Life in our residences
Our student residences are communities offering a unique student experience. Each residences has a Junior Common Room (JCR), a committee run by students that organises social and sporting events. JCRs may host activities such as:
- Fine dining – from bring your own 'Nosh Nights' to formal dinners;
- Theatricals – from The Caretaker to The Rocky Horror Show;
- Music – from choral music to karaoke;
- Dance – from summer balls to silent discos.
The JCRs also provide representation for you at Student's Union Council meetings and help you get involved with University-wide events and community initiatives.
There are a range of exciting options for students in University accommodation to get fit, right on their doorstep as part of the B:Active Residences programme of free healthy physical activity opportunities.
Utilising facilities and spaces on the accommodation sites, residents will get the chance to be more active, have fun and make friends without having to leave their new home. A combination of exercise classes, sports coaching, recreational play and active lifestyle opportunities will be available throughout the academic year and will be shaped by student feedback to ensure the right activities are offered in the right places, at the right times.
This new programme will be ready and waiting for new residents on arrival so look out for information in your accommodation and on social media.
The University of Bristol Student's Union also organises a range of intramural fixtures between residences. Sports include football, netball, hockey, badminton and basketball. The teams and leagues are established early in the first term, so look out for the sign-up information when you arrive.
Pastoral support in your residence
All undergraduate students living in residences are provided with a network of support staff. Please note that student support service in residences is under review. Details of the proposed model for the 2018/19 academic year can be found on our student support pages.
All residences have a dedicated accommodation manager who is assisted by a team that includes accommodation assistants, general assistants, porters and maintenance staff. The team is headed by a facilities manager.
The role of the facilities team is:
- to ensure that the accommodation is kept in a good state of repair and well maintained,
- to ensure that communal areas are kept clean and free of obstructions,
- to work closely with the University’s Security Services to ensure the security of all residents,
- to protect the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in the residence.
There will be times when university staff need to enter your flat or room. Our access to accommodation policy (PDF, 76Kb) sets out the reasons that may be given for entering student accommodation, the notice that you will be given and the procedures that staff must follow.