Our accommodation service can offer help and advice. Student accommodation can be hard to find in Bristol, so we suggest you start looking as soon as you have a guaranteed place.

What are my accommodation options?

Aged 18+ and a full-time student?

You could consider Hotwells House, a halls of residence for students in Bristol. Located close to Clifton and the Bristol Harbourside, you’ll have a fantastically central base from which to experience the best of Bristol’s restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs.

Single rooms are available in shared flats, which have communal lounge and kitchen areas. 2021/22 prices are: £146 weekly for a 51 week contract plus £200 deposit.

Aged 18+ and want to live in a shared house with other students?

In a shared house, you usually rent a bedroom and share kitchen and bathroom facilities with other occupants in the household, often students.

This type of accommodation is not always easy to find, and competition can be quite intense. It’s advisable to follow up on any rooms you see advertised as soon possible.

There are many student accommodation agencies in Bristol you can contact.

Accommodation hints and tips

I’ve found somewhere to live – now what do I do?

Make sure you inform the College of your new term time address – this is really important. We need to know where to contact you with important information about your course.

What is a tenancy agreement?

A tenancy agreement is a document that tells you what you can and can’t do within your new accommodation. Whatever type of accommodation you choose, you should ask for a tenancy agreement and a full inventory (list of equipment in the property before you move in). Make sure you read all the small print and understand what you are signing.

Should I take out insurance?

Full-time students do not have to pay council tax. You must be attending College for enough hours each week to qualify for an exemption certificate. Talk to the reception team at your centre, to find out if you qualify. Family homes where more than one non-student adult lives, do have to pay council tax. You may therefore be asked to pay your share if you do not qualify for exemption.

I am an international student. Can I apply to live in Hotwells House?

Yes. Simply complete the application form. However, if you do not have a UK guarantor, you will be asked to pay the whole accommodation fee in one payment before you can move in.

Will I have to pay council tax if I am an overseas student?

No, not if you’re a full-time student.

If I have a conditional offer, can I book a room, then cancel if I don’t make the grades?

No, we always advise students not to book their accommodation until they have secured the grades they need and have confirmed their place. It is possible that you will lose your deposit unless you follow this advice.

Get in touch

If you have a question about housing issues, problems with your landlord, homelessness, tenancy or council tax, we can help.

Email or call us on 0117 312 5000.

Become a homestay provider

City of Bristol College is one of the region’s leading education providers with many students from across the UK studying with us.

We are looking for accommodation/host families to house students, particularly around the Parkway area.

We offer hosts an excellent rate of pay and full support. All we require is a room for approximately 2-week blocks (but can be ongoing), breakfast and an evening meal. It is very flexible and term time only.

For further information please call 0117 312 2081 or email:

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