University of Bristol

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"We have a wide range of different societies and sports clubs."
"The university has fantastic law societies, which can help you make informed career decisions. The law clubs are what drew me to the university, as I liked how they were there to help me advance my career and have fun during socials."
"There are lots of different societies (over 200) and it's fairly easy to create your own if it's not already there. The sports facilities are very far away from the university, unfortunately."
"Our sports clubs and societies are good but really expensive to join so it's hard for someone with little money to join in. There's a good number of societies and really great socially-minded ones for those looking to help others."
"There are a lot of societies and friendly people so you will definitely find people here with the same interests as you. There isn't much tension between demographics either."


"You have to pay to join a university sports team. There are some pretty cool societies like the skydiving society or gliding society that offer some once in a lifetime experiences."
"Excellent. Sports clubs and societies are prestigious and well established."
"The variety is huge and there's always room for creating new things too."
"Lots of clubs in the SU but many are poorly organised and advertised."
"The music society is one of the best in the country. Almost every sport or activity is covered by a society and there is a big drama and musical theatre scene."
"It's a very friendly environment and most people socialise in the same areas so you're constantly running into people you know. There's a strong sense of shared experience among Bristol students. There is a really strong pastoral and academic support system in place as well as being able to go through peers."
"There are many societies to get involved in from sport to Chinese calligraphy to massage! The volunteering scene is impressive too."
"There's a huge range of sporting activities but they can be quite expensive. I personally couldn't afford to get a gym pass even though I really wanted one."
"Societies and events are great but sports clubs are significantly more expensive. The gym could do with more space for sports courts."
"Lots of focus on sport, which is positive, although it is expensive to do it (the gym membership especially is very pricey). There's a good sense of social identity at the uni due to the SU, who give students a very democratic voice, and there is a lot of political activism on campus."

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