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Update 29th January 2021

As a University, our top priority is supporting our students during the extremely challenging circumstances caused by the Covid pandemic. In recognition of the fact that a number of our residents left our accommodation for the festive break and were unable to return in January as a result of changes to national guidance during that time, we have taken the decision to also offer full rent refunds for the month of January 2021 (please see table below for further information). These extended arrangements are in addition to the option of lease refunds, lease freezes and full lease breaks for Term 2, which we announced earlier this month. They are also offered above and beyond our existing 28-day contractual release that can be applied for at any time.

This approach also takes into account the announcement by the Scottish Government, earlier this week, that additional funds will be provided to universities to address rent rebates and the feedback from our residents which we take very seriously.

These arrangements will apply to all those in University-managed accommodation and will be applied on a case-by-case basis. 

Given the introduction of this additional support, we are also extending the time period for residents to apply for any refunds and/or lease changes. Please get in touch with our residences team direct (via prior to 12 February 2021 to discuss your options and plans, and the team will work with you to agree next steps. 

As ever, your wellbeing is our primary consideration. We are here to support you and please be assured we are committed to offering you the maximum flexibility to manage your term-time accommodation requirements.

We are aware that accommodation arrangements for students do differ based on individual timetables and circumstances – as such rent refunds for the month of January 2021 cover the following:


Residents who departed for Christmas and did not return – who have since requested to freeze lease from 1st Feb (full refund for the month of January)


Residents who departed for Christmas and did not return – who have since requested to break lease from 1st Feb (full refund for month on January)


Residents who departed for Christmas and did return at some point in January – who are now back staying with us (full refund for the month of January regardless of what day you returned) 


UWS student accommodation

Staying in University accommodation during your studies is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and gain some independence with the reassurance that our Residence Life team are always onsite for help and support.

Staying in University accommodation during your studies is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and gain some independence with the reassurance that our Residence Life team are always onsite for help and support.

Each UWS campus has a choice of accommodation on offer. A variety of self-catered accommodation is available at our campuses in Ayr and Paisley in the form of shared flats or studios. All offer a safe and friendly environment close to main campus buildings and near to local amenities within the west of Scotland. Students attending the UWS London Campus generally find their own accommodation, either in the form of a private let or privately managed residence.

Find out more about accommodation options at:

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UWS accommodation comes with everything you need to get quickly settled into your new home including fully equipped shared kitchens, onsite laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. Utilities and contents insurance is included within our prices.

Please note the change from when our 2019/20 prospectus went to print – from the first of July 2019 the bedding pack is no longer available for our residents. As part of the University’s participation in the Green Impact project to reduce waste, it was agreed to withdraw this promotion. Duvets and pillows are not recyclable and often end up in the general waste. We hope that our residents will be environmentally responsible for their own bedding.

Why not take the hassle of buying and transporting your bedding and kitchen items by pre-ordering them with our partners UniKitOut? All you need to do is to click on “Shop Now”, choose the items you want, select your residence, then confirm and pay for your items. The pack will then be delivered directly to your halls of residence so it’s ready and waiting when you arrive. Don’t forget to use discount code UWS10 to save 10% off everything on the website!’

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2021-22 Accommodation Payment plan

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We offer a payment plan for our student residences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Residence Team have put together the following list of questions that students have asked in previous years that we felt may benefit you during your time here. If your question is not on the list please contact the Accommodation Office.

Download our FAQ document (pdf)

Allocation policy

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There’s a great mix of students in UWS accommodation – people come to study at the University from across the globe, so expect a diverse, multicultural environment. Our accommodation is open to all years of study and age groups, the accommodation allocation policy provides further information.

Download our Accommodation Allocation Policy (pdf)

2020-21 Accommodation Conditions

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Conditions and General Information on your UWS Accommodation for the 2020-21 session.


2021-22 Accommodation Damage Charge List

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Damage Charge List Information on your UWS Accommodation for the 2021-22 session.

Ayr Campus Accommodation

Paying for Accommodation

Paying for your UWS accommodation couldn't be easier. Once you have applied to UWS and been accepted, you can apply for accommodation. Paying for your accommodation is made via our online system and this is designed to make the process quick and straightforward. You will need to know your Student Banner ID to complete the process.

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Resident Advisors at UWS

Our Resident Advisors (RAs) provide support and advice to all students living in UWS accommodation, building a sense of community among the residences through inclusivity and involvement and help create a great place to live, study and socialise, organising events to enable residents to mix and make new friends. All of our RAs live in the residences, and there is always an RA on site, covering office duties and out-of-hours service.

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Visit our residences

We would be delighted to show you around our residences and there are show flats available for viewing at Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses. We look forward to welcoming you to your new home.

Last updated: 26/11/2020