Information about the costs of living in University residences, how and when to pay, and what is included in your accommodation fee.
On this page
- Accommodation fees for 2023/24
- What is included in your accommodation fee
- How your accommodation fee is calculated
- Budgeting for your accommodation
- How and when to pay
- Rent in advance (postgraduates only)
Accommodation fees for 2024/25 are being confirmed and will be published as soon as they are finalised.
Accommodation fees for 2023/24
The accommodation fees for 2023/24 are listed on each residence page. You can also view the full list of accommodation costs to compare prices of residences and room types.
If you are a Study Abroad student, you can view the accommodation costs for semester one (September entry) on the Accommodation for Study Abroad students page.
What is included in your accommodation fee
Your accommodation fee includes:
- all gas, electricity and water rates,
- basic contents insurance,
- a bus pass for the Bristol Unibus U1 service*
- a Social Fund contribution.
How your accommodation fee is calculated
The accommodation fee you pay depends on the type of room you have. We have a wide variety of accommodation and so the fees are varied too.
Fees are calculated using a number of factors including room size, whether you have a basin, or en suite, facilities at your residence such as common rooms and bars, gardens and sports facilities or any enhancement to your room.
Budgeting for your accommodation
When you apply for accommodation, you need to ensure you have understood the cost of the tenancy and when you need to make payment. We will show you the rent for the full tenancy period in the application and in your accommodation offer. The tenancy is for a fixed term and so this is the amount you are due to pay even if you move in later or move out earlier than your contracted dates.
You need to make sure that you are able to afford the rent amounts that you apply for in your accommodation application. You can also look into available bursaries and scholarships that may help you in covering some of the costs of your accommodation fee.
How and when to pay
Details of how to pay your accommodation fees can be found on the Pay your fees pages.
The payment dates for students living in University accommodation can be found on the When to pay your accommodation fees page.
Rent in advance - postgraduates
Postgraduates need to pay rent in advance of £500 to accept an offer of University accommodation. To make payment you will need a debit or credit card with a three-digit security code on the reverse. Exactly how you pay depends on which residence you have been offered. Your rent in advance is non-refundable.
Three of our Postgraduate residences - Chantry Court, Deans Court and Woodland Court - are Nomination properties. Some of the details around cancellations and your rent in advance payment are slightly different to the standard University policies and we have outlined the details on our Nomination properties page.
We have bursaries and scholarships for new undergraduates looking to receive financial assistance with their accommodation fees.