If you are eligible for the Accommodation Bursary, you could receive either £500 or £1,250 off your first year's University-owned accommodation costs.
We offer an Accommodation Bursary to Home UK undergraduate students who are living in University-owned accommodation within their first year of study.
The information provided on this webpage is for 2023/4 entry only.
To be eligible for an Accommodation Bursary, you must meet all of the following:
- be an eligible new first-year Home UK undergraduate student starting studies in 2023/4
- be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course
- are a current student at the time of awarding
- hold a University accommodation contract in 2023/4
The level of award you receive is dependent upon having an eligible UK student loans household income assessment and whether you meet a Widening Participation (WP) criterion. Please see the table below to assess your eligibility based on your circumstances.
|UK student loans household income assessment||WP - Yes||WP - No|
|£0K - £25,000||£5001||£500|
|£25,001 - £42,875||£1,250||£500|
|£42,876 - £60,000||£500||N/A|
Widening participation criteria:
- your home is in an area where there is a low participation of young people progressing into higher education
- your home address is considered to be in an area of general disadvantage according to Indices of Multiple Deprivation
- you or your family receive a state means-tested benefit
- you have an Access to HE Diploma
- you are a care leaver
- you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents or guardians
- you are a Young Carer
- you are a refugee or asylum seeker
WP data is gathered from either your UCAS application or as part of your online funding application for our other awards e.g. the Bath Bursary or Gold Scholarship. Not all students will qualify based on UCAS data, so we strongly advise you to complete the online funding application, which will be sent to you by email prior to your arrival at Bath. Students can also contact the Scholarship and Bursaries Team directly if they'd prefer to submit their information this way.
Eligible UK students are those assessed as eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans, as determined by Student Finance England (or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency) and have a Home fees status as determined by the University. When applying for the maintenance loan, you should request for it to be based on your household income, and for permission to be given by the person whose income is being assessed.
You need to request a household income assessment to be completed by your student loans awarding agency, even if you are not planning on taking out a maintenance loan. Without this, we are unable to assess your eligibility for our funding awards. Find out more about applying for household income assessments.
There is no application required. However, in order to be sure the University has the information it needs, make sure you have done the following:
- declared whether you meet a Widening Participation criterion, either via the online funding application or by emailing us
- applied for a household income assessment through your student loans provider
- given permission to your student loans provider to share your household income assessment with the University of Bath
The University will be responsible for identifying eligible students based on the information detailed above. The final deadline date to be considered for an Accommodation Bursary is midday (GMT) on 30 November 2023. We cannot accept any late household income declarations after this date. Eligible students will receive an award email from the Accommodation Team in December 2023 and the bursary will be credited directly to your accommodation costs in January 2024.
Financial support is also available to assist students who require en suite University accommodation due to their disability, and who wouldn’t otherwise have applied for en suite accommodation due to it being too expensive.
See our scholarships and bursaries web pages for information about other funding opportunities.
If you are a current student experiencing financial hardship you can speak to Student Money Advice who will be able to offer you helpful information and advice.
If you are in receipt of other Widening Participation related University funding e.g., the Bath Bursary, Gold Scholarship or Cowrie Foundation Scholarship, then you are eligible for the £500 Accommodation Bursary. ↩