Suspend your studies

What is suspension?

You may choose to suspend if you have difficulties that are affecting your studies. During the time you are suspended you are not required to engage with your studies and you are suspended from all aspects of student life. You are effectively not classified as a student.

You can suspend for 12 months throughout your programme of study. A further extension of up to 12 months may be granted in exceptional circumstances but this needs to be agreed by your school.

Talk to your school and get advice

Talk to your senior tutor, personal tutor or another member of your school before you make any decisions. They will be able to advise you.

Other implications of suspending your studies

Think about the wider implications of suspending. 


If you are living in University-allocated accommodation:

  • you will not be able to remain living in your residence once you suspend your studies, due to no longer being classified as a student.
  • you are required to inform the Accommodation Office of your suspension. Read the guidance for current tenant cancellations, and complete the 'Intention to leave' form. 

If you are in private rented accommodation:

  • it is unlikely that you will be able to end your tenancy agreement early.
  • you may no longer be eligible for council tax exemption after suspension.
  • for more information, speak to the Accommodation Office's Private Sector Advice team.

Fees and funding

There may be significant implications to your funding and any fees you owe. Find out more about the financial considerations of suspending or withdrawing from your studies

Talk to one of our Student Funding team before you suspend to get their advice.


There could be significant implications to your Student visa if you suspend. Find out more about how suspending your studies may affect your visa

Student services

You may not have access to some student services while you are suspended.

Your course group

You will no longer be part of the same year group of students on your course.

Submit your request to suspend your studies

  1. Talk to your senior tutor, personal tutor or another member of your school before you make any decisions.
  2. Consider the wider implications on suspending your studies eg accommodation, visa, funding etc.
  3. Check with your school which form you need to complete and which signatures are needed. Allow time to get the necessary signatures for your form.

Returning to your studies after suspension

You will join the next year cohort of students. All your teaching and assessment will be with this year group.

International students

If you are returning to studies after a suspension of more than 60 days we will need to provide you with a new Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

Read our full guidance on what international students need to do to return to study after suspension.


Suspended students are not guaranteed an offer of University-allocated accommodation in their returning year.

If you want to apply to live in residences again when you re-start your studies, you will need to apply during February for returner accommodation.

It is recommended that you also look for accommodation in Bristol's private sector.

You will not be eligible to apply for University-allocated accommodation in the main round of new students applications in the summer.

Suspending your studies as a result of Covid-19

There are additional implications you should be aware of if you are thinking of suspending your studies due to Covid-19.

Safety net

Our 'safety net' policy only applies to assessment in 2019/2020 and would not apply to studies in subsequent years. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment may still be being offered in alternative formats during 2021/22 due to the impact of Covid-19.

Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes

The Regulations and Code of Practice summarise our expectations for the conduct of assessment, progression and the award of a qualification in undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes.

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