How and when to apply

The accommodation applications for new postgraduate starting their studies in 2022/23 will be open on 1 March 2022. To be guaranteed an offer of accommodation you must apply by the 30 June 2022.

Before you apply

Before making your application for accommodation, it is important that you have read and understood our Postgraduate accommodation guarantee.

If you meet the terms of the accommodation guarantee and have firmly accepted your offer of postgraduate study at the University of Bristol, you are eligible to apply for University-allocated accommodation.

If you do not meet the terms of this guarantee, you are still able to apply for University-allocated accommodation but it is unlikely that we will be able to make you an offer. You should therefore ensure you have read our non-guaranteed information and look for private rented accommodation. 

Accommodation application process video

Watch our video for an introduction to the accommodation options and what to expect from the process, and ensure you read the information on this page to understand the application process. Please note the postgraduate accommodation applications for 2022/23 are open on 1 March 2022.  

Getting started  

  • Register your details on our Accommodation Portal from 1 February 2022

The Accommodation Portal provides you with everything you need to manage your housing applications and this will be open to new applicants on 1 February 2022.

To register for the portal, you will need to have a University of Bristol student number. When you have firmly accepted your offer of study, you will be sent an email by admissions which will include your student number.

You will then need to confirm your details by verifying your student number and email address. This will allow you to proceed to making your application.

  • Research our residences

Before you apply for accommodation, we advise for you to browse our residences to familiarise yourself with the different accommodation options.

  • Apply for accommodation by 30 June 2022 

Applications for postgraduate accommodation will be open from 1 March 2022. To be guaranteed an offer of accommodation you must have applied by the 30 June 2022. If you apply after this deadline, you will not be guaranteed University-allocated accommodation. Visit our non-guaranteed applicants pages for further information.

Completing your application 

You apply for University accommodation via the Accommodation Portal.

In your application you will be asked to:

  • provide information about health, disability, or additional requirements; and
  • select up to nine residences, flat profiles, and room types which you would like to apply for.

You must read our information on the choosing your accommodation preferences page. This will help you to understand the questions in the application form and to ensure that you give all the information we need in your application. 

When you submit your application, you will receive an email that confirms the selections you made in your application. Please keep a copy of this. If you change your mind about any of the choices you have made, you can log back in to change them, as long as it is before the closing date.    

What happens next

Once the guaranteed applicant window closes, room and residence allocations for postgraduate accommodation will be made by the Accommodation Office.

Priority will be given to students who have special housing needs for reasons of ill-health or disability. For all other applicants, accommodation is not allocated on a first-come, first-served and every applicant stands an equal chance of being allocated one of their preferences.

Offers will be made as follows: 

  • 5 July 2022: Offers will be made to students whose place of study was unconditional when they completed the accommodation application (which means your study offer is not dependent on exam results). This includes applicants who deferred studies from a previous year. You must formally accept the offer by 7 July 2022

Visit our accommodation offers page for next steps on receiving and accepting your offer of accommodation.

Your accommodation contract with the University

When you accept an offer for University-allocated postgraduate accommodation, you are signing a tenancy agreement that legally commits you to pay the advertised rent on the room for the full duration of the tenancy. You should ensure you have familiarised yourself with the terms and conditions of the tenancy and are prepared to accept these before you proceed with your accommodation application.   

Accommodation portal

Log into the Accommodation Portal.

Change in circumstances

Please contact us immediately to let us know of any changes in your plans. Include your name and student number. Tell us if you decide:

  • to look for private accommodation,
  • that your partner or family will/will not join you in Bristol,
  • not to attend the University of Bristol,
  • to change the date when your studies will start.
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