Living in our residences
Living in our residences provides the best start to student life. Our accommodation is a safe and supportive environment where you can make new friends, experience new things and feel part of our vibrant student community.
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Residential Life - student support
Residential Life offers a support network for students living in University accommodation.
Our University residences are split into three student villages - the North, East and West Residential Villages. Each residential village has a Residential Life team which consists of fully trained support staff. They are there to give you expert help, support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Residential Life team includes chief and senior residents who live in the residences. They provide pastoral support and can help with any concerns or problems of a more personal nature – they are your ‘go to’ people or if you need someone to talk to. The team also works with other support services around the University if needed. Find out how to contact Residential Life if you're a student currently living in residence.
Keeping you safe
All residences also have a dedicated Accommodation Facilities Team. They ensure that all residences are kept in a good state of repair and well maintained. They also work closely with the University’s Security Services to ensure the security of all residences and to protect the health and safety of all residents.
Community spirit in residences
Our welcoming and vibrant student residences offer a unique student experience and help you settle into university life.
Each residence has a Junior Common Room (JCR) which is a social committee run by students. The JCR organise social and sporting events and represents the interest of students in the residence. Your residence will host a variety of activities to help you connect with other residents, such as Welcome Week socials, theatrical performances, live music and dance events and summer balls.
Find out more about how to get involved in your JCR.
There are lots of ways to get involved in sporting activities in your residence.
The Bristol Students' Union organise a range of intramural sporting fixtures between residences. This is a fun, social, multi-sport programme for students who just want to turn up and play. Sports include football, netball, hockey, badminton, basketball and more. The teams and leagues are established early in the first term, so look out for the sign-up information when you arrive.
Students living in University-allocated accommodation can also get fit for free right through the fantastic B:Active Residences programme.
Transport and travel
Bus pass for Bristol Unibus U1 service
A bus pass for the Bristol Unibus U1 service (term time only) is included in the accommodation fees for students who either live in undergraduate accommodation or mixed undergraduate-postgraduate accommodation. The bus pass is not available to students living in postgraduate only accommodation. This service frequently links the North Residential Village with the Clifton campus and Bristol city centre.
Student parking at our residences
You should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential, for example because of a disability. Before bringing a vehicle to one of our residences, you must have successfully applied for a parking permit. Find out if you would be eligible and how to apply for a student car parking permit.
Most residences have a designated area to store bikes. Information about where to store your bike can be found in the Residence Guide on the Accommodation Portal. Bikes are not covered by your contents insurance; this requires an additional premium to be paid. Please check your policy and be sure to take out additional coverage should you need it.
Find out how to apply for University accommodation.