Favell House


Favell House is one of our City Centre Riverside residences, just moments away from Waverley House and The Rackhay. The three Unite-owned properties offer around 550 undergraduate places in total. Favell will particularly suit students who are independently minded and keen to mix with a wider group.

The vibrant centre is a busy and lively place with a student friendly atmosphere. It can be noisy at times but it offers great opportunities for students who want to fully experience everything Bristol has to offer, as a University and a city. The 2015 Whatuni survey of over 20,000 students crowned Bristol as the best city in the country.

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Accommodation details

  • Self-catered
  • Flats of 5 - 7 students
  • Owned by Unite Students
  • Student experience managed by the University of Bristol


  • Shared bathrooms - 5 bed flat 2 toilets and 1 shower, 6/7 bed flat 2 toilets and 2 showers
  • Kitchen/diner in each flat shared 5 - 7 students
  • Quiet study room
  • Internet access in rooms (StudentCom) - WiFi
  • Bike storage (bikes are left at your own risk)
  • Students who meet the criteria shown on the application form can apply for a parking permit at the Clifton or Stoke Bishop sites. 
  • Launderette

Living at Favell House

Favell House, The Rackhay and Waverley House make up the City Centre Riverside Student Community. The three buildings share the facilities of a large Common Room in Waverley, used for Zumba, Yoga and music sessions. It has a large screen television and piano.

Favell House is located on Bristol's beautiful and historic floating Harbourside. There's a selection of restaurants and shops on its doorstep and a convenience store underneath the property. The building is owned by Unite who manage the facilities and repairs. This residence is exclusive to University of Bristol undergraduates, almost all of whom will be in their first year.

The University manages all pastoral, academic and social elements of the student experience - and ensures that students are provided with the same support network and opportunities as in any other residence.

A warden, shared with the other riverside residences, is responsible for pastoral care for first-year undergraduate students (freshers). The warden is supported by deputy wardens and senior residents. There are five live-in senior residents at Favell House who are on call to help with any issues that arise whether personal, social or academic.

What they say

Favell House wasn't my first or second choice, but I'm glad I got placed here now I've settled in.

Favell House offers easy access to:

  • shopping, both in local high street shops and in Cabot Circus, Bristol’s award winning shopping centre,
  • theatre at Bristol’s Hippodrome for the big west-end shows, and at the renowned Bristol Old Vic, one of the UK's oldest theatres, for independent productions,
  • cinema at the Showcase (five screens) or Odeon (four screens),
  • a host of bars, restaurants and clubs.

The Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee is elected from the student residents in the first term and is a great way to get involved. You can organise balls, pub quizzes, evenings for overseas students, open mic nights, intramural sports, plays and whatever else you have the enthusiasm for. If you don't have the time to organise events in hall, you can still benefit by joining in! The JCR are also the voice of the student residents on the Student Housing Advisory Committee where they can raise any issues of concern.


At a glance

Availability: In 2014 Favell House was under subscribed.

Facilities: Favell House has a quiet study room and access to the shared common room at Waverly House.

Distance to city: Based in the centre of town, on Bristol's historic Harbourside.

Quiet location: Being in the city centre, noise can be an issue for some students. However, noise levels are very much dependent on the people you live with.

Travel time to campus
Bus 10 mins (Wessex Red and First Group - Service 8/9)
Walking 19 mins (0.9 miles/1.4 km)
Cycling 10 mins (1 mile/1.6 km)

Rooms and rents

Tenancy: 43 weeks, 12 Sept 2015 - 9 July 2016. Tenancy covers the duration of the academic year.

Room fees 2015/16
Single no basin 125 £5,271 or £123/week
Single no basin 95 £5,514 or £128/week
Single no basin 14 £5,758 or £134/week
Total places 234

*Figures rounded to nearest pound. For exact figures see the full breakdown of fees and the additional costs that are payable.

Location and contact details

Acting warden: Rafik Mikhaiel
Student support administrator:
Yvonne Olver
City Centre Riverside website
 Favell House, Crow Lane, Bristol, BS1 1DQ

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