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Support for partners and families

If you are thinking of bringing your spouse/partner and children with you while studying in the UK, there are a number of things you will need to take into account.


As UWE Bristol allocated accommodation consists of single study bedrooms, it is unfortunately not suitable for couples and families. However, we do hold an extensive list of private accommodation that may suit your needs.


Only some types of Tier 4 (General) student can bring family to the UK as dependants, and only some types of family member count as dependants. For details please see our 'Bringing your family' section within our visas and immigration webpages.

Working in the UK

If you have permission to be in the UK as a student for 12 months or more, your dependants will normally be given permission to work. Your family member should check the immigration permission conditions on their entry permit or visa before starting work in the UK. See UKCISA webpages for Dependants for details.

Schools and childcare

The Halley Nursery is based on Frenchay Campus and offers priority to UWE Bristol staff and students.

If your children are aged 5 to 16 years old, they are eligible to attend a state school free of charge. Children who are older than 16 years can continue their education at an independent school or further education college.

Information on your nearest schools can be found on the following sites:

Please note: A UK residential address is required before you can apply for a school place for your children. It is not normally possible to make school applications before you arrive in the UK.


Find out more about accessing healthcare in the UK.

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