Welcome to Bristol! Bristol is a bustling city in the south west of England, famous for its independent spirit and thriving arts scene.
- University buildings are spread out across a small area of the city
- Bristol is only 90 minutes by train from London’s Paddington Station
- Bristol was voted the UK’s Best City in 2017 by The Sunday Times
- Former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill served as the university’s Chancellor from 1929-1965
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The University of Bristol is spread out in an area of Bristol called Clifton, where traditional brick buildings stand side-by-side with stunningly designed modern architecture. Spend an afternoon on the green lawns beside the iconic Wills Memorial Building and you’ll know exactly why the University of Bristol is an amazing place to study abroad! The University of Bristol has 53 different sporting societies that offer plenty of opportunities for students to enjoy the outdoors. The brand new Students’ Union facilities include two theatres, pottery and dance studios, photography dark room, and an indoor swimming pool that will be sure to keep you occupied between classes. You can also check out one of the world’s largest theatre archives at the on-campus University of Bristol Theatre Collection or explore the Botanic Garden just up the road from the Bristol Zoo.
“Like live music? Tons of venues at Stokes Croft. Want to live the fancy life? Plenty of tea shops to lift those pinkies up! It truly is one of the best places to explore with the loveliest of people. “Hiya! You alright?” is the locals’ way of letting you know you’ve made it.”
– UCEAP University of Bristol student, Spring 2014
Top Five Things to do whilst at the University of Bristol
1. Check out a gig at the on campus music venue, The Anson Room
2. Cross the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and enjoy a view of the Avon Gorge
3. Spend an afternoon in neighbouring city of Bath to see the Roman baths & visit the Jane Austen and/or American museums
4. Meet a friend for lunch at the St Nicholas Market and stop by the shops on Park Street
5. Take a street art tour of the city’s extensive graffiti works – including Banksy and many others!
Bristol grew to prominence as a port city, and continues to be a hub for all things trendy and interesting. It’s been named the 2015 European Green Capital in honour of its sustainability efforts. To get to know the city, try spending an afternoon on Park Street, known for many cafes, restaurants and local shops. You can also enjoy the view of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol’s blue coloured taxi cabs from Clifton Village, which is only a stone’s throw away from the active Students’ Union and several university accommodations.
Bristol is home to the United Kingdom’s oldest working theatre, the Bristol Old Vic, as well as two local football teams. The SS Great Britain, a transatlantic passenger steamer designed by Brunel, is permanently docked in Bristol as a floating museum. The city also hosts the annual International Balloon Fiesta for hot air balloon enthusiasts from all around the world. It’s only appropriate that Bristol is also home to Upfest, Europe’s largest urban art festival, given that famed street artist Banksy cites the city as his hometown! If that’s still not enough to keep your weekends occupied, you can always pop off to Bath – only a ten minute train ride away – or the quintessentially English villages of the Cotswolds. Wales and Cornwall are also easily accessible via a quick train ride from the centrally located Bristol Temple Meads Station. The nearby Bristol Airport means you can easily access the rest of the UK as well as continental Europe whenever your studies allow.