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Returning to university accommodation

Some students may be eligible to return to university accommodation after first year. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

So that we are able to guarantee accommodation for first year students, we are generally required to significantly limit the number of returning students we can accept back into our accommodation.


We have a process in place to allow students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in clause 9 of the Accommodation Allocation Policy 2023-24 (PDF, 0.1MB) to apply.

Students in the following groups are eligible to apply:

  • Students who require physically adapted rooms which cannot be accessed in the private sector.
  • Students with visual impairments (with or without assistance dogs).
  • Students on the autism spectrum who cannot be provided with appropriate support to live in non-University accommodation.
  • Care leavers and estranged students who are unable to obtain a guarantor for private accommodation.

How to apply

Applications for returning students for the 2024/25 academic year opened on 6 November and closed on the 15 December.

To apply to return to University provided accommodation, you had to meet the specific eligibility criteria outlined in the Allocation Policy and apply by the deadline.

You are still required to complete the form even if you have been through the returning student application process in a previous academic year. Being approved to return to our accommodation in a previous academic year does not guarantee your application will be accepted again. If you require our accommodation again under any capacity you must complete this form by the deadline.

Please note, completing the form does not guarantee accommodation will be provided. You are still encouraged to look for private accommodation so recommend that you refer to our House Hunting pages for helpful advice and information about looking for private accommodation in York. You can also join our Facebook group to find a housemate.

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