School: University of Bristol
Location: Bristol, UK
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): £9,000 per year
Most Popular Majors: English, Geography, History, Law, Medicine
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 12% (5% for Medicine and Dentistry)
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Why Choose Bristol?
“There’s so much going on here – Bristol is known for being a culturally-rich city, the shopping’s great too and there are also plenty of beautiful green spaces.”
“The university has a great academic reputation and good connections, which means they host plenty of interesting talks and careers events.”
“[My department is] more welcoming than most big university departments at other universities”
“All of the interesting bits are within walking or cycling distance!”
“I love that the university is based within a city, but at the same time has a very definite campus area.”
“I've visited so many friends at different universities and it struck me how open Bristol students tend to be. Bristol students are a lot happier to meet new people and try out new things.”
“There are some amazing events on during the summer, such as the hot air balloon festival and the St. Paul’s Carnival. Most of the students clear out after exams, but they’re missing out on a lot!”
“The Careers Centre is fantastic. It’s never too early to familiarise yourself with it: go ask a question or pick up a leaflet or four. Even coming here makes you employable - Bristol came fifth in a recent survey of universities whose graduates are most sought by employers.”
"The festivals and music in Bristol are great. So are the people - you'll make friends for life."
"There are so many great shows and plays, plus plenty of guest lecturers and such. There is plenty to do in the university besides working, and everybody has a voice."
"There are absolutely always roadworks and building works going on."
“There’s definitely a lot of rain and the hills are steep and numerous, but it’s all good exercise!”
“The union could be more accessible”
“I think Bristol sometimes relies too much on its reputation”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Apparently more department-based activities have been added to next year’s Freshers’ Week timetable – this means new Freshers get to know their future classmates better”
“Freshers was great – and that’s coming from someone who was convinced they’d hate the whole “clubbing thing”. Everyone was so friendly and the halls put on a great programme of events. One tip I’d give is join your halls’ Facebook group as soon as you find out the accommodation you’ve been allocated. I didn’t know there was one, so missed out on vital fancy dress info and actually was too late to buy tickets to certain events that everyone already knew about.”
“You'll be bombarded with invites to themed bar crawls etc. in the run-up to freshers week, but don't feel the need to buy costumes in advance! You may just end up going out when your flatmates do."
"Geographers get a pre-sessional field trip right before Freshers Week which is fantastic bonding."
All About Academics
“There is a great academic atmosphere at the university where people are genuinely interested in their studies.”
“The workload is quite heavy but that’s exactly what I expected.”
“There are lots of university study spaces if you’re one of those people who just can’t concentrate in their room. You can even rent out a laptop for free at the Wills Law library, which is a really useful service”
“Lecturers and seminar leaders have set office hours, which you can use to go and see them about a particular piece of work, or anything really.”
Learn From The Best
“Nils Langer from the German department has an infectious enthusiasm and can make anybody love linguistics. Plus he sometimes brings his dachshund Daphne to class…”
“We all love Dr. Paco Romero Salvado, one of our Campus Cuties!”
“I have really enjoyed my units this year – they have included French cinema from the 1900s to the New Wave, an Introduction to Linguistics, Women’s Writing in Post-War Spain and French Renaissance literature. We have a good mixture of lectures and seminars for each and I can honestly say the teaching has been great; I’ve learnt a lot.”
“I like Dr. Shelley Halles in the classics department; she does the art and architecture lectures”
Interests & Involvement
“There are so many projects and opportunities throughout the city.”
“Getting involved in a more academic society has a lot of benefits, it might not be sporty but you get a real sense of community and you all share the same interest. Try taking on a role in a committee, organising events and trips is so rewarding.”
“There are loads of volunteering opportunities and worthwhile societies to get involved in. You can sign up to get newsletters from the Bristol Hub and RAG, which keep you up to date on what’s going on. There are also a lot of charity shops in Bristol, and they can always do with volunteers.”
“UBES (expedition society) is really active and a great shout whether you're a hardcore climber or you just want a weekend getaway. It has a great spirit of camaraderie and lots of socials, like pancake nights and ceilidhs."
“There is a great rivalry between clubs, but also examples of clubs combining forces for joint weekends away.”
“Although I don’t do sports myself I get the impression that we do have a very strong team spirit and that there is a lot of support for sporting members.”
