Frequently asked questions
If you have any queries which haven't been answered here, please contact us.
How do I apply for accommodation?
Find out more about how you apply for our on-campus student residences.
How much will it cost me?
You can get details of our current fees here.
Is anything else included in the rent?
Your rent covers internet, wifi, gas, electricity and water. Car parking charges are extra.
Does it matter if I don't reply to my offer of accommodation right away?
Yes, it does. Places are limited and in great demand, particularly at the start of the academic year in September, so it's really important that you reply to us by the deadline mentioned in your accommodation offer letter. If you don't accept within the specified time, we may have to withdraw our accommodation offer to you and make it to someone else.
I will be a new student, so am I guaranteed accommodation?
Unfortunately we can’t guarantee accommodation to anyone as we only have 72 beds. We prioritise students using a number of criteria:
- Those with additional support needs
- Those in their first year of study since leaving school
- Those living a significant distance from the college
but there are many other factors we take into account too, such as a good mix of gender, age and course studied in the flats. We will let you know within a month of your application but you may find yourself on a waiting list. If that’s the case there is still a good chance of a place coming free as students change their minds or their circumstances change. However, if you haven’t been offered accommodation you should start to look at private rentals.
What does the tenancy agreement look like?
Please see our Sample contract for details.
Is the accommodation single sex or mixed sex?
The flats within a block are all mixed gender. We do not allow different genders to share a twin room.
I am travelling from overseas. Will I be placed in a particular residence?
No. People in our residences are from lots of different countries, but if you apply with friends, we will try to place you in the same flat. Please include these details on each of your accommodation application form explaining what you want.
If I don't like what I have been offered and reject it, will I get another offer?
If you reject your first offer of accommodation you will be placed at the end of the waiting list so might not receive another offer. If the reason you are rejecting your offer is because you have a special need which does not allow you to accept the offer, then you should contact us.
What if I don't like the accommodation I have been given?
We prefer students to give their accommodation a reasonable trial. A transfer to other accommodation may be possible once the semester is underway, subject to availability of suitable places, but this may affect how much you have to pay.
Can I be released from my residences' lease early?
No, the lease is binding for the academic year, which also covers the Christmas and Easter breaks.
Is there any chance of a vacancy in College accommodation after the start of the academic session?
There is a chance of this happening if a student withdraws from their course, so contact the Residence Manager if you would like to go onto the waiting list for accommodation.
Can I share with a friend?
If you have a friend or relative who is coming to College with you, please add their details to your application form and we shall try to help where possible.
What if I don’t get on with my flatmates?
Speak to the Warden or discuss your issues with us at Reception in the first. Remember Student Services are also here to help.
Do I have to clear my room at Christmas and Easter?
No. The student residences are open throughout the academic year so you can stay whenever you want during your lease.
Facilities and accommodation options
What does Perth College UHI supply in the student residences?
The accommodation is divided into 16 secure and fully-furnished flats, each with its own kitchen, dining and living area. There is a choice of single and twin bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. Access to the halls, to flats and to individual bedrooms is securely controlled for each resident.
Each flat has a number of bedrooms and a shared kitchen, dining and living area. The shared area contains:
- Fitted kitchen with kettle, toaster, oven, hob, microwave oven, fridge and freezer
- Dining area
- Living area with sofas or chairs
Bedrooms are supplied with:
- Either one or two single beds with mattress and cover
- Storage and study space
- Electrical points
- An en-suite bathroom with a shower and shower cubicle, a wash hand basin and a WC.
I can't cook. How will I get my meals if I'm in the residences?
The main foodcourt is located in the Brahan Building serves hot meals from 8.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday. There is also a Costa Coffee located in the Brahan Building which is open Monday-Thursday 8.30am -7.30pm and 8.30am - 4pm Friday. There is also a Costa Coffee in the Webster Building which is open 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday. Both offer a small range of affordable and healthy options. Being able to cook for yourself is a pretty important life skill and there are loads of good and cheap student recipe sites on the web, so why not have a try! Just search for “Student Recipes”, you might discover a whole new talent!
What facilities are available for disabled students?
We have a limited number of rooms that have been adapted for people with restricted mobility and which are suitable for wheelchair users. We appreciate that you may have particular needs, and we will always try to make adjustments and help you, where possible. If you have a disability and would like to discuss living within the residences or our facilities, please contact the Residences Manager.
Can I be sure of having non-smoking accommodation?
Yes. Our smoking policy means that smoking is not allowed anywhere in college buildings, including residences and balconies.
What about laundry facilities for my personal laundry?
There is a 24-hour, coin-operated, self-service laundry with automatic washing machines and tumble dryers beside the student residences.
Can I bring a car with me to Perth?
Yes. Perth College UHI operates a pay and display parking facility on campus. You can pay per day or get a discounted rate for pre-payment.
Can I bring a bicycle with me to Perth?
Yes. The College provides supervised, lockable storage for bikes on campus beside the residences. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and encourage students and staff to use alternative forms of low and no-carbon transport wherever possible. Please note that bikes cannot be taken into the residences.
Do I need a licence for a TV in my bedroom?
Yes. If you watch TV in your accommodation you must have your own TV licence. One from back home does not cover you.
Can I bring my pet with me?
No. We do not allow pets of any nature in the College residences.
Can I have an overnight guest in the residences?
Sorry but this isn’t permitted. We have a duty of care for all our students and we need to be sure that only residents are staying. We have also found that room-mates don’t like it when their flat is used by strangers – it’s important to respect others’ space.
What cooking equipment is available and what can I bring to the residences?
Each flat is equipped with a hob, oven, a microwave cooker, toaster and kettle. Any other equipment is considered as a potential fire hazard under health and safety regulations. You will need to bring your own pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.
What else do I need to bring with me?
You will need bedding, towels etc for you bedroom. An iron will be provided in the common areas.
Where can I study?
The library is open from 8am-9pm Monday to Thursday and 8am-4.45pm on a Friday.
What is there to do in the evening?
The student union building is open until 6pm Monday-Friday and until 4pm Saturday-Sunday. We have our fabulous Academy of Sport and Wellbeing sports and leisure facility for students. This includes multi-court sports hall, climbing wall, gym, hairdressing and beauty salons. Why not have a look at our website to find out about what’s on in our small city and our campus facilities.
Can I bring extra furniture to the residences?
No additional furniture is allowed in the residences without prior written permission from the Residences Manager.
What happens to my mail?
Every student has a mailbox. The residences staff will put your mail there for you. They will hold larger packages for you for a limited time only. Please let us know if you are expecting a parcel. When you leave the residences you must make your own arrangements to have your mail forwarded – we do not offer a forwarding service.
If I have a problem who do I talk to?
If you have any problems at all then please speak to the Residences Manager and on-site support team.
How do I pay the rent?
Full details about costs and how to pay are available on our costs and payments page.
What if I can’t pay the rent on time?
If you have difficulties paying your rent, you should contact the Residences Manager as soon as possible to discuss your situation. Don’t leave it until it’s a huge problem. We have an excellent student services team who will be able to provide advice on what help is available from the college or external agencies. Don’t forget that your guarantor is liable for your rent if you can’t pay so we will contact them if necessary.
What do you do with the data in my residences application?
Please see our Residences Applications Privacy Notice for details.