International and International Foundation Programme students
To help you choose your accommodation we provide information on the residences, their locations, facilities and the lifestyle they offer on our residences pages. Please read this carefully before you start an online application. If you have any questions please contact us.
International (international fee paying) students
The University of Bristol is committed to helping international students enjoy their time here as fully as possible. We provide opportunities for you to participate in all aspects of student life and a chance to explore many different cultures. For that reason we offer international students places throughout our residences and with other UK and EU students.
When to apply for accommodation
You can find the link to our online application form, and other relevant information, on our application page. You can only apply for accommodation after you firmly accept an unconditional offer (UF) or a conditional offer (CF) to study here.
If Bristol is your insurance choice university you will not be able to apply for accommodation yet. Once Bristol is your firm choice university, you can then apply for accommodation.
If you apply by the 31 July 2017, you are guaranteed an offer of accommodation. You can still apply after this date, but we cannot guarantee you an offer of accommodation.
When you'll receive an accommodation offer
We start allocating residences after A-level results are confirmed in mid-August. Depending on when you applied for accommodation, you'll receive your offer in an email around the following dates:
- If you apply by 31 July your offer will be available online on or around 23 August 2017.
- If you apply by 31 August your offer will be available online on or around 1 September 2017.
You have 3 days to accept your accommodation offer. Therefore it is very important you give us your own personal email address on your application form. If you use an agent's email address, you may not receive your offer in time. If you miss the acceptance deadline, your place may be allocated to another student.
Arriving at my residence
We send you details about your arrival after you have accepted your accommodation offer. The arrival and moving-in weekend for all of our residences is usually the third weekend in September.
Please try to arrive on these days as you may find it difficult to find any temporary accommodation in Bristol at this time. Unfortunately our residences are closed up until 19 September and we are not able to offer early arrivals.
The International Office run a welcome service, they offer support and advice for international students near the start of the academic year.
International Programme students
Information for new students
Students on the International Foundation Programme can apply for accommodation online. You can find the application form, and other relevant information, in the new students section of our website. Please note: you must accept your offer of study before you can apply for accommodation.
On the accommodation application form you are asked to choose one of the following options:
- University-allocated accommodation, (please see our residence pages for full details of the accommodation we offer).
- Private rented accommodation.
If you apply by 31 July 2017 you will be guaranteed one offer of accommodation in a University-allocated residence.
Applications and offers for University-allocated accommodation
We send you an offer of accommodation in September 2017. You have 3-4 days to accept your accommodation offer. Therefore it is very important you give us your own personal email address on your application form. If you use an agent's email address, you may not receive your offer in time. If you miss the offer acceptance deadline, your place may be allocated to another student.
Privately rented accommodation
There is some accommodation available to rent in the private sector. If you prefer this option please select it on the accommodation application form. We will send you username and password details for the student bulletin board; our property search tool.
Agents acting on behalf of undergraduate students applying for accommodation at the University can download our guide for undergraduate agents (424KB).