This page gives you a brief overview of some of the popular student areas in Bristol to help you in your search for accommodation.

Living in Bristol

This page gives you a brief overview of some of the popular student areas in Bristol to help you in your search for accommodation.

Where to live in Bristol

This page gives you a brief overview of some of the popular student areas in Bristol to help you in your search for accommodation. It is important to bear in mind where you are studying before you sign a tenancy agreement. If you require advice about anything accommodation related please contact the Advice Centre.

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City Centre

The city centre is a good place to live if you want shops, bars and clubs on your doorstop. Cabot Circus, St Nicholas Market, the Waterfront & Park Street are all here. Most of the accommodation in the centre is converted office blocks & warehouses and here you will find many of the larger commercial purpose-built residences. Be aware that parking is very limited so you’ll be reliant on other forms of transport to get to campus.

Frenchay
6 miles

Glenside
4 miles

Bower Ashton
3.5 miles

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Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road is one of the most popular areas for students to live because of its vast array of shops, bars and cafes; in fact, it has the largest number of independent traders on any one road in the UK!  You’ll find lots of student houses and flats available to rent here, and in its surrounding areas.

Frenchay
4 miles

Glenside
4 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

Bower Ashton
4.5 miles

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Bishopston & St Andrews

Bishopston & St. Andrews are popular student areas due to their proximity to the city centre and walking distance to the popular Gloucester Road. The number 70 bus also services these areas making it easy to get to the Frenchay campus. There are a lot of large Victorian houses giving students in bigger groups plenty of housing options.

Frenchay
4 miles

Glenside
4 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

Bower Ashton
4.5 miles

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Horfield

Another popular student area off the Gloucester Road, but a little further from the city so nearer to the Frenchay campus. A very residential area with lots of accommodation options for students and you’ll be able to park here too.

Frenchay
3.5 miles

Glenside
4 miles
  • No Direct Bus service

Bower Ashton
5.5 miles

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Montpelier, St Paul’s & Stokes Croft

These areas have a growing student population and are all walking distance to the Gloucester Road and the city centre. They are more multi cultural than some of the other areas mentioned above, with a reputation for being edgy and alternative. Stokes Croft is the heart of Bristol’s graffiti art and music scene.

Frenchay
6 miles

Glenside
3.5 miles

Bower Ashton
3.5 miles

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Redland, Kingdown & Cotham

These areas are on the opposite side of the Gloucester Road and equally popular with students. Living here you’ll also have the benefit of being within walking distance to Whiteladies Road, another busy main road with shops, bars and cafes a plenty.

Frenchay
6 miles

Glenside
4 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

Bower Ashton
3 miles

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Fishponds

A large residential area in Bristol, popular for students studying at Glenside and Frenchay. The main Fishponds Road has a mix of pubs, shops and cafes although not as trendy as the Gloucester Road.

Frenchay
1 mile

Glenside
0.5 mile

Bower Ashton
6.5 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

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Filton

Popular for students because of its proximity to the Frenchay campus, but if you are looking for the hustle and bustle of Bristol you’ll have to travel a little further towards the city centre.

Frenchay
2.5 miles

Glenside
4.5 miles

Bower Ashton
7 miles

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Stoke Park & Frenchay

Both of these areas are close to the Frenchay campus, but bars, shops and cafes are few and far between, as they are very residential. Maybe more suited to a final year/post grad/mature student.

Frenchay
0.5 mile

Glenside
1 mile

Bower Ashton
8.5 miles
  • 11
  • (From Frenchay Campus)

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Bedminster/Southville

These areas are increasingly popular with Bower Ashton students. North Street, a few minutes’ walk from the campus, is home to the Tobacco Factory Theatre, the Hen and Chicken comedy venue and a range of coffee shops and restaurants. Bedminster Parade is also a thriving street of independent traders.

Frenchay
8 miles

Glenside
6 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

Bower Ashton
0.5 mile

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Totterdown/Windmill Hill

On top of the town as their names suggest, these Victorian terraced streets may be more economical than Bedminister or Southville, but are still close to Bower Ashton, especially by bike. Some Totterdown streets are amongst the steepest in the country!

Frenchay
5 miles

Glenside
5 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

Bower Ashton
3 miles
  • 11
  • (From Temple Meads)

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Temple Meads/St Philips Marsh

Accommodation around Bristol Temple Meads train station has a definite inner-city feel, puts you bang in the centre of things, and is close to Broadmead with a short bus ride to Bower Ashton.

Frenchay
7 miles

Glenside
4 miles

Bower Ashton
3 miles

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Hotwells/Clifton

Close to the Downs, the Suspension Bridge and historic Clifton Village, these areas are great for walking and cycle rides and it’s a short run/bike ride down the hill to the centre. Close to Bower Ashton Campus as the crow flies but can be one of the more expensive areas to live.

Frenchay
6 miles

Glenside
6 miles
  • No Direct Bus Service

Bower Ashton
2 miles