University of Bath

Finding private sector accommodation

What to do when looking for a privately-rented house, flat or room in Bath and the surrounding area.

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How to find and rent private sector accommodation

When to start looking

Demand for housing in Bath is high and availability is limited, so keep looking on a regular basis to have the best chance of success.

You can look for private sector accommodation throughout the year. If you are a first-year undergraduate looking for accommodation for your second-year, landlords usually start advertising student properties in December, ready for the following September.

How to find student accommodation

There are many ways to find student accommodation. You could make enquiries at local lettings agents or search online.

Landlords usually start advertising student properties in December, ready for the following September.

Studentpad accommodation search engine

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 private accommodation in Bath.

You can search Studentpad by:

  • type of accommodation
  • contract type
  • living arrangements
  • number of bedrooms
  • location
  • price of rent
  • date property is available

You can also meet potential housemates through the Studentpad message board.

Alternative methods of finding accommodation

You can also find private sector accommodation by searching on:

You can use Gumtree to search for student accommodation in Bath. Demand for accommodation in Bath is high, so you might find it helpful to search in Bristol and other local areas too.

Local newspapers like the Bath Chronicle and the Bristol Post have regular property listings that may help you as well.

Widening your accommodation search

Demand is very high for student accommodation in Bath. You might find it useful to search for private housing outside the city.

Good alternatives to Bath are the nearby towns of Chippenham, Frome, Keynsham, Trowbridge and the city of Bristol.


Keynsham is a small town on the south eastern outskirts of Bristol and it's well placed for students to enjoy the best of both Bath and Bristol.


Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire, to the south east of Bath.


Frome is a small town to the south of Bath, on the eastern edge of the Mendip Hills.


Bristol is the largest city in the South West. Well connected to Bath by train, bus and road, there is also the Bristol to Bath cycle path if you like to exercise while you commute.


Chippenham is a market town in Wiltshire, north east of Bath.

Council tax

If you're a student who lives on your own or with other students, you do not have to pay council tax.

If you live in private accommodation with non-students, you may be eligible for a council tax discount.

Right to rent

Before you rent privately-owned accommodation, you will need to prove you have the right to rent a property in the UK.

Travelling to University of Bath from outside the city

Travelling to the University from outside Bath is affordable and simple.

Using public transport

Bath is well connected by public transport to towns and cities in the region. You can use the Travelwest website to plan your journey.

If you are 16 to 25 years old, you can buy a Young Person's Railcard. This will give you discounted rail travel.

Using your own vehicle

If you would prefer to drive to campus, and you live outside the BA1 or BA2 postcodes, you will be eligible to apply for a student parking permit.