How and when to apply

Applications for accommodation for new undergraduates starting their studies at Bristol for the first time this September are now open. Before progressing to the application, it is important that you have read and understood our Undergraduate accommodation guarantee. If you do not meet the terms of this guarantee, you will only be eligible to apply for University-allocated accommodation after A Level results and we may not be able to make you an offer of accommodation.

Our undergraduate accommodation guarantee

The University only guarantees an offer of accommodation for new full-time undergraduate students during their first year of study who both firmly accept their offer of study at Bristol and apply for accommodation before 30 June 2021. See the guarantee for full terms. Please note that applications for guaranteed students are now closed.

Before you apply

If you meet the terms of the accommodation guarantee and have firmly accepted your offer of undergraduate study at the University of Bristol, you are eligible to apply for accommodation. If you do not meet these terms, for example because Bristol is your insurance choice, please visit our non-guaranteed applicants pages.  

Please watch our video for an introduction to the accommodation application process and what to expect, and ensure you read the information on this page to understand the application process. 

Getting started 

Applications for guaranteed undergraduate applicants have now closed. To be guaranteed an offer of accommodation you must have applied within this timeframe. Accommodation is NOT allocated on a first come first served basis and every student applying within this time frame has an equal chance of being offered one of their preferences. Please read the information below on completing your application and choosing your preferences before making a start.  

Applications will reopen on 11 August 2021 for non-guaranteed applicants.

If you have not yet registered your details on 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 the next steps email sent to you by admissions, which you will receive within a few days of firmly accepting your offer of study. Once you have this information match your details on our system. Once you have completed this step you will be able to proceed to making your application.

Completing your application 

In your application you'll need to give us nine 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.  

What happens next 

Once the guaranteed applicant window closes, room and residence allocations for undergraduate 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 applicants without health needs, 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: 

  • 13 July 2021: Offers 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 15 July 2021. 
  • 17 August 2021: The majority of students will receive their accommodation offer a week after A Level results, when your place of study at the University has been confirmed. You must formally accept the offer by 19 August 2021.

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 undergraduate 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,
  • not to attend the University of Bristol,
  • to change the date when your studies will start.
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