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Frequently Asked Questions

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Moving into a new place is a significant step for anyone, especially if it’s your first time away from home. You’re bound to have lots of questions, so we’ve put together responses to some of the most common queries below – if you don’t see the answer to yours here get in touch and the team will be happy to help.

Making your choice

I am a new student at LJMU – am I guaranteed accommodation?

LJMU guarantees a bedroom in high quality accommodation to all new students, regardless of what course they are doing or when they apply. Most of the rooms feature private en-suite bathrooms, although flats with shared bathrooms can be a cheaper option. We cannot guarantee a room in a specific location to every applicant as some locations will be full before the start of the academic year. Therefore if you have a preference it is important to submit your accommodation request as soon as possible.

Does LJMU offer any catered accommodation?

There is no catered accommodation at LJMU but all flats, including studios, have full kitchen facilities, meaning you can be self-sufficient. There are also plenty of food outlets, supermarkets and cafés/restaurants throughout the city centre, suiting every budget.

Where should I live?

Undergraduate students should check out our search facility to find the best place to live. Selecting your course from those displayed in the ‘Filter by course’ box will bring up a list of Halls recommended for you. If you know the campus in which your course is taught, you can also look at pages 5, 8 and 9 of Your Accommodation Guide 2018 to see a list of Halls recommended for that campus.

Postgraduate and mature students should consult the information on this page and contact the Accommodation Office for further advice if necessary.

See a summary of all the accommodation on one page

Who will I live with?

If you request a bedroom via the Accommodation Office, you will only share your flat with other new LJMU students. If you choose accommodation close to the building in which your course is taught then it is likely that you will be sharing with other students on similar courses. If you know you definitely want to live in a certain type of flat, please indicate this when you submit your accommodation request and the Accommodation Office will do its best to meet your needs.

Can I live with my friend(s)?

Yes! If you wish to share your flat with a friend who will also be a new LJMU student, please indicate this when you complete the request form and make sure that your friend(s) does the same. If possible you should complete the forms at the same time to ensure that your request is captured by the Accommodation Office. However, please note that you cannot share a flat with a student from another university or with a student who is already at LJMU.

Can I bring a pet?

Sorry, no animals are permitted in any accommodation. This includes goldfish!

Can I smoke in my accommodation?

Sorry, smoking is not permitted in any accommodation and this also includes “vaping” – the use of electronic cigarettes.

Can I visit any of the accommodation sites before making my choice?

You certainly can – LJMU Open Days are a great way of viewing student accommodation, as well as finding out about all the other great things LJMU has to offer. If you visit us during an Open Day you will be able to visit a typical flat and study bedroom in as many of the accommodation sites as you wish.

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Once you are offered a place at the University, you will be invited to an Applicant Day which offers a further opportunity to visit student accommodation (please note that a few courses do not hold Applicant Days). Another way to visit accommodation at LJMU is as part of a Campus Tour.

Due to the large number of students who enter LJMU every year, we cannot arrange individual visits to view accommodation. However if you have a particular reason for wanting to visit accommodation please contact the Accommodation Office.

I will be on holiday/travelling during the summer, how do I secure my accommodation?

You can submit your accommodation request from anywhere in the world but you can only secure your accommodation if someone is able to make the initial payment on your behalf and also explain the reasons why you are not able to sign the tenancy agreement. You will need to sign your tenancy agreement as soon as possible after you return to your home. If in doubt, please contact the Accommodation Office to discuss your circumstances.

I have seen information about other student accommodation in Liverpool that is not listed on your website, can I book it? 

We strongly recommend that you book accommodation for your first year at university via this website. The only way to guarantee that you will share with other new LJMU students like yourself is to book it this way. LJMU and LiverpoolSU invest considerable resources in the support of new students in the Halls listed here and this will not be available if you choose to live elsewhere.

Requesting accommodation

How do I request accommodation?

Requesting student accommodation at LJMU is easy: simply use our online request form. All requests must be made using the request form on our website and unfortunately cannot be made by post or by telephone.

What happens after I submit my accommodation request?

All requests are checked to ensure they are complete and to confirm that you have made LJMU your Firm choice university. If your request is valid, we will transfer your details to the owner of your chosen accommodation and they will allocate you a room according to your preferences. We transfer student details every Wednesday and this includes requests received until noon on the preceding Monday.

