You’ve chosen the University of Stirling as your firm choice – congratulations! Next step is to organise your student accommodation. We’ve got everything you need in this blog to help you secure your new home from home.
Step 1 – Make a list
When it comes to searching for the perfect home away from home, it’s good start with a list of what you would like to get out of your student experience. Here are some things to consider:
For undergraduate students, student accommodation ranges from £85.76 per week to £182.45 per week for 2022/23 – it really depends on the kind of facilities you’re looking for! Consider what is realistically affordable for you and find out what is included in the price. For example, utilities, Wi-Fi, room and contents insurance, bedding and bed linen, housekeeping assistance and 24/7 staff assistance are included in the rent for all University of Stirling Accommodation.
Facilities will affect the price of your accommodation. So you need to think about things like sharing a shower room with flatmates or if you would prefer to have an ensuite. There are various types of rooms available:
- Standard room: includes a bed, desk, chair, lamp, wardrobe and drawers
- Ensuite room: includes everything from the standard room as well as your own shower room (toilet, sink and shower)
- Studio room: this is basically a mini apartment and means you’ll have the entire place to yourself. Includes everything from a living space with a kitchen and sleeping area, as well as a shower room.
It’s also important to consider what kind of lifestyle you’d like to have. During the application process, you will be asked if you prefer a single or mixed gender flat, whether you’d prefer to live in a quiet flat, and whether you’d prefer to live in an alcohol-free flat.
At the time of applying, please inform the accommodation team if you have any health conditions that mean you require a particular type of accommodation.
Included with all accommodation is access to our friendly team. They have training in mental health and first aid, look after the welfare of all students staying on campus, as well as the safety and maintenance of the buildings. They are the first point of contact in your accommodation and are there for you, so don’t be shy! You can find them at the reception of your accommodation 24/7.
Once you’ve got your list, take a look at our website to pick your top six residences.
Step 2 – Your application
Now it’s on to the nitty gritty – the application! Make sure you apply by the deadline to ensure your accommodation for September:
- Scottish students: 30 June 2022
- UK, EU and Overseas students: 31 August 2022
Accommodation is allocated based on preferences and availability. This means that it is not always possible to get your first choice, but the Accommodation Team will try their best to match students to suitable flats.
The application is made online via the student portal and the accommodation dashboard. The student portal login details will be sent to your email. If you’ve prepared your list of preferences, this process will be straightforward. The Accommodation Team can be reached on +44(0)1786 467060 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) in case you have any questions.
Once you submit your online application, you’ll receive an automated email confirmation.
Step 3 – Your offer of accommodation
You won’t receive any offer of accommodation until after exam results are published in August. However, the Accommodation Team will keep in touch with you throughout the summer with useful information and updates.
Once you receive your offer of accommodation in August, you can view it, read all of the terms and conditions (called the Occupancy Agreement) and accept the offer online (or decline it if you’ve changed your mind). There is no deposit or pre-payment for undergraduate students. Please do make sure you read all the information very carefully when accepting the offer, as you will be entering into a legally binding contract and won’t be released if you change your mind at a later date.
Step 4 – Pack your things
Once you have accepted your offer, it’s time to think about the big move.
We provide bedding for your room so if you need to pack light, then clothes, towels and personal items are all you need to bring.
University of Stirling accommodation is self-catered so all of our kitchens have a cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle. You can bring cutlery, crockery, pots and pans or buy then from the Green & Blue Space or local supermarkets. For days when you don’t feel like cooking, there are lots of catering outlets across campus for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Accommodation Team will be on hand throughout move in so if you have any questions or need a hand, just ask. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home in September!