Information for guaranteed applicants
Covid-19: update on our accommodation guarantee
For your safety and wellbeing, we may need to change how we allocate students to our residences for the 20/21 academic year.
Depending on the UK's Coronavirus risk level, some residences and room types may not be available for the 20/21 academic year, and we therefore reserve the right to amend our accommodation guarantee if required for safety reasons.
We guarantee an offer of University-allocated accommodation for the first year of study to all UK, EU and International undergraduates who apply by 17 July 2020, provided that they:
- have firmly accepted an offer of study at Bristol (this means you need to put Bristol as your first choice to be guaranteed accommoation),
- are coming to study at Bristol for the first time (this means you are not a returner or have not suspended your studies previously),
- are unaccompanied (this means you are coming without dependent family members, spouses or partners).
If this applies to you, full details of how and when you can make your application for accommodation are provided here.
Applying for accommodation - applications now open
If you have firmly accepted your offer of study at Bristol you are eligible to apply in the first round of accommodation applications and are guaranteed to be offered accommodation.
You will be able to register on our application system from 4 May 2020, and can complete the full accommodation application from Monday 1 June. Applications will close at midnight on Friday 17th July. If you do not submit your application in this timeframe, you will no longer be guaranteed an offer of accommodation and will need to apply as a non-guaranteed applicant in the second round of applications which open on 14 August.
See our guaranteed applicant timeline for details of the stages of the application process.
We will begin inviting applicants, with a firm offer, to register their details on the application system during May.
When you access the application system for the first time, you will need to:
- Verify your details by entering your University of Bristol student number (as you confirm your place at Bristol we will be emailing students with their number) and the email address that you used when you applied for your course, and wait for the verification email to arrive. This can take up to an hour.
- Please only complete the confirm your details page once. Filling it out more than once adds to the backlog and increases the time it takes for the verification email to reach you.
- The link in the email is only valid for an hour from the time you completed the form, so once you receive the email you need to click on the link.
- If the link expires, for example because the email was delayed or because you didn't click on it within an hour, please wait for approximately 24 hours and then complete the steps above again.
- Click the link in the email to set up a unique username and password for the application system. Please keep your password safe as you will need it again to access your accommodation offer when it is sent to you.
How we allocate accommodation
For your safety and wellbeing, we may need to change how we allocate students to our residences for the 20/21 academic year. Our application still allows you to select your accommodation preferences of residence and room type, however we are asking all applicants to note that these preferences are not guaranteed.
Depending on the UKs Coronavirus risk level, some residences and room types may not be available for the 20/21 academic year, and we therefore reserve the right to allocate students outside of our standard allocation policy if required for safety reasons.
Once you have applied for accommodation and A-level results have been confirmed, our system allocates students to rooms. Accommodation is not allocated on a first-come-first served basis.
How we allocate undergraduate accommodation
The University is committed to creating balanced communities in all its residences, reflecting the overall profile of the student body.
- Selections are randomised within fixed criteria: student preference, gender, nationality, school type, faculty.
- Students with disabilities, health-needs or other special requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Only one offer of accommodation will be made.
All allocations to University and partnership residences are governed by the University of Bristol's Equality and Diversity Policy:
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.
Accommodation offers for guaranteed students
Guaranteed applicants will receive an email on 20 August with a link for you to log in to the accommodation portal and access details of your offer.
All rooms are allocated when the offers are made, there are no rooms left for moving people or changing rooms at this stage. Please note the following important information about your offer:
- We will only make you one offer.
- You need to formally accept your offer via your portal by 24 August.
Check your offer email carefully. If you miss the acceptance deadline you will lose your room and we may not be able to offer you another.
You don't need to pay any accommodation fees at this stage, as long as you have accepted your offer of accommodation you will receive an invoice after you have fully registered at University.
Queries about your offer
The information below answers the most commonly asked questions, please read through it to see if it answers your query before contacting us:
I have been offered a room at Langford, why is this?
We occasionally need to make some students offers to stay at our residence in Langford at the start of term, until a bed becomes available in a permanent room in our residences. You do not have to accept an offer to live at Langford, but it can be a good temporary option until a room becomes available. Buses are provided to get you to and from the University campus.
Can I change, transfer or cancel my offer?
Once your offer has been made it is not possible to change your offer or move you to another residence. You cannot swap or transfer offers with another student. We recommend you accept your accommodation offer so that you are guaranteed somewhere to live.
Once you move in to your residence you can then join our transfer waiting list, which opens after the first two weeks of term. Details about moving between residences can be found on our current undergraduate students page.
What if I've been offered more expensive accommodation than I asked for?
Occasionally we have to offer a small number of students accommodation that costs more than their selected maximum fee. This is because we have too many applications for our lower-price rooms. You should accept your current offer so that you are guaranteed somewhere to live.
As soon as less expensive accommodation becomes available we will make you an alternative offer. We will usually be in contact with an alternative offer before the start of term, or soon after. Remember, you don't need to pay accommodation fees until after you have moved in.
If your question has not been answered here, please do contact us.
See the application and offer timeline with all the dates you need to know as a guaranteed applicant.