Frequently asked questions
The accommodation guarantee
Am I guaranteed an offer of University-allocated accommodation?
As of January 2020 we are pleased to guarantee an offer of University-allocated accommodation for the first year of study to all UK, EU and International undergraduates who apply by 17 July 2020, provided that they:
- have firmly accepted an offer of study at Bristol (this means you need to put Bristol as your first choice to be guaranteed accommodation),
- are coming to study at Bristol for the first time (this means you are not a returner or have not suspended your studies previously),
- are unaccompanied (this means you are coming without dependent family members, spouses or partners).
The guarantee does not apply to students who:
- miss the application deadline,
- have not firmly accepted their offer of study by 17 July 2020,
- have previously studied at the University of Bristol
- are Erasmus students.
Applicants who do not meet the guarantee can still apply for accommodation, but are not guaranteed an offer. Please visit our non-guaranteed page for further information.
Bristol is my insurance choice, when can I apply for accommodation?
You can only apply when you have accepted a Conditional Firm or Unconditional Firm offer to study at Bristol, which - if you have put Bristol as your insurance choice - will be after A level results day, in our second round of applications.
Students applying in the second round of appications are not guranteed an offer of University-allocated accommodation. You can still apply, but there is a chance we will not be able to offer you accommodation.
What if miss the deadline to apply?
If you don't apply before 17 July, you will no longer be guaranteed an offer of University-allocated accommodation and will have to wait until after A level results to make your application and follow our non-guaranteed application process.
If you are away travelling, a parent or guardian can apply on your behalf as long as you have given them your consent to do so, and they have your name, date of birth and University of Bristol student number.
Make sure they have all the information they need - including your list of preferred residences - before you leave.
If I am not guaranteed an offer of University-accommodation, what should I do?
If you are not guaranteed an offer of University-allocated accommodation, we still advise you to apply in the second round of applications which will open on A level results day. However, we also recommend that you start exploring accommodation options in the private sector.
We have a range of advice on finding properties and tips and advice on choosing the right place. However, it is important to note that if you are looking in September, a lot of private sector accommodation will be already booked up.
We know this can be a stressful experience for students and we will be in touch with you throughout the process to advise on availability of accommodation.
A good option for our non-guaranteed students is our homestay option, where you can live with a host family.
I will be under 18 when I start at Bristol, will this affect my accommodation?
Students who will be under 18 when their studies start can apply for any of our undergraduate residences, apart from New Bridewell.
I have a disability, health need or other special requirement for my accommodation
Put details of your disability or ill-health, special requirements and anything you need in your accommodation, in the space provided on your online application form. We will contact you for further details. Our disability and health section provides examples of the information we may need.
Can I apply for accommodation if I am intercalating at Bristol?
Intercalating students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation subject to the normal conditions of our accommodation guarantee. You will be able to apply online from 1 June through our application portal, more details can be found on our intercalating page.
What options do you have for mature students?
Mature students can apply for any of our undergraduate residences. If you would prefer to live with other mature students you can apply for Orchard Heights, Riverside, Winkwork House and Hiatt Baker which will have flats exclusive to mature students.
If you are 21-years-old or over and wish to share with other mature students, you should indicate this on the accommodation application form and select from these residences as your preferences.
What does alcohol-free flats available mean?
The University offers some alcohol-free flats to undergraduates in a small number of our residences. When living in an alcohol-free accommodation you, or your guests, are not permitted to drink alcohol within the flat. However, you can store alcohol in your room and drink alcohol outside the flat.
What does single-sex flats available mean?
The University offers single-sex accommodation in a number of its residences. Sometimes students in a residence will be housed in single-sex flats or in rooms on single-sex corridors.
Students living in single-sex accommodation can have visitors or guests of the opposite gender in their accommodation. University staff or contractors of either gender may enter the accommodation from time to time; you will be given notice of this in advance. Over 90 per cent of students who apply for single-sex accommodation are international, therefore most of our single-sex flats will consist entirely of international students.