We know that for many of our students, plans have had to be changed due to COVID-19 and that you may be facing some uncertainties about the upcoming months. In light of this, we know that some of you may be looking for temporary accommodation at the start of the Academic Year.
For the 2020/21 Academic Year, we are allowing our first-year undergraduate students to choose between moving into halls in the Autumn or Spring terms. This means that there may be a number of short-term vacancies in our halls during the Autumn term.
If our first year undergraduates opt for a Spring arrival date, their room may be available for occupation from 3 October to 18 December 2020. Only after allocations have been completed in mid-September, will we then know how many rooms will be vacant for use in term one.
What does this mean for me?
We are allowing current continuing Imperial undergraduate students to register their interest for a short-term vacancy. Once we know how many rooms we have available, we will reach out to those on the waiting list in late September and make an offer of a room. We will be making our offers on a first-come, first-served basis.
As part of the registration process we will need to know your maximum weekly budget. This will be the only preference factor we can consider when allocating you a room. It will not be possible to specify a preference for halls, room type or location.
However, there are several important factors you should consider before deciding if a temporary place in halls is best for you:
- Due to the allocation process, we will not know how many – if any – rooms will be available for the Autumn term until late-September.
- You will only be offered one room which will match your stated budget. This room could be anywhere in our portfolio. Before applying please ensure you are willing to take up a place in any of our halls.
- Due to the limited nature of the process, you will only have 24 hours to accept any offer that is made to you.
- You will only be offered a room once - if you decline your initial offer or it expires, we won't be able to provide you with a second offer.
- We are only able to offer residence for the period of 3 October to 18 December 2020. The licence period will be for these dates. We cannot offer rents on a week-by-week basis. You will need to commit to the full term, and we cannot offer any extension.
We understand that waiting until late September for confirmation of a vacancy is not ideal. If you need support securing accommodation before the start of session, the Student Hub are able to help you with your private housing search, including providing advice for private short-term lets.
How to apply
Submit the below application form and, if there are any vacancies that suit your budget, the Student Hub will be in contact in late September.
If you do submit an application, a credit check will be completed by the College's Finance Divison; if you have any outstanding debt on your student profile we will be unable to offer you a room.