More than just a room
What is university Clearing?
Missed out on the results you needed for your preferred course? Don't worry! Clearing offers you chance to secure a great offer for different course.
Taking A-Levels comes with a great deal of pressure, and not everyone manages to seal the grades required to get into their chosen university. Clearing, then, becomes a time when you can secure your place in university even if you didn’t receive any formal offers!
While it can be stressful, Abodus is here to guide you through the process so you can get your place for the best course for you, and book your student accommodation at the same time.
Booking with Abodus comes with a ‘No Place, No Pay’ guarantee so you can be secure in the knowledge that when you book with us, there’s a safety net just in case you don’t get the grades you expect. This Clearing will be busier than ever and sorting your accommodation early will help make Results Days as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Abodus has sites across the country and has dedicated customer service teams on hand to helping students find their perfect room in what will become their home-away-from-home for the next year.
Don’t miss the experience that defines your years as a student! Secure your room at one of our fully inclusive properties and get to know your new flat mates today. If your learning start date is deferred, we will be flexible for you.
We've extended our booking hours! You shouldn’t be penalised for missing out! Abodus will refund your deposit in full and your booking will be cancelled if you are unable to travel to the UK.
We want to keep you safe. Wherever possible, and depending on your location of choice, we aim to offer you two weeks free accommodation to quarantine after you arrive in the UK.
All our communities have CCTV and use secure access cards. With our speedy fast-track check-in, remote key collection, enhanced cleaning and wellbeing teams trained in Covid 19 controls, you can leave the safeguarding measures to us!
2020 is not cancelled! Book today, join your new residents group and begin to get excited! All rooms have high speed broadband, perfect for online learning and our online events schedule will guarantee that social distancing doesn’t spoil the fun!
Abodus welcomes students from across the world. Our communities are open to all and are hubs of diversity; Abodus supports each and every one of our students and offers a safe environment for anyone ready to call one of our properties 'home'.
Need To Know
How does it work?
Understanding how university Clearing works is quite simple. It pairs applicants who didn’t get a place on their first-choice course with university places that are yet to be filled. This doesn’t mean only the courses that nobody wanted are left; there can be a number of reasons that places are still available on university courses. According to UCAS, 73,320 applicants booked their place at university through Clearing last year, landing themselves on some great courses such as English or Law. Using their Clearing search tool, you can take your time searching for a course that interests you.
Usually, all Clearing applications are done over the phone. Once you have contacted the university and confirmed they still have vacancies, it’s up to them whether or not to offer you a place. This means response times are usually quick, and if you are unsuccessful you can quickly move on to your next choice.
With the way that university Clearing works, you can only have one on-going application at a time but have the freedom to apply to as many universities as you want to. If you are unsuccessful applying for a place at your first choice Clearing university or decide that course isn’t for you, call up the uni and ask them to cancel your place.
Once you have done this, you can either apply for a different university or apply for a different course at the same university. However, if on your original application you only applied for one choice, you’ll need to pay an additional £5 to go through Clearing again.
How do I apply for Clearing?
You can apply for your desired course through Clearing between the 6th July and 20th October. Typically, it all swings into action on results day – which is the 6th July for International Baccalaureate students, 4th August for A-Levels in Scotland, and 13th August for A-Levels in the rest of the UK. The sooner you get going applying for Clearing, the more courses you will have to choose from.
The first step when applying for university through Clearing is to register with UCAS, then you will receive your Clearing number and access to UCAS track. Take note of your number, you’ll need to reference it when you’re talking to universities and colleges. If your results don’t match the requirements of any of your conditional offers, you can commence your search on the afternoon of results day.
Once you have found a course you are interested in, it is up to you to call the uni to enquire about the vacancy. Remember the university will want to speak with you, not your parents, and it’s important you have all the information you need before you make the call. This includes yours and the university's Clearing number. First impressions are important, do your best to project yourself as enthusiastic and confident.
If you are successful and the university offers you a place on their course, if you want to accept you need to add the Clearing choice in UCAS track. If you decide the course isn’t for you, you need to ask the uni to cancel your place before you can apply through Clearing again.
Can I book my student accommodation?
Yes, absolutely! If you already received your place at University before or through Clearing, we have a range of rooms available in a bunch of our favourite student cities that in perfect locations and have everything you need for a great student life.
If you haven't got your place in uni yet, but you're applying through Clearing, don't wait either! Not securing your place at your chosen university can mean a last-minute change of plan. You may find a place on a course through Clearing that takes you to a different city, which means a last-minute hunt for student accommodation. The same principle applies to accommodation as it does to finding a course you like through Clearing. The sooner you are proactive about it, the better choices you’ll find in front of you.
Our flexible booking options also means you can book with confidence and secure your room early.
Key Clearing Dates
Clearing typically commences in July and closes in September but the specific dates vary from year to year. The following dates are for Clearing 2020.
- 4th August 2020: A-level results day in Scotland
- 13th August 2020: A-level results day in England and Wales
- 13th to 31st August 2020: Adjustment available
- 21st September 2020: Final deadline for applications
- 20th October 2020: Applications close
Limited Rooms Remaining
Our fully inclusive student accommodation is spread across the UK's best student cities. Got your place through Clearing? Check out our locations and book a room today!