Finding properties to view
It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to finding properties to view. The main house-hunting time for current students is during the spring term, with the peak time in January and February. If you are looking for a large property (7 beds or more) you may want to start looking earlier. Try not to leave it too late, it is becoming harder for students to find accommodation in the summer term.
There are many property providers in Bristol, as well as plenty of direct let opportunities. Unfortunately housing fraud is increasingly common, and we advise all students to be very cautious and only look for housing through a trusted provider.
This is a lettings service managed by The University of Bristol's Students Union - this should be the first place you look. Bristol SU Lettings offers a full range of private accommodation options for individuals or groups but with no agency fees to pay. They are able to offer expert advice and all their landlords sign a code of conduct and commit to providing a fair and professional service.
Students with vacancies in their accommodation looking for sharers will advertise on our Bulletin Board. Alternatively you can post an advert here yourself if you’re looking for other flat sharers. Students registered with the University of Bristol can access the Student bulletin board using their University username and password.
There are plenty of letting agencies near the University. Most agencies will charge a fee of at least 35% of a month’s rent plus VAT if you rent a property through them. Always use an agency who is a member of a professional body e.g. NALS, ARLA, BALMA. You can download one of our Accommodation Factsheets with a list of local letting agencies (PDF, 277KB).
Large commercial providers
In Bristol there are a number of large properties built or refurbished by private developers specifically for students. They do not provide accommodation for families/children but accept singles and have limited accommodation for couples. Most require UK guarantors and expect the whole years’ rent in advance if these are not available so be sure to check that in advance. They offer tenancies of a minimum of 43 – 51 weeks. You can find details of these in our finding accommodation factsheet (PDF, 351KB).
Download our renting safely factsheet (PDF 427KB) and remember - be careful of people pretending to be landlords in order to cheat tenants out of money and never transfer money unless you are 100% sure that the situation is authentic. If you are in any doubt, contact us for advice immediately.
Download our handy factsheets for top tips on renting in the private sector.