How to submit an accommodation application

Find out how to register on our Accommodation Portal and how to complete your accommodation application.

Register on our Accommodation Portal

All accommodation applications and offers are made via our Accommodation Portal. You will need to have received and accepted a firm offer of study from the University to access the accommodation application. 

To access the portal for the first time you will need to register on the system. To do this: 

  • go to the Accommodation Portal confirm your details page,
  • add your University of Bristol student number - you will find this in emails from the University,
  • add your email address - this needs to be the email address you used when you applied for University,
  • click Submit

You will receive an email with a unique link, which you need to click to set your login details for the system. This link will expire after 1 hour, after which you will need to repeat the steps above to generate a new link. 

When setting up your account details, be sure to use an email address that you will have access to until you arrive, as this will be the address we will use to contact you regarding your accommodation application.

Visit our Accommodation Portal help page for support with any common issues you are having with registering on the system.


Completing your application

Once you have registered on the Accommodation Portal, you will be ready to complete an accommodation application. View the application key dates page to see when applications open for each student type.

When applications open, you need to log in to the Accommodation Portal and select Apply for student accommodation from the menu. In the application, we will ask you to include: 

Your accommodation needs

To help us ensure the accommodation we offer you is suitable, the first thing we will ask is for anything about you - big or small - that has an impact on your accommodation needs. This could be anything from a health condition to needing a larger bed due to your height. 

Read our accommodation needs page to ensure you have thought about everything you need to include in your application. Anything you don't mention in the application, but tell us at a later date, may mean we are unable to meet your needs.

Your accommodation options

The University will allocate you a room and a residence, so it is not possible to request to live somewhere specific when you apply. However, you will be asked to include a number of options, from what type of flat you would like to live in to your budget, as well as which residences and room types you would prefer. We advise you to browse our about our accommodation section to look at the full range of accommodation options we have before starting your application.   

It is important to note, we do not guarantee that your offer will be for one of the options you have selected in your application.

Once you have filled out all the details in full you can submit your application. You will receive a confirmation email listing the options you put in your application. You can make any changes to your application by logging back in to the Accommodation Portal, until 30 June 2022.


What happens next 

Rooms are not allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have included any accommodation needs, your application will be processed by an Accommodation Officer who may contact you to discuss your application or request further information to ensure we are able to place you in a room that meets your needs.  

All other applications are allocated to rooms using an algorithm that will match as many students as possible to one of their accommodation options. Around 80% of students will receive an offer for one of the accommodation options stated in their application. 

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