How and when to apply

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

Our postgraduate accommodation guarantee

The University only guarantees an offer of accommodation for new full-time postgraduate students during their first year of study who pay fees at the overseas rate and apply for accommodation by 30 June 2021. See the guarantee for full terms. 

If you meet the terms of the accommodation guarantee and have firmly accepted your offer of postgraduate study, the details you'll need in order to apply for accommodation are below.  


Applications for rooms in our postgraduate residences for the 21/22 academic year will open at 10 am on 11 May 2021. Offers will be made on a rolling basis from 21 June. 

Applications are made via our Accommodation Portal. 

You will need to have a University of Bristol student number in order to register for the Accommodation Portal. Your student number can be found in the email titled "Next steps for offer". You will receive this email when you have firmly accepted your offer of study. Once you have this information match your details on our system. We recommend you create your account before the applications open but please note you will not be able to set up your Portal account until you are invited to do so. 

Completing your application 

In your application you'll be able to tell us five preferred room types and residences, as well about other preference or accommodation needs you have. Please read our information on choosing your accommodation preferences to see the options we have available in our residences and what you will be asked when you complete the application. 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'll 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's before the closing date.  


All room and residence allocations for postgraduate accommodation will be made by the Accommodation Office. Priority will be given to postgraduates who have special housing needs for reasons of ill-health or disability. All allocations are governed by the University of Bristol's Equality and Diversity Policy which states:

No individual will be unjustifiably discriminated against. This includes, but not exclusively, on the basis of gender, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious or political beliefs, disability, marital status, social background, family circumstance, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, spent criminal convictions, age or for any other reason.

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.   

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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