How to apply for University accommodation

Find out how to apply for University accommodation for 2023/24.

University accommodation applications closed

Applications for University accommodation have now closed. 

If you still need accommodation, please go to our Finding private rented accommodation page for guidance. 

If you have not secured accommodation for the 2023/24 academic year, you can apply for University accommodation. 

Applications will be open from 17 August and close at 5 pm on 31 August 2023.  

We have some room availability in each of our Residential Villages, as well as up to 70 en suite rooms in Newport Student Village.  

All students can apply but an offer of University accommodation is not guaranteed as rooms are limited 

We will prioritise applications from new students and those with a health or disability requirement which would make it difficult for them to live in the private sector. 

Listed below is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for University accommodation. 

Step 1: You need to register on our Accommodation Portal

Once you have firmly accepted your offer of study at the University of Bristol and have a University student number, you can apply for accommodation. 

New students will need to register on the Accommodation Portal. Click on the Register on the Accommodation Portal page. 

You will need to provide your: 

  • University student number- this is a 7-character number assigned to you and can be found at the top of your offer email from the University (this usually starts with '2'. This is not your UCAS number). 

  • email address – this must be the email address you used when you applied for your course (e.g via UCAS). 

You will be sent an email containing an activation link. You must click on this activation link within 1 hour of receiving the email to confirm your details.  

Students who have previously lived or applied for University accommodation can use single-sign on to login to the Accommodation Portal.   

Visit our Accommodation Portal help page for support with any issues you may have with registering on the system.  

Step 2: You need to complete and submit your application

To apply, you need to login to the Accommodation Portal and select Non-guaranteed Accommodation Application from the menu.  

In the application, we will ask you to tell us about:  

  • Your budget and accommodation considerations. 
  • What impacts the type of accommodation you need.


  • Confidentiality and consent.   

Once you have filled out all the details in full, you can submit your application. You will receive a confirmation email with a summary of your application. 

Step 3: We will let you know if we can offer you a room

We will start to contact students about the outcome of their application from 25 August 2023. Please ensure that you check your emails regularly.

If we can make you an offer of University accommodation, you will receive an offer from 30 August 2023. You must accept your offer by the deadline stated in your offer email. Find out more on the Accommodation offers page.  

If we cannot make you an offer of University accommodation, you will need to look for accommodation in the private sector. More guidance can be found on the Finding private rented accommodation page. 

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