University Accommodation when Entering via Clearing

Clearing Accommodation

Clearing 2017 officially opens on 17th August, which is A Level results day, and closes on 23rd October.

If you haven’t heard of it before Clearing is the process used by UCAS to match students without university places to universities with course vacancies.

Clearing doesn’t have to be a scary process – just keep calm and carry on until you get into your dream university.


You will be entered for Clearing 2017 if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You applied after 30thJune 2017
  • You didn’t have any offers from universities
  • You did meet the requirements set by the universities you applied to
  • You have not yet applied to university – you will need to apply through UCAS before using Clearing

Getting a place at university can leave you feeling like you’ve done everything in a rush and one of the biggest worries for students is where they’ll live. Don’t be afraid to ask about accommodation when you talk to the admissions team to apply for your university place.

Not all universities can guarantee first year students get accommodation by the time they apply via Clearing so it’s important to make finding out what options you have for accommodation a priority.

The university should also have information about accommodation for first year students on their website so you might want to check this before you call them to apply for a place.

Another way to find university accommodation is to visit the university for an Open Day – there will be plenty of people to ask about accommodation, finance, or anything else you’re wondering. Try to do this before you accept an offer from a university. Remember, you’re going to be living there for three or four years so it’s important you like it.

Whether your chosen university can guarantee you accommodation or not they will be able to help you find somewhere to live. If you opt for rented student accommodation they can give you a list of approved landlords and point you in the direction of suitable private rental opportunities.

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