Bath & North East Somerset Council has expressed “alarm” at reports that the University of Bristol is planning to house first-year students in its area.
Councillor Tom Davies, cabinet member for Adult Services and Council House Building, said: “We are alarmed and concerned about reports, including information placed on their website, that the University of Bristol is suggesting offering accommodation to new students in our area from the start of next term. We have neither been informed nor consulted on this and we are therefore seeking urgent clarification from the University about their position. Any decision by the University to accommodate students in our area would have very significant implications for our communities, especially given the existing pressures on local housing. Students deserve good, local accessible accommodation and it is for the University to make appropriate plans for this. Local residents should not bear the brunt of any lack of preparation by the University of Bristol for the new academic year."