Harbour Court residence guide
Your guide to living in Harbour Court, including instructions specific to your residence and other important information.
On this page
- Bike storage
- Cars, parking and transport
- Cleaning, recycling and rubbish
- Connect to the internet
- Doing laundry
- Fire safety
- First aid
- Lost keys or locked out
- Lost property
- Make a complaint
- Rent and tenancy dates
- Request a repair
- Social spaces
- Staff access to your room
You should use a good security lock to store your bike. Storing your bike on University property is entirely at your own risk.
Bikes are not covered by your contents insurance; this requires an additional premium to be paid. Check your policy and be sure to take out additional coverage should you need it.
Bikes must not be stored or secured anywhere other than the open racks or secure areas. Bikes found in student rooms, communal areas, corridors or stairwells will be removed.
In line with the University's Abandoned Bikes Policy, any bikes deemed abandoned will be tagged, removed and put into storage. If bikes are not collected, they will eventually be donated to the charity LifeCycle.
Where to store your bike
There is a bike storage area. Bicycles are left in the bike store at the owner's risk and Abodus do not accept liability for any accidents, damage or loss incurred.
Cars, parking and transport
Students in University accommodation are eligible for a free bus pass that can be used on several services that stop at the Clifton campus. Find out more on our student travel web pages. Postgraduate students living in postgraduate-only accommodation are not eligible.
It is important to note that parking permits are not available for East Village residences:
- Accommodation at Thirty-Three
- Chantry Court
- The Courtrooms
- Dean Street Works
- The Hawthorns
- Marlborough House
- New Bridewell
- Print Hall
- Redland Road
- St Michael's Hill
- St Michael's Park
- St Thomas Street
- Woodland Road
You should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential, for example because of a disability. Before bringing a vehicle to one of our residences in either the North or West villages, you must have successfully applied for a parking permit.
Who can apply?
Priority will be given to students who:
- are a Blue Badge holder (mobility impairment);
- have a disability or ill health that means they need the use of a car;
- have caring responsibilities that cannot be performed without a car;
- have an academic placement for their course that can only be reached by car.
Permits will only be issued for cars that are adequately insured and taxed, and have an up-to-date MOT.
How to apply
To apply for a parking permit, you must:
- register for a student account with PermitSmarti;
- complete the Annual Student Permit online form. If you are asked to supply proof of residency, a copy of your accommodation agreement or invoice will be sufficient.
You will then be notified if your application has been successful.
Applications will be accepted from 7 September ready for the start of term, although the form will remain open for students who want to bring a car later in the year.
Blue Badge holders will receive their permit free of charge.
All other students will be charged:
- £99 for North Residential Village permits;
- £179 for the West Residential Village permits.
When can I start using my parking space?
Annual permits are valid from 20 September 2021 to 18 July 2022.
You will not be able to park your car at your residence until after the main arrival dates of 15–20 September 2021 because all the spaces will be used for students who are moving in.
We also offer fixed-term permits:
- spring/summer permit: valid from 7 January 2022 to 18 July 2022
- summer permit: valid from 22 April 2022 to 18 July 2022
Where will my parking space be?
No permits are available for East Village residences. Applications from residents in our city centre properties will be considered but if you are offered a permit, it is likely to be within the North Residential Village where more spaces are available.
Summer vacation parking
If you are staying in University accommodation over the summer, you have the option of extending your parking permit with our summer top-up, which is valid from 18 July 2021 to 20 September 2021.
Parking terms and conditions
All parking in our residences is subject to the residential parking student terms and conditions (PDF, 453kB) and our Residences car parking policy (PDF, 532kB).
Cleaning, recycling and rubbish
You are expected to keep your accommodation in a clean and habitable condition. This includes communal areas. You must:
- wash up your dishes after you have used them;
- use the recycling scheme.
If you don't meet an acceptable standard of cleanliness and hygiene:
- normal cleaning services may be suspended;
- waste and rubbish removal may be suspended;
- you may be charged for additional cleaning.
You may also face action under the Student Disciplinary Regulations.
Recycling and cleaning
We provide recycling and composting facilities at all residences. You can recycle:
- tins and cans
- food waste
- clothes, shoes, fabrics.
Kitchen cleaning does not include rubbish disposal or washing up.
Flats will be cleaned every two weeks.
On the ground floor of each block.
