Accommodation for Students

How to find accommodation in Clearing

We’ve been helping students to find accommodation since 2000 and we know it can be stressful to find a place to live if you have got a place at university through clearing, or even if you have left it to the summer to start searching.

Check out our guide or even use our support service to get help finding accommodation today.

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Your guide to Clearing

Clearing can seem like a stressful and nerve-wracking process, particularly when you need to also find accommodation at a new university which may be something you hadn't planned for. However, the most important thing is to not panic! Most people are able to find accommodation right here on AFS without any problems.

Even though it may seem quite late, there is still a good amount of accommodation available in most cities. It is also important to remember that private accommodation is a great option if you can't get university accommodation. Private halls are generally a bit higher in spec whilst living in a shared house or flat is a classic part of any UK university experience.

Clearing Guide

Satisfied students

Our research has shown that those who found accommodation during clearing were just as satisfied as everyone else, so don't feel like you are going to lose out.

You must remain patient when searching for accommodation as the most important thing is to find a place that is right for you. With it being a busy time of year, landlords and letting agents may take a little longer to get back to you, so don't be afraid to follow up with them.

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Simple to use website

Our website is easy to use to search for a place to live. Simply enter the search terms that you need and start scrolling!

If you would like some support, we have a team of people to help you who you can chat with directly on the website or via email: . They are there to answer your questions and queries and help you find a place to live, just tell them what you are looking for and they can send through some options.

AFS Live

AFS live is an online event which has been designed to help you. It takes place on the 18th of August and includes live information on everything you are going to need to know about finding a place to live – you can even find a room to live in at the event.

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Busy cities

Some cities such as Bristol, York, Glasgow and Edinburgh have become increasingly competitive over the last few years when it comes to finding housing.

Remember your university accommodation office is available to support you, and you could also consider consider getting somewhere to stay for a few weeks in the city whilst you search for a long-term let. Sometimes rooms become available when students don’t turn up or they drop out and you are in a good place to take advantage of this if you are already there. This will also give our team more time to help you find the right place for you.

Our team is here to help

The best way to let our team help is by filling in our accommodation search service form, and we’ll start looking for you.

Alternatively, you can start searching through the 1000s of great student accommodations that are still available on our website.

Search for accommodation

You can connect with one of our live support team members through the , by giving them a call at 0800 078 9659 or by emailing

They are experts at finding great places to live and all you need to do is tell them what you are looking for and they will do the rest.

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