Living in Bristol

You can find more information through Kaplan International Pathways, our trusted education partner for applications and admissions to the International Foundation Programme.

Programme-allocated accommodation - large studio

You can choose to stay in programme-allocated accommodation and stay in halls with other students who are also studying on the IFP. You can also choose University accommodation, where you would live with students studying other courses at the University of Bristol.

Under 18s: If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment, you must live in programme-allocated or University accommodation, or with a family member or your legal guardian within a reasonable distance of the University, at least until your 18th birthday.

If you choose to live in programme-allocated or University accommodation you will have access to 24-hour advice and support, 7 days a week.

Programme-allocated accommodation 

The programme-allocated accommodation is in the city centre, providing easy access to the University. You will live with other students also studying the International Foundation Programme. This accommodation has access to 24-hour support 7 days a week. Find out more through our Residential Life Service. 

You are guaranteed programme-allocated accommodation if you accept your offer to study, pay your tuition deposit and complete the accommodation booking form before the guarantee date.

If you would like to live in a single-sex residence, please indicate this on your accommodation application and we will try our best to allocate this. 

University accommodation

The University’s own accommodation has residences across campus, and you will live with students from other courses. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with social and sports activities and drama and music productions.

To find out more about the residences and the application process, please visit our accommodation office pages and follow the information for undergraduate students.

There are limited spaces available in both programme-allocated and University accommodation. Please follow the application dates for your preferred option to ensure that you get a space. If you miss the application deadlines, we will prioritise your application, but we will not be able to guarantee you a place.

Private accommodation 

If you’d prefer to live in private accommodation, we can support you with this too. You can use our property search tool to find a room. We also offer advice on everything from budgeting to landlords through Bristol SU lettings. 

The cost of living in Bristol

How much you spend will depend on your way of life. Accommodation, food and entertainment expenses are not included in the tuition fees. Find out more about costs.

Is Bristol safe?

The University Security Service is available 24/7 throughout the year to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. There is also a dedicated police officer for the University.

Bristol holds the Purple Flag status, signifying that Bristol is a safe place to enjoy an evening out.

Support available

The University provides a comprehensive network of student services to ensure you have the support you need.

Can I visit Bristol beforehand?

There are lots of opportunities to visit Bristol and the University before you decide to study here. If you would like to visit the Centre for Academic Language and Development before arriving at the University, please contact us.

It will not be possible to organise a guided tour or meet with tutors during your visit.

Read our guide

Our International Guide 2021/22 (PDF, 4,269kB) provides information for all students coming to Bristol from overseas.

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