How to submit an application

Find out all you need to know about submitting an application and what factors to consider when choosing your preferences

How do I submit an application?

You can submit your application for accommodation online. If you've never used the Online Accommodation System you'll need to register for an account before you can submit an application. If you have previously registered with the Online Accommodation System you will need to login using the same username you've used previously.

Can I apply to live in halls as a continuing student?

Every year we have to assess the number of bed spaces we can reserve for continuing students based on many different factors including any guarantees being offered by the College and the predicted number of new students that are likely to need accommodation (as priority is given to applications from new undergraduate and new postgraduate students). 

There will be limited availability in Halls of Residence for continuing students. You will be able to apply for the below Halls of Residence bands;

2020/21 academic year 2021/22 academic year 

Continuing undergraduates:

Bands A, B1, D1, F, H1, J and Z

Continuing postgraduates

Bands V, W, X and Y

Continuing undergraduates

Bands A (Gowar), D1, F, H2, J and Z

Continuing postgraduates

Bands V, W, X and Y

Please visit our Halls webpages for further information on each of the options. 

Find out more about applying to live in halls as a continuing student

Recommendation for accommodation

If a recommendation is put forward on your behalf by a team within Student Advisory & Wellbeing after meeting the necessary criteria you may be guaranteed accommodation as a continuing student as long as you apply within the application window for guaranteed groups. More information can be found in our allocation policy. To be assessed you’ll have to register with the Student Advisory & Wellbeing team as well as submitting an application for accommodation before the application window closes. 

How do I choose which Hall is best for me?

Are you struggling to decide which bands should be at the top of your preferences? Don’t worry! Take a look at our guidance below to help you decide what’s best for you.



We offer both self-catered and catered pay-as-you-go Halls at Royal Holloway. If the Hall is self-catered, this means that it comes with a shared kitchen where you can cook your own food. If the Hall is catered pay-as-you-go, you’ll have access to a pantry with a fridge and microwave so you can make drinks and snacks and you’ll buy your meals from your Hall's dining hall (at a discounted rate of approximately 50%).

For a quick breakdown on which bands are catered or self-catered, please see the Halls of Residence fees information.

Do you have special dietary requirements (e.g. vegan or halal)? Don’t worry! We ensure that all our dining halls supply food for everyone, but if there isn’t an option for you on the menu, all you need to do is let the member of staff at the food counter know and they’ll cook something for you fresh. Take a look at the food outlets available at Royal Holloway to get an idea of what’s on offer for you.


Are you applying for a maintenance loan from Student Finance to help cover your accommodation fees? If so, we recommend that you use the Student Finance Calculator to estimate how much loan you’ll receive before you submit your application. Once you know roughly how much loan you’ll receive, you can add your preferences in order of what you can afford.

You can view the full list of Halls of Residence fees online but if you’re looking for more affordable accommodation, single standard Band Z (undergraduate), single en suite Band H2 (undergraduate) and single standard Band W (postgraduate) might be best for you.


Bathroom facilities

Some of our Halls offer en suite facilities which means you’ll have access to your own toilet, washbasin and shower. Others have shared facilities which means that you’ll share a bathroom with other students in your flat or corridor (you may still have your own washbasin in your room).

For a quick breakdown on which bands have shared or en suite bathroom facilities, please see the Halls of Residence fees information. Please be aware, en suite rooms can be the most expensive so you might want to take a look at your budget before you finalise your preferences!


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