International students: finding private accommodation

You will need to find your own accommodation

You may have an accommodation offer from the University:

If you have not received and accepted an accommodation offer from the University you will need to find somewhere to live.

Private rented accommodation

Read our general guidance on finding privately rented accommodation.

In addition:

  1. Register with Accommodation in Bristol - this service allows you to search available properties online. It also has a Bulletin Board where you can post messages to other students who may be looking for someone to share with.
  2. Read our factsheet on finding private rented accommodation.
  3. Read guidance on avoiding scams and renting safely.
  4. If you are staying in Bristol for less than an academic year, read the guidance on finding short-term accommodation.

Increase your chances of getting accommodation

Bristol is a very popular city to live in. Depending on the time of year, your budget and requirements finding private accommodation in Bristol can be challenging. If you are having difficulties you can consider the below.

Widen the area you are looking for accommodation

Consider widening your search to include areas outside the city centre.

Promote yourself to prospective flatmates, landlords or agencies

When you reply to an advert tell them:

  • how long you want to stay
  • that you are a student at the University of Bristol
  • anything positive that will make you a good tenant eg. if you are a non-smoker, tidy, considerate, have common interests.

Have your funds ready (but don't pay anything before you see the property and follow advice on avoiding scams)


When you find accommodation you need to secure it as soon as possible. You may need to:

  • Pay a holding fee. If a holding fee is required this should be a maximum of one week's rent in advance.
  • Pay a deposit. This will be paid in addition to your first month's rent to secure your room and to protect the landlord if you damage anything. If you don't, this will be returned to you when you leave. The deposit will normally be the same amount as one month's rent.
  • Get a guarantor. If you require a UK guarantor but don't have one Housing Hand can act as a guarantor for a fee of £225 or 8 x instalments of £30.

Read our general guidance on residential areas.

Areas of Bristol and estimated journey times to Clifton Campus

* These times are a guide only. You must check your own journey time from your accommodation.

Areas of Bristol and estimated journey times to Clifton Campus
AreaApproximate journey time to Clifton Campus
Avonmouth 25 minutes by train
Kingsweston 35 minutes by bus
Henbury 40 minutes by bus
Westbury on Trym 20 minutes by bus
Southmead 30 minutes by bus
Horfield 30 minutes by bus 
Bishopston 35 minutes by bus
Redland 15 minutes walk or by train
Henleaze 20 minutes by bus
Cotham  20 minutes walk 
Clifton 15-30 minutes walk
Stoke Bishop 20 minutes by bus 
Ashley (including Montpelier, St Andrews, St Pauls, St Werberghs) 20-35 minutes by bus and 30-35 minutes walk
Lockleaze 40 minutes by bus
Eastville 30 minutes by bus
Frome Vale (including Fishponds)  50 minutes by bus
Hillfields 50 minutes by bus 
Easton 25 minutes by bus or train
Lawrence Hill 30 minutes by bus or train
St George 40 minutes by bus
Brislington 50 minutes by bus 
Windmill Hill (including Totterdown) 30 minutes by bus
Cabot 25 minutes by bus
Southville 30 minutes by bus 
Bedminster 30 minutes walk and by bus
Bishopsworth 35 minutes by bus
Filwood 35 minutes by bus
Knowle 40 minutes by bus
Stockwood 1 hour by bus
Hengrove 45 minutes by bus
Whitchurch Park 45 minutes by bus
Hartcliffe 1 hour by bus

Short-term accommodation help

Erasmus students who need short-term accommodation should also read guidance on finding short-term accommodation.

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