dBs Institute does not have its own accommodation and new students will need to secure housing through private accommodation. As a thriving student city, Bristol is home to a variety of accommodation options for new students.
To better understand how to find the right accommodation for you, we’ve curated a comprehensive guide of accommodation options, the key benefits of student halls and private housing, plus tips on how you can find housemates and get additional support in your search.
Renting private student halls is an ideal choice for first year students for a number of reasons:
For those who want to find accommodation in groups of 3+ people or a room in a shared house, there are a number of letting agencies that specialise in properties for students that will help you find the best accommodation to suit your needs.
We can also put you in touch with other students who are looking for housemates.
We've put together a comprehensive guide of recommendations for a variety of accommodation options to help you with your search.
Our accommodation support officer Annie Heyes is your main point of contact for support and advice when securing housing. Offering 1:1 guidance and support, Annie can provide you with on where to find accommodation, meeting potential housemates, understanding your rights as a student tenant and effectively budgeting during your studies.
You can access accommodation support as both a prospective and current student.
You can contact Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants who are holding on an offer to study with dBs will be invited to join the dBs Institute Applicant Hub on Discord. This is the best place to meet with other applicants and find housemates. Using the accommodation thread you can speak with others looking for housing and set up private groups within Discord to share potential houses and organise viewings.
In addition to the support that dBs offers, students can also get support from our accommodation partner, HYBR. Acting as the go-between for students and landlords, HYBR can introduce you to housemates, share exclusive housing options, support with viewing properties, informing you of your rights as a student tenant and much more.
There's something special about Bristol. It's a thriving, independent metropolis that has given the world Bansky, Wallace & Gromit, Massive Attack, IDLES, Roni Size and Portishead - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Named one of the best UK cities to live in by The Sunday Times and brimming with creative organisations across music, game, film and television, it's not hard to see why thousands of students from Britain and across the globe choose to make Bristol their home during their studies.
Here's a few reasons why we think Bristol is an amazing place to live and study:
Music is at its heart
According to PRS, there are more musicians in Bristol than in any other city in the UK! Hardly a surprise from the city that brought you Massive Attack, Roni Size, Eats Everything, Portishead, Julio Bashmore, Addison Groove, Nick Warren, Jody Wisternoff and many, many more!
Its independent spirit
If you want to turn your back on internet shopping, you'll find that Bristol is jam-packed with local independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants - particularly on Stokes Croft, North Street and Gloucester Road. In fact, Gloucester Road is the longest street of independent shops in the country! Also, how many other cities can boast their own currency, the Bristol Pound?
Take in the sights
Bristol is famed for its street art, in some areas of the city there are more painted walls than plain, and you're not limited to the streets either; there are exhibitions and annual street art festivals such as UPFEST meaning you never have far to go to add some colour to your day.
Vibrant nightlife and festivals aplenty
With bands and DJs from across the globe all stopping off in Bristol, there isn't a genre or style you can't find in the city. Come the warmer months, it's hard to find a weekend when there's not something going on, with big events such as Love Saves the Day, Rave On Avon and Bristol Harbour Festival. As well as all of this in the city, Glastonbury Festival is right on Bristol's doorstep too!
For a more comprehensive list of recommendations, check out our student guide to Bristol.