The University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) are both highly regarded as academic centres of excellence, and you’ll have the luxury space at home to recharge, to unwind, and to work hard, in order to make the most of the education facilities made available to you at your fantastic university. Our luxury Bristol student accommodation has been designed with you in mind. The modern student needs plenty of space and storage, a comfortable bed, and a space to work in peace. Communal areas and amenities on the doorstep also ensure that you are never far away from the bright lights of the big city when you want them.
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- The University of Bristol – The University of Bristol is regularly found in the top 50 of the world rankings of universities, which demonstrates what a great university it is in a wide range of academic studies. It is a centre of excellence, and within this fine, multicultural city, with green aspirations, and a vibrancy of colour, art, music, and much more, it is certainly one of the more exciting universities to attend as a student.
A rich history, dating back to 1876, the University of Bristol was the first in England to admit women and has also taught thirteen Nobel Prize winners. There are plenty of specialist study areas and specific subject support for students, and a wide and varied library system with access to over 2,300 PCs, and large collections of resources in both print and digital form. The university is also only one of two universities in the entire country with a full NHS practice for students to use.
The Students’ Union is home to over 400 sports clubs and societies with a wide range of interests, hobbies and sports to entertain. It is also home to a large concert venue, theatre, cafés, and even a swimming pool!
- The University of the West of England (UWE) – This university has built extensive partnerships with industry leaders and employers in the South West of England and beyond, with placements and internship schemes available throughout the UK and even internationally. Students can gain practical experience in a wide range of industries and sectors alongside their studies at one of the largest higher education providers in the region.
The emphasis is definitely on preparation for a future professional career in whatever stream of academia a student is interested in. At UWE students have access to a range of specialist educational facilities, including a forensic crime scene house, a wind tunnel, a mock courtroom, broadcast studios for multimedia students, and a flight simulator, to name just a few.
As you would expect from such a university, the Students’ Union Job Shop has a high number of job postings (over 4,000 each year) ranging from part-time internal posts, to long-term casual work, and career-specific placements. For students to unwind there is an on-site cinema, bars, plenty of shops, cafés, and a Centre for Performing Arts that hosts plays, gigs, and other events. With over 180 sports clubs and societies, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy!
- Bristol Language Centre – The BLC is one of several great language schools in Bristol, and is located centrally and is easily accessible for all students. It is an independently run language school, with British Council accreditation, and membership of Quality English and English UK.
It offers students a wide range of accessible English language courses, for those seeking out general or intensive English, English for Business, or assistance with preparation for Cambridge and IELTS exams. There are also summer camps for juniors and a range of tailored programmes.
Eating Out in Bristol
Bristol has always liked to push the boundaries in every aspect of life, from its art and music, through to its food scene. This definitely continues to be the case, and from your base at our luxury student accommodation in Bristol you’ll be spoiled for choice, whether you are looking for junk food, veggie and vegan cuisine, or street food from all over the world. Wandering around the Harbourside, Hotwells, Bedminster, or Clifton, you’ll be amazed at the wide range of food choices open to you, and it’s certainly a fantastic way to get to know your new city. Here, we take a look at a few of the best areas and independent restaurants as a sample of what you can expect.
- St. Nick’s Market – Located in The Exchange, St. Nick’s Market offers up a wide range of cuisine from all over the world with its street market evert Tuesday and Friday. Choose from the Brazilian BBQ, Japanese dishes, Indian street food, burgers and hot dogs, or tasty falafel. Street food markets are incredible places these days, and a good way to get to know any new city, alongside the St. Nick’s food market, Bristol is also home to the harbourside market every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Atomic Burger (Gloucester Road) – If you are looking for glorious junk food, massive, juicy burgers, excellent sides, comic book paraphernalia and bright colours on the wall, thick shakes, great service, and brilliant music, look no further than Atomic Burger up on the wonderful Gloucester Road. The sides, starters, and dogs are great, but it’s with the burgers that Atomic made its name. Choose from beef, chicken, and veggie as a base, choose your bun, and then there is a long, delicious list of toppings to choose from, with funky names like the ‘Johnny B Bad’ with USA cheese, BBQ onions, a hash brown, Cajun bacon, and Buffalo sauce. They have great specials on regularly, like the Cowabunga, which is toppings of pizza sauce, chorizo, cheddar, and fresh chillies!
- Athenian (Bristol Harbourside) – When Greek food is done well there is very little that can compete with it, from any part of the world! The Athenian might just be the best souvlaki and gyro you can get anywhere in the UK! Located down on the harbourside, alongside many other small and independent restaurants in converted shipping containers, make sure you take advantage of the Halloumi or pork gyros, they are incredibly delicious, packed full of tasty salad, and lashings of tsatsiki.
- Pinkman’s (Park Street) – Head on over to Park Street and you’ll find many different independent cafés and coffee shops. Bristol is home to quirky and petit places like this, and Pinkman’s is a fine example of everything Bristol does well. During the daytime it is a bakery, and a damn fine one at that. In fact, it has been voted in the top 25 bakeries in the whole of the UK! At night, it turns into a pizza restaurant that is always busy. Why not make the most of pastries in the day and a traditional pizza at night at Pinkman’s?
