Prove your status as a student at Bristol

You may need to get a letter that confirms you are a student at the University of Bristol. You can generate a student status letter online that confirms your enrolment or request a letter if you need it to include other information.

You might be asked to prove you are a student at Bristol for a range of reasons, including to: 

In many cases, you can generate a letter yourself to do this. In some cases, you will need to contact us to request a letter so we can make sure it includes the information you need. 

Create a standard student status letter 

You can generate a student status letter yourself via your University account. 

The letter confirms your registration at the University of Bristol and will usually include: 

  • your student number
  • full name
  • date of birth
  • mode of attendance
  • programme of study
  • start date
  • anticipated end date.

You can also choose to include your address if you need to. If you do, the letter also confirms that those address details have been supplied by you and that they have not been checked by the University. If you need to prove your address, you should do this using another type of approved document.

Your letter will be produced as a PDF. 

Create a student status letter 

If you need a letter that includes different details to those in the standard student status letter, you will need to request it from the relevant team. Find out how to request a bespoke letter.

If your details are incorrect

Your details are pulled automatically from your student record. If they are incorrect, you should update your details online before you create a student status letter. 

If you include your address in the letter and you live in University-managed accommodation, you do not need to include your flat or room number in the address in your student record, as this information is generated automatically. 

Bespoke letters 

If you need:

  • a travel letter (visa/Schengen) 
  • to confirm any other details not included in the standard student status letter

contact Student Services to request a bespoke letter: 

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm 
Phone: +44 (0)117 428 3000 

Create a bank letter 

As an international student, you can generate a bank letter, which confirms all the details you need to open a UK bank account. UK students should use the standard student status letter to verify your student status if your bank requests this from you.  

Other official documents 

For a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number, or other visa-related letters contact the Student Visa team. 

If you need a personal reference, contact your personal tutor or supervisor.

Interim transcripts can be requested on the transcript page.

Former students

If you are not sure which type of letter you need, or do not see it listed above, contact Student Services. 

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