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Accommodation - information for new international students

Important things to consider

You'll need to arrange your own accommodation before you get to UWE Bristol as we don't arrange accommodation for students. Please don’t travel to the University without any accommodation arranged.

Please consider:

  • 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: How much you can afford to pay each month, and what's included or excluded in your rent (eg cost of electricity, water, sewage, TV license, internet access).
  • Accommodation application process: You'll need to think about the accommodation 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 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're 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're 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're staying in private accommodation, please contact your landlord/landlady before you leave your home country, let them know your day of arrival and check 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, which 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 at least one week of temporary accommodation before you come to the UK.

It may take some time to find permanent accommodation, so it's 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.

If you, your parents or your family are looking for temporary hotel accommodation, try websites like or You can use them to search for rooms within a specific budget or area of Bristol.

All these hostel, hotel and B&B options are external to the University, so it's important that you research and read reviews of these venues to check the quality before booking.

You can also get information on finding accommodation on the UKCISA website.

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