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Bristol University Offer Accommodation in Wales After Running Out of Beds

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Bristol University has been offering students accommodation in Wales after running out of room at its own halls.

The university has written to more than 100 prospective first-year students to inform them there is no space for them in university owned accommodation in the city.

Among the options proposed by Bristol's accommodation office was the Commute and Save residence located in Newport, which is more than 30 miles away from the campus.

Students have also been advised that they could stay at the university's veterinary sciences campus, 14 miles away from the main campus.

Although students who choose Bristol as their first-choice university are guaranteed university accommodation, those selecting the institution through clearing or as a back-up choice receive no such guarantee.

The university has seen significant growth in students in the past few years but the student union has described the situation as "extremely disappointing".

A Bristol University spokesperson said: "We are individually supporting students who were not guaranteed accommodation in various ways, including a residential house search event and advice and assistance from both the University accommodation office and colleagues in the Students' Union."

"One short-term option offered is staying on a temporary basis in University accommodation outside of Bristol, including at the Vet School in Langford. We have also made arrangements with a third-party provider at Newport and provided this as an alternative option."