Once a student holds an unconditional offer for the Pre-sessional course, they can begin to apply for university allocated accommodation. The Accommodation Office will not able to offer accommodation for the duration of the Pre-sessional course unless a student holds an unconditional offer and has paid the Pre-sessional course deposit.
Please see the Accommodation Office website for any help and advice about the University-allocated accommodation.
Please note: if you stay in private rented accommodation for the duration of the pre-sessional course, or for the gap between the end of the pre-sessional course and the start of your main degree programme, you will have to pay Council Tax.
Private rented accommodation is any accommodation that is not university-allocated by the Accommodation Office.
For more information about Council Tax please see the Bristol City Council web site.
A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is an electronic reference number and accompanying electronic virtual document containing information about your course of study as well as your personal details. Therefore, it is not a paper document. The CAS number will be unique to each student.
The e-mail giving your CAS number will include the information that will be contained in your CAS virtual document. You will not need to print a copy of this e-mail for your visa application, you just need to write the CAS number in the appropriate section on your visa application form. When they receive your application, UKBA immigration staff will enter the CAS number into their computer system to retrieve the virtual document. Therefore, you do not require a letter from the University of Bristol to accompany your visa application.
CELFS staff will produce the CAS numbers for Pre-sessional students. Having a CAS does not guarantee your visa application will be successful as you must still also meet all the other requirements for applying for a student visa. The University of Bristol International Office can offer more detailed advice to students about visas and immigration.
CELFS staff will begin to produce CAS numbers for unconditional offer holders in April. Once a CAS number has been requested for a student, it will be sent to them by email.
Please note: once a student has received a CAS number for the pre-sessional course they applied for, they will not be eligible to transfer between the 10 and 6 week courses.
All students must register online before they arrive on the Pre-sessional course. The CELFS team will send all students an email a few weeks before the Pre-sessional course starts. This email will explain the Online Registration procedure, which is only available for a specific time. Only unconditional offer holders can register online.
Pre-sessional students are required to apply for a U-card (library card/student ID card). They must carry this card with them at all times when on University premises.
To apply for this card Pre-sessional applicants who have an unconditional offer (i.e. those applicants who have paid the £300 deposit) must upload a photograph online three weeks before the Pre-sessional course starts. When you log in to the photo upload web page, you will need to have a suitable photograph ready to be uploaded, as well as your student number.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems.
The Arts and Social Sciences Library is the main library building at the University of Bristol.
The International Librarian, Angela Joyce, is based in the Arts and Social Sciences Library.
Angela's web site for International Students is very useful. Angela arranges help sessions for international students to become familiar with the library. The web site includes information about how to book a help session, as well as collection details, video tutorials and useful external web site links.
Students on summer English courses may apply for a Sport and Activity pass.