Couple and family accommodation
The University has a small number of flats and studio apartments across the campus available for couples and families. The family flats are suitable for one or two young children. Priority for our couple and family accommodation is given to:
- new international students,
- students who have special requirements,
- students with a family member who has special requirements.
We advise you not to bring children or dependants with you until you have found somewhere suitable for them to live.
Due to high demand we cannot guarantee to make couples and families an offer of University-allocated accommodation. However, we can offer help and advice to those students who are not allocated University accommodation or those that would prefer to live in private rented accommodation. Please see 'Help for couple and family students who are not in University-allocated accommodation' below. Please note that tenancies are for a fixed term of 51 weeks and you will remain liable for the accommodation fees until the end of the term unless a replacement tenant is found. Because of the very short supply of accommodation tenancies will not be granted for a second year except on the grounds of health, disability or exceptional circumstances. Find out more and apply by visiting our application page.
If you are coming to study in Bristol from overseas there is more advice available on living in the UK and moving to Bristol.
Transport and travel
The University's couple and Family flats are all close to the centre of the city and easily reached by public transport, bike or on foot. The city of Bristol's location is also ideal for travel around the UK and further afield, with excellent rail and airport links.
Visit the University's transport plan web pages to find out how you can plan your journeys and to find out about the sustainable travel measures, and, initiatives available to students. Please note that there is no parking available to students at the Couple and Family flats and that students are not permitted to park on the main campus or Satellite Site car parks unless they have a disability.
Help with finding accommodation in the private sector
If your application for University-allocated couple and family accommodation is unsuccessful, or you would prefer to live in private rented accommodation, you can make an appointment with one of our Accommodation Officers, who can help you with your search. During the appointment we will discuss your needs, such as the size of accommodation you're looking for, your budget and your preferred location. We will talk you through the process of looking for private rented accommodation, and give you general advice on renting.
The appointment can be face-to-face at the Accommodation Office or on the telephone for those students not already in Bristol. If you would like to make an appointment, please complete our online appointment form.
Check out the facts
Download our couple and family factsheet (PDF, 396KB) for more guidance.