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.
- 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.
- Read our factsheet on finding private rented accommodation.
- Read guidance on avoiding scams and renting safely.
- 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.
|Area||Approximate 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.