ELC Bristol: #1 Ranked UK School

A family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol the number 1 ranked UK school.

John & Margaret Duncan

FINDING YOUR OWN ACCOMMODATION

 

 

MAKING YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS

Some students prefer to find their own accommodation in Bristol.

It is really important when arranging your own accommodation to check what is included.  

Bills
If you make your own arrangements, it is most likely that bills will not be included with your rent - so you will have to pay these bills as well as your rent. Bills are normally issued every month or every 3 months.
Examples of bills you will need to consider are:

  • Council tax
    Always check with the landlord what the Council Tax is for the property - it is sometimes a shock!
    You can find more information about Council Tax here.
  • TV licence
    If you are living in private accommodation and have a television, then you will need to buy a television licence; for more information click here. The annual cost is £145.50 which can be paid in full or in instalments. Payment can be made by direct debit here, by cheque or in cash at any local pay point. TV licensing in the UK is strictly enforced and anyone found without a licence could be fined a maximum of £1,000. 
  • Gas / Electricity
  • Internet / Telephone provision
  • Any parking permits you may require
  • Etc…

Deposits, Fees & Rent
Please also remember when you rent your own apartment/house, you will have to pay a deposit and probably also agency fees. You will also have to pay the rent in advance. Make sure you find out how much it is before you sign a contract.

Remember that contracts are legal documents. Be careful. Check everything before you sign. Of course, you can ask the school for advice.
 

Furnishings & Equipment
It is also important to check whether the accommodation is furnished, and whether other equipment is provided or you will need to bring/use your own; for example:

  • Furniture
    Furnished means that furniture (such as bed, drawers, etc.) is included
    Unfurnished is without any furniture
  • White goods (i.e. appliances such as a washing-machine, etc.)
    Semi-furnished means that white goods will be provided, but other furniture will not be – you will need to check what is and what is not included to be sure!
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Cooking equipment (such as pots and pans)
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Etc…

Beware: Scams & Dishonest Landlords
If you are searching for accommodation independently, please beware of scams.

Never give out any bank details, or send money before you have viewed the property and signed a contract. Even if the person seems genuine or insistent and tells you this is normal – it is not!

 

USEFUL CONTACTS

Please see below a list of agencies and useful contacts which may help you.* 

Websites (see below) and newspapers often offer slightly cheaper student accommodation in shared houses and apartments. Agencies usually offer more expensive, higher quality accommodation, often suitable for families or couples. Contracts are usually for a minimum period of  six months or more.

Agencies
With regard to the contact that we have had with the agencies, we can say that Andrews property services have always been exceptionally friendly and helpful but*please note that ELC has no formal arrangements with any companies/sites listed on our website, so you must be careful as we are not responsible for the quality of the accommodation or the service provided.

Agency Address Telephone No. Website
Andrews 158 Whiteladies Road +44 (0)117 9732551 https://www.andrewsonline.co.uk/
Clifton Short Lets 5 Westbourne Place +44 (0)117 9237947 http://www.cliftonshortlets.com/
DIGS Triangle South, BS8 1EY +44 (0)117 9308750 http://www.bristoldigs.co.uk/
Flatline 182 Whiteladies Road +44 (0)117 9732004 http://www.flatlineonline.co.uk/
Kingsley Thomas 1 Whiteladies Gate +44 (0)117 9466767 http://www.kingsleythomas.co.uk/

 

Student Accommodation Websites

  • Collegiate - Student accommodation on College Green

 

Other Websites

  • http://www.gumtree.com/
    Gumtree is a website where people advertise all sorts of things. There is a section for Property, you can then choose Rent or Share (or Sale, i.e. buy), and set the location range - if you set the location to Bristol BS8, it will show properties in and around the Clifton area where the school is located.
  • https://www.airbnb.co.uk/
    Airbnb is a website where people advertise rooms in their house, or their whole apartment, to rent when they go away (e.g. on holiday). In the section where do you want to go? enter Bristol BS8 - this is the Clifton area where the school is located.

Serviced Apartments
These are a great option for people who like the the service expected from a top class hotel, but prefer the comforts of home and to be able to cook for themselves whenever they choose.   

Prices vary but we suggest that you say you are a student, or visiting a student, at the English Language Centre Bristol - if you are lucky, you might get a special price!

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