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Accommodation-related costs

When budgeting for your accommodation, it is important to consider other related costs that are unlikely to be included in your rent.

Gas and electric

Gas and electricity charges are not usually included in self-contained accommodation. You should make your own arrangements for the payment of bills. It is strongly recommended that you contact the gas and electricity providers to inform them in writing of the meter readings at the beginning and end of your tenancy.

For resident landlord accommodation, gas and electricity charges are usually included in the rent. However, you should confirm this with your landlord before you move into a property.

Council tax

You must ensure you provide the local authority with your Exemption Certificate, you can download a Council Tax Exemption certificate from MyUWE. Download the student council tax FAQs for more information.

Your exemption will only cover you whilst you are officially registered as a full time student.

TV licence

It is your responsibility to buy either a joint or individual licence, depending on the type of tenancy agreement you have signed. If you have any queries, please contact the TV Licensing information pages.

Contents insurance

We would encourage all students living in private accommodation to take out personal possessions insurance. You can get a quote through Cover4students who amongst other companies provide insurance to students living in private accommodation. You can also compare insurance companies via comparison sites such as or

Water and sewerage

Landlords are normally responsible for payment of water and sewerage bills, however you should check your contract for reference to this.

Accommodation documents

View information to support your time in University accommodation. Includes guides to keeping the peace and accommodating each other. View accommodation documents.

More about UWE Bristol accommodation

Get in touch with our Accommodation enquiries.

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