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Help with housing for asylum seekers and refugees 

Help with housing for asylum seekers and refugees 

Help and advice if you’re an asylum seeker or refugee and you need to find somewhere to live

If you’re an asylum seeker

If you're an asylum seeker, or you’ve been refused asylum and you don’t have anywhere to stay there are asylum helplines that you can call.

They’ll give you advice on how to apply for asylum support, which will include:

  • somewhere to live
  • cash support

If you’re a young person, up to the age of 18

If you’re a young person on your own and you’re applying for asylum in the UK, you’ll need to call the Children’s Panel on 020 7346 1134. They’re open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm.

If you’re a refugee

Contact us if you’re a refugee and you're:

We’ll work with you to either help you stay in your current home or find you somewhere else to live.

Help with a deposit 

Private landlords usually ask for a deposit and rent in advance before they’ll offer you a tenancy. We can help you apply for a loan to cover the cost. Speak  to a Housing Advisor at our Citizen Service Point about this.

Other organisations who may be able to help 

  • Bristol Refugee Rights can help you fill in forms for things such as job and benefits applications. They also have English classes and a drop in centre on Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays  .
  • Refugee Women of Bristol offer support and advice to women refugees. They have a drop in group every Tuesday.
  • Borderlands offer support and advice to asylum seekers and refugees. They have drop in sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Ashley Community Housing supports refugees with finding housing, work and training.
  • Project Mama supports pregnant women who are refugees or seeking asylum.
  • Bristol Hospitality Network have a drop in session at Easton Family Centre on a Monday. 

Help to return to your home country

If you need help to return to your home country, contact the Home Office on 0208 196 5535. The helpline is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Refugee integration loan

You can use integration loans to buy items that will help you integrate into the UK. They must be paid back, but they’re interest-free. You can borrow between £100 and £1,000.

You can use the loan for things like:

  • housing deposits
  • work clothing and equipment
  • education and training

You can apply if you’ve been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection or are dependent upon someone who has.
Find out more about refugee integration loans on GOV.UK