University of Bath

Applying for student accommodation

What you need to know before you apply for student accommodation at the University of Bath.

Check you are eligible to apply for student accommodation

University managed accommodation

You can apply for University-managed accommodation if you have a firm offer from us and any of these are true:

  • you are in your first year studying a full-time undergraduate course
  • you are studying a full-time Foundation Degree in Sports Performance (C601)
  • you are a new MA Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) student
  • you are a new overseas, fee-paying postgraduate
  • you are a University student with specific medical conditions or disabilities
  • you are leaving care provided by the State or other organisations
  • you have been estranged from your parents for a long period of time
  • you are an exchange or visiting student nominated for student accommodation by the International Mobility team
  • you are a summer pre-sessional English student with a conditional or combined offer of admission

Privately managed accommodation

You can apply for Hello Student managed rooms if you have a firm offer from us and any of these are true:

  • you are a new overseas, fee-paying postgraduate
  • you are a new home and EU fee-paying postgraduate
  • you are a summer pre-sessional English student with a conditional or combined offer of admission

If you're a UK or EU postgraduate student, you can apply for rooms in the Hello Student managed locations, but we cannot guarantee you accommodation.

You will be placed on a waiting list and we'll let you know if your application has been successful after the 1 July.

Finding a guarantor

If you live in Hello Student accommodation you must have a UK based guarantor. This is someone who will be responsible for paying your rent if you fall into debt whilst living here.

Your guarantor must live and work in the UK on a permanent basis. If you cannot provide a guarantor you can choose from two other options:

  • use a guarantor service like Housing Hand
  • pay the full rental fee up front at the start of the contract

Make sure you read the policies, procedures, terms and conditions for Hello Student Accommodation carefully before you apply.

When to apply

You can register on our accommodation system from 25 April.

Applications for accommodation open 9am Tuesday 9 May and end Saturday 1 July 2017.

If you miss the July deadline

We can't guarantee you a place in University accommodation if you submit your application after 1 July 2017. If you apply after 1 July we will put you on a waiting list. Applications will open again on 22 August.

Insurance offers and places through Clearing

If you hold an insurance offer or are offered a place through Clearing, you can apply for accommodation on 22 August 2017. While we can't guarantee you a room, we will do our best to place you in University accommodation.

Pre-sessional English students

Accommodation applications for pre-sessional English students are open from 9 May to 1 July. When you apply for your pre-sessional accommodation, you will also need to apply for your undergraduate or postgraduate accommodation.

Second semester Erasmus+, exchange and visiting students

Applications are open from December to January.

We can only offer a limited number of Erasmus+, exchange and visiting students a place in University accommodation.

The International Mobility team will tell you whether you are eligible or not when you apply. If so, you still need to apply for accommodation to secure a room.

Studying at Bath outside the standard semester dates

Contact The Student Accommodation team to check the availability of University accommodation if you are coming to Bath outside our normal semester dates.

How to apply

Your accommodation application happens in two parts.


Once you have confirmed with UCAS that we are your firm choice, it can take up to 48 hours before you can register.

Registration opens on 25 April. If you don't do this in advance, it can take up to one hour after registering before you can start your application.


When you apply, we will ask you to pick the accommodation you would prefer to live in.

You will be choosing room types such as en-suite, standard or shared, rather than specific building names. You will need to select your room types and them rank them in the order that you would prefer them.

For room types with a price range, you will need to include a note at the end of your application if the higher rate exceeds your weekly budget. This is so we do not allocate you a room that is beyond your budget.

Some of our accommodation is located in the city centre, so campus accommodation is not guaranteed.

We also cannot guarantee that we will be able to place you in your highest ranked room types.

Read our allocation procedure for more information.


Finding accommodation in the private sector

Student accommodation is also available in the private sector.

Privately managed student accommodation blocks and complexes

Some of the student accommodation in the city is owned and managed by Hello Student.

This includes:

The application process for this accommodation is the same as University of Bath managed accommodation blocks and complexes. Your application must be submitted through us. Hello Student will communicate with you after your application has been received.

Student accommodation with private landlords

If you don't want to live in an accommodation block or complex, you can rent houses and flats from private landlords.

We recommend that you use the student accommodation site Studentpad to search for houses, flats and rooms.

We have teamed up with them to create a list of accommodation owned by private landlords in and around Bath.