10 things we love about Bristol

Bristol is a great city, full of great events, music, food and much more. It's a hive of activity, no matter what the season and we hope you love it as much as we do! Here are our top 10 favourite things about the city...

1. Foodie scene

If you love food, you'll love Bristol. With some of the West Country's finest grub, we're super spoilt for choice here. From bottomless brunches, to build your own burgers, you'll find independent eateries on every street in Bristol and plenty of street food markets to treat your taste buds, and the best part? It doesn't all cost a fortune either!

2. Music scene

Bristol has a vibrant and diverse music scene, with some of the best music venues in the UK. From a wide variety of artists travelling to perform at the O2 Academy or Colston Hall, to the local music nights hosted in pubs and nightclubs across the city. Bristol is also home to Thekla, a music venue on an old cargo ship in Bristol's Harbourside. From jazz and folk to house and drum and base, there really is a music scene for all tastes. 

3. Summer of festivals

Bristol really does come alive in the summer months with an array of festivals taking place across the city. From food and drink festivals, to the famous Bristol Balloon Fiesta and music, film and comedy festivals, you'll never run out of things to do whilst spending a summer here. Ranging from the ever popular music festival, Love Saves the Day, with artists such as Fatboy Slim headlining and the classic Harbourside festival with live music, food and more. 

4. Outdoor spaces

As well as a vibrant and bustling city, Bristol offers you the best of both worlds with some beautiful and scenic outdoor spaces to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. With Ashton Court and The Downs both a short walk from the city centre, they’re the perfect place to get your countryside and outdoor fix. Ashton Court is just a short walk from our Bower Ashton Campus and boasts 850 acres of wonderful grassland and a deer park, so make sure you check it out. And that’s all without even mentioning the stunning views from the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

5. Diverse community

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From Georgian terraced houses to street art covered walls, Bristol’s streets are just as diverse as those that live here. One of the reasons we love Bristol so much is the focus on individuality that goes on across the city. From a vibrant celebration of the Afro-caribbean culture at St Paul’s Carnival to the Bristol Pride Festival, Bristol provides an inclusive and welcoming city for everyone.

6. Great nights out

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Bristol has no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying the nightlife, with regular student nights in the city centre, offering a range of music choices, drinks deals and more. Whether you want to chill in a beer garden, enjoy some live music, sample some cocktails or take in a DJ set, Bristol has plenty to offer. Explore the vibrant bars and clubs in the city centre or take a tour around the more diverse streets of Stokes Croft.

7. Good travel links

Bristol’s got many great transport links, making it a great place to live and visit, so you’ll have no shortage of visitors whilst you’re studying. With convenient and regular bus routes all across the city centre making it easy to get to where you want, as well as two main train stations in the West Country, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, with direct links to London. Not to mention, Bristol’s airport is a short journey from the city centre, and an easy bus ride away so you can be jetting off on your hols in no time at all! 

8. City of culture

Bristol is known for its diverse culture. Home to Banksy, the city is decorated with street art by a variety of talented street artists, which can all be enjoyed at Upfest, Europe’s largest free street are and graffiti festival which takes place evert year. You can also explore the colourful history of the city by visiting Bristol’s M Shed museum down by the docks. 

9. Greenest City

Bristol has been named the greenest city in the UK for two years in a row due to its green spaces and low level emissions in comparison to other UK cities. You’ll often see Bristol’s residents cycling or getting the bus to work to be more environmentally friendly, and with UWE’s Bike Loans you can save the world as you travel too.

10. No. 1 place to live in the UK

We don’t like to brag but not only was Bristol named the best place to live in Britain in 2017 by the Sunday Times, it was also labelled as Europe’s ‘coolest city’ by National Geographic, ranking 11th on a list of the world’s ultimate must-see destinations for 2018.  So we can confirm that the city you are studying in is pretty cool, even if we do say so ourselves…