If you are due to start a postgraduate course (such as a PGCE, Masters, or PhD), please view the information below.
Accessing available accommodation
Due to our current capacity on campus, the Accommodation Team are not able to offer rooms in halls of residence to postgraduate students. However, information about the private sector accommodation available close to campus is accessible if you are an applicant with an unconditional or conditional firm on your postgraduate course offer.
You can also view other vacancies (not registered with the University) via these websites:
Postgraduate flatmate finder
If you are interested in viewing a register of local off campus accommodation and obtaining details of the Flatmate Finder Facebook group, you can do so by emailing the Accommodation Team.Contact the team
Accommodation upgrade Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I need to sign a new e-licence agreement?
Yes. As the previous one you signed was linked to your Back Halls allocation, you will need to log in and sign this again. Instructions on how to do this will be provided alongside your room confirmation.
Will I need to pay my damage deposit again?
No. This will be directly transferred and no further action will be required from you.
Can I request to be with a friend who is also transferring from Back Halls?
Yes. You can make a request to be placed alongside another student being transferred and we will look to accommodation this where we have capacity.
Why is this happening?
Due to ongoing development works at the University we identified that your experience as a student may have been negatively affected in the room you were allocated. To ensure we can provide all students with the best experience possible, you were chosen for an upgrade to ensure we can maintain this commitment to you.
How can I meet my new flatmates?
By joining the Halls Facebook Groups. You can find yours on our living in halls page.
What happens if I do not want the new room I have been transferred to?
You can contact the accommodation team and request a pre-arrival transfer.
St James accommodation guide
Here’s a guide to the accommodation options in Manchester for students studying at St James’.Find out more
Halls offer information
I haven’t got one of my preference choices.
We are sorry that we haven’t been able to offer you a room in one of your preference choice at this stage or that you have been offered a low preference choice. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give each and every student their preference but there are options available to you.
I didn’t receive any of my preferences.
If you didn’t receive a room offer for any of your preferences, there are two options available to you.
To be guaranteed a room on campus you should accept the room offered to you. You will soon be sent an email giving you the opportunity to apply for a Pre-Arrival Transfer (via the Accommodation Portal). Should one of your preferred room options becomes available, we would look to offer you a room transfer into a new room. This option ensures that you will have a room on campus for the start of term.
If you live within a commutable distance and/or you definitely do not want the room that has been offered to you, you may decline the room offer and join our Halls Waiting List (you would be able to do so by emailing: [email protected]). By doing so, you would no longer be guaranteed a room on campus for the start of term, but we will contact you with a room offer, as and when a suitable room becomes available.
If you live a long distance away from the University and cannot commute to campus, we would highly recommend that you sign the contract to secure a room on campus for the start of term and then apply for a transfer.
Alternatively if you would like to consider other options there are also rooms available in Ormskirk, which is a 10 minute walk from campus, and you can find a list of 700+ available rooms on our Flatmate Finder Facebook Group (password to access the off campus list: [email protected]).
I have got a low preference choice.
Sometimes it is not possible to give every student one of their preferences. However, in this case although this was not one of your top preferences, you received one of your five listed preferences. As you have received one of your preferred choices, we cannot change it currently.
If you live within a commutable distance and you definitely do not want the room that has been offered, then you can decline this offer and go on the Halls Waiting List (you would be able to do so by emailing: [email protected]). This would mean that you are not guaranteed a room at the start of term, but we will contact you with a room offer should one of your higher preference choices becomes available.
If you live a long distance away from the University and cannot commute to campus, we would highly recommend that you sign the contract to secure a room on campus for the start of term and then apply for a transfer. Alternatively if you would like to consider other options there are also rooms available in Ormskirk, which is a 10 minute walk from campus, and you can find a list of 700+ available rooms on our Flatmate Finder Facebook Group (password to access the off campus list: [email protected]).
At any time during the academic year, if you wish to transfer to a different room on-campus, you are able to apply for a room transfer via the Accommodation Portal (‘Requests’ and ‘Room Transfer Request’). Please note that all transfer requests are subject to eligibility (as well as availability of rooms to transfer into).
When applying for a room transfer, you will be required to provide a reason for your request, along with evidence (where applicable). The Accommodation Team will then review your eligibility based upon the information you have provided. Should you be eligible for a transfer, you will then be contacted by the Accommodation Team to proceed with your room transfer.
Information about Covid-19
The Coronavirus pandemic has gone through a number of phases since it began in 2020. As a result of the successful roll-out of the vaccination programme and more effective treatments to prevent severe illness, the pandemic has moved to a point where we are ‘living with Covid’. There are still simple measures we can take to minimise transmission of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases including having good hand hygiene and adopting behaviours such as Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
Further information on the latest advice can be found on the NHS page.
If you have access to Covid-19 tests and get a positive result, you can report your absence in the same way as you would currently report any other absence from the University. If you are unsure on how to report your absence, please contact your Personal Tutor.
Advice and support is available if you need it.