Pre-sessional student accommodation

This page shows accommodation information for our summer 2023 pre-sessional courses.

Accommodation information for our summer 2024 courses will be available in January.

We offer University accommodation for students on the 10-week and 6-week pre-sessional academic English course, or the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

To apply for University accommodation for the duration of your pre-sessional course, you need to have an unconditional offer and have paid your course deposit. 

You are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation for the duration of your pre-sessional course if you apply by the 19 April 2023 (10-week course) or 17 May 2023 (6-week course).

If you live in University accommodation, you will:

  • share a residence with other students studying at the Centre for Academic Language and Development,
  • live in mixed-sex flats or in rooms along mixed-sex corridors,
  • usually live with students of the same nationality, and
  • have access to our Residential Life team who can give you expert help, support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please note our accommodation is suitable for single, unaccompanied pre-sessional students.

Key dates for 2023 

The application process can vary depending on whether you are studying on the 6-week or 10-week pre-sessional course.

The key dates for the application and room booking process are listed in the table below.

 10-week course6-week course
Pre-sessional accommodation applications open. 28 March 28 March
Pre-sessional accommodation applications close (guaranteed deadline). 19 April 17 May
If you do not declare any health needs in your application, you can select your own room via the Accommodation Portal. From 26 April From 10 May
Accommodation offers are sent to students who declared health needs in application. From 26 April  From 10 May 
Move in to your pre-sessional accommodation. 14 June 12 July
Move out of your pre-sessional accommodation. 9 September 9 September

If you are continuing your studies at the University after your pre-sessional course, you must make a separate accommodation application for your undergraduate or postgraduate accommodation and apply by 30 June 2023.


How to apply for pre-sessional accommodation 

Applications for pre-sessional accommodation are made through our Accommodation Portal.

Please note that applications for pre-sessional accommodation for 2023 are now closed. 

Follow the steps below for details of how to access the Accommodation Portal and start your application. 

  • Step 1: Register on our Accommodation Portal.
  • Step 2: After registering, log in to the Accommodation Portal and click Apply for student accommodation. 
  • Step 3: Select the pre-sessional application option. 
  • Step 4: Fill out the application in full, being sure to include details of any health needs you have. You'll need to include a budget for your accommodation (the prices are shown in the accommodation costs table).  

Booking your room

After you have submitted your application, the next stage will depend on whether you have included any health needs in your application. 

If you have health needs 
If you declare any health need in your application, we will allocate you a room that best suits your needs. 

We will send an offer of accommodation to you by email from 26 April 2023 (10-week course) or from 10 May 2023 (6-week course).

You will need to login to the Accommodation Portal to view and accept your offer of accommodation.

If you do not have any health needs 
If you do not declare any health needs in your application, you will be invited to select your room via the Accommodation Portal from 26 April 2023 (10-week course) or 10 May 2023 (6-week course).

You will be able to browse residences, room types, and book your own room.

After booking your room or accepting your offer of accommodation, you will need to read and agree to the tenancy conditions and make the full payment for your tenancy.


Accommodation costs

The costs of our pre-sessional accommodation are shown in the table below. Please consider these costs when including your budget in your application.

You will need to pay for your pre-sessional accommodation in full using a credit or debit card.

Please note that you must pay for your accommodation in full within 3 days of accepting your offer or making your reservation, otherwise your room booking will be cancelled.

The residences and room types shown in this table are subject to availability. 

Residence, room type and grade of roomCourse lengthTotal cost
Manor Hall - Single room - Basic 10-week course £1,435.50
Manor Hall - Single room - Basic 6-week course £973.50
Richmond Terrace - En suite room - Standard 10-week course  £2,322.90 
Richmond Terrace - En suite room - Standard 6-week course  £1,575.30
Richmond Terrace - En suite room - Basic 10-week course £2,218.50
Richmond Terrace - En suite room - Basic 6-week course £1,504.50
Queen's Road - Single room - Basic 6-week course £973.50

Cancelling your accommodation

If you wish to cancel your reservation, you must email student-accommodation@bristol.ac.uk.

You can cancel your reservation within seven days of making your payment and receive a full refund providing that your tenancy has not started, and you have not moved into your accommodation. 

You can cancel your reservation after seven days of making your payment, but you will not receive a refund.

Taking over another student's room

It's important to note that as an incoming pre-sessional students, you are not able to take over the tenancy of a current student already living with us. You must not sub-let a room from an existing University of Bristol student. This is a breach of your tenancy conditions. 


Moving in 

Before you move into your pre-sessional accommodation, you must complete the Accommodation Induction. This is available via the Accommodation Portal and is designed to help you prepare for living in your pre-sessional accommodation.

We will send you a pre-arrival email that has all the information you need about planning your journey, arriving at your residence and collecting your room key. The address and postcode for your accommodation can be found on the Manor HallRichmond Terrace and Queen's Road pages. 

You can also pre-order kitchen equipment and bedding from Accommodation Supplies at Pattersons. You can get your items delivered to your residence and they can be stored for up to 10 days before you arrive.


After your pre-sessional course

If you are continuing your studies at the University after your pre-sessional course, you must make a separate accommodation application for your undergraduate or postgraduate accommodation.

Visit our Applying for University accommodation pages for more details on application dates and the guarantee. 

If there is a gap between your pre-sessional accommodation and University accommodation, we will arrange for you to move into temporary accommodation or in some cases you may be able to move into your University accommodation early.

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