University of Bristol

Bristol | South West England

Political Diverse local nightlife Campus City

Ucas code: B78

The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 907 comments (246 students)
    • Everyday expenses

      As Bristol University is a precinct, it is fairly easy to have a wander and find something cheap to eat. Most of the uni's...

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      2013, 3rd year, Experimental Psychology

      Everyday expenses

      As Bristol University is a precinct, it is fairly easy to have a wander and find something cheap to eat. Most of the uni's places to eat are expensive, being run by private companies, but there are supermarkets and cheap pubs an easy walk away. As walking or cycling is the main form of transport, transport costs should be quite low, except for a few potential costs - bike theft is very common, so get a decent lock and also insurance if your bike is expensive. If you have a car, residential parking schemes are in place in the central area, Kingsdown and Cotham, with many more to be rolled out in 2014. These are reasonably priced, but are something to be aware of. Travelling locally by bus is expensive - the main bus company recently had a fare review, but I don't yet know the results of this - though the student/tourist bus route of the 8/9 is much cheaper. Local trains are cheap and a good way to get to Temple Meads. Being a city, there are many opportunities for part-time work, within the hours recommended by the uni. If you are under 21 and get a retail job in a major chain, I would also be surprised if you weren't paid above minimum wage - both the jobs I had paid well. One thing to be aware of is the limited range of supermarkets available by foot from studenty areas - Sainsbury's or Sainsbury's. If you're lucky, you may live near a Tesco, or even the 24 hour ASDA, but if not, you will end up paying more for your weekly food shop.

      2013, 3rd year, Experimental Psychology

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    • The upside

      Excellent lab facilities and information beforehand on how to use the equipment and do experiment

      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

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    • The downside

      Labs are often pretty repetitive, and can be too rushed to really take in what I'm doing. The preparation for them and feedback...

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      2012, 1st year, Medical Biochemistry

      The downside

      Labs are often pretty repetitive, and can be too rushed to really take in what I'm doing. The preparation for them and feedback isn't great, especially for pharmacology.

      2012, 1st year, Medical Biochemistry

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    • The downside

      Maybe could have a better social events organised by the university.

      2013, 2nd year, Biology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The downside

      Performing opportunities. Prices lowered

      2012, 2nd year, Physiology

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    • The upside

      Lecturers are at the forefront of their academic field, and this is reflected in their teaching. Academic staff are always...

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      2012, 2nd year, Social Policy

      The upside

      Lecturers are at the forefront of their academic field, and this is reflected in their teaching. Academic staff are always happy to talk to you about your own academic interests and progress, as long as you take the time to talk to them.

      2012, 2nd year, Social Policy

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Diverse local nightlife

88%

HIGH

Varied union activities

65%

MED

Political

60%

HIGH

Creative

58%

MED

Sporty

68%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score 78% MED
% of graduates in work or further study 95% HIGH
Average graduate salary £23.2k HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

84%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

20,155

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

72%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

17%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

53%

of students are female

Young / Mature

27%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

20%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

40%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

University images

  • Students relaxing outside

    Students relaxing outside

  • Students rowing

    Students rowing

  • Victoria Rooms

    Victoria Rooms

  • Students in a lecture

    Students in a lecture

  • Willis Hall accommodation

    Willis Hall accommodation

  • Studying in the library

    Studying in the library

  • Orchestra

    Orchestra

  • Student union bar

    Student union bar

  • Park Street, Bristol

    Park Street, Bristol

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