Accommodation

LBIC accommodation

At LBIC we recognise the importance of safe and comfortable student accommodation. The Brunel Accommodation Centre help students to choose a safe, clean and secure accommodation that suits the needs of the modern student. For all enquiries regarding accommodation please contact bac@brunel.ac.uk

There are a variety of accommodation options available for Brunel University London students and we are certain you will find your ideal 'home away from home' while studying with us at LBIC. Why not take a virtual tour of Brunel University London's accommodation on campus?

 

For more information about cost of living why not try the Which?University student calculator - or visit Brunel University London Accommodation. You can also visit Brunel's Accommodation Question and Answer Centre for more information.

General accommodation FAQ

When can I apply for accommodation?

Once you have receieved your unconditional offer letter from LBIC, you will need to read the offer letter carefully, sign the acceptance form located in the end of the offer letter and return it back to admissions.uk@navitas.com.

 

You will also need to make a tuition fee deposit stated on your offer letter. Once you have completed these steps, your status will be turned to Unconditional at LBIC. This should then automatically let Brunel University London know, and change your status there to Unconditional too.

 

Once your status at Brunel University London has been changed to Unconditional, you will then be allowed to apply for accommodation with the University.

 

What are the accommodation options available and how do I book them?

There are two main accommodation options at LBIC:

 

1. On Campus Accommodation

On campus Accommodation. Once you have been issued with a Brunel Student number (7 digit number) you can apply for a room on the Brunel University London Accommodation Centre Hub.

 

2. Brunel Student Lettings - Off Campus accommodation

During your time at Brunel University London you may decide to live off-campus. In order to make this as easy as possible for you the University manages a number of properties in the local area which the University then rent to our students.

 

There is a wide choice of housing near Brunel which can be reasonably priced for the London area. 

 

Whatever you’re looking for your first port of call should be Brunel Student Lettings in the Accommodation Centre. This team is dedicated to students’ needs and does not charge for its services, unlike most agencies. We can help you find a great place to live!

 

What are the rent fees and contract length?

For more information regarding rent fees and contract lengths, please click here.

 

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/accommodation/residences

 

Are there any catered accommodation options available at LBIC?

No, all the accommodation options are self-catered. Kitchen facilities are provided within the Halls of Residence, so students can cook their own food. Self-catering is by far the cheapest option in the UK, and what the majority of UK students will do. It is expected that you contribute towards the cleaning and tidying of the kitchens. You must leave them as you found them.

 

What is the living expenses?

Brunel University London has provided a rough guideline on typical living costs per month. Please click here for more information.

 

Where is the accommodation located?

Brunel's Halls of Residence are all on campus, meaning you are only minutes away from the teaching, sporting and social facilities.

 

We provide self-catering accommodation for over 4500 students in 33 Halls of Residence, which include 120 studio flats for co-habiting couples.

 

Everyone has different priorities, so we offer a choice of en suite, standard and studio residences.

 

Rooms are available on campus for undergraduates, postgraduates, disabled students and co-habiting couples.

 

You must make sure you have arranged somewhere to live or at least have temporary accommodation before leaving home otherwise you run the risk of arriving at Brunel with nowhere to live.

 

The Accommodation Centre will give you every assistance to find suitable accommodation either in the University residences or locally, off campus.

 

If you need to apply for a visa, ensure you allow sufficient time for the British Embassy to process your application. If you plan to arrive into your accommodation after your room contract has started please contact the Accommodation Centre Team for advice as you may be required to take further action to secure your room and avoid it being cancelled.

 

Can I smoke in my property?

You cannot smoke in your home if you live in any form of student residences or alternative accommodation. In the UK you can smoke outdoors, as long as you are more than 5 metres away from any building and in areas that are not 'substantially enclosed'. However, some places do have a smoke-free policy, like train platforms and sports stadiums.

 

Are pets allowed?

Residents are not allowed to keep animals or pets in the residences except animals, which are for the aid of a disabled person and these must be registered with the Residences Office prior to moving into the campus accommodation.

 

If you wish to have an animal or a pet in your accommodation you would need to consider your off-campus options.

 

If you are securing a property with an Estate/Letting Agent, please query this directly with them.

 

Can I arrive early at my accommodation before the start of my contract?

If you need to arrive early, please contact the Accommodation Centre by email to bac@brunel.ac.uk for further information and to check availability.

 

Wired internet access may be unavailable during your early arrival booking period.

 

If you are able to be accommodated, please note that whilst we make every effort to accommodate you in the same room as your main allocation some students allocated in other Complexes also may be placed in a temporary room until your accommodation is available and ready.

 

What happens if I do not, or I am unable to arrive until sometime after my contract starts?

