Private rented accommodation

The Accommodation Office offers all students the help and expertise of our trained private-rented sector advisors, who can advise on everything from budget to issues with a landlord.

Finding accommodation

Bristol is a very popular city to live in. Depending on the time of year, your budget and requirements, finding private accommodation in Bristol can be challenging. 

We would strongly recommend that you read our general guidance on finding privately rented accommodation before you do anything else.

In Bristol, there are lots of commercial providers offering accommodation in residences built or refurbished specifically for students, as well as letting agents and private landlords advertising properties to rent to students. Have a look at our finding accommodation factsheet (PDF) for useful information and websites advertising student properties.

If you are staying in Bristol for less than an academic year then read our guidance on finding short-term accommodation.

Our resources

Bristol SU Lettings is a letting agent run by the student union. Landlords advertising through SU Lettings sign a code of good practice. Vacancies are added to their lists daily throughout the year. Students can search by criteria including group sizearea and maximum rent

Our Accommodation in Bristol Bulletin Board enables staff and students to post messages either looking for accommodation or advertising rooms available. If you are looking for sharers, remember to check the notices already posted, you may find suitable housemates without having to post a message yourself. You will need to register with the site to post a message. Using your University email address will automatically validate your sign up, if you are a new student or staff member and do not yet have a University account, you will need to fill out some additional details to enable Accommodation Office staff to verify your identity and validate your account. we do this to ensure the safety and security of all users of the Bulletin Board.

Moving in to private accommodation

Are you moving into your private rented tenancy soon? 

If so, check out this online module which goes through the actions you should take and things you should consider in order to avoid problems when moving in and throughout your tenancy. It covers points such as what to do about Council Tax, deposits and other relevant issues.

It will only take 5 minutes to go through it. Please take a look - it could save you time and money later.

Having problems with your private accommodation?

We've got downloads with advice on plenty of common problems and are here to help if you run in to trouble while renting in the private sector. 

Coronavirus and your private rented accommodation

Covid-19 has caused a number of significant complicating factors for students renting in the private sector. Read our most up to date information based on current government advice and legislation.

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