International students attending Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) must live within a commutable distance of the University. BGU considers this to be within 5 miles of the campus. Most international students choose to live in an uphill location, within a 10 minutes’ walk from the campus. Choosing an uphill location means students do not have to climb Lincoln’s ‘Steep Hill’ every day. The University’s Accommodation team understand the needs of international students and have a range of suitable accommodation options for all students.
Undergraduate and Undergraduate with Foundation Year students
Guaranteed and hassle-free accommodation for undergraduate international students
The University is pleased to advise that all undergraduate international students are guaranteed campus-managed accommodation for the duration of their studies!
Students have a choice to live on campus in self-catered, shared accommodation in either Constance Stewart Hall or Wickham Hall, or in self-catered accommodation 5 minutes’ walk from campus in Longdales Lodge. Please click on the hyperlinks to find out more information about each accommodation option, including fees.
There are many benefits to living in University accommodation when you move to another country:
- accommodation is furnished with a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, fully fitted kitchen and bathroom
- free access to wi-fi throughout – perfect for those long calls to home!
- accommodation fees are competitively priced and all-inclusive including the cost of utility bills (water, electricity, gas and wi-fi) so you will not have to pay any extra ‘surprise’ bills
- accommodation is located close to supermarkets, post offices, food take-aways, and doctors’ surgeries
- the University’s Estates team will fix any problems with the accommodation, free of charge
- close access to all the University’s academic support services including the Library and CELT, and pastoral support services such as the Chaplaincy team and the Students’ Union
- living with other students means it is easier to make friends and adjust to life in the UK
- you can attend lectures just 2 minutes after leaving your accommodation – perfect for those rainy British days!
How to book a room
To book a room in campus-managed accommodation, please complete the Residential Application Form by the deadline stated in your email from the Accommodation team. The form will also be attached to the email. Once the University’s Accommodation team have received your form, they will arrange everything on your behalf. Easy!
A choice of University-accredited off-campus accommodation.
Students studying on our PGCE, Master's and Doctoral programmes have a choice of quality-assured external accommodation, located close to campus, accessed via the Bishop Grosseteste Studentpad platform.
To search for your prefect property with a local landlord/agent, open the Bishop Grosseteste Studentpad platform and search for accommodation in the either the ‘Uphill’ or ‘Ermine’ areas of Lincoln city. The University would not recommend international students choose properties located in the ‘Monks Road’ or ‘West End’ areas of the city unless students are content to walk up and down Lincoln’s famous ‘Steep Hill’ – some of our current international students who live at the bottom of the hill have found the commute to campus too strenuous, and the price of a bus fare too expensive.
When prompted for a password, please see your email from accommodation.
Search through the available listings, consider applying a filter that sorts the results by price (to suit your budget), and when you are interested in approaching the landlord/agent about a property, click ‘Enquire’.
In addition to the Bishop Grosseteste Studentpad platform, students can choose to live in purpose-built student accommodation blocks such as Park Court, Danesgate House and Brayford Quay. These accommodation blocks are located at the bottom of Steep Hill but offer students great facilities. To find further information about these options, including fees, please visit our webpage: Off Campus | Bishop Grosseteste University
How to book a room
You can make enquiries about multiple properties at the same time. When you are ready to commit to a property, please make sure you have received your visa before signing any tenancy agreement (contract) with the landlord/agent. Here in the UK, once a student signs a tenancy agreement/contract, the student will be legally bound to the terms of the agreement and to pay the rent on the property for the length of the agreement.
The University’s Accommodation team offer to review proposed tenancy agreements/contracts for students who are unsure about the terms of their contract, to give advice and to liaise with the landlord/agent if required. To ask the University’s Accommodation team for help with unsigned tenancy agreements/contracts, please email email@example.com
Accommodation for students with families
Students with families will not be able to live in student accommodation
For students who intend to bring their families with them to the UK whilst they are studying (subject to visa approval), traditional student accommodation will not be available. Instead, students with families will need to search for private (non-student) accommodation off-campus.
Areas surrounding the University provide many rental opportunities. The University’s Accommodation team can provide students with a list of local lettings agencies and the team can help you through the rental process, which will differ to the traditional student accommodation process.
There are many factors to consider when choosing private accommodation for families, including:
private rental accommodation is mostly unfurnished – students will need to buy all furniture including beds, tables, and chairs
accommodation might have to be in close proximity to schools or nurseries, for children to be eligible to attend the school/nursery
normally, it takes many weeks to find and secure private rental accommodation, and even more time to furnish the property
Therefore, the University advises students with children to travel to Lincoln alone in the first instance. Students are advised to arrive in Lincoln in advance of course start dates, and to work with the University’s Accommodation team to find and secure suitable private accommodation.
If students intend to arrive with a family, please contact the University’s Accommodation team (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to begin your preparations.
All students – things to consider
- Students must live within 5 miles of the University’s campus.
- Students are expected to walk to campus from their accommodation. Students may have to walk to campus as much as 4-5 days per week.
- The University is located in the uphill area of the city. Students who prefer short, easy walks on flat ground, should choose accommodation that is located as close to the campus as possible (e.g., ‘Ermine’, ‘Uphill’). Accommodation located in the ‘West End’, or on/near ‘Monks Road’, or on/near the ‘High Street’ will be located at the bottom of Steep Hill and students will have to walk up the hill to attend lectures.
- Students are expected to attend all lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and meetings in-person, on-campus, even if the weather is bad.
- Travelling to campus by bus everyday can be expensive and some bus services stop in the evening. Please consider this if you have evening lectures to attend.
- Designated student accommodation is usually furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and storage for clothes.
- Private (non-student) accommodation is usually unfurnished (no furniture).
- All students will need to buy personal bedding, towels, and kitchenware, irrespective of accommodation option. The University recommends all students purchase these items from UniKitOut ahead of their arrival, so that key items such as bedding and towels are ready for students when they arrive.
- For a full list of items to pack, please see our web page called ‘What to bring with you’.
- Students must only sign tenancy agreements/accommodation contracts once they have had their visa issued. After visas have been issued, the main priority for students is to secure suitable accommodation.
- The list of available accommodation options reduces significantly when searching for accommodation close to the start of each academic year, and students must be forewarned that options can be very limited for students who arrive after the recommended arrival dates.
- Once tenancy agreements/accommodation contracts have been signed, students are legally bound to the terms of the agreement, including payment of the rent for the duration of the contract. Students must not sign a contract for accommodation they do not intend to live in.
- Students MUST have secured accommodation in Lincoln prior to departure. DO NOT leave home without confirmed accommodation.
For help and advice about accommodation options in Lincoln, please contact the University’s Accommodation team (email@example.com). The team are ready to help find those first homes in the UK!