How to apply

When coming to to Keele as an international student you need to think about your options for student accommodation as early as possible.

As a part of our new International Student Support Package worth over £2,000, international students enrolling at Keele in 2020 can recieve 2 weeks free accommodation to facilitiate quartentine arrangements upon arrival in the UK. International students are encouraged to arrive by the weekend of 12-13 September to allow time to self isolate and then start your programme on time. However we acknowledge the challenges of students arriving on time (due to availability of flights) and on that basis we are working to enable schools at Keele to support students arriving up to 5 weeks after the start of the programme.

For new students starting a course between September and June, you can apply from early February. You will be sent an email with a link to an on-line accommodation form. You should submit your application as soon as possible.

As an International student you will be able, if you wish, to live in University accommodation provided you apply for it by the appropriate deadline. We have a variety of room types in four Halls of Residence. We also encourage International students to live off campus for part of their time at Keele in order to get a wider experience of life in England. 

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have with on or off campus accommodation at Keele.

We will do our best to meet your requirements, however we cannot guarantee that we will be able to allocate your first preference of room type. You therefore need to complete all sections of the accommodation application form, indicating your second and third preferences too.

If your admission to Keele is conditional upon examination results, your application for accommodation will be looked at after your results are released and once you have confirmed your acceptance of your place at Keele.

When you receive your offer of accommodation you will have 3 days to accept this - after which the offer will expire. If you do not like the room that is offered to you and you decline it, you will not be offered another room. If you accept the room, you can register to a waiting list to try and change rooms after you arrive.

Once the Agreement is accepted you have a 7 day 'cooling-off period'. This means that if within 7 working days of accepting the Agreement you change your mind and notify us by email of that fact, you will be released from the Agreement. The contract is legally binding and if you change your mind you will still be liable for accommodation fees. You can only be released from the contract in exceptional circumstances such as taking a Leave of Absence or Withdrawing from the University. You may transfer your licence to another student as long as the transfer is done with the knowledge and prior written approval of the University Student Accommodation Office. The new licensee should be a suitable replacement which means that the balance of sexes and nationalities is not adversely affected within the accommodation.

As an International Fresher (new student) we ask that you arrive 3 days earlier than Home students for the International Orientation Programme. We are not able to accommodate you before this date.

We understand that is it not always possible to arrive at Keele in the day time, but we do recommend that you try.  You may prefer to stay overnight in one of the hotels next to Manchester, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Then you can travel to Keele during the day when it is easier and safer.

International Student Support operates a FREE Meet and Greet Airport Collection service for all new students who are arriving in the UK for the first time.

For more information on campus life please read our Living Away From Home guide.

Timeline for New International Student Applications


What Happens When


Accommodation information sent to applicants

30th June

Deadline for applications

2nd August onwards

Accommodation allocated to deferred applicants

13th August onwards

Accommodation allocated to Firm and Insurance (non EU) applicants

23rd September 2020

International Freshers arrive for the International Orientation Programme

Pots, Pans & Bedding Packs

You can pre-order a bedding pack or kitchen starter pack now.

You simply place your order direct with Chaffinch and your items will be delivered to your room before you arrive.

Please ensure that you put your student number in the box along with your full name.