Student life in Bristol

A beautiful harbour-side city known for its creative flair, Bristol is bursting with culture. With its extraordinary art, live music and shopping, living in Bristol is an experience unlike any other. The Sunday Times recently voted Bristol one of the best places to live in Britain.


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The SS Great Britain in Bristol

The Bristol experience

Bristol’s fascinating history and vibrant culture have given it a unique, artistic and forward-thinking character. This explains why the city has been named ‘European Region of the Future’ by the Financial Times, as well as Britain’s most musical city by the Performing Rights Society.

Students at Bristol's campus

Amazing art

Walking around Bristol, you can find all kinds of original and beautiful art. You will be struck by the dramatic street art and colourful architecture. The city is home to globally renowned street artist, Banksy, and many of his greatest works. Bristol also hosts Europe’s largest street art festival.

Students chatting at a cafe in Bristol

Something for everyone

Whatever your interests are, Bristol has something for you. Watch a performance at the Bristol Old Vic, one of the UK’s oldest working theatres, or explore some of Bristol’s many outstanding museums and art galleries. At the trendy waterfront docks you can experience stylish bars, live music, comedy clubs, restaurants and much more.

Bristol landscape

Birthplace of modern engineering

The remarkable designs of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, considered the father of modern engineering, can be seen all over Bristol. From the ss Great Britain – the world’s first ocean-going iron ship – to the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brunel had a lasting impact on the city.

U W E Bristol International College Student Lin

Lin from Myanmar

Student at UWE Bristol's International College

Living in Bristol is awesome. There are two huge shopping centres so I can get everything I need, and the harbour side is very pleasant. Bristol is also famous for nightlife; it’s really amazing!

U W E Bristol International College Student Tair

Tair from Kazakhstan

Student at UWE Bristol

I think Bristol is a great city with a fascinating history. The people here are so kind and friendly, and will always help you if you are lost.

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