If you are unable to arrive on your Licence Agreement start date please complete the late arrival request form online (log into your account, click on the relevant academic year, then click Request Forms on the right hand side) to inform the Accommodation Centre of your delayed arrival date. Depending on your circumstances we can usually allow for a few days late arrival, provided we know in advance. You will however, be liable for the payment of rent from the start date of your Licence Agreement.

 

There is a limit to the period of time a room can be held for late arrival as demand for rooms is high. A room that remains unoccupied one week after the start of the Licence period will be reallocated to a waiting student and the booking fee will be retained by the University, unless the student has had permission from the Accommodation Centre to extend their late arrival. If you are planning to arrive more than 7 days after the start of your Licence Agreement and this has been agreed with the Accommodation Centre, you will be required to make payment of a further instalment of rent to hold your room during your delayed arrival.

 

Please see the Residences Rules and Regulations for further information. 

 

Where is the nearest supermarket?

In London you are never more than a 10 minute walk from a mini-market. In Uxbridge town centre there are 2 major super markets as well as other smaller food outlets.

 
Who can I talk to if I have problems with my accommodation?

The Accommodation and Residence teams at Brunel University London are always here to help. If you have any queries pre arrival, please contact the Accommodation Centre via email to bac@brunel.ac.uk for queries regarding your once after you have arrive please contact your Residences Manager via email to res@brunel.ac.uk.

 
Can I contact other LBIC students before I arrive?

You can request to join our Facebook group, specifically for LBIC students joining LBIC. Click here to get to know your peers.

 

You will also be invited to join the Accommodation Centre WhatsApp group for the Halls of Residence you are living in details will be sent to you by email from the Accommodation Centre shortly after you have accepted your Licence Agreement.

 

Are there laundry facilities available?

In student residences the laundry facilities are pay-as-you-go. In Alternative accommodation, most properties contain shared laundry facilities at no extra cost.

 

Can I bring a TV?

Students prefer to use their laptop or computer to watch TV in the UK. Please note that if you intend to watch live television on your computer you will need a TV licence. www.tvlicensing.co.uk. Please see the TV Licensing site for more details.

 

Why do I receive two IDs – LBIC ID & Brunel ID?

This is due to two different systems we are using in LBIC. Please note that you will need Brunel ID to apply for accommodation online.

 

What shall I do if I have applied for accommodation online, but haven’t received any confirmation or update from Accommodation Centre?

All online accommodation applications will receive an email confirmation within a few minutes. You will next hear from the Accommodation Centre by email to request your arrival date if you have not provided this on your application. After this the next contact will be once LBIC have confirmed you are ready to be offered a room. If you have any queries you may contact the Accommodation Centre via email at bac@brunel.ac.uk or via phone call at +44 (0)1895 267900. You may also use online chat at Brunel University London Accommodation. 

 

Once I apply for accommodation online, when will I get room allocation?

You will only receive you room offer once you have meet the specified conditions with LBIC. The LBIC team will inform the Accommodation Centre once you are in a position to be offered a room and will then be in contact with you by the email you provided on your accommodation application within 2 working days. If your LBIC offer it is still a conditional offer, you will need to provide us with relevant documents to meet all the conditions. If you are holding an unconditional offer, then you will need to pay the tuition fee booking fee and provide us with the payment receipt. Once your tuition fee booking fee is received by us, we will authorise Accommodation Team to allocate a room for you. The Accommodation Centre will then be in contact regarding room allocation. 

 

Once I receive the room offer and pay the accommodation booking fee, what happens to my booking fee?

Your booking fee is allocated to your final rent instalment For your final rent instalment, shown on your Licence Agreement and on your rent invoice, you will need to deduct your booking fee from your final instalment and this will be the amount you are due to pay.

 
Will I receive the booking fee back if for any reason I terminate the contract early?

If a student wishes to terminate their term time Licence Agreement early, the University operates the following procedure. Before 10am 17 February 2020 for undergraduate, language and PGCert length contracts and before 10am 1 July 2020 for postgraduate/research length contracts: the student is charged a £350 break of contract (£450 for studio flats) and for the number of nights in accommodation until the keys are returned to the Residences Office. Any payments that you make such as your booking fee or rental payments will be off-set against these charges. Once you have vacated Accommodation Centre will be in contact with you by email to confirm any overpayment/outstanding amounts.

 

If you vacate your room after 10am 17 February 2020 for undergraduate, language and PGCert length contracts and after 10am 1 July 2020 for postgraduate/research length contracts, you will be charged until the end of your term time Licence Agreement. Students will need to hand their keys into their Residence Office in order to vacate not just remove their belongings from the room.

 

If you have any other questions, please visit Brunel accommodation website or email bac@brunel.ac.uk