- Bertha’s (Cumberland Road) – For a full-on authentic pizza experience, Bertha’s out on Cumberland Road is one of the better examples. Head to the Wapping Wharf and look out for the bright yellow doors of Bertha’s. You’ll also be able to follow your nose, choosing between the glorious toppings on top of some of the best sourdough pizza bases you’ll find in the city and beyond.
Nightlife in Bristol
As a student you’ll want to look for a good night out, and knowing how far away from your comfortable and luxury Bristol student accommodation the best nights out are, should be near the top of your list of priorities. There are loads of great areas in the city to explore, no matter what your interests are, from big nightclubs and student-specific nights, to comedy nights, live music, and pub crawls. The Students’ Union if always a good shout too, at both the big universities in Bristol. Here, we look at a few of the different areas and night’s out you can expect to encounter.
- Areas to Explore – Whenever you first move to a new city it’s a good idea to explore as many different areas as you can, and to get a taste for the different types of night out you can have. King Street is probably one of the most popular choices that you should head to first. The cobbled streets are home to some old pubs, microbreweries, and even a jazz pub. Park Street and The Triangle are both lively areas, with loads of good student club nights and bars and pubs. If you are looking for something a little more alternative in terms of music, head on over to Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. Bristol is a Purple Flag city, meaning it is well regarded as a safe city to walk around, and especially on nights out.
- The Apple (Welsh Back) – For more specific recommendations, The Apple is an institution in a city that is famed for its great cider. It sells halves of cider for just £1.50 (you’ll want a half as it is 8%!). Don’t expect Strongbow and other cheap ciders, but proper traditional cider variations. It is located on a converted Dutch barge in the heart of the city, and is genuinely one of the best atmospheres for a pub in the whole of Bristol. You’ll also have access to a wide selection of perries if pear is more your thing than apple.
- The Lanes (Nelson Street) – This is a totally unique location, and you’ll never find another place anything like it for a night out in Bristol. It is lively every day and night of the week, and you can go there to eat at the diner, to bowl in the bowling alley, sit and have a drink at the bar, sing in the karaoke rooms, or watch live music at the gig venue. You can pretty much do it all at The Lanes, whatever your entertainment poison. Other places that warrant a mention include The Cat and Wheel, and The Gallimaufry.
- Motion (Avon Street) – You want to know about the best student nights and clubs after you’ve been on a pub crawl and Avon Street is a good part of town to head to. Motion is the largest club in Bristol, and has been around for the longest amount of time. For dance music and visiting DJs it is right up there with the best you’ll find, and has got a large courtyard, terrace along the river, and four indoor dance floors that are huuuuuge. DJ Mag voted it the 2nd best club in the UK in recent years, and 19th best club in the whole world back in 2016!
- Live Music Venues – Bristol is a hub of activity for the music scene, with plenty of grassroots venues for smaller, up-and-coming bands, as well as large venues for national and international touring bands and artists. The Thekla is a gig venue on the boat in the harbourside and a really interesting venue, with The Marble Factory a large warehouse that has been converted into a music venue. The O2 Academy and The Island are two other great music venues. Whilst Blue Mountain and The Black Swan host live drum & bass nights.
The Bristol Sports Scene
If you are active and looking for a sports team or other sporting pursuit to stay fit and healthy, or you like to find a club to watch some live professional sport, Bristol has a wide and varied selection. Your luxury student accommodation in Bristol is close to a whole host of sports venues and university sports clubs. Here, we look through a selection of some of the finest.
- Indoor Sports Centre – With membership available through the university, there is some amazing sports facilities for you to stay fit and to make new friends as part of sports teams and other sports activities. This is the case whether you are looking to have some fun and stay fit, or if you are looking to become an elite athlete or sportsperson and compete at a top level. There is a sport and team for everyone, from those wanting to run, those looking to take up squash or tennis, or maybe join a team like a football or rugby team. The Students’ Union at the University of Bristol has a state-of-the-art gym, a 32-metre swimming pool, top quality sports pitches, and Olympic weight-lifting gym.
- University Sports Clubs and Elite Performance – With over 60 sports clubs and societies you truly can become an elite athlete in your chosen sport if you wish. There are clubs and teams in a wide variety of sports, such as ultimate frisbee, baseball, and American Football. If you are good enough, you might be able to compete against other universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) League. The Performance Squad is aimed at those targeting elite-level sport, helping young athletes to make and meet hard targets and long-term goals alongside their study, with access to the best sports facilities and equipment.
- City and Rovers – For fans of football Bristol is a city with two professional football teams. Both have tickets available at a student discount, whether you buy in advance or buy tickets on the gate on the day of the match. Bristol City play at Ashton Gate in the Championship, whilst Bristol Rovers play at the Memorial Ground in the north of the city, just off Gloucester Road. Ashton Gate has recently been redeveloped and is a comfortable, modern stadia that hosts football, rugby, and live music.
