Accommodation

LBIC accommodation

At LBIC we recognise the importance of safe and comfortable student accommodation. Our accommodation team 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 accom-uxb@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.

For more information about cost of living why not try the UKCISA student calculator - studentcalculator.org

 

General accommodation FAQ

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.

  1. 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 the local area which we then rent to our students.

There is a wide choice of housing near Brunel which can be reasonably priced for the London area. In 2017 you can expect to pay between £90 and £110 a week for a room, not including utilities.

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!

Are there any catered accommodation options available at LBIC?

No, all the accommodation options are self-catered. Kitchen facilities are provided at student residences and alternative accommodation and 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.

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 approximately 4538 students in 33 halls of residence, which include 116 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. Late arrival in the UK might mean you lose your room on campus.

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?

No

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

If you have accepted your Licence Agreement for 2017/18 online, paid your accommodation booking fee and have a need to arrive earlier than your Licence Agreement start date you will be able to make a request to collect your keys and move in to your accommodation early.

You can request to arrive up to 4 days before your Licence Agreement starts by completing an early arrival form via your Accommodation Services Student Hub. The early arrival form can be found under the academic year and then request forms.

If you need to arrive before this then you must contact your Residence Manager to see if your room will be ready and clean for your arrival. Once the Residence Office has confirmed your arrival date to the Accommodation Services you will then be able to book and pay for your early arrival. However, please note that it might not be possible to arrange this due to lack of availability. If you are a student mentor / contact / attending Orientation and need to arrive more than 4 days before your contract starts please read ‘I am a student mentor / contact / attending Orientation. How do I book my early arrival?’.

If you need to arrive 2 weeks or more before your Licence start date then you must apply for summer accommodation with the Accommodation Services; for more information please read.

Requests cannot be submitted after Wednesday 6 September 2017

For further information, please read terms and conditions.

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

If you have been allocated within the Isambard Complex for your main allocation it is likely that you will be placed in alternative en suite accommodation for the period of your early arrival. Your Residence Manager will be in contact with you once you are able to move over to your main allocation.

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 Services 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 Services 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 Services, you will be required to make payment of a further instalment of rent to hold your room during your delayed arrival.

Please see section 14 of 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.

Where can I buy a bus pass?

London has one of the largest urban transport networks in the world, with integrated bus, river and road systems spanning the city's 32 boroughs.

When you arrive you will be able to buy an Oyster card from any station in London. An Oyster card is a smartcard which can hold pay as you go credit, Travelcard (travel pass) and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. Use it to travel on bus, Tube, Tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Who can I talk to if I have problems?

The accommodation team at LBIC are always here to help. Either come into the office at LBIC to meet with the accommodation team or send them an email via accom-uxb@brunel.ac.uk.

What time can I access Student Services?

The Student Services Office is open from 8.30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. If you wish to make an appointment with a member of the accommodation team please email accom-uxb@brunel.ac.uk.

Can I contact other LBIC students before I arrive?

Why not log onto one of our social media accounts - www.facebook.com/LBICstudents to chat with fellow LBIC students?

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.