Accommodation for returning students

We have a limited number of rooms available for students to remain in University accommodation beyond their first year of study.

Returner accommodation applications closed

Returner accommodation applications have now closed. Students looking for accommodation for 2022/23 will need to find accommodation in the private sector. 

Who are returning students?

You are a returning student if: 

  • You have previously studied at the University of Bristol, for any length of time, either online or in person, or 
  • You have previously moved into University-allocated accommodation, for any length of time, for example before suspending your studies. 

If you are an International Foundation Programme student due to go onto your main programme of study, you are guaranteed an offer of returner accommodation, providing you apply by 24 March 2022. After this date, you will no longer be able to apply for University accommodation and you will need to find accommodation in the private sector. 

Returner accommodation is extremely limited 

If you are not an International Foundation Programme student, we strongly recommend that you look for accommodation in the private sector, as returner accommodation is extremely limited. 

If you feel you need to stay in University accommodation - for example due to disability, health or welfare reasons which mean accommodation in the private sector isn't suitable for you - it is essential that you include this information in the Accommodation needs section of your application. If you do this, we will prioritise your application, but we cannot guarantee you an offer of accommodation due to the extremely limited availability. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to look for accommodation in the private sector alongside your returner application. 

Where do returning students live? 

We do not have any designated residences for returning students only. Returning students live in University residences alongside students in their first year of study. You can let us know if you would prefer to be in a flat with other returners or new students, but we cannot guarantee to meet this request. You can also let us know if you would like to stay in the same room - again this is not guaranteed - but if we are able to meet this request, it will override your request to live with new or returning students. 

When are returner accommodation offers made? 

Successful applicants will receive an offer of returner accommodation on 5 April 2022. The deadline to accept offers will be 7 April 2022 at 5pm. 

As returner spaces are limited, we recommend that you also look for accommodation in the private sector alongside your returner application. 

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