Returning students

Please be advised by applying for accommodation, you are agreeing that you have already read the conditions of residence in the Residents' Guide (PDF).

Returning students are those who have previously studied at the University of Surrey at any level of study including on a foundation course.

As a returning student, you can apply for accommodation at any point of the year. However, during term time we are usually at full capacity and room availability is very limited.

As we cannot guarantee returning students accommodation, we suggest that you explore the private sector. Information and advice is available from our living off campus pages

Application guidance for September 2021

Returning students (undergraduate and postgraduate) are not guaranteed accommodation. For exceptions, please review our Allocation document (PDF). If you fall outside the guarantee, there is support available to you in your search for housing in the private sector.

Please be aware:

  • You need to ensure you apply for the correct academic year. If you are looking for accommodation starting in September 2021 you must apply for academic year 2021/22. Failing to do so may invalidate your application.


Applications for returning students (undergraduate and postgraduate) open from 23 February 2021 at 10am, the deadline to apply is 15 March 2021 at midnight (GMT).

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application late March 2021.

Second semester accommodation 2021/22

We expect there to be a limited number of rooms available at this time of year, however, you can still submit an application. If you would like to apply for a room starting from the second semester, please state this on your 2021/22 application.