University of Bristol

Bristol | South West England

Political Diverse local nightlife City Campus

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)
    • Academic Experience

      There are lots of contact hours, but if you make the most of them you can get through the first year without much hassle

      2013, 1st year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Everyday expenses

      Bristol is expensive. Especially as all the supermarkets are Sainsburys. Pay attention to your bank balance.

      2012, 1st year, Geology

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    • Academic Experience

      I have a very small amount of contact hours, as many Faculty of Arts students do, but this is fitting for the large amount of...

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      2013, 1st year, Historical & Philosophical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      I have a very small amount of contact hours, as many Faculty of Arts students do, but this is fitting for the large amount of reading and additional research I have to do. In addition, large amounts of information is packed into a small amount of hours, making the lectures and seminars interesting and well worth attending - with the exception of one unit, which is an utter waste of time but which I believe is being significantly altered within the next few years. The content of the course is varied and well-ranging and allows students to find their niche as early as first year which is very useful. All the professors are very interesting and also very supportive - I got on well with my personal tutor and all the feedback he gave me was very constructive, helpful and friendly, and I felt like I would be comfortable going to him if I had a problem. The workload (4 essays and 4 exams in first year) was manageable but of course did require a lot of time, as befits a university course - it is a good lesson in time management. The History of Art facilities are good, with the library stocking a large number of books and the study centre in the faculty very useful too.

      2013, 1st year, Historical & Philosophical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Many of the lecturers are involved in current research which gives them particular insight into the area beyond the core...

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      2012, 1st year, Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry

      The upside

      Many of the lecturers are involved in current research which gives them particular insight into the area beyond the core material, and also shows in their enthusiasm and passion for their specific area, which often rubs off onto the students. Hall life is much better than I expected, with so much to be involved in, and a real community feel to the place, I love it!

      2012, 1st year, Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry

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    • The downside

      Pastral support within the vet school.

      2012, 4th year, Pre Clinical Veterinary Medicine

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    • The downside

      Whilst there is a wide range of societies, they are not necessarily the friendliest and many feel quite exclusive and not that...

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      2013, 1st year, Historical & Philosophical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      The downside

      Whilst there is a wide range of societies, they are not necessarily the friendliest and many feel quite exclusive and not that welcoming to freshers. Also the union is rubbish, they couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery and generally the halls (with tiny budgets and even smaller committees) put on better events than they do. For example the famously brilliant Goldney Ball had to be cancelled this year because of poor ticket sales due to the totally spontaneous union ball which in fact turned out to be crap.

      2013, 1st year, Historical & Philosophical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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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.

Varied union activities

65%

MED

Creative

58%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

88%

HIGH

Political

60%

HIGH

Sporty

68%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £23k HIGH
Student score 78% MED

Overall student satisfaction

84%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

19,470

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

72%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

9%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

53%

of students are female

Young / Mature

8%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

23%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

40%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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