The accommodation owner will contact you by email using the address entered on your request. In some cases you will be sent a tenancy agreement and related forms and in other cases you will be asked to log on to a booking system. It is important to note that this email will come from the accommodation owner and not from LJMU. You should follow the instructions and complete the booking within seven days, otherwise the room may be re-allocated to another student.

Please feel free to contact the LJMU Accommodation Office at any time with any queries about the accommodation request process.

Does LJMU only reserve rooms for students with unconditional offers?

No, as long as you make LJMU your first choice university, the Accommodation Office will process your request for accommodation, regardless of whether you have a conditional or unconditional offer.

When I completed my UCAS application form I indicated that I planned to live at home but I have changed my mind – is that a problem?

No, LJMU disregards this piece of information on your UCAS application and accepts accommodation requests from all students who have made LJMU their first choice university.

When I applied for my student finance I stated that I would live at home but I have changed my mind – is that a problem?

No, the Accommodation Office is not informed of the details of your application for student funding so you can complete our online request form even if you have said you will be living at home.

However students who live at home are entitled to a smaller maintenance loan and if you wish to take advantage of the larger loan, you need to inform the Student Loans Company (SLC) of your change of circumstances as soon as possible. It is important to note that when you apply for funding, you declare that you will inform the SLC of any change of circumstances. If you indicate to the SLC that you are going to live in accommodation but then decide to live at home instead, you must inform them immediately.

More information about student funding can be found on the gov.uk website.

Will I need a guarantor? Who should that be?

In order to be eligible to pay rent in three equal instalments, UK students need to provide the details of someone who will act as their guarantor. The guarantor is usually a parent or guardian, but can be a sibling or a family friend as long as the person named is also resident in the UK and is prepared to accept the obligations of being a guarantor. This means accepting that they are legally bound to pay any outstanding rent if you (the student) fail to do so for any reason.

The accommodation owner may need to verify the identity, residence status and income of the proposed guarantor and can refuse to accept any guarantor who does not meet their criteria.

Students from outside the UK do not need to provide the details of a guarantor because they are required to pay the full year's rent in advance of arrival. This includes students living in the Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. If you are resident outside the UK but have someone in the UK who is prepared to act as your guarantor, it may be possible for you to pay in instalments: please contact the Accommodation Office for advice in this instance.

What will I need to do to secure my booking?

In order to secure your room, you should comply in full with the instructions sent by your accommodation provider. This will include signing and returning a tenancy agreement and additional documentation such as the guarantor form, although this may take place online. You will also be asked to make an initial payment of no more than £150 and to provide details of a bank account to be used to make the rent payments after you arrive at university.

It is important to note that if you have a conditional offer from LJMU but do not subsequently achieve the required examination results to study here, this initial payment will be refunded in full by your accommodation provider and the tenancy agreement will be cancelled by your accommodation provider.

I intend to make LJMU my insurance choice university, should I request accommodation?

No, we only process accommodation requests from students who have firmly accepted their offer from LJMU and made us their first choice university. If you are holding an offer from us as insurance, you should not submit a request as this will not be processed and will not be held on file.

If you accept an offer from LJMU as your firm choice and make a payment to secure a room, but subsequently decide to make us your insurance university, you may not be entitled to a refund of the deposit. If you initially take LJMU as your insurance university but we subsequently become your first choice, you must submit a request as soon as possible, even if you have completed one previously.

If LJMU is your insurance choice university and your place here is confirmed when the exam results are released in August, you can contact us to request accommodation at that stage. Further details will be released when information about the Clearing period is published in the summer. In previous years, 95% of new students who took up a place at LJMU during the Clearing period were offered rooms in one of the Halls listed on our website.

I will be on holiday/travelling during the summer, how do I secure my accommodation?

To secure your accommodation, you or someone you trust can send in your accommodation request using the online form as normal. Your chosen accommodation provider will contact you by email to either send a tenancy agreement to print, sign and return, or to ask you to log onto their booking system.

If you will not be able to follow these instructions at that stage, it is important that someone explains this and asks them to reserve a room for you. They may require that someone pays the initial payment on your behalf or they may wait until you return home, depending on their policies and the likely time that you will be away. Either way, you will need to sign the tenancy agreement as soon as possible when you return and make the payment if this has not been done.

Money matters

How do I pay my rent?

