Covid-19 and Accommodation

We know that you may have some specific queries, regarding Covid-19 and accommodation, so we've provided answers to some frequently asked questions to help you.

You apply in the usual way, through the accommodation webpage.

Remember that it usually takes up to 48 hours after you have formally accepted a place on a course, before you can make an application for accommodation.

You will receive your accommodation offer via the email address you made your accommodation application with (so make sure you have notified us of any changes to your email address), after your offer becomes unconditional.

The bulk of offers of accommodation are released by Thursday 12th August.  For students with an Unconditional offer already, offers are sent out end July / early August.

You will get your offer a little later. Once your place at Keele is confirmed, you will need to wait for up to 48 hours for an email to be sent to you, inviting you to apply for accommodation. You need your Keele student number to do this.

If you have accepted campus accommodation you will be able to move in on 25th or 26th September and will be able to book a timeslot.  You will be emailed about this. 

You have the choice on whether to stay at home or live on campus, but if you have already applied for campus accommodation and no longer wish to live here, you should notify the Student Accommodation Office as soon as possible:

We will be following government advice regarding communal areas and the ratio of students sharing kitchens and bathrooms. Everyone sharing a kitchen will be classed as a household. Initially you may not be able to have visitors from other households in your block, but as restrictions are eased this may change.

To gain further information on how Keele are preparing for the start of the academic year in light of the social distancing restrictions that are likely to still be in place, please refer to our 5-stage alert system 


We will continue to follow the latest Government advice and you may be required to live in a social bubble. If this is the case, the people that you share your kitchen and bathroom will will become your household bubble.

Our 5-stage alert system will continue to provide information, regarding Keele's response to the Covid-19 situation and social distancing in line with the English Government’s alert system.

Just send an email to: and let us know that you no longer wish to apply for a room.



If you have accepted a room offer, you have a 7 day cooling off period, in which you can cancel your contract via email.  If you change your mind after the cooling off period you will still be liable for your accommodation fees.

If quarantine measures are still in place, you will may need to self isolate in your accommodation for 10 days.  We will ensure that you are with other students coming from overseas so you will have housemates who you can socialise with.  You will need to arrive on the date allocated to you, since under the current restrictions it is unlikely that we will have flexible arrival dates.

Our 5-stage alert system that Keele has implemented (similar to the English Government’s alert system) provides details of how we are managing studying at Keele for the academic year.

If the room you have been offered isn’t exactly what you wanted, there may be an opportunity to swap rooms at a later date and you can request a room move after you arrive.

If you wish to live on campus you need to accept the room that has been offered to you – your offer will expire after 3 days and will be automatically given to another student.

If you fail to respond or decline a room we cannot guarantee that you will be offered another one at a later stage.