Life in our residences

Social life

Our student residences are communities offering a unique student experience. Each residences has a Junior Common Room (JCR), a committee run by students that organises social and sporting events. JCRs may host activities such as:

  • Fine dining – from bring your own 'Nosh Nights' to formal dinners;
  • Theatricals – from The Caretaker to The Rocky Horror Show;
  • Music – from choral music to karaoke;
  • Dance – from summer balls to silent discos.

The JCRs also provide representation for you at Student's Union Council meetings and help you get involved with University-wide events and community initiatives.

Active residences

A new programme for 2016-17 will see a range of exciting opportunities for students in University accommodation to take part in healthy physical activity and social sport, right on the doorstep. 

Utilising facilities and spaces on the accommodation sites, residents will get the chance to be more active, have fun and make friends without having to leave their new home.  A combination of exercise classes, sports coaching, recreational play and active lifestyle opportunities will be available throughout the academic year and will be shaped by student feedback to ensure the right activities are offered in the right places, at the right times.

This new programme will be ready and waiting for new residents on arrival so look out for information in your accommodation and on social media.

The University of Bristol Student's Union also organises a range of intramural fixtures between residences. Sports include football, netball, hockey, badminton and basketball. The teams and leagues are established early in the first term, so look out for the sign-up information when you arrive.   

Pastoral support in your residence

All undergraduate students living in residences are provided with a network of support staff. There are nearly 100 members of residential staff who live or work alongside students.

Each residence has a Warden, who is assisted by a Student Support Adviser, Deputy Warden and Senior Residents. All of these roles report to the Head of Residential Life.

The role of the pastoral team is to promote the well-being of students in their residence. Members of the pastoral team will:

  • Provide advice and practical help to students who may encounter day to day or perhaps more long term problems at university.
  • Implement the University Regulations with particular regard to the discipline necessary for effective communal life, through promoting and enforcing good order and discipline.
  • Provide welfare and pastoral care and to help foster a sense of community.
  • Build co-operation by setting an example, showing a flexible approach and being an active participant in the team.
  • Provide student development activities, to encourage and foster a spirit of community within the residences.

At the start of each year, the wardens work closely with the Accommodation Office to allocate student rooms within the residences. We aim to place students with like minded people, but also with people from diverse backgrounds.

Accommodation management

All residences have a dedicated accommodation manager who is assisted by a team that includes accommodation assistants, general assistants, porters and maintenance staff. The team is headed by a facilities manager.

The role of the facilities team is:

  • to ensure that the accommodation is kept in a good state of repair and well maintained,
  • to ensure that communal areas are kept clean and free of obstructions,
  • to work closely with the University’s Security Services to ensure the security of all residents,
  • to protect the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in the residence.

There will be times when university staff need to enter your flat or room. Our access to accommodation policy (PDF, 76Kb) sets out the reasons that may be given for entering student accommodation, the notice that you will be given and the procedures that staff must follow.

500px wide for right hand column
A formal meal event for one of our city centre residences.
500px wide for right hand column
Intramural football between two residence teams.
500px wide for right hand column
A production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in one of our residences.
500px wide for right hand column
A yoga class held in one of our residences.
500px wide for right hand column
A gig night with house band in one of our residences.
Edit this page