If you are able to pay your rent in full, in advance of arriving in Liverpool, some accommodation providers will offer you a discount on the annual cost. All the accommodation offered to new LJMU students will allow home (UK-based) students to pay their rent in three equal instalments if they can provide the details of a UK-based guarantor. These instalments are timed to coincide with receipt of funding from the Student Loans Company – the first instalment is usually due in late September, with further instalments due in early January and late March or early April.

Students from outside the UK are required to pay the rent in full and in advance of arriving at LJMU unless they can provide details of a UK-based guarantor.

Are utility bills included in rental charges?

Yes, all the accommodation offered by LJMU to new students feature all-inclusive rents, so there will be no additional charges for heating or lighting. WiFi internet access is also included within the rents, as is basic contents insurance.

What happens to my deposit?

All the accommodation providers require an initial payment when the tenancy agreement is signed to confirm the booking. In some cases this becomes a damage deposit and will be returned at the end of the tenancy, minus any charges for damage. In other cases this is a pre-payment and the amount you will pay after you arrive is reduced, either split across the three instalments or deducted from the last instalment. Details of how much this initial payment will be and whether it is a deposit or pre-payment can be found on the pages for the individual accommodation sites.

Will I need a TV Licence?

If a television is provided in the communal area of your flat, then a TV Licence will have been purchased for you and your flatmates by the accommodation provider. But any student who watches or records live television on anything other than the communal television will require their own TV Licence. In addition you now need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer. 

It doesn’t matter what channel you watch – terrestrial, cable or satellite. And it doesn’t matter what equipment you use – traditional TV, games console, laptop or mobile phone. You still need to be covered by a Licence if you watch or record live television programmes or if you download and watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. You are not covered by any Licence which has been purchased for your family home. 

If you’re found to be using TV without a Licence, you may be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000 plus court costs, and you will still need to buy a TV Licence. To find out more about whether you require a Licence, visit the TV Licensing website.

Will I need to pay Council Tax?

No – full-time students living in private accommodation with other students are fully exempt from Council Tax.

Will I require insurance?

All of the accommodation offered to new students has basic insurance cover included within the rent. As a general rule, this cover does not include loss or damage to laptop computers and students are usually offered the chance to purchase additional cover on arrival in Liverpool.

It is advisable to check carefully to ensure that your belongings are covered, especially if you have any unusual or valuable items. However it is also a good idea to check whether your belongings would be covered by an insurance policy at your permanent home address, even if this is in the name of a parent or guardian.

What to expect

Can friends visit and/or stay over?

The majority of accommodation will allow a friend to stay with you in your room for one or two nights. You should check your tenancy agreement as this will outline the rules for your specific accommodation. Please remember that if your friend causes any damage or disruption while staying with you then you may be held liable for it. It is also important to take account of the views of your flatmates when inviting friends to stay.

If I have a problem with my accommodation or flat mates, who can I contact?

You should always contact the on-site accommodation staff in the first instance as they are best placed to rectify any problems. If they are unable to assist or you don't feel that they are taking the issue seriously then the next step is to contact Student Advice and Wellbeing

Who do I talk to if I feel lonely or miss home?

LJMU Residential Assistants are available to new students for help and advice with many of the problems that you may encounter. In addition to this LJMU offers a number of support services such as Counselling, who provide a confidential service if you need to talk to someone about any problems you have. Liverpool Students' Union also provides a number of clubs and societies, which you can join to meet people with similar interests.

Do I have to move out over the Christmas or Easter holidays?

No – your room is yours from the first day of the tenancy until the last, and you do not have to move anything out of your room or your flat during that period.

Can I stay in LJMU student accommodation after my first year?

Yes – all of the accommodation sites offered to new students have rooms available for second and third year students and you can stay longer than one year if you wish.

Arriving at university

When should I arrive in Liverpool?

Tenancy agreements for new students moving into the accommodation listed on this website will commence on Saturday 15 September 2018. You can access your accommodation from the first day of the tenancy agreement but you can choose to move in whenever is convenient after that date.

Liverpool Students' Union will be running an exciting programme of social activities known as Welcome Fest from 15 September onwards. Teaching on undergraduate programmes will commence on Monday 24 September 2018. Detailed information about the start of the academic year will be sent to all new students during the summer.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your personal bedding (sheets, pillows and pillow cases, blankets or duvet). Most shared kitchens do not contain crockery or cutlery, but it is advisable to bring the bare minimum with you at first (e.g. plate, mug, bowl, knife, fork and spoon). On arrival you will be able to decide with your new flatmates what items are required and then purchase them communally.