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Offer guarantee and accommodation policy

How we make our offer decisions

This page explains our accommodation policy, what our offer guarantee means for you, whether you're covered by it, and how we decide which room we offer to you. 

Our offer guarantee

In short: every new undergraduate or General Course student at LSE is guaranteed an offer of a place. 

New undergraduate and General Course students

You are guaranteed an offer of accommodation, as long as you apply by the deadline. You can apply if you hold LSE as an insurance choice, but we won't process your application until LSE is your firm choice. For full details, see 4. Allocations in the LSE Accommodation Policy [PDF].

New graduate students

We cannot guarantee we will make you an offer of accommodation, as applications can exceed spaces, but we will try to do so. During 2018/19, all graduate students who applied to LSE before the application deadline were made an offer. We encourage applications from new graduate students, and some of our halls are entirely graduate. For full details, see 4. Allocations in the LSE Accommodation Policy [PDF].

Continuing students

You are eligible to apply for accommodation at urbanest Westminster Bridge and urbanest Kings Cross from February when applications open. From 1 June onwards, you are eligible to apply for accommodation at Sidney Webb House and High Holborn Residence, if there are vacancies. For all other LSE halls, you are eligible to receive offers if we have vacancies for the waiting list (from the end of August). On the waiting list, applications from continuing students will be given lower priority than applications from students who are new to LSE.

A small number of rooms in LSE halls is allocated to former hall committee members or current Peer Supporters. If you have studied at LSE before (eg for an undergraduate degree or as part of the General Course), we'll regard you as a continuing student. For full details, see 4. Allocations in the LSE Accommodation Policy [PDF].

Our accommodation policy

Download our LSE Accommodation Policy [PDF]

Frequently asked questions about accommodation applications

How quickly will we respond to your application?

It can take up to 28 days until we contact you.If you apply for accommodation before you've accepted your place to study at LSE, it will be 28 days from when you accept your place to study at LSE. We make offers in batches every few weeks. In each batch, we process all applications that we've received up to that point.

How do we decide which room we'll offer to you?

We make offers in batches every few weeks. In each batch, we process all applications that we've received up to that point.

First, we check your preferences. Then we match them against the rooms that are still available and which you are eligible for. If your first choice is available, we'll offer it to you. If not, we'll offer you your second choice and so on. If we don't have enough rooms of a certain type, we use a lottery system to allocate places fairly. So the earlier your apply, the higher your chances of getting an offer in your preferred room type.

The exceptions: Lilian Knowles House and urbanest halls are offered on a first come, first served basis. That means we process applications in order of receipt. If urbanest is your first preference, you may also receive an offer faster than for other halls. As long as rooms are available, you should receive an automatic offer within a few minutes of submitting your application. Once the urbanest room availability runs low, the process will no longer be automatic and we offer the last remaining spaces as part of the batch system (but still in order of receipt). 

Will you make me more than one accommodation offer?

No, not before the application deadline has passed. Until then, we make only one offer per eligible application. This helps us to make offers to as many students as possible. If you've declined your first offer you can join the waiting list and we may be able to make you another offer.  But only after the application deadline (for your type of application) has passed. 
Related information: Waiting list

Looking for cancellation policy and deadlines? 

For details on cancellations and refunds, visit: Next steps once you've received an offer