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Practical information and support for exchange students

The Study Abroad Team works closely with our partner Universities and academic colleagues to ensure the smooth running of study exchanges. The team are happy to answer queries from incoming exchange students and should be your first point of contact for all queries. Please email: studyabroad@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Below you will find support for UWE Bristol exchange students and answers to frequently asked questions.

Where is UWE Bristol located and how many campuses are there?

UWE Bristol is located in the city of Bristol in the South West of England, around 120km west of London.

Bristol is a diverse and multi-cultural city in which to study and live and is surrounded by beautiful English countryside. Famed for its original music, festivals, food and culture, Bristol has been voted one of the best cities in the UK to live.

Our campuses

UWE Bristol has three main campuses located in Bristol:

As well as Gloucester Campus and Hartpury Campus.

Explore all of UWE Bristol's campuses

How do I travel to and from UWE Bristol?

With campuses in, and on the outskirts of Bristol city centre, UWE Bristol is easily accessible via bus, coach, train, car and bike.

If you should wish to travel outside of the UK, Bristol Airport offers direct flights to many UK and European cities.

Find out more about travelling to UWE Bristol

Airport pickup services

If you are a new international or EU student, we offer an airport pickup service operating from London Heathrow Airport on pre-arranged dates in September and January, subject to minimum numbers.

Find out more about airport pickups

What accommodation options are available to me?

University accommodation

Living in university accommodation on campus is a great way to make new friends and gain independence.

UWE Bristol has a varied portfolio of accommodation available to applicants on different budgets. Accommodation contracts follow the structure of our academic year, with most contracts running from September until June.

Please note: If you are studying with us for a single semester, our Accommodation Team will do their best to help you find suitable accommodation on campus, or in the city centre, but this is not guaranteed.

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email with details of how to apply online for university accommodation. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. For further information about the accommodation process, please contact our Accommodation Team.

Explore your accommodation options

Private accommodation

If you wish to rent from a private landlord, please view our information regarding private accommodation. Please note: Our Accommodation Team cannot help with queries regarding private accommodation. In those instances, you’ll need to contact the private operator directly.

Our Students' Union can also provide useful information about private student lettings.

Visit Bristol also have a range of accommodation options to suit your needs. Visit the Visit Bristol website to view accommodation in Bristol.

How much do I need to pay for accommodation and living costs?

Exchange students are responsible for all personal expenses including your accommodation costs.

For a nine-month course, students can expect their living costs (including accommodation) to be approximately £7,200, although this will vary according to lifestyle.

UWE Bristol accommodation costs between £4,000-£7,700 for a 40-45 week contract including most bills, whereas private accommodation costs upwards of £3,500 per year excluding bills.

Find out more about managing your money

Am I exempt from paying council tax?

Council tax is a fee paid to local government in return for provision of services such as waste collection and road maintenance.

Students in university-managed accommodation are automatically exempt from paying council tax.

Erasmus students living in private accommodation are exempt from paying council tax but are required to provide evidence of exemption. To do this you will need to submit an online form with a letter from your home University to confirm your status as a full-time student.

This letter must contain the following information:

  • Full name and date of birth
  • The name of your home University and its Erasmus code
  • The name of the course at your home University and it’s start and end date (the start date must be before your studies start in Bristol, and the end date must be after your studies end in Bristol)
  • Confirmation that your studies at your home University are full time.

This letter must be printed on your home Universities’ headed paper, signed in ink and stamped by your home University.

You and your home University can request a template letter from the Study Abroad Team at studyabroad@uwe.ac.uk.

Apply online for a student exemption from council tax.

Please note: Non-Erasmus students living in private accommodation for less than one year must pay council tax.

Will I need a visa to study in the UK?

EU citizens visiting under the Erasmus+ programme or who come as fee-paying Study Abroad students do not require a visa.

Visa nationals (non-UK or non-EU passport holders) studying for longer than six months or who intend to combine study with work will normally require a Tier 4 visa.

Visa nationals studying for less than six months will normally require a short-term study visa. UWE Bristol will provide the appropriate documentation to support students with their visa applications. For further information please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK it is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the requirements of the visa that is issued. The Immigration Advice Team provides support and advice to visa nationals studying at UWE Bristol.

Find out more about visas and immigration

How do I access healthcare and organise health insurance?

The University Health Centre

Our Health Centre, based on Frenchay Campus, treats students with minor injuries and illnesses. All non-UK students can register with a doctor free of charge. Before arriving in the UK, EU/EEA students should contact the health authorities in their own country to complete Form E128 or bring their European Health Insurance card (EHIC) card with them.

Find out more about the University Health Centre

The National Health Service (NHS)

The NHS provides free hospital treatment, free access to doctors, fixed charges for medicine and fixed charges for dentistry and opticians. Most EU and UK students can register for a HC1 Certificate which allows them to reclaim the costs for paid-for services. Visa nationals studying in the UK on a course of less than six months will need to arrange their own health insurance. Visa nationals studying in the UK for more than six months will be asked to pay an Immigration Health surcharge of £150 per year.

Additional resources

  • Visas and immigration Visa and immigration advice and guidance for international students coming to UWE Bristol.
  • Information for new international students guidance for new international students about what to do before and on arrival at UWE Bristol.
  • Information for current students essential information about online services, our libraries, academic advice, study support, accommodation, health, faith and wellbeing, IT and more.
  • The Students' Union at UWE the SU's Advice Centre can help with money matters, employment, housing and other matters. Our SU is also home to the UWE Exchange Society, which organises social activities for all students, with a focus on incoming, current and future exchange students.

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