Once you've accepted your accommodation offer, naturally your thoughts will turn to moving into your new home and starting life at University. You should also look at your residence guide to find out all you need to know about life in our accommodation.
Once you've accepted your accommodation offer, naturally your thoughts will turn to moving into your new home and starting life at University.
Your offer in the Accommodation Portal will contain a lot of information about your new residence, including the terms and conditions of living in University-allocated accommodation and the rules and regulations for your residence. You should take the time to read this information before you arrive so that you know what is expected of you as a tenant of the University. Visit the online guide page for your residence for all the information about living in your residence.
Payment of rent
Your first payment of accommodation fees will be due in October. The University is your landlord and we will invoice your shortly after you have moved in. You will then need to log into your Portal to set up your payment plan.
All new students are required to complete the University’s Online Induction before moving into University-allocated accommodation. The Online Induction is an interactive online guide that provides information relevant to your stay. You will need to read important safety information and respond to questions. At the end of the induction, you can book your arrival slot.
Each of our residences will have different arrival days and times, which can be booked in the induction process. The earliest date you can arrive will usually be the tenancy start date, 18th September 2021 for undergraduate tenancies, although a small number of residences will have slots available from Wednesday 15th September.
Change of plans?
If things change and you need to cancel your accommodation before you move in, please visit our cancellation pages for information on the steps you need to take.
Packing to move
Please see the information below on what to bring with you and what is provided in residences.
What to bring with you
When you are moving out of home for the first time it is difficult to know what to pack, the best advice is to travel light! Items vary in each residence, your residence guide has full details of what is provided for you. If you wait until you arrive to buy general cleaning equipment or shared kitchen items, you can share the cost with your fellow residents.
Items you should bring with you are:
Bedroom and bathroom
- Bedding (duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillow cases and sheets) please check your acceptance to see whether you have a single or double bed. Bedding can be pre-ordered online up to 10 days before your arrival
- Bath mat (for en suite accommodation)
- Laundry bag
- Clothes hangers
Mains extension leads can be used provided that the load on the extension is a maximum of 13 amps and one lead per socket. Cables should be positioned carefully and not present a trip hazard.
Kitchen packs can be pre-ordered online up to 10 days before your arrival. You don't necessarily need to bring these things with you on day one - you could wait to see what your fellow housemates bring with them so that you don't end up with 8 cheese graters.
- Crockery and cutlery (catered and self-catered residences)
- Saucepans/frying pan
- Bottle/can opener.
- Cleaning products including washing-up liquid, sponges, cloths and tea towels.
- TV licence (you will need a licence if you use any television receiving equipment in your room, including watching iPlayer on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device).
What is provided in residences
- Bed, mattress and mattress cover
- Desk, chair and task lighting
Kitchens in self-catered residences
- Dining table and chairs
- Storage cupboards
- Iron and ironing board (irons available from reception in The Courtrooms. Iron and ironing boards not provided in New Bridewell)
Kitchen/pantries in catered residences
- Small cookers/microwaves
What not to bring
You should read your tenancy conditions and your residence handbook for rules and regulations on prohibited items, which can be accessed from your residence guide.
You should not bring a car to Bristol unless you have a residence parking permit. Any student who brings a car without a permit or drive or park in such a manner as to cause a nuisance or disturbance to other residents or to our neighbours, for example by restricting access, may be fined and/or their permit withdrawn.
You should not bring alcohol into your residence. The University is concerned about the detrimental effects of excessive alcohol consumption on the welfare of its students. We discourage the inappropriate use of alcohol, using alcohol during the day and excessive consumption of alcohol during social events. The University strongly encourages students not to drink alcohol in flats and rooms, especially during the first two weeks of the academic year.
The following items aren't permitted in bedrooms:
- heaters and cooking equipment,
- flammable materials (e.g. curtains, wall hangings or foam filled furniture),
- multi-socket adaptors.
These items will be removed by residence staff and put into storage. Students with flammable materials may receive a disciplinary penalty.
Advice and support
Moving to University is an exciting time, but it's normal to feel nervous too. There are plenty of places to turn if you need some extra support and advice about moving away.