Living in Bristol as a student
The city of Bristol, located in South West England, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Less than 15 minutes away from Bath and slightly over 2 hours away from London by train, the city is home to over 440,000 people, and is often voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK. 23,000 students go to the University of Bristol and 29,000 students study at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol). The former is ranked 44th in the 2018 QS World Rankings, and is one of the top ten universities in the UK, while the latter was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating for consistently outstanding quality.
Bristol is known for being a creative hub; The Bristol Old Vic is as offshoot of The Old Vic in London, and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has produced a long list of outstanding alumni, including Olivia Colman, Charlie Cox, Daniel Day-Lewis, Patrick Stewart, Gene Wilder, and Naomie Harris. The city is also home to Aardman Animation, the studio known for characters such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, as well as the regional headquarters of BBC West. Live music is a feature of Bristol nightlife, and the city has made waves, producing bands such as Portishead and Massive Attack. Many districts in Bristol have been awarded Purple Flag status on its nightlife, and Bristol is known for locations such as the club Motion, the bar The Attic Bar and the connected pub Full Moon Pub, and The Apple, a cider bar.
The University of Bristol is easily identified by its red brick building in Tyndalls Park area, which is a 15-minute walk to city centre. Most students tend to stay at Redland, Clifton, or Montpelier to reach the university. UWE Bristol has many different departments spread among different campuses, but the main campus, the Frenchay Campus, is 6 km north of the city centre. Accommodations tend to revolve around the city centre, with many students choosing to stay at Marketgate or at Gloucester Road.