Emergency Homeless Hostels

Night Shelter and Emergency Homeless Hostels

An emergency hostel or nightshelter may be able to provide you with a bed for a few nights if you are homeless and have nowhere to stay. They are usually run by housing associations, charities or the local council.

Most nightshelters provide a free basic place to stay for a few nights and often some food. Nightshelters are a useful option if you don't have money for housing, but are not entitled to claim housing benefit. Many nightshelters are set up temporarily in churches, offices or schools that aren't being used. The accommodation is usually shared.

Hostels are usually less basic and will ask you to pay. In some places you may get your own room but in most you will have to share a bedroom with someone of the same sex. Most hostels don't accept couples, but some do.

Emergency hostels may have shared facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms. Some hostels provide meals but you usually have to pay for them. You can be asked to leave if you fall behind with your payments. 

Direct access hostels will accept people at the door if they have room, but it's best to phone first to check. You might be turned away if you arrive when the hostel is full.

Some hostels only help certain groups of people, such as:

  • single young people
  • people with drug or alcohol addictions
  • people with mental health problems
  • people who have been sleeping on the streets for a long time.

Emergency Homeless Hostels in BaNES

Peters House - Lower Bristol Road Bath

Temporary accommodation for ex offenders (age 18+) with medium to low support needs. Work towards independence by addressing offending, assessing support needs, developing life skills and confidence. Access via referral only

Contact: 01225 354780


Rackfield House - Lower Bristol Road Bath

Rackfield House is a 20 bed supported housing scheme for single homeless men and women with low to medium support needs. 


Contact: 01225 339742

P.E.O.P.L.E - Bath and North East Somerset

Housing for Males 25+ who are ex offenders and have recently left prison.

Contact:01761 402687 


Emergency Homeless Hostels in Bristol

  • Caring at Christmas

    The Caring at Christmas shelter provides homeless people with warm and safe accommodation in Bristol over the Christmas period. We open from 3pm 23rd December 24/7 all the way through until new years day.

    To find out more about the services offered, click here.

  • Wick House

    191 Wick Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 4HW
    Tel: 0117 971 3613

    Run by a charity called share

    Wick House is a supported homeless shelter which has room for 70 male or female residents aged 21+. No pets or children allowed.
    Wick House is staffed 24 hours a day and residents recieve support and guidance to reintegrate into the community. 3 meals a day are provided for a small fee.
    Self referrals or referrals from external agencies can be made. An initial assessment will be made.
  • Logo House (Salvation Army)

    Wade Street, Bristol, BS2 9EL
    Tel: 0117 955 2821
    Fax: 0117 954 1595

    Logos House is a 79 bed Homelessness Centre which is open for men aged 18+, 24 hours per day. No pets. Applications are made via the HAT and Outreach teams. Outside office hours referrals are via the Emergency Duty Team.

    Accommodation is en-suite and sole occupancy. There is a canteen for hot meals.


  • The Compass Centre

    Jamaica Street, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8JP

    Tel: 0117 944 0581
    Fax: 0117 944 0582

    The Compass Centre is Bristol's Homelessness assessment project with services for rough sleepers and homeless people including outreach, the homeless health centre and opportunities for recreation and education.

    It is located on the ground floor of Jamaica Street hostel. 

    Open Monday - Friday - 9am - 5pm

    Open in the evening for night service users only (call: 0117 944 0581) 


  • Emmaus Bristol

    Shaftesbury House, Kingsland Road, St Phillips, Bristol, BS2 0QW
    Tel: 0117 954 0886

    Email: community@emmausbristol.org.uk
    An 18 bed (en suite) community age 18+. Offers a bed and support to make a Change. Offers work in their workshops, house, garden (training given). No direct access - referral only.
  • Novas Stonebridge Park

    27a Stonebridge Park, Fishponds, Bristol, BS5 6RP
    Tel: 0117 951 7763

    Open 24 hours for men aged 18+. Pets welcome (only two in the hostel at one time). High support 4 months stay housing scheme for single homeless men with multiple needs.

    Not direct acces - referrals Only.

  • Juilan Trust (Night Shelter)

    Visit website here

    Julian House, Little Bishop Street, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 9JF.  Tel: 01179244604

    Emergency beds (18 spaces), clothing and shoes, first aid, hot meals - breakfast and dinner, laundry service, shower

    Mon-Wed, Fri- Sat
    Dinner - 9.30pm-10.30pm, Breakfast - 6.30am - 7.30am


  • Crisis Centre Ministries

    Visit website here

    By direct referral , homeless or escaping abuse.

    8 bed night Shelter for women only, with shower facilities and food. 1st come 1st served basis Sun-Thursday from 10pm

    32 Stapleton Road, Easton Bristol, BS5 0QY

    admin@crisis-centre.org.uk / 0117 330 1230

  • St Mungo’s

    Visit website here

    11 Dean Crescent, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1AG.  Tel 0117 987 2055
    E-mail address: info@mungos.org

    Single homeless women, 1 night to 1 year - accepts up to two women with dogs, must have local connection or be fleeing domestic violence. Referrals are via Accommodation Services Team at Bristol City Council. 

    Dean Crescent is a Level 1 high support service - no direct access. Available daily.

Emergency Homeless Hostels in North Somerset

Night Shelters and Hostels

People who are sleeping rough should contact street link on 0300 500 0914, the national rough sleeping helpline that alerts local services

Homelessness Prevention Team 01934 426 330 (9.00-4.30pm Mon-Fri) OR 01454 615 165 (after 6pm and weekends and bank holidays)


Emergency Homeless Hostels in Somerset

P.E.O.P.L.E (Providing Ex Offenders Positive Learning Enviroments)

Somerset and the Mendip District -

Supported housing to males only who are over 25


01761 402687

Emergency Homeless Hostels in South Gloucestershire

Night Shelters and Hostels

There is currently no known night shelter or hostel provision in South Gloucestershire. If you are aware of any thing in this area, please do let us know via the enquiry form that can be found in the contact us section.

Alternatively, you may be able to access provision in an area local to you. Please contact your local homelessness team or Shelter for further information:

Telephone 01454 868005
Emergency 01454 615 165

Email - homelessness@southglos.gov.uk