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
8.4 / 10
(based on ratings in 2016)
"Everything was decent apart from the gym works as the organisation was handled hastily with poor communication and coordination. The start was a surprise for many users."
"There's lots to do. Stoke Bishop is quite far but fun. There are lots of nice cafés to go to and parks to explore. The place is very green."
"There are many cafés, restaurants and bars and the university buildings are really beautiful. The student accommodation is good but slightly expensive. The campus is very nice but is scattered in different places because it is a city university, not campus-based."
"Our location is in the city centre but Bristol isn't that big. The campus is big with lots of green areas and good facilities with lots of investment and building currently going on. My own experience has been that student accommodation is generally quite poor and there's not much of a community feeling. There's not much on during the day that doesn't involve having to spend money."
"The campus is lovely as it is all around the city rather than all being in one place. The facilities are okay but there was often a lack of space and you couldn't get a seat in the libraries. There is a lot to see and do because the city is big and culturally interesting and the uni buildings are integrated into the city."
"The university is located within the heart of Bristol and, as such, the overall experience is vibrant and fun. There are a lot of things to do that cater to everyone's likes and dislikes. Everything is within a short and walking distance, although it is notoriously hilly. The facilities are good in general and the Wills library is excellent as well as the physics and chemistry library. The ASS could be improved significantly and more spaces could be made available as it is almost impossible to obtain a seat during exam periods. The accommodation varies as it's good overall but overpriced for what it is and there is huge disparity in quality. Bristol is such a unique city that there is never a day when anyone would run out of things to do. Although it's a fairly small city compared to the likes of London, it is comprised of several different pockets and each area is quirky and eccentric."
"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."