependent on your situation.
Apply by 1 July if you are:
- a new first year undergraduate applicant and have accepted Leeds as your firm choice
- an exchange student coming to Leeds in September
- a postgraduate student (paying international fees) starting in September or October
- an International Foundation Year student who has accepted your offer to study at Leeds
Apply by 31 August if you:
- originally accepted Leeds as your insurance choice but your offer has now become firm
- you have accepted a place at Leeds through clearing
Apply by 30 September if you are:
- a taught postgraduate student (paying international fees) starting in January
Apply by 1 December if you are:
- an exchange student coming to Leeds in January (semester 2)
Apply at least two months before you start University if you are:
- a postgraduate research student starting at any time apart from September or October.
You can log in to and complete the application form via our Accommodation Portal. To access the Accommodation Portal for the first time, you will need to set a password using the 'Create Account' option. You will then receive an email with a link to create a new password. Once you have created a new password, you should log in with your email and your password.
We don’t allocate our accommodation on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so you have time to research our website before submitting your application.
Our online application system
Please see our Application FAQs for further help. If you continue to have problems contact Accommodation Services with your full name, Leeds student ID number or UCAS personal ID number, your date of birth and details of any problems you are having.
Accommodation is not allocated on a first come first served basis, so you will not be penalised by this delay, as long as you apply by the deadlines.
Step 5 – submit your application
Check all the details on your application are correct then click ‘Submit’. Once you’ve submitted your application you’ll be sent an email summarising your application and your preferences.
Step 6 – we will allocate you a room
We cannot guarantee you’ll get your first choice of residence, but we’ll make every effort to find you somewhere suitable.
If you have an unconditional offer at Leeds, we will allocate your accommodation between 16 July and 1 August.
If you have a conditional offer we will allocate your accommodation after your application becomes unconditional – in most cases soon after A-Level results are published. Don’t worry if your friends find out where they have been allocated before you do. With nearly 8,000 applications to look through, we have to send offers out over a number of weeks.
If you are a postgraduate we will email you in July to give you additional information about accommodation, and ask you to confirm your preferences. We will then allocate your room from late July to early September.
If you have not received an email offering you accommodation by 10 September please call us on (+44) 0370 1200 189.
Step 7 – accepting a contract
Once we’ve allocated your accommodation we’ll send you an email. Please check your junk or spam folders regularly to be sure you do not miss our email.
Our email invites you to log on to the Accommodation Portal to check your offer of accommodation. You should read this carefully, including the terms and conditions. If you are satisfied, accept the offer as soon as possible and definitely within 4 days.
When you accept the offer online, this creates a legally binding contract for the time period stated. Make sure that you are fully aware of your legal commitments before you accept.
From the Accommodation Portal, you can also access links to our online induction and our payment instalment plan. You must pay your £200 deposit within 4 days of receiving your offer and complete both the induction programme and payment instalment plan before you arrive.