We have a number of accommodation options to suit different lifestyles and budgets. Most are within easy reach of the school, normally a 25-minute walk or short bus ride.
Our accommodation officer is always on hand to help you find the best kind of accommodation for your needs and to sort out any issues that may arise.
Most of our students stay in homestay accommodation with a British host family. This allows you to share family meals and experience English culture first hand.
Our homestay hosts are families, couples and single people. We have chosen them for you because they have clean, comfortable homes near the school, and they offer a friendly welcome to our students. We want you to feel like one of the family. This is a great way to help you practise your English naturally. We visit all our host families regularly to make sure the accommodation they offer is of the highest standard.
When you arrive, your host will show you how to get to school on the first morning. Most hosts live within 20-30 minutes of the school on foot or by public transport.
Homestay families provide two meals a day, included in the price of your accommodation. You have a private bedroom with somewhere to put your clothes, and a table to work at. Every day you eat with members of the host family at breakfast and in the evening, and you can have meals together at weekends. We never put two students who speak the same language in the same home, so you will have plenty of opportunity to practise your English and get to know more about the English way of life.
Self-catering homestay accommodation, where you live with a family but buy and cook all your food, is also available. This is a little cheaper.
If you prefer the independence of a residence, St John's House offers self-catering student accommodation in close walking distance to IH Bristol. We share the residence with another language school in the area, so it is very sociable and you will be living with people from many different countries.
- 7 minute walk from our Oakfield Road building / 16 minute walk from our Queens Avenue building
- 28 rooms in total (they are very popular, so we recommend booking as early as possible)
- Residence is divided into flats of 5 single rooms
- Each flat has 2 shared bathrooms and one shared kitchen
- Additional communal kitchen on the ground floor
- Spacious living room and garden
- Bedding provided, but you should bring your own towels
- Laundry facilities
- Live-in warden
- Available for students aged 18+ only
- 2021: £195 per week + £30 cleaning deposit
- Late arrival fee (if you will arrive after 10.30pm) = £20
If IH Bristol self-catering apartments are full, why not try this local accommodaton provider:
Clifton Short Lets - private rented rooms, flexible dates, all year
Clifton Short Lets offer private rooms within a 10 minute walk in the heart of Clifton and a five minute walk to IH Bristol on Oakfield Road.
There offer a variety of room sizes - bathrooms & kitchens facilities are shared between residents
International House students are able to receive a 10% discount on their rates which include WiFi, bills, council tax and VAT by using the code 'INTHOUSE'.
Only available to students aged 18 years and over, prices start from around £140 per week
To book click here: Clifton Short Lets
Long Term Apartment Rentals:
There are plenty of real estate agencies in Bristol who will help you find an apartment to rent. Bear in mind that the minimum stay is usually 6 months and you will probably need to pay council tax plus a security deposit .
More information about Council Tax here: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/council-tax.
Getting around in Bristol
The best way to get around Bristol is on foot or by bike, but if you prefer to take the bus then First Buses offer an excellent service with student discounts.
Yobike rent bikes by the hour
For more information about travelling to Bristol see our helpful guide here
We are looking for new host families for our foreign language adult and junior students.
Hosting a student provides a wonderful opportunity for a student to experience life in the UK, while providing you with an income for your spare room and the chance to learn about new cultures. Our students come from all over the world to study English in Bristol - in 2019 we welcomed over 41 nationalities to IH Bristol!
You don't need to host students all year round. You can choose to be a host for 2 weeks or 52 weeks - host when it suits you - and you can choose to host adults or juniors*
Call us today (0117 909 0911) with any questions and we will guide you through the process of becoming a host family and answer any questions you may have, or simply click below and we will be in touch.
*If you are hosting students under the age of 18 a DBS check is required for all adult members of the household. IH Bristol can help with this.