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Undergraduate

Undergraduate FAQs: General Questions

  • When will I be sent information on accommodation?

    If you accept a place at SOAS as your Firm choice you will be sent an email advising you how to find student accommodation and providing a unique reference number which will enable you to make an application. This will include information on the University of London Housing Services, Sanctuary Management Services (for Dinwiddy House and Paul Robeson House) along with details of other possible sources of accommodation and assistance.

    The first batch of Accommodation emails will be sent to applicants who have already received offers and firmly accepted them during January. After this, we will do regular mail-outs to applicants holding newly accepted offers usually within two weeks of the acceptance being updated on our system. If you have firmly accepted a place have not received this email either by the end of January or three weeks after you made your acceptance, please write to undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk.

    There is no deadline for applications for accommodation but please note that every year more applications are received than there are places available so early application is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Please note that whilst the vast majority are placed in their preferred accommodation, we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to provide accommodation to all applicants.

    Please visit the undergraduate accommodation pages for more information on accommodation including contact information for Sanctuary Management Services who manage SOAS student accommodation.

  • Can I apply for accommodation if I am holding an Insurance Offer?

    Due to the high demand for accommodation only applicants who have accepted an offer at SOAS as their Firm choice will be able to apply for accommodation.  If you initially accept your offer at SOAS as your Insurance choice but SOAS becomes your Firm choice at a later date you should email the Admissions Office at undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk requesting the serial number required for accommodation applications.

  • How can I visit SOAS?

    SOAS organises open days which give you the opportunity to speak to academic members of staff to gain information and advice on our courses, meet current students, tour the campus and view our facilities and visit the halls of residence.  For more information on registering for the open day or of other events, please visit the Open Days page. 

    The Student Recruitment team also organise campus tours throughout the year. These take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm. Visitors will be taken on a tour of the Russell Square campus including teaching and lecture rooms, the Library and IT facilities, and the Students' Union. The tours will be conducted by a member of the Student Recruitment Office staff who will be happy to answer questions about the School or your preferred subject. It is not necessary to book for these tours; simply come to the Student Recruitment office in the main SOAS College building at Russell Square.

    If you have any queries concerning our campus tours please email study@soas.ac.uk

  • Can I change my year of entry?

    There is not usually a problem allowing applicants to defer their place on a course to the following year but it is not possible to defer for more than one year so applicants will need to make a new application if they are unable to take up their deferred place.  However, decisions on whether to allow applicants to change from a deferred year of entry to entry in the current year will depend on the availability of places and transfer may not be possible if a course is full. Requests to change year of entry should be made by email to undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk quoting your full name and UCAS ID number.

  • If I applied last year for deferred entry, will any increase in fees be applied to me?

    Yes it will. Fees are applicable to the point of entry not to when an application is made.

  • How do I obtain a letter confirming my student status? (for example, for the purposes of opening a bank account)

    Letters to open a Bank account in the United Kingdom again can only be provided once a student is holding an Unconditional Firm offer and has a term-time address in the UK.  You can obtain a letter by sending an email request to undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk. Please ensure that you quote your full name and UCAS ID number, your address in the UK, the name and address of the bank where you will be opening your account plus details of the address to which you would like us to send the letter.

  • Who should I contact if I have a disability and require special arrangements to help with my studies?

    The SOAS Student Disability Office provides information, advice and support to you, from when you first apply to when you graduate. We are keen to try and ensure: that every aspect of student life at SOAS is accessible to you; that you have the opportunity to do well in your academic studies; and that you enjoy your time here. The disability office provides confidential advice.  No information about you will be passed on to anyone else without your express consent.

    If you require specialised support such as a note taker, or sign language interpreter or assistance with access around the campus, then it would be useful for you to contact the SOAS disability office straightaway to allow them more time to make any necessary arrangements. You can find more information on the SOAS website at: www.soas.ac.uk/disability/

  • How can I find out further details of the content of the course for which I have applied?

    Further information on the specific content of your course can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions pages of the SOAS website.

  • Will I be sent a reading list before the start of my course?

    Reading lists are normally issued to you during the first two weeks of term and are not usually sent out in advance.  However, a list of pre-entry reading can be found on most of the individual course pages on the SOAS website and you may find it useful to read some of these texts to give you a broad background for your studies. If you have any questions concerning this or any other academic aspects of your forthcoming course you should contact the relevant Faculty office direct.

  • Who should I contact if I have any further questions?

    The answers to most questions can be found by browsing the information available on the SOAS web-site (www.soas.ac.uk). If you can still not find the answer you can contact us as follows:

    Please email study@soas.ac.uk if you are considering making an application to SOAS but have not yet applied.

    Please email undergradadmissions@soas.ac.uk if you have submitted an application and have enquiries specific to your application.