Accommodation

Coming to university may well be your first experience of living away from home. It is important that you have a safe and comfortable place to call home to make settling into university life as easy as possible.

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At a glance

We have over 4,500 places available in a variety of student residences. This includes:

  • residences of varying sizes, from eight-bedroom, self-catered student houses to a 700-bedroom hall of residence;
  • a variety of room options including shared, standard single, single with basin, and en suite;
  • adapted accommodation for students with disabilities;
  • residences within walking distance of the University;
  • a bus pass for students living in University-allocated accommodation. 

Join a community

Our student residences are true communities offering a unique experience. Student-led societies and committees organise a range of social and sporting events throughout the year, including music festivals, pub quizzes and fancy dress nights.

All residences have a warden, assisted by deputy wardens and senior residents, who is responsible for student welfare.

The Active Residences programme adds fitness to the list of benefits available in your new home. Each residence runs free fitness classes, including self-defence and yoga classes and an outdoor bootcamp session, to help you stay fit, feel good and try out new activities.

There is no membership fee and classes are suitable for all fitness levels, with a range of activities to suit all tastes.

Living out of halls

If you decide to live at home or in private accommodation, you will still feel part of the student community. There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people through the University’s welcome events and Brunel, Bristol's student network that brings together students living out of halls.

How much will it cost?

Accommodation fees vary according to the location of your residence, facilities available and type of room. In 2016/17 annual fees ranged from around £3,442 for a shared room in a self-catered residence to £7,826 for a single en-suite room in a catered residence. For details of how we calculate fees see Accommodation fees at a glance.

Fees for 2017/18 will be available on the Accommodation Office web pages from late May 2017.

After your first year

Most students move into private accommodation after their first year. There is a good choice of private accommodation near the University, and rents vary according to the area and type of property.

You could spend anything from £400 to £500 on rent per month. The average in 2016 was around £420 (per calendar month) plus bills.

The Accommodation Office can help you find private accommodation and offers ongoing support.

Visit our residences

There will be the opportunity to visit a selection of residences on the University open days on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June, and Saturday 9 September 2017.

In the meantime, you can take a look at each of our residences online.

How to apply

Application for accommodation in 2017/18 will open on 1 June 2017. Find out more about the application process.

To meet the terms of the accommodation guarantee, you must apply by 31 July 2017.

When you complete your application you will be asked to select your three preferred residences, and the type of room that you would like.

We cannot guarantee to meet these preferences, however in 2016 around 80% of applicants were offered one of their preferences.

You can also apply to move into our residences during the academic year, for instance if your course start date is in semester two.

The accommodation at Bristol is of a very high standard. The JCR, who organise events throughout the year, enable you to make friends easily within your halls.

Laura (First year, MEng Engineering Mathematics with Study Abroad)

Accommodation guarantee

We guarantee to make an offer of accommodation to all new undergraduates who accept Bristol as their firm choice and apply by the given deadline. The guarantee is subject to certain conditions. If you fall outside of these conditions please contact the Accommodation Office.

Accommodation advice

The Accommodation Office provides advice throughout the year to all students.

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