Postgraduate accommodation fees
The accommodation fee you pay depends on the type of room you have. We have a very wide variety of accommodation and so the fees are varied too. Fees are calculated using a number of factors including room size, whether you have a basin, or en suite, facilities at your residence such as common rooms and bars, gardens and sports facilities or any enhancement to your room.
Your accommodation fee includes:
- all gas, electricity and water rates,
- basic contents insurance
- a Social Fund contribution
Accommodation fees are published on each residence page and are available to download as a single document below.
Rent in advance
When you are made a room offer, you will need to pay £500 rent in advance to accept your accommodation. To make payment you will need a debit or credit card with a three digit security code on the reverse. Exactly how you pay depends on which residence you have been offered. Full details, including how to make your payment will be provided in your offer email.
About accommodation fees
Rent in our halls of residence has risen by 2.7 per cent on average for 20/21, in line with inflation (RPI). We haven’t taken this decision lightly as we know accommodation is one of the most significant costs that students have to meet.
However, not raising rent in line with inflation would mean significant cuts to services which students rely on and which are a vital part of their student experience. For example, 24/7 pastoral and wellbeing support in residences, sports activities in halls, catering, the bus services, as well as maintenance, cleaning and refurbishment.
All income generated from students’ rent is spent on operating, maintaining, and improving the residences; we do not make a profit from student residences. Last year, the University subsidised residences by £4 million overall. Next year we will review the proportion of the Residential Life running costs attributed to the residences’ service, as requested by the Students' Union.
To ensure we offer a range of options, we have markedly increased the number of rooms which are capped at a lower level 'value' rent in the last few years to 430. These will be priced at or lower than 50 per cent of the 20/21 maintenance loan. We also offer a number of accommodation bursaries, with £300,000 available overall for 2020/21 - up £100,000 from the previous year - in addition to the range of financial packages available to support students from low-income households. We have also renegotiated contracts with third party accommodation providers and passed these savings onto students.
The price of our accommodation is similar to that charged by universities in the other cities in the south of England and we benchmark it against commercial accommodation providers in Bristol to ensure it remains competitive. Additionally, we have committed to carrying out a value for money review by 2021 to help understand where we can do things more efficiently and highlight options for changes to service standards.
We also plan to review the financial support offered to students living in our halls of residence again ahead of the 2020/21 academic year and will work closely with Bristol SU and Bristol Cut the Rent to ensure this process incorporates the views of students.
Tenancies for our accommodation for 20/21 begin from 18th September 2020. You will not be charged for the first week of your tenancy, rent will become payable from the 26th September. This is the date from which all students will begin to pay rent. To enable a safe arrivals process, we will be offering a wide range of arrivals dates spread over three weeks starting from 18th September. Slots will be limited to enable us to stagger the moving-in process. Please do not plan to travel to Bristol until you have an arrival slot booked. You will be able to book your arrival slot once you have completed your online induction.
Tenancies starting in January will not be available and if you want to delay arriving in Bristol until this time you can either book and pay for your room for the full tenancy, or alternatively, look in Bristol's private rental sector.