How to Apply for Accommodation

Applying for Abertay Accommodation


1. Accept an offer to study with us via UCAS - then you can apply.

2. Apply via OASIS - specify any special needs at this point.

3. Your room is assigned - this is done on a first come, first served basis.

4. Offer made - read and accept the lease/contract in OASIS.

5. Pay the rent - you have 14 days to accept the agreement and make the rent prepayment.

6. Collect the keys - complete the Safety Induction, set up your rent payments (if needed), and collect your keys.

Our online application for accommodation opens in the Spring of the year you are applying for.  Find out more in the FAQs

See below for how to apply for student accommodation in detail.

Coronavirus update: 

We follow the guidance from the Scottish Government about Student Accommodation. Please check the Accommodation COVID FAQs which are updated regularly.

Once you apply, we’ll be in touch regarding any government changes that affect student accommodation. We will always ensure social distancing is in place where required. 

We do not take a deposit, but you will be asked to make a prepayment of rent when you accept your room offer. If you have a Conditional Firm offer to study with us that is dependent on your results, we only send out room offers after your results are known. 

Check list: Are you ready?

  1. Have you accepted your conditional or an unconditional study offer via UCAS?
  2. Are you going to be a full-time student?
  3. You are ready to apply for your room in our Halls of Residence.

You will be asked to make five room choices in order of preference with number one being your first choice. See all our rooms on the Student Accommodation page.

If you are a person with disabilities, please email or phone 01382 308833 to talk to the Student Advisor for Disabled Students before you apply. 

You can find more information in the Personal Requirements FAQs.  Also, we have several AccessAble: accessibility guides which may be useful.

The Application Process in detail

The application system for accommodation opens in the spring of the year you are joining us. We will email you to let you know as soon as online applications are open.

Applying is fairly straightforward; here's how you do it.

  1. Go to your OASIS account.
  2. Sign in using your username and password (Forgotten your password?)
  3. Select 'My Application'.
  4. Click on 'Residences Application and Offer'.
  5. You'll see a Welcome screen with a 'Current Status for (year)-(year)'.  
  6. Select the 'Complete application' button.
  7. After this, use the Next>>' and '<<Back' links at the bottom of the screen to navigate. Please don't use your browser, it won't work.
  8. Your study details are next. PLEASE read them and make sure they are right. Make changes if you need to.
  9. Click ‘Next>>’ once your details are correct.
  10. We need you to fill in contact details for this application. Please make sure they are correct, particularly your email address. Click ‘Next>>’.
  11. On the 'Accommodation Preferences' page, fill out the questions, and choose five rooms in order of preference with your favourite choice first.
  12. You need to make five different room choices to complete the application. You can choose the same room twice by altering the length of the lease. 
  13. Chosen five rooms? Then hit 'Next>>'.
  14. Please review your application on the 'Confirmation of Application' screen and make sure it is right. You can still make changes at this point using the '<<Back' links.
  15. Once you are ready, click 'Submit Application>>'.
  16. You will then receive an email confirming your five choices. Check your junk folder if it doesn’t arrive in your inbox.
  17. We will be in touch again once your study offer is confirmed.

For more help, check the Accommodation Application FAQs.

You have submitted your Application. What’s next?

You should have an automatic email to confirm your application.  

After that, the timing depends on the kind of study offer you have.

Conditional offer: You will get an email confirming that you are on our list. Once your study offer is confirmed, then we will be in touch within seven days.

We aim to contact you the day you receive your results. This email with either be a room offer, or a note saying we are working on it.

Unconditional offer: We aim to email you an offer within seven days after you apply for a room.

You will receive an email confirming availability, and the details of your room offer.

In both cases, while we try our best to offer you a room from your five choices. Unfortunately no guarantees can be made due to the availability of room types. However, on the odd occasion where we can't give you your chosen room, we will make every effort to find you somewhere suitable.

For more help check the Accommodation Offer FAQs.

Your accommodation offer & lease

Accept your offer using your OASIS account. This must be done within 14 days of the date of our offer email

Check the lease thoroughly, accept it in OASIS.

Accepting the offer creates a legal agreement between you and the University. It means you are signing a legally binding contract.

Always check the contract details properly so you know exactly what you are signing up to. Parker House and Keillor Court will supply you with their contract.

When you are ready, tick the box to say you accept it in OASIS.

For independent and impartial legal advice, please visit Shelter Scotland and Citizens Advice Bureau.

You can contact us with questions about the lease, plus there is a page full of Useful Information including the full list of FAQs and Rent Costs.

For more help, check the Accommodation Offer FAQs.

How to pay the rent & accept the offer

You accept the accommodation offer by paying the rent and accepting the lease in OASIS. You need to accept within 14 days of the date of our offer email.

After that, complete the Safety Induction, and set up your recurring card payment process if you go for Option B below.

You don't pay a deposit; your rent payment secures the room.

Whichever option you choose, what you pay is rent NOT a deposit. You will not get the payment back at the end of your lease.

Overseas Students: If you are coming to Abertay from overseas, please contact us by phone +44 (0)1382 308833 before you pay. 

OPTION A: Pay the full rent upfront.

  1. Goto
  2. Select the button that says 'Accommodation Rent & Damages - 3rd party'.
  3. Goto 'Payment of Student Accommodation' add the correct amount, and proceed to checkout. You will find the amount in your lease.
  4. You have paid the full amount
  5. Make sure you have completed all the steps in your offer email. Then your room is secured.

If you are not sure whether your payment has been received, please email who can check it for you.

OPTION B: Set up a monthly pre-payment plan.

If you want to pay in monthly instalments, you'll need to pay the rent prepayment within 14 days of receiving your offer email. See clause 2 of the lease for the amount of rent you need to pay.  

Then you need a recurring payment plan. Again, the amount is in clause 2 of your lease. To get this agreed, email our Finance Dept and ask for a monthly payment plan.

Finance will send you instructions about how to set this up a couple of weeks before term starts. This needs to be done using a debit/credit card.

Your room is secured once you have completed all the steps listed in our offer email. 

If we still haven’t answered all your questions, check out the Rent & Payment FAQs.

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