Congratulations on accepting your offer to study a Masters at the University of Stirling.
If you’re looking for postgraduate accommodation for the duration of your studies, we’ve got lots of options for you to choose from. Find out everything you need to know in this handy blog.
Step 1 – Make a list
When it comes to searching for your student residence, it’s good start with a list of what you would like to get out of your student experience. We offer a wide range of university-managed options for postgraduate students on-campus and nearby in Bridge of Allan or the city of Stirling. Here are some things to consider:
For postgraduate students, student accommodation ranges from £92.91 per week to £185.82 per week for 2022/23 depending 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 consider 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
- Family Accommodation: we also provide accommodation for families. There are two- and three-bedroom flats available on campus. Applications for these residences should be made via our Accommodation Team.
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.
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! You can apply for postgraduate accommodation as long as you have received and accepted a conditional or unconditional offer to study at the University.
We prioritise new students applying for accommodation, and if you apply by 31 July 2022, we’ll guarantee you an offer.
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
Offers of accommodation will be sent to students with unconditional firm offers, who have paid any tuition fee deposit (where it is due) from August onwards.
Once you receive your offer of accommodation, 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).
To confirm your place in accommodation, you’ll be required to pay a £300 rent pre-payment which is then deducted from your first rent payment.
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!