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 will be starting your first year studying a full-time undergraduate course and applying for our accommodation for the first time
- you will be studying a full-time Foundation Degree in Sports Performance (C601)
- you will be a new MA Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) student
- you will be a new overseas, fee-paying postgraduate
- you have 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 UK and EU fee-paying postgraduate
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.
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 YourGuarantor
- 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
Undergraduate and postgraduate student applications
You must register on our accommodation system to apply.
You can apply for accommodation from 9 May to 1 July.
If you miss the deadline
The deadline to submit your application for University accommodation is 1 July. After this date, you cannot apply until applications open again in August on a non-guaranteed waiting list basis.
Insurance offers and places through Clearing
If you hold an insurance offer or are offered a place through Clearing, you can apply for accommodation in August. While we can't guarantee you a room, we will do our best to place you in University accommodation. You are likely to be placed in one of our accommodation buildings in the city centre.
Pre-sessional English student applications
You can apply for accommodation 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.
Erasmus+, exchange and visiting students applications
You can apply for accommodation between 9 May and 1 July.
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 if you are eligible for accommodation when you apply.
Applying for accommodation outside the standard semester dates
How to apply
You need to register and then apply for accommodation.
Once you have a conditional or unconditional firm offer from the University, you can register to use the accommodation application portal.
It can take up to 48 hours to access our registration system, after you confirm with UCAS that we are your firm choice.
If you register at the same time as applying, it can take up to an hour before you'll be able to log in and make your application.
You can apply for accommodation between 9 May and 1 July 2018.
As part of your application, you pick a required number of accommodation preferences you would like to live in, such as en-suite, standard or shared. You will need to rank them in your order of preference from highest to lowest.
For room types with a price range, you need to include a maximum weekly budget in the notes section at the end of your application. This is so we do not allocate you a room that is beyond your budget.
Some of our first year undergraduate accommodation is located in the city centre, so you may not end up living on campus.
The majority of postgraduate accommodation is located in the city centre.
We also cannot guarantee that we will be able to place you in your highest ranked room types.
Read about how we allocate accommodation to applicants.
If you have a disability or a diagnosed medical condition you need to let us know in your accommodation application.
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.
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.