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An attractive market town, Bedford is home to a campus of the University of Bedfordshire and renowned for its open green spaces. Use our search engine to find student houses, flats and halls in Bedford.

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Not sure what type of accommodation is right for you?

AFS always has the widest choice of student accommodation available. To help you find the right place to live, read our brief guide to the different types of accommodation below.

University Hall
  • University residences which are generally full of first year undergraduates are a great way to adjust to living away from home and making new friends. Uni halls are usually located close to campus.

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Private Halls
  • Generally offer a higher level of amenities than University Halls, at higher rents. Will be home to a more diverse mix of students and normally located close to campus.

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  • A house share with a group of friends is often the lowest cost option and popular as the next step after living in Halls. Typically located in student friendly areas which require some travel to University.

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  • A flat or apartment is similar to a house share on a smaller scale and will normally have one or two bedrooms. Ideal for smaller groups or couples.

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  • Either a premium room in a Private Hall of Residence or a self-contained flat or apartment where all of the amenities are in one space. Typically the most expensive option.

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  • A room in a house where the landlord or owner currently lives. A good option if you are not too concerned about living with other students and are budget conscious.

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  • A self-contained room, which includes most amenities but with shared bathroom facilities.

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Living in Bedford as a student

Bedford is the perfect choice for those students who want access to the big city life of London but don’t want to lose out on the pleasures associated with living in a smaller town. You can live in a culturally diverse town on the banks of the River Ouse for a fraction of the cost of living in our capital city.

Bedford has a huge selection of bars, pubs, cafes, and restaurants if you are a student who likes to eat out or meet up with your friends for a drink – and the entertainment options don’t stop there. Bedford was named the fourth-best city for providing events for students back in 2018.

You may be wondering where you will live if you choose to study at the University of Bedfordshire or Cranfield University. Here at

Accommodation for Students, we have plenty of options for you. Some of the most popular areas in Bedford for students to live include:

The Castle Quarter – one of the best places to live in Bedford, with a vast range of coffee shops, delis, pubs, restaurants, and shops – many of which are independently owned and run. There are lots of events and activities on offer here as well, including the Bedford River Festival

Kempston – One of the smaller towns in Bedford, but with a wide range of facilities. Located on the bus route to Cranfield University and within walking (and cycling) distance of Bedford town centre

Wootten – a very picturesque village, popular with families and a little further along with the bus route to Cranfield University

If you’re not sure what there is on offer in Bedford to entertain you when you are not studying, then check out this list:

Arts and Culture – Bedford is your place if you love music and the theatre. The largest venue for events and entertainment is the Corn Exchange – and it hosts a wide variety of comedy, dance, music, and theatre performances. Esquires is a great live music venue where you can enjoy indie, jazz, rock, and soul music performances. There is a Cineworld cinema in Bedford, so you won’t miss out on the latest big film releases, while the Higgins Art Gallery and Museum is home to a constantly changing stream of decorative art and watercolours

Eating out and Nightlife – Bedford is a town with a very diverse community – including 30% of at least partial Italian descent and up to 100 other ethnic groups – meaning the options for eating out in Bedford are great. Bedford is rumoured to be home to some of the best pizzas outside of Naples, for example, while there are numerous great Indian restaurants. The vibrant Riverside quarter of Bedford is fun for a night out with lots of students – especially as it also offers the fantastic views

History and Heritage – Bedford is a market town dating back to the Medieval period, and so it offers a wide variety of history to explore. You can visit the John Bunyan Museum, for example, to find out more about this great man who wrote “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - one of the greatest novels in the English language.

The Great Outdoors – The River Ouse meanders through the heart of Bedford, and many people love to stroll along its pretty banks in the evening and pop into one of the many bars, cafes, and restaurants that line the way. Priory Country Park is also a fantastic green space made up of lakes, meadows, and woodlands – perfect for exploring

Sport – Bedford’s nickname is the “Rugby Town” as it is home to Bedford RFC, who play at Goldington Road. Football fans can also take in a game at Bedford Town FC or hop on a train to London to support their favourite team when they come to play. Bedford also has an International Athletics stadium to help you partake in any sport you fancy.

Explore the student accommodation we have in Bedford, and kick off your University life with a bang.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you going to live and study in Bedford? Here are the most frequent questions asked by other students.

Most students look for shared housing in Bedford from October, although there will be student accommodation available all year round. First year and international students generally start looking in January for halls of residence.
The amount you pay will depend on the type of student accommodation you choose. A shared house in Bedford will cost you £86 per week. A halls of residence will cost, on average £168 per week, but could cost more depending on what type of room you select.
Accommodation for Students has the widest range of student accommodation currently available in Bedford. This includes halls of residence, house shares, flats and apartments. You can enquire directly to your chosen accommodation or get more support through our live help team. Accommodation for Students has accommodation across the whole city including Goldington and Putnoe.
In Bedford the standard length of contract is 46 weeks. However it is possible to have a longer or shorter agreement than this. Some halls of residence will only offer a 50 or 52 week tenancy agreement for example.
Yes, a selection of the student accommodation listed on Accommodation for Students will offer short term stays. This is most often the case for halls of residence in Bedford. Look out for the properties which have the short term let badge or filter your search by ‘letting period’.
This will depend on the type of property you choose. The most anyone can legally charge is 5 weeks rent. Some accommodation in Bedford halls of residence will not require a deposit at all, while on average the deposit in a shared house in Bedford will be £344.
All landlords and property managers in Bedford are legally required to protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. If you take care of your student accommodation you should have no problem getting your money back. You can check out some further information right here.