Connect to the internet
- Connect to 'ASK4 Wireless'
- Go to signup.ask4.com
- Follow the signup process. You will need to provide your flat and room number.
- Connect the ethernet cable from the device to the wall socket
- Go to signup.ask4.com
- Follow the signup process. You will need to provide your flat and room number.
Add additional devices
- On the new device, log into myaccount.ask4.com
- Select 'Enable this device'.
If you do not have a web browser on your device, you can add your device's MAC address at myaccount.ask4.com to get connected instead.
Get the app
Install the ASK4 app to manager your account and get any help or support your need. Search 'ASK4 support' in the App Store or Google Play.
This content is also available at support.ask4.com.
This includes damage caused by you or your guests, either deliberately or due to negligence, that goes beyond normal wear and tear. It also includes damage caused by sticking anything to the walls.
If the damage is in a communal area, like the kitchen, everyone living in the flat, corridor or block may be charged.
Charges for damage will vary according to cost of carrying out the work but as an estimate could include:
- Clean one wall: £25
- Repaint one wall: £100
- Replace one mattress: £100
- Clean one carpet: £50
- Replace one carpet: £200
- Clean one fridge, freezer, oven or hob: £30
- Clean one kitchen, bedroom or bathroom: £55
There is also an administrative fee of 15%, up to a maximum of £50.
You have the right to appeal against any charge to the facilities manager for your residence.
If you break or damage something in your residence you need to report it to us. This will give us the opportunity to repair it.
If you don't tell us, it will be discovered at the end of your tenancy. You may be charged for the repair at that point as an end-of-tenancy charge.
You should not dry wet clothes in your room as this causes condensation and mould. Wet clothes left on drying frames or draped over warm radiators can raise moisture levels by up to 30 per cent. This can help mould to grow, which in turn can cause health problems, including some potentially serious lung infections.
Laundry at Harbour Court
Each studio flat has its own washer-dryer. Each cluster of flats has its own washing machine and tumble dryer. The cost of these facilities is included in your accommodation fee - there is no additional charge.
There are fire alarms, smoke alarms and fire-fighting equipment in your residence. Do not cover fire safety signs or prop open a fire door.
Do not play with or interfere with this fire safety equipment. If any detectors are faulty, you should report this promptly.
Fire exit doors and routes must be kept clear. Do not obstruct corridors and stairs, so that the building can be evacuated quickly if there is a fire. This is one reason why bikes must not be brought into buildings. Anything blocking a fire exit may be removed into storage without notice.
Remain with your cooking at all times. The highest fire risks are from cooking being left unattended or using dirty pans, especially grill pans.
We may inspect your electrical equipment and if we think it poses a fire risk, we will take it into storage or ask that you remove it from the premises.
Any actions that put other residents in danger are taken very seriously by the University. These actions could result in disciplinary action and may be referred to the police.
False alarms cause disruption and annoyance to all other residents. False alarms also put lives at risk. If firefighters are dealing with a false alarm, they can’t help those in need at a real emergency.
Your bedroom has a smoke detector, which is very sensitive and easily set off.
Do all you can to limit false alarms, especially when cooking. The most common cause of false fire alarms is cooking with the kitchen door propped open.
Evacuating the building
Read the Action in Case of Fire notice in your flat or on your corridor. Make sure you know the fire exit routes from your room and from the communal areas of your residence.
- Leave the building promptly if you hear the fire alarm. Do not wait to pick up personal belongings.
- Shut doors behind you as you leave.
- Shout "fire" and knock on any bedroom doors on your way out of the building.
- You are not expected to fight fires. Only use extinguishers if they are needed to help you escape in an emergency.
- Go straight to the assembly point for your residence (see below) and wait there for a roll call to be taken.
- Tell University/accommodation staff or the fire service anything you know about the situation. For example, whether it is a real fire or if anyone is still in the building.
- Do not go back into the building until you have been told it is safe to do so by a member of University staff or the fire service.
The assembly point for Harbour Court is on Lower Lamb Street.
Fire alarm testing
Fire alarms will be tested every Thursday at 11 am. You do not need to evacuate during a fire alarm test.
If you hear a fire alarm at any other time or if the fire alarm sounds continuously for more than 10 seconds you must evacuate the building immediately.
