Full of colourful houses on hilly streets, there’s character around every corner in Bristol. Not only is it vibrant in appearance, but also in culture — it’s the birthplace of acclaimed street artist Banksy and his works can be spotted around the city.
Bristol has a large and diverse student community and was voted the happiest city in the UK in 2019, so newcomers will feel at home in no time. In this blog you’ll find out exactly why Bristol is such a brilliant choice for international students.
Bristol’s two universities are leaders in their field
Both of Bristol’s universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE), offer a huge selection of subjects to study. Known for teaching excellence and their strong links to industry, attending either will help you achieve your goals.
The University of Bristol gives students the best of both worlds with historic buildings and state-of-the-art study centres. The University has a central location and is home to students from 150 countries. Plus, it’s one of the top 10 universities in the UK and its graduates enjoy some of the highest employability rates in the country.
Ranked second in England for student satisfaction, UWE is sure to meet your needs. It was awarded gold in the 2018 UK Teaching Excellence Framework, meaning its personalised learning and graduate employability levels are some of the best in the UK. And, as many of its courses include professional accreditation, your time at UWE can kickstart your career.
Both universities have great sporting facilities, with everything from swimming pools to climbing walls. And, as well as a wide range of classes to try and teams to join, sports at both universities have a strong social side. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, there are plenty of activities to try in Bristol and its surrounding countryside, whether it’s paddleboarding at the harbourside, mountain biking in the Clifton Downs, or inland surfing at The Wave.
Bristol’s independent spirit can be felt in its shopping and social scene
Bristol is a city known for its independent spirit and its shops are no different. There are markets offering unique items you won’t find anywhere else, cool vintage stores, and one-off boutiques at Park Street and Gloucester Road, which has the most independent stores of any street in the country.
If you’re after something from a major brand or designer label, Bristol Shopping Quarter is right in the heart of the city. And, for even more choice and larger shops, the Mall at Cribbs Causeway is only a bus ride away.
Bristol was named best culinary destination in the world by the Food Trekking awards in 2019, so whether it’s world-class food from famous chefs or laid-back street food bites at the shipping container market Cargo, there’ll be something to tempt your tastebuds.
The city’s nightlife scene is equally thriving, with late night bars, the world-renowned Motion club, Thekla party boat in the harbour, and even a roller disco. And, of course, no student experience would be complete without a trip to one of its many cosy pubs to sample some traditional West Country cider.
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