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Accommodation - information for new international students

Important things to consider

When looking for suitable accommodation, it is important to consider the following:

  • Location: Find out what campus you are studying at, and think about if you would rather live on campus, near campus, or in the city centre.
  • Travel: If you choose to live off campus, you will need to consider travel costs, and how long it will take you to travel to UWE Bristol, particularly during peak hours.
  • Rent: You need to think about how much you can afford to pay each month, and what is included or excluded in your rent (eg cost of electricity, water, sewage, TV license, internet access).
  • Application process: You will need to think about the application process and whether you need a guarantor. Most private accommodation letting agencies require a guarantor (someone who is over 18, employed full-time and is a UK resident) in order to rent a property from them.  Alternatively, you can use UK Guarantor, which is a service for international students. They act as your UK-based guarantor if you are coming to study in the UK. This means that you can pay your rent in instalments rather than in advance.

See the accommodation section for helpful information and advice on choosing both UWE Bristol managed accommodation and private accommodation. If you have any questions, please email Accommodation Services at

If you are staying in UWE Bristol accommodation, please ensure you have paid your security deposit before you arrive in the UK. See further information on applying for UWE Bristol accommodation.

Private accommodation

If you are staying in private accommodation, please contact your landlord/landlady before you leave your home country, informing them of your day of arrival and ensuring that you can get into the property when you arrive.

Landlords of private accommodation will ask for documentation on your legal right status in the UK. It is part of the UK Government’s ‘right to rent checks’.

Temporary accommodation

If you plan to secure longer term accommodation once you arrive in Bristol, please ensure that you have arranged for at least one week of temporary accommodation before you come to the UK.

Please be aware that it may take some time to find permanent accommodation. It is therefore very important that you make arrangements to stay somewhere in the interim.

We recommend reserving a room online at one of the Bristol hostels or a local guest house (also called a Bed and Breakfast or B&B). Hosts International also provide temporary homestay accommodation to international students. As these options are external to the University, it is important that you research and read the reviews of these venues to check the quality before booking.

Information on finding accommodation is also available on the UKCISA website.

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