Why Bristol?

New to Bristol? Whether you’re a fresher, an international student, or just here for a quick break, we’ve got you covered. Fiercely independent and a little bit rough around the edges, in 2019 Bristol was named the UK’s best city for under-25s. Bougie brunch in leafy Clifton Village, wild swimming at Abbot’s Pool, or a big night out in Stokes Croft – there really is something for everyone.


"Bristol is an incredible city to be a student. I stumbled upon so many cool areas of the city and found some hidden gems, which are unmissable. If there's one city I'd like to live in again, it's Bristol."
UoB Graduate

Sit on the harbour edge by Arnolfini

Warm evenings are best spent chilling with friends and watching the sunset outside the Arnolfini art gallery at the Harbourside.

Stokes Croft

By day: grab a bite to eat from an independent café while you take in some unmissable street art - spot the Banksy! By night: dance until the sun comes up at world-famous clubs like Lakota and The Love Inn. The mystery of Stokes Croft by night has to be seen to be believed...

Eat & Drink at Wapping Wharf

Wapping Wharf is well-known for its an incredible array of independent restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as CARGO, which houses many of these in converted shipping containers, giving the area a true dockside character.

Photo by: JonCraig_Photos

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol's most iconic landmark is best viewed from the Clifton Observatory, a perfect picnic spot. After all, are you even in Bristol if you haven't instagrammed a photo of the bridge?

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We’ve partnered up with HYBR to give you advice on the best accommodation around the city.

Meet HYBR, a student accommodation platform that supports first-time renters. They are a free service with a very helpful team who will support students throughout your rental journey. HYBR was founded by two former Bristol university students who know all too well the struggles students face, and have set out to improve student renting for good.

Get in touch with their customer service team who will find you your dream home based on your budget, group size and preferred location. 



Cycling is a quick, cheap, and safe way to get around the city. The Bristol Bike Project sells fully refurbished second-hand bikes for as little as £150.

Better By Bike runs a loan bike scheme for anyone living, working, or studying in Bristol.

Local taxi company VCars has its own booking app. You can also use Uber and Ola in Bristol too.

Our Community

Talk to one of our ambassadors for bespoke advice.

Alfie Laurence

“Hi I’m Alfie and I studied in Valencia and worked in Brazil on my year abroad in 2018/19. I absolutely love banging on about travel and languages so get in touch if you have any questions about South America, Erasmus life in Spain and tips on learning a language. I’m here to help!”

Indi Officer Student Travel Tips

Indi Officer

"Hello! I’m Indi and I’m currently on my year abroad in Italy and France. I’m studying in Turin and working at a literary agency in Paris. I’m happy to talk about anything travel, so let me know if you have any questions - particularly about Italy, France, or what it’s like moving abroad in the middle of a global pandemic!"

Sophie Brownlees

"Hi I’m Sophie, I am currently on my year abroad in Madrid working on a placement through the British Council Teaching Assistantship programme. Alongside this I do some one on one tutoring for children outside school. If you need any questions either specifically about the BC programme/teaching on your Year Abroad, or about Madrid I am very happy to help!"

Jade Cheli

"Hi, I’m currently on my year abroad in Italy. I spent the first term at Bologna University and I’m now working remotely for a Florence based cultural Magazine, hoping to get to Florence in the next few weeks. The Italian University system is mind boggling so if anyone is stressed about this please reach out to me! I’ve travelled through Italy for years and years and have a lots of Italian family there, if you want any advice on where to go and what to do I’d love to share what I know."