If you have an accident or near miss while in University accommodation, report it to your Student Support Centre. We need to know about it so that steps can be taken to prevent it happening again.
A near miss is an incident that could have resulted in an injury, such as slipping on the stairs or tripping on uneven flooring.
First aid boxes contain bandages, wound dressings, sterile eye pads, plasters and other items to help with minor injuries. No medication, such as paracetamol, is kept in the first aid box.
First aid boxes are located in reception.
Lost keys or locked out
If you are locked out, contact reception and a member of residence staff will be able to let you back into your room. You will need to show them your ID. If on-site staff are unavailable, contact Abodus security staff on the security number, which you can find at reception. A member of the team will be available 24 hours a day.
If you have lost your door fob, go to reception with your ID to get a replacement, for which you will be charged £25. If you have lost the metal post box key, you will be charged £10.
Lost property will be kept in reception. To reclaim your lost property you will need to provide an accurate description of the item.
Items will be signed in by reception on the day they are found and signed out once reclaimed from reception.
Items will be stored for one month from the day they are found, after which they will be disposed of.
The postal address is: Your name, your flat/room number, Harbour Court, 10 Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5TP.
Letters will be delivered to your letterbox. Parcels delivered by a courier will be delivered to you directly if you are at home. The courier will use the intercom for your flat and deliver parcels to reception. You will be notified of the delivery and will be asked to collect and sign for your parcel. Reception cannot store special deliveries or large items.
If you are not at home, the Abodus accommodation team will accept and sign for deliveries. You will be notified of the delivery via the portal. Bring ID to reception to collect your parcel.
Make a complaint
Occasionally students need to tell us about something they are not satisfied with. Raise a complaint or concern with your residence.
Rent and tenancy dates
When to pay
You will need to pay your accommodation fees once you have moved into your residence and received an invoice. Go to your online financial statement to view your invoices.
Once you have received your invoice, you have two options: either pay it in full or pay in instalments.
- Pay in full:
- Total accommodation fee payable by 24 October
- Pay in three instalments:
- Instalment 1 payable by 24 October – 40% of accommodation fee
- Instalment 2 payable by 24 January – 30% of accommodation fee
- Instalment 3 payable by 24 April – 30% of accommodation fee
How to pay
You can pay by debit card, credit card or direct debit, whether you are paying in full or in instalments.
If you’re not sure how to set up a payment plan to pay in instalments, follow these instructions. They explain how to set up a payment plan for tuition fees - the instructions for paying your accommodation fees are identical.
If you are not able to use any of these payment methods, read about the other options we offer.
If you fail to pay
If you do not pay your rent by the deadlines stated in your tenancy agreement, you will receive several reminders to set up a payment plan. Your residence conditions state that if you have still not paid 28 days after it was due, we may give you 28 days’ notice to leave the accommodation. Full details of the process are outlined in our arrears procedure (PDF).
If you are struggling with accommodation costs, contact our student funding team for help.
The dates of your tenancy can be found in your tenancy agreement, in the Accommodation Portal.
Request a repair
If something is broken or needs repairing in your residence, you need to let us know as soon as possible. If you don't tell us about something you have damaged, it will be picked up at the end of your tenancy and you may be charged for the repair.
If you request a repair, we will deem that notice has been given for staff or contractors to get access to your room or residence. Maintenance staff will always carry identification and you should ask to see it.
How to request a repair
Request a repair by contacting reception in person, by phoning 01179 255167, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and they will add your query to the system. You will then be able to log into your Abodus portal and report the maintenance issue.
If you have reported an issue and feel that the repair is taking too long or has not been completed satisfactorily, you can email the University's accommodation team at email@example.com to ask them to follow it up.
There is a common room on the ground floor beside the management office.
Staff access to your room
We may occasionally need to get into your flat or bedroom, for example to carry out repairs and maintenance.
We will try to give you 24 hours’ notice if access is required by accommodation staff or contractors. However, if it is an emergency, immediate access may be needed. If you have requested a repair, we will deem that notice has already been given.
All University staff and contractors will carry identification and you should always ask to see it before letting someone into your room.
Open days and promotional activities
You must allow your room and facilities:
- to be shown to prospective students on University open days or visit days;
- to be filmed or photographed for promotional purposes.
We will give you seven days’ notice if your room is going to be needed for either of these reasons. Any filming or visits will be supervised by a member of University staff.