Why study in Bristol?
As you would expect, we love it here in Bristol, so we wanted to share some of our favourite places with you. Thanks to its incredibly diverse range of cultures, Bristol is filled with hidden gems, many of which we’re only just discovering ourselves!
We won’t spoil the surprise of unearthing your new future favourites, but we will point you in the right direction, and hopefully, give you a better idea of what it’s like to live here. Stokes Croft & Gloucester Road
Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road is the self-described ‘cultural quarter’ of Bristol. Packed full of bars, clubs, restaurants and caked in graffiti, it’s one of the first places you should check out for great music and to immerse yourself in the spirit of the city.
St Paul’s, St Werburghs & St Jude’s
St Paul’s, St Werburghs and St Jude’s straddle the city centre-end of the M32 and are all steeped in history and have some of the best venues in the city. St Paul’s, famous for its carnival, was the epicenter for Bristol’s long-standing relationship with reggae, dub, jungle and drum & bass and St Werburgh’s is an area synonymous with bohemia, hippies and the city farm.
Old Market and Redcliffe are two of the oldest areas in the city. Near to the centre, the areas include the historic Temple Meads train station as well as countless bars, restaurants and music venues.
Bedminster - affectionately called Bemmy (or Bemmie) but
never Bedmo - is the only area that we’ve highlighted that’s south of the river. A microcosm in itself, you can find everything you need in Bedminster, from excellent restaurants and bars to record shops, charity shops, theatres and more. Wapping Wharf & Spike Island
Wapping Wharf and Spike Island are two of the newest areas to be redeveloped in the city. It’s a vital connection between the centre and the south of Bristol, right by the harbour and connecting the city centre to Bedminster.
Head down to the harbourside on a hot summer day and you’ll see hoards of people sat by the edge of the water by the Arnolfini enjoying tinnies in the heat. But aside from that, there are tons of things to see and do at Bristol’s historic harbourside.
Park Street & Whiteladies Road
If you can stomach the steep hills, Park Street and Whiteladies Road have a huge amount to offer. Packed full of shops, areas to chill out and interesting pubs, it’s one of the most popular areas for students to hang out.
The well-to-do area of Bristol, comparing Clifton to Stokes Croft is like chalk and cheese. Even if you’re naturally drawn to the edgier parts of town, Clifton is a stunning place to walk around for a change of pace.
Right in the heart of Bristol is its Old City and Broadmead, the epicentre of the city, the shopping quarter but also, surprisingly, somewhere you can find some of the best clubs, event spaces and underground venues.
Near to St Paul’s Easton is another area of the city steeped in cultural heritage, with its own roots in the reggae and dub scenes. It also has one of the most ‘Bristol’ pubs in the city: The Plough. The nearby Church Road is one of the most up-and-coming areas in the city; bursting with new bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs.