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Accommodation costs

UWE Bristol has a varied portfolio of accommodation available to applicants on different budgets.


You can compare rents and facilities using our UWE Bristol property summary, with acccommodation  varying in price and for a 40–45 week contract which is inclusive of bills (please refer to section 2.1.5 of the terms and conditions) including:

  • gas, electricity and water
  • contents insurance for personal possessions (excludes bicycles)
  • internet connection
  • gym membership at our Centre for Sport – an optional extra on Frenchay Campus.

Deposit - Advanced rent payment

Offers will be sent from mid April onwards. To accept your offer of accommodation you will be asked to pay a deposit of £250 to secure your room. Your deposit is an advanced rent payment. Your final instalment will be reduced by the deposit paid. Any damages or charges will be invoiced. It is important to budget for this, as payment will be required before student loans or grants have been paid into your account.

Your deposit is fully refunded if, for any reason, you do not come to the University – you must advise Accommodation Services by telephone or email no later than the end of August before your contract starts.

Payment schedule

There are two options of paying for your accommodation:

  • Eight instalments taken on the first day of each month beginning 1 October. The last payment will be on 1 May. 
  • Three instalments taken on 1 November, 1 February and 1 May.

A guarantor will be required for city centre accommodation. If you are unable to fulfill this requirement, you will be asked to pay in full before you arrive. 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. There is a charge for using this service and it is not a company related to UWE Bristol.

Please note that UNITE Students may charge and additional £99 administration fee for students who chose eight monthly instalments. 

Other accommodation related costs

TV Licensing

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.

To find out more about buying a TV Licence, shared accommodation licensing and other FAQs, visit the student pages on the TV Licensing information website.


Travel costs need to be budgeted for if you opt to live in private accommodation off campus, or if your course is spread across more than one campus.

Accommodation documents

Helpful information like our summary of UWE Bristol property rents and facilities. View accommodation documents.

Find out more about UWE Bristol accommodation

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