Life in our residences

Social life

Our student residences are communities offering a unique student experience. Each residence has a JCR (Junior Common Room) which is a social committee run by students, elected from the current residents, that organises social and sporting events as well a representing the interest of students in the residence. Your residence may host activities such as:

  • Fine dining – from bring your own 'Nosh Nights' to formal dinners;
  • Theatricals – from The Caretaker to The Rocky Horror Show;
  • Music – from choral music to karaoke;
  • Dance – from summer balls to silent discos.

The JCR also provides representation for you at Students' Union Council meetings and help you get involved with University-wide events and community initiatives.

Active residences

There are a range of exciting options for students in University accommodation to get fit, right on their doorstep as part of the B:Active Residences programme of free healthy physical activity opportunities.  

Utilising facilities and spaces on the accommodation sites, residents will get the chance to be more active, have fun and make friends without having to leave their new home.  A combination of exercise classes, sports coaching, recreational play and active lifestyle opportunities will be available throughout the academic year and will be shaped by student feedback to ensure the right activities are offered in the right places, at the right times.

This new programme will be ready and waiting for new residents on arrival so look out for information in your accommodation and on social media.

The University of Bristol Students' Union also organises a range of intramural fixtures between residences. Sports include football, netball, hockey, badminton and basketball. The teams and leagues are established early in the first term, so look out for the sign-up information when you arrive.   

Pastoral support in your residence

All undergraduate students living in residences are provided with a network of support staff. All our of residences belong to one of our Residential Villages, and at the heart of each Village is a Student Support Centre, offering round-the-clock advice and support to all our students. Each Student Support Centre has a Head of Residential Life and and Deputy Head of Residential Life. These live-in members of staff are supported by a team of full-time staff offering round-the-clock help to students when they need it most.

Within each residence there are live-in Chief and Senior Residents, who are older students who live in the residences to support pastoral concerns of the students and help with any problems of a more personal nature – they are your ‘go to’ people if you need to talk.

Staff in our Residential Village Support Centres also work alongside the student-led Social Committees to provide a timetable of activities within each Village, building strong communities across all our residences, and all of this all plugs in to the existing University support network.

Accommodation management

All residences have a dedicated accommodation manager who is assisted by a team that includes accommodation assistants, general assistants, porters and maintenance staff. The team is headed by a facilities manager.

The role of the facilities team is:

  • to ensure that the accommodation is kept in a good state of repair and well maintained;
  • to ensure that communal areas are kept clean and free of obstructions;
  • to work closely with the University’s Security Services to ensure the security of all residents;
  • to protect the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in the residence.

There will be times when university staff need to enter your flat or room. Our Access to Accommodation Policy (PDF, 76Kb) sets out the reasons that may be given for entering student accommodation, the notice that you will be given and the procedures that staff must follow.

Some of our residences are owned and managed by staff from one of our partnership companies.  These residences are leased by the University, exclusively for University of Bristol students. Our partnership companies are:

  • A2Dominion
  • Abodus Student Living
  • Study Inn
  • The Student Housing Company
  • Unite Students

Further details are given on the residence guides.

If you have a problem with your accommodation you should always approach the management staff in your building first.

If the problem is not resolved despite speaking to management staff in your building, then you can contact the Accommodation Office with details of the unresolved issue.

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A formal meal event for one of our city centre residences.
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Intramural football between two residence teams.
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A production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in one of our residences.
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A yoga class held in one of our residences.
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A gig night with house band in one of our residences.
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