Our accommodation: what to expect

Where you'll live

Our postgraduate residences are all within easy walking distance of the University campus, and the city centre. Bristol benefits from an endless supply of shops, cafes and bars. Nearby shopping centres include Cabot Circus, The Galleries and Broadmead, which together have over 500 stores, cafes and restaurants. There are cinemas and theatres, as well as Bristol’s vibrant Harbourside, which hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, and is a popular area for nights out.

Who you'll live with 

Because our postgraduate accommodation guarantee applies to international students, you'll be living with other postgraduates, nearly all of whom will be international students. The majority (approximately 80%) of international postgraduate students studying at the University come from China, so our postgraduate residences usually have a mix of students that is representative of this. 

Within the flats in each residence, we aim to create a mix of students in terms of nationality, whilst trying to ensure that no one feels isolated. As we have so many Chinese students, we cannot always create a mix of nationalities and so if you are a Chinese student, it is likely that you will be living with all other Chinese students. We appreciate that this can be disappointing if you were hoping to meet and live with a wider range of nationalities, but we are not able to create a balanced mix in every flat. 

Equally, if you are moving into a postgraduate residence after the tenancy has already started, it may be that the room available is sharing with students who are all of a different nationality to you. We understand that this can feel isolating, and you should contact us for advice if you are experiencing this issue.

Support you'll receive

All postgraduate students living in University-allocated accommodation residences are provided with a network of support staff. There is a postgraduate Warden, who is assisted by a Student Support Adviser. The role of the pastoral team is to promote the well-being of students in the residence. 

As the majority of our residences are owned by our partners, you'll also have staff on site to help you with any issues with damage or repairs needed to your room or flat. If you have any issues with the provider of your accommodation, the University's Partnerships Manager is able to assist. If you need to get in touch with the Partnerships Manager you can contact us.  

 

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