Bristol, University of the West of England
Bristol | South West England
Ucas code: B80
What students say about this university1237 comments (307 students)
There are comfy sofas to sit on between lectures if you're lucky, at lunchtimes it's difficult to get one! The bars are cheap...
There are comfy sofas to sit on between lectures if you're lucky, at lunchtimes it's difficult to get one! The bars are cheap but smell like stale alcohol. The food is nice but surprisingly expensive. The campus, where many students live is very far away from the town. You have to drive or take the bus. Many students found this misleading.×
University is far from city and takes a while to get to, have to use public transport or drive.Report
The library is very useful, the floors are split into sections depending on how best you work, there are silent floors (for...
The library is very useful, the floors are split into sections depending on how best you work, there are silent floors (for those who prefer to work in quiet atmospheres), floors where you can work on your own but not have to worry too much about working in complete silence, and group floors that have bookable computers for group work.×
Although the Frenchay accommodation may not seem the prettiest ever, particularly when being compared with the colleges in...
Although the Frenchay accommodation may not seem the prettiest ever, particularly when being compared with the colleges in Oxford for instance, but it is hugely convenient given that it is on the main campus and the rooms are of a decent size. I think it is quite expensive but most of the accommodation seemed expensive to me. The Hollies is close to Glenside campus so is useful for Health and Life Science students but I mostly heard bad things about loud parties (great if you're into it, not so much if you have coursework to do or have had a long day!) and there were frequently broken facilities such as the internet which were not fixed quickly and little communication was made by Accommodation Services. Unite Housing in the centre of Bristol is not as convenient as living on campuses but if you get a 14 bus or a 12 (NOT a 13!) you can be guaranteed regular, speedy travel between your flat and your lectures. The rooms are decent and being in the centre of the city is a great opportunity for going out and exploring all the different clubs, cafes, parks and more. St Matthias is where I've lived and I've hated it. However, most of the other residents seemed to love being there. I chose it because it was beautiful, small and had a college-like feel. I hoped that it would be quiet because it was small, and that I would be able to develop good friendships with my flatmates, and I liked that it was an arts-based campus so I would increase my opportunity to socialise with students other than those on my course. The size of the halls made no difference to how noisy it was given how inconsiderate my flatmates were and how disinterested the wardens and accommodation services were to get involved when I had been kept up for weeks on end during an intense coursework period. The buildings are not those advertised for the St Matts campus, and though I was pleased with the size of my room and having an en suite, I found I was constantly cold because of the single-glazed windows and poor heating. The internet would frequently stop working and we would be given no communication as to when it would be available again. It was also HUGELY inconvenient to get to Frenchay campus for my lectures and labs because the number 13 bus is either late, doesn't show up, or shows up full and doesn't let you on. Based on my accommodation, I would have said that I had one of the worst first years at university possible, but the great features of my course, the other friends I made, and the opportunities provided by staff and the students' union, and available in Bristol, meant that I have managed to enjoy it thoroughly.×
Some fantastic staff make it bearable. Most modules are very poorly thought out, disorganised, no communication between modules...
Some fantastic staff make it bearable. Most modules are very poorly thought out, disorganised, no communication between modules with deadlines etc. A lot of unnecessary laboratory sessions.×
Within walking distance if you're looking for a lively atmospheric off campus bar/club/pub you won't find it. You can find...
Within walking distance if you're looking for a lively atmospheric off campus bar/club/pub you won't find it. You can find quiet pubs within this distance. There's the Student Union bar, which holds cheap drinking nights. Alternatively, catch a bus into the city centre and you'll find a diverse range within the nightlife - enough to suit everyone's needs and wants. There are often deals and promotions that can be accessed on campus for a few of the more popular night clubs in the city centre.×
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction87%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students26,670
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate78%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time24%
of students are part-time
Male / Female56%
of students are female
Young / Mature20%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK13%
of students here are from outside the UK
Student union satisfaction72%
of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union
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