“There’s a lot of sport going on at Bristol- mostly on a Wednesday afternoon. You’re bound to find one that matches your interests – whether it’s a more traditional team sport, or something new like Ultimate Frisbee!”
"There aren't 'jocks' or sporty cliques at Bristol. We do pretty well at Varsity and this year we competed in over 20 sports, even Pole Fitness. The ski trip is also a pretty big deal."
“I study languages, which is very girl-dominated. Female students actually slightly outnumber the boys at Bristol, and at the moment we have more female officers in the SU than male. There’s also a feminist society which is very popular and vocal, and they have their own publication. As of this year, we also have Her Campus too, of course, which is all about the girls, though we have male writers too!”
“There is far less lad culture to be found than at other universities.”
“Most of my lecturers are strong feminists and are always reminding us to make the best of our university experience so that we may leave university as strong and capable women.”
"While many girls here do look as though they have a 'uniform', Bristol is a great place for self-expression because of how open-minded the city is. You can wear whatever you want. On nights out, it's practically unheard of to wear heels and many people wear little makeup. I love it."
Food & Drink
“There aren’t many exciting options actually in the university, but there’s plenty on Whiteladies Road and The Triangle. I like Boston Tea Party, Friska and Chickpea. Go to The Cowshed when your parents visit!”
“I was self-catered in first year, so I can’t really comment on halls food, but we have plenty of wonderful restaurants in Bristol- shout out to Gas n Co, Rocotillos, The Cowshed, Moreish and Hotel du Vin – there’s something for every budget there!”
“Even at the end of second year, there are still restaurants and cafes I still haven’t been to! It’s so hard to choose between them all!”
“I recommend The Lido, Cox and Baloney, Boston Tea Party, Las Iguanas Cocina, Deco Lounge and Chickpea.”
"Bristol has some very cool and quirky bars. I like Red Light, Hyde & Co, Papaji's and Goldbrick House."
“The most popular night is definitely Bunker Mondays. You’ll find people from every year there.”
“Lizard Lounge is my favourite place to go clubbing, mainly because it's so cheesy and you always end up bumping into people you know.”
“Weekends can feel a little boring on the nightlife front when you’re in halls, but it picks up in second year! I’ve been to some good house parties but we also like to drink at ours now that we have a place to ourselves.”
“I don’t go out on the weekends really, I wouldn’t know where to go on a Saturday. This year we’ve tried to try out new clubs and nights we might not have in first year.”
“Clubbing is pretty fun in Bristol – in first year it’s all about the Triangle (an area with shops, restaurants and clubs) and then everyone gets a bit edgier in second year and ventures down to Stokes Croft! There are also some great cocktail bars and music venues such as the Fleece.”
“Don’t discount Stoke Bishop halls just because they’re far away – they have a brilliant social scene. Also, apply to work in your hall bar. There’s an impressive rate of pay and you get to know so many people.”
“I was in Goldney which was self-catered and had a great time. I liked the freedom of being able to cook what I wanted when I wanted and my kitchen had been refurbished that year so was pretty swanky. Also the fact we have a big kitchen makes pre drinks way easier then catered halls! There was a really good hall spirit at Goldney, we had a play, two formals, an easter egg hunt and various open mic, comedy and magic nights at our bar where the drinks were cheap! So there was always a chance to socialise with people from outside your block.We also had the gorgeous gardens which were FAB in Summer to revise/pretend to revise but really just sunbathe in.”
“I was really lucky in first year as I ended up with one of the two big rooms in our 8-person flat. We had two shower rooms and a separate bath, and there was never a problem with queueing in the mornings.”
“It might not have the traditional aspect, but living in the City Centre has a lot of advantages- no taxis, no buses, just walk straight to the club as late as you like (within reason!).”
“There are so many independent shops, and cafes, and going to St. Nick’s Market, Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road is always fun. Obviously going down to the suspension bridge is a must!”
“I would really recommend being a tourist in Bristol during your first year – I went to the Zoo, the Aquarium, the Museum and Art Gallery, Ashton Court, and Cabot Tower, as well as just generally exploring the city – there’s some great street art around, including a couple of Banksy’s of course!”
“There's the Downs where loads of people have BBQs on in the summer. But there's also a great walk from the Downs to the Clifton Suspension bridge that takes you round the valley and gives you some great views. Across the bridge is Ashton Courts which is another lovely place to go grab and ice cream in the summer and appreciate the view of Bristol it offers.”
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