Bristol is the 10th largest city in the UK and widely regarded as somewhere with lots to offer everyone - especially students. It’s home to the University of Bristol and University of the West of England - so the city accommodates a diverse student population.
The city sits to the west of England just south of the Welsh border and the River Severn, with the River Avon running through the city itself. Historically a port town, the city has deep maritime roots, but today the city is better known for its creative media, aerospace and electronics industries. Bristol is home to a number of architectural highlights, including most famously the Clifton Suspension Bridge - but we can assure you there is a lot more to see than just this wonderful bridge.
Sports fans can enjoy two football clubs, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City, as well as cricket, rugby and even American football.
Students living in Bristol enjoy a bustling and varied nightlife along with a popular and progressive arts and music scene, with a number of famous bands & DJs hailing from the city as well as world famous artists such as Banksy. Transport links are excellent, with trains to the capital as well as other major UK towns and of course the convenient Bristol International airport.
Just outside the city offers a wonderful escape into the British countryside and Bristol is a fantastic starting point for those looking to venture into the beautiful counties of Devon and Cornwall. Plus, Bristol has the benefit of being one of the warmest cities in the United Kingdom - which is a nice bonus.
Popular Student Areas of Bristol
Right on the doorstep of the popular Gloucester Road is an area called Redland. This is a bustling student area that’s home to many UWE and University of Bristol students. Overflowing with cafes, bars and shops, the area has plenty for you to explore and enjoy.
The Frenchay campus of UWE may be a littler further afield but generally it is a convenient spot for reaching the cities universities. It’s worth bearing in mind that Redland is quite a large area, so depending on where you decide to live, the travel times can vary quite a lot.
Possibly one of the most beautiful areas in Bristol, Clifton Village is lined with fantastic Georgian houses, shops, pubs and great little cafes. Known for being safe as well as offering superb transport links to the city centre and to the universities, the area is understandably very popular with students.
Great for University of Birmingham students as the campus is only 15 minutes away - perfect for that extra bit of sleep before an early lecture. Understandably though the area does come with a higher price tag which might not make it right for everyone.
As expected, you have everything you need right at your feet in the city centre. The local amenities are more than convenient, with shopping areas such as Cabot Circus and Park Street close by. And you also don’t have to travel too far for university either (10-20 minutes walk for UoB).
Perfect for getting home after a big night out too as well as being surrounded by endless things to do, bars to enjoy and restaurants to frequent. As it often is with city centre living, rent prices can be on the higher side, but the access to all that the city centre has to offer may just offset this.
Despite not being as trendy as areas like Redland and Gloucester Road, Fishponds is ideal for those looking for quick access to the UWE campus and has lots of student houses on offer. The area still offers a wide number of shops, cafes and pubs which will keep you busy and transport links into the city centre are good, with a bus to the centre only taking 25 minutes. Rent is more affordable, which also helps make it a popular place for students studying at UWE.
Bedminster and Southville
Great for students studying at the UWE Bower Ashton as it is located close to campus. Both areas are popular with student properties due to this close proximity to the campus as well as the city centre and offer lots to do for students in the area. The Tobacco Factory Theatre is also nearby as well as a number of restaurants and cafes. Rent prices are also pretty favourable which helps.
Last but not least is the renowned student hub that is Gloucester Road. Great for both UoB and UWE students, Gloucester Road remains one of the most popular areas in Bristol for students, and student house shares. There’s lots going on, and the area is home to loads of independent traders and is known for it’s bohemian vibe.
Travel times to both universities will require around 30-45 mins, with a number of bus stops nearby running to both universities. Accommodation can also be found at affordable prices here, so all in all Gloucester Road is a fantastic all round favourite.
Top Universities in Bristol
- The University of Bristol
- University of the West of England (UWE)