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Study in Bristol

Where city and greenery combine to create a distinctive hub of alternative culture and creativity, bold Bristol is a muse in its own right.


The world's most famous graffiti artist first made his mark in Bristol's underground scene.


City life – University of Bristol student

'Bristol has so much going on! There are so many great individual pubs all over the place. You could easily find a free gig in a different pub every night.'


Once England's first "cycling city", Bristol really is built for two wheels.


Living in Bristol – Second year student at University of Bristol, 2018

'I live in Clifton. Our street and neighbours are mostly students. It’s close to the university and student union. Lots of pubs, cafés, restaurants and clubs nearby. I would live here again, although it’s a little pricey for rent.'


In 2015, Bristol was the first British city to receive the European Green Capital title.


Student life in Bristol

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
The old railway path to Bath is a lovely cycle route.
Friday feeling
Rollerdisco at the Trinity Centre, each month.
When family visit
Visit the mysterious 'Yellow Castle' in Stoke Park.
Sunday chilling
Cheap roast with reggae music at The Cadbury pub.
Feeling cultural
Explore the city's hidden gems on 'Doors Open Day'.
Catch up with mates
Why not meet up at one of Bristol's rooftop bars?

Bristol Cathedral 

Open all year round and with free entry, why not visit this historic landmark?

Bristol Cathedral

Nightlife – third year student at University of Bristol, 2016

'The standard uni clubs are on "The [Clifton] Triangle". These are generally the cheapest and full of first year students. If you head towards Gloucester Rd or Motion you can find something a bit different.'

Station Square

Home to Bristol Temple Meads, the city's largest and oldest railway station.

Station Square

Nightlife - fourth year student at University of Bristol, 2016

'From dance/house/D&B-themed nights at Motion, to chilled reggae/jungle nights in Stokes Croft, to lovely traditional pubs like the Jersey Lily... I think Bristol offers a better scene than London, as it's more affordable and accessible.'

Queen Square

A magnificent Georgian park in the heart of Bristol, Queen Square provides a relaxing retreat from the city.

Queen Square

Living in Bristol – Second year student at University of Bristol, 2018

'I live in the city centre. It's a lively area. There aren't loads of students living here so the local pubs and clubs get people of all ages. It's close to the shopping centre and about 20-min walk to uni (although it is uphill!).'

The Floating Harbour

Visit for a cultural stop with harbour tours, river cruises and museums – or for nightlife with bars and clubs.

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Living in Bristol

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £80 - £145
  • Pricey
Housing value for money*
  • Poor deal
Local transport*
  • £13.25
  • Bristol Zone weekly student ticket (online, mticket, or shop)
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Clifton
  • Redland
  • Bedminster and Southville

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.


Student money tips

Go on your own Banksy walking tour and Instagram away!

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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