Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation
  • University Accommodation

    A great way to meet new people, make new friends, and gain some independence. Whether you choose a modern en-suite or studio flat at our recently opened Ayr Campus, or take advantage of the new £13.2million student accommodation which opened at Paisley in September 2012 or simply want to be at the heart of campus life in Hamilton, there’s never been a better time to stay in our student residences. With accommodation starting from just £82 per week, UWS accommodation is an affordable choice.

    All of our accommodation is self-catered and cooking facilities are provided. You can apply for accommodation when you have received an offer of a place to study.

    Priority for places is normally given to first year students who live more than 40 miles from the campus towns or more than an hour’s travelling time away. We also provide listings and advice on private accommodation in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

    Student possessions insurance has been provided through Endsleigh for every student who is living at our student residences for the 2014-15 academic year. This covers a range of belongings in your room, including laptops, sports and electrical equipment, clothes and frozen food. This has been arranged by us at no extra cost to the students. The insurance certificate for the 2014/15 academic year is available here. Please download a copy of this document for your records. All claims will be handled directly by Endsleigh. 

    The Residence Team provide all students with a bedding pack containing duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillow slips and fitted sheet. We will also provide a crockery starter pack (1 place dinner setting plus tumbler, coffee mug and tea towel). For any specific queries, please contact us through the details on the right hand side of this page

  • Help meeting the cost of accommodation

    If you are a UK student who has taken out all the student funding you are entitled to, you should apply to the Discretionary Fund. This is a fund administered by the University to students who need a little extra financial support to get by. Any funding received is usually in the form of a non-repayable bursary and it can be paid directly to your accommodation account, reducing the amount you need to pay each month. To find out more, visit the Funding and Advice Teams webpage at 

    Private Lets

    UWS is delighted to offer student accommodation from an early stage in the process of your course acceptance. Our standards of accommodation are based on the needs of most students and the fact that many of our residences are on campus allows for quick and easy access to classes and services. However, should you prefer to consider a private let option; it might be worth giving consideration to the following areas:

    • Check that the landlord is registered with the relevant regional authority/council body.
    • Ensure that you receive a written tenancy agreement.
    • Ensure that you receive a receipt for your advance deposit.
    • Ensure that you receive a copy of the inventory of the property.
    • If the property has gas, ensure that you receive a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Certificate.
    • Check online for information regarding the Scottish Government’s Repairing Standard and ensure that your landlord is aware of and adhering to it.
    • If you plan on sharing accommodation with other students, check with the relevant regional authority/council body to establish whether the Landlord has a licence for this. This is classed as an HMO Licence (House in Multiple Occupation).
    • Ensure that all those sharing sign the Rental Agreement; this will mean that all the tenants have responsibility for paying the rent. You may have to share other costs such as utility bills.
    • Once you have viewed the property it is recommended that you go back and have a look at the area the property is in.

    UWS Residential Services

    If you are considering a private let, but unsure of the local areas, the UWS Residential Services team will be delighted to help with advice and recommendations regarding residential areas within each of the campuses as follows:

    • For assistance in Renfrewshire, please contact 0141 848 3158/9
    • For assistance in South Lanarkshire, please contact 01698 288376
    • For assistance in South Ayrshire, please contact 01292 886 273
    • For assistance in Dumfries, please contact 01387 345801

    At this point, it is worth emphasising that the rent for University accommodation is all-inclusive. There are no additional utility bills to worry about regardless of use; we also provide insurance which covers the cost of your digital multimedia among other things; and we have free wi-fi in many of our residences.

    If you decide that your private let is not working out at any point, we will be happy to advise and assist you, and do what we can to find you suitable student accommodation within one of our welcoming, safe and convenient student residences.

    Regional Authority Useful Links

    If you are considering letting private accommodation within the South Ayrshire area (this covers the Ayr Campus) go to the private letting info on the South Ayrshire Council Website 

    If you are considering letting private accommodation within the Dumfries & Galloway area (this covers the Dumfries Campus) go to the private letting info on the Dumfries & Galloway Council Website 

    If you are considering letting private accommodation within the South Lanarkshire area (this covers the Hamilton Campus) go to the private letting info on the South Lanarkshire Council Website 

    If you are considering letting private accommodation within the Renfrewshire area (this covers the Paisley Campus)go to the private letting info on the Renfrewshire Council Website 

    The local authority websites should also allow access to the “Guide to Private Letting” which can be downloaded and has additional useful information.

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  • Apply for Accommodation Online  

    For all enquiries, whether for future or current accommodation needs, please email

    For more accommodation information:


    Paisley Campus
    + 44 (0)141 848 3159

    Ayr Campus
    + 44 (0)1292 886273

    Hamilton Campus
    + 44 (0)1698 283100 (ext 8376)

    Dumfries Campus
    + 44 (0)1387 345801

    Accommodation costs:

    For up-to-date costs, check the entries for each campus in the main text.

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