- Rugby Union – As mentioned, Ashton Gate is not just home to Bristol City, it is also the home of the Bristol Bears, who play top flight Premiership Rugby in England. It is easy to get to on foot or via public transport from your luxury Bristol student accommodation. Just 15-minutes on the train from the main station in Bristol, Temple Meads Railway Station, is Bath, where you can watch the historic Bath Rugby play. If you are more interested in international rugby, Bristol is well-placed to get you to Cardiff for Wales internationals at the Principality Stadium, or quite quickly down to London to see England play at Twickenham.
- Healthy Lifestyles and Steep Walks – Bristol is a steep and hilly city, which is ideal if you are active and like to walk places. It is a city that has always promoted a healthy lifestyle, and was one of the first in the UK to promote the use of bikes so heavily to beat congestion and to boost a healthier lifestyle for its inhabitants. Remember though, if you’re walking up the hill from College Green, it can be incredibly steep, so be prepared!
Bristol Shopping Scene
There is plenty of great shopping in Bristol, and it is definitely a place that has a lot of quirky independent stores and boutiques in a city that is well known as a hipster’s paradise. Alongside that though, you’ll also find plenty of your staple high street stores and big brand shopping centres. There really is something for everyone, bringing in shoppers from the South West region, as well as South East Wales just over the border.
- Clifton Village – Such a beautiful part of town, and easily accessible on public transport from your luxury student accommodation in Bristol, Clifton Village is well worth the trip. Take a really pleasurable walk through the village, taking in the amazing view of Clifton Suspension Bridge and stopping to take a look at the arts and crafts stores, the boutiques, stores, and wonderful coffee shops.
- Independent Shopping Across the City – Bristol is an independent shopper’s paradise, with a wonderful array of independent stores offering up a variety of goods and wares in areas such as Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. Whether you are looking to take up some arts and crafts, buy some bespoke jewellery, buy some vinyl, retro and vintage clothing, or anything else you can think of, the independent scene in Bristol is buzzing. Park Street and The Triangle are another two areas that are firm favourites with students in the city.
- Cabot Circus and the Shopping Quarter – For big brand shopping and a more familiar feel, head on over to Cabot Circus and a stroll around the shopping quarter. Cabot Circus itself has over 90 big brand stores within its walls, alongside bars, restaurants, and a big cinema. The shopping quarter then works its way down to the SS Great Britain at Bristol Harbourside, and is home to a whole host of high street names that you know and love.
- Bristol Markets – One of the best ways to get to know a new city is to take in the markets and see what local produce you can find. With the choice of markets and independent shopping in Bristol it is a city like no other for this type of shopping. Old Market is a combination of services and traders, whilst St. Nick’s Market is home to record stores, bookshops, and food stalls in one vintage and traditional undercover market in the centre of the city. The Christmas Steps Arts Quarter has over 400 years of history, with Wapping Wharf home to modern restaurants and traditional businesses trading out of converted shipping containers.
- Budget Student Shopping – Cotham Hill and Gloucester Road are two areas that are popular with students looking to get bang for their buck. It is in these areas where you’ll find the best shopping for a typical student budget, with plenty of charity shops and hidden gems in the form of small independent retailers selling everything from vintage clothing to art and other items.
Events & Attractions in Bristol
Bristol is a buzzing place to live, and with such a rich history in all sorts of areas of life, it is no surprise that you’ll find plenty of historical attractions, modern events, art, music, and culture in abundance throughout the city and the wider region.
- History of the Slave Trade – Bristol was a centre of the slave trade, and in fact many of the buildings and streets were built and named off the back of the slave trade. It is a past that has been looked at differently in recent years as a shameful past. The city has taken steps to address this though, and you can see the history of the slave trade and Bristol’s links to the glass, chocolate, and tobacco trades at the M Shed at the Bristol People Gallery.
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Brunel designed many marvels of engineering and infrastructure, and there is plenty to see in Bristol to amaze. The SS Great Britain was one of those, and for a time was the longest passenger ship in the world. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is another Brunel design, and is a sight to behold since its opening in 1864. There are plenty of other heritage sites in Bristol worth visiting, including the over 100 Grade I Listed buildings, Blaise Castle, and Bristol Cathedral.
- UNESCO City of Film – Bristol does more than just look back at its history though, it is also a modern, forward-thinking city. There are many creative spaces, such as Co-LAB in Broadmead, Spike Island where there is an exquisite gallery within a tea warehouse, and many different arts and film events and collectives working throughout the city. In fact, cinema is thriving so much in Bristol that it has been awarded the status as a UNESCO City of Film, with great festivals and screenings of all types of film shown throughout the year.
- Street Art Tours – We’ve all heard of Banksy, and whether you believe it is one person or a collective of artists, Bristol is the home of Banksy. There are walking tours of Bristol for those of you interested in the street art, taking you to all corners of the city to see original Banksy works. Away from that scene, Bristol is also home to fine collections of traditional and contemporary art in galleries such as Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the Arnolfini Gallery.
- Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – Hot air ballooning is a popular and adventurous way to see Bristol, and every year there is a truly astounding hot air balloon festival where over 100 hot air balloons launch around the same time and make the sky above Bristol a pretty spectacle. Teams from around the world come to the city to participate in mass ascents. It is the largest event of its kind and has been running since 1979.
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