University of Bristol

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
9.1 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The university location is great with beautiful university buildings and good facilities. The only problem is that there are not enough books for certain courses in the library."
"Student accommodation is not consistent and I didn't like mine at all. The location (Stoke Bishop) is not good."
"Bristol is very busy and lively. There is a choice of living in the city or up on the Downs, which is a bit removed but has a great social feel. The university facilities have always been satisfactory to me, although the students' union is badly placed and is therefore sadly neglected."
"The student accommodation is too pricey in my opinion."
"The location is amazing and I love Bristol as a city, there's always so much going on. The life sciences building where I am located is particularly impressive and was opened by David Attenborough! Some of the accommodation is quite run down and a bit far out and overpriced for the quality. That said, I had a really good time while living there. The campus is integrated with the city, which I like."
"We're in the centre so I can't really complain. Some facilities are dated and there's always a struggle for library space. The student accommodation was good but rather overpriced, although the porters were always fab. There's plenty to do in the day and Bristol's a busy city."
"The university is situated in the centre of Bristol and is surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes and ample student housing."
"The location of the campus is far from accommodation, but not so far as to be inconvenient. The accommodation tends to be expensive for its quality. During the day, there is access to a wide range of shops and bus services to other areas."
"The university is in the centre of Bristol so is always bustling and busy, which I like. The facilities are good but I feel like the students' union is not used to its full potential, mainly due to its location with respect to the other university buildings. My student accommodation at Colston Street was the perfect location, being less than a ten-minute walk to uni, as was my student house in second and third year. Many people lived further away but there are good bus services that reach out quite far. My house backed onto the Brandon Hill park, which is a lively area and is very close to the harbour side, which is a great place to get food and drinks and there always seems to be something on down there! All the shops on Park Street and Queens Road are also very close and Cabot Circus is not far away either, which has all the shops you need!"


"Location of the university is ideal. The city centre is only a 15-minute walk away and, if you're lucky, accommodation is also close to the university."
"I much preferred the idea of a city university such as Bristol. Being secluded in a student bubble in a campus university would have felt so isolating and detached from the real world. In Bristol, you get the vibrant feel of a student lifestyle while being heavily planted in the real world. This allows you to relax and have a good time while preparing you for what's to come when you graduate."
"The location is the city centre. However, there's not enough space for all the students studying law to use the library. The accommodation is painfully expensive, as is everything in Bristol. Some facilities are poor and there are no on site cafes or common rooms to use."
"Well located as Bristol is a walkable city and the campus is easy to walk around. Facilities are adequate although sometimes it's hard to find a seat in the library and the students' union is a bit far from the main campus. A gym membership is very expensive too."
"The teaching facilities are all centred in one area just on the outskirts of the city centre, but not specifically a campus. There are many libraries plus a very large central gym, careers office, accommodation office, admin building, labs and lecture theatres right on the university 'campus', which is incredibly convenient. Some first-year accommodation is around the university and in the city centre but the most popular accommodation is a 10-minute bus journey away at Stoke Bishop. This is a student accommodation campus with several different blocks and buildings differing in style, cost and facilities."
"The location is great. The Stoke Bishop first-year accommodation gets a free bus so the 40-minute walk is avoidable."
"The facilities in the city are absolutely amazing. Some student accommodation is luxurious but others are not so good, it really depends on how much you have to spend."
"Bristol is in a good place in the country and the campus is spread out largely on top of a hill, which works pretty well. Transport can be an issue as the city is congested so public transport is slow and unreliable, and pricey. There is limited transport provided by the university. Facilities and accommodation are of a fair quality, though a lot of buildings are quite old and, especially the accommodation, need to be repaired. The worst thing is that it is all too crowded so the facilities are packed and get worn down more quickly."
"Good libraries but gym passes are too expensive and there are not enough options. For example, if you only attend the sports hall once a week for club training, you have to pay £50!"
"All the hills are annoying but the facilities are amazing and I use them a lot."

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