How to apply for accommodation

Accommodation 2024/25

The accommodation application process for September 2024/25 opens Monday 8 April 2024 at 9:00am UK Time. 

You cannot apply before this date. The accommodation webpages are now updated with the new portfolio of residence halls, room types and weekly rent, as well as instructions on how to apply. You are advised to look through the portfolio and read the application instructions carefully prior to accessing the application portal.

If you are looking for accommodation to move into now or during summer, please contact our office at to check availability.

When to apply

You can apply once you have firmly accepted your offer of a place at SOAS. SOAS have negotiated special rates for our students with our accommodation partners and the current housing options can be found in our home page.

There is no closing date for applications, however, you are advised to apply early to avoid missing out on your preferred options. 

Returning students should apply before 1 May.

Application Guide

Please read the full instructions below before you access our application portal to avoid your application not being fully processed.

  1. You must be a full-time SOAS student to be able to apply.
  2. You must have firmly accepted an offer to study at SOAS, conditional or unconditional. SOAS will not offer accommodation to students holding SOAS as an insurance offer.
  3. If you are a current SOAS student (returning student), please ensure you submit your accommodation application before 1 May. Returning students who apply after this date may not be allocated any of their three preferred choices, but alternative options will be available.
  4. The following students should contact the Accommodation Office prior to applying to discuss options:
  5. Accommodation offers are not secured until the contract with the provider is signed, and the relevant deposit paid. The deadline to accept the accommodation is short, and you are advised to check your emails daily for any housing allocations, offers, and information from the accommodation office. It may not be possible to reinstate missed accommodation offers.

Applicants are advised to read the following instructions carefully to ensure their application progresses smoothly and quickly through the SOAS application portal.

How to apply

Application Portal

New applicants will be prompted to create a user account for the first time to access the application portal. Please ensure to select what year of study will be started September 2024