Accommodation for returning students

Students who have previously studied at the University or have previously lived in University accommodation can apply for returner accommodation.

Returner accommodation applications closed

Returner accommodation applications has now closed. Applications will reopen in February 2023.

If you are a current student and need somewhere to live from now until the end of the 2022/23 academic year, we have some available rooms that you can apply for.

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 February 2023 (date to be confirmed). 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 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.  

When are returner accommodation offers made? 

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of accommodation in April 2023 (date to be confirmed). The offer email will state the deadline to accept the offer, which is usually within two working days of the offer.

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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