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Bristol is a great city, small and personal so there's a sense of community but there is also the feeling of "big city living".

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By yalikejazz?
On 2nd August 20

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Bristol is a great city, small and personal so there's a sense of community but there is also the feeling of "big city living".

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By yalikejazz?
On 2nd August 20

Living in Bristol

Bristol is essentially one long hill that starts up around Clifton Downs and runs down into the city before heading back up again.  Nice and simple.  There are two universities based in Bristol; the University of the West of England (UWE) and Bristol University. 

Most of Bristol isn’t too steep (except for St Michael’s and the well-named Constitution Hill, rumoured to be the steepest bit of road in the country. Only brave cars go up/down it, and the occasional mad roller-blader), and anyway, walking up hills is good for you! The Avon Gorge slices through the city with the river at the bottom, and now and then fearless souls zip-wire across the 80m drop, usually for charity.

Naturally Bristol's universities have a historic rivalry. However one thing they both have in common is a love of the Whiteladies Bar Crawl. Locals recommend starting at the Kersey Lilly, at the top of Whiteladies road, and heading down it until you reach The Vittoria.

If you’re not up for a bar crawl the Orpheus Cinema, right by the Downs, shows all the big films and sells student tickets for under £4 (don’t forget your NUS card), and the Cube is a little independent place in town with a unique atmosphere and a really quirky line-up of movies. Bristol has a number of free museums and galleries that you could literally spend all day exploring – we know, we’ve done it! Favourites include the M Shed, which tracks the history of Bristol using a lot of hands-on exhibits and some rather amazing historical hats to try on, and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery where you can see the skeleton of a 10ft tall prehistoric moose and an entire room full of stuffed animals, including a gorilla called Albert who used to live in Bristol Zoo.

Of course half the time you won’t even need to go indoors to see great art. Recently Bristol has become known for the work of one man in particular; the anonymous graffiti artist Banksy. Rather than scrub the walls clean, the city has really made the most of this and actually designated walls to have street art on them, making just walking round Bristol a surprising and enjoyable experience. There’s even a little Banksy Tour you can do, taking you on a short trip round his work in Bristol.

At the top of Whiteladies Road you’ll find Clifton and then Durdham Downs. Up above the main part of the city, and with their stunning views of the gorge, The Downs area is a welcome break from the bustle of central Bristol. If you’re around in the summer you’ll be able to come up here when the weather’s good and watch a stream of hot air balloons lift off from the International Balloon Fiesta.  But even if you aren’t The Downs are permanently open to the public. This makes them ideal for everything from jogging and horse-back riding to bird watching and romantic walks overlooking the lights of Bristol.

Nightlife:

As a student you’ll probably start your stay at Bristol in The Triangle area, very near Whiteladies road. It’s aimed at you guys with clubs like The Bunker and Lizard Lounge being particularly popular.

Once you’ve found your feet head out towards Park Street and then the Harbourside. There’s a range of clubs including Thekla and Syndicate for mainstream dance tracks, and then The Fleece, The Croft and Mr Wolf’s which have a range of alternative, rock and live music

If you get lost on the way home, or just can’t manage that hill in your heels, the Yellow Cab Company can give you a ride.

Food/Drink:

Pieminister: Founded by Bristolians and scoffed by Bristolians, these connoisseurs of pie and mash could not be more West Country flavoured if they tried.

St Nicholas Market: There is almost always some kind of market happening here, with food stalls offering tasty munchables. And while you’re there, pop into the Rolls Royce veggie-friendly café and grab something for that herbivorous house-mate of yours.

Miss Millie’s: Another Bristol special, Miss Millie’s is a local alternative to the bland beigeness of some other chicken fast food outlets who shall remain nameless. Isn’t that right, Kentucky Colonel?

 


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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd August 20

Bristol is a great city, small and personal so there's a sense of community but there is also the feeling of "big city living".

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th July 20

bristol is calm safe nice n bless , got mugged the other day though which is peak so still watch out yano

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th July 20

Great place to live, but can be pricy

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd June 20

Bristol isn't too bad in terms of cost, there's a lot of good deals and opportunities for students. There's plenty of places to eat or spend a night out all days of the week. Shopping experience is really nice, especially around Cabot circus! For first years, some bus lines are free which is convenient. Otherwise there's plenty of buses around the city to go anywere easily!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 19th June 20

Amazing city with lots to offer: museums, art (including lots of street art and exhibitions), a broad music scene, and positive feel.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th June 20

It is expensive live in Bristol

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th June 20

Very expensive town to live, but you will have plenty things to do there

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th June 20

Living cost here are incredibly low, things are cheap here! And the weather is suitable at most of the time. I also think Bristol is the most friendly, harmonious city in the UK.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 15th June 20

In Bristol public transport os quote bad, Walking/ curling everywhere is easier and better

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th June 20

The vibe in Bristol is very creative and interesting. If you love graffiti, you will definitely love this city.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th June 20

Beautiful city with history and lovely people. Living costs relatively high, however

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th June 20

It a small but nice town. It is relatively safe and has a lots of amzaing views of points!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th June 20

Bristol is a very student friendly city.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th June 20
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th June 20

Bristol is a beautiful city with friendly people.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 4th June 20

It’s quite expensive living in Bristol but it has so many stores :)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th June 20

Bristol is a beautiful city, but be aware of how expensive it can be, particularly when it comes to food and drinks. Take advantage of buses and the train station. Learn which areas are safe and unsafe, especially when/if out at night.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th June 20

Convenient to go everywhere by walking

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th June 20

I like Bristol quite a lot

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th June 20

Safe and convenient

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th June 20

The scenery is fantastic and transport is conveinent

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th June 20

Buses might not be the most reliable but they go everywhere. Amazing bars, clubs, and places to eat out, spoilt for choice. Cost of living is avarage, you get your Aldi and Lidl soo it works out

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd June 20

The best part about Bristol is well, Bristol. It's such a cool place with loads going on, and if you stay past term time you'll realise the locals are lovely and very welcoming. Students are the worst bit about the city. It's a great place with loads of character, make sure to get out and walk it.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd June 20

Buses are regular and cheap. Prices are reasonable from shops, with a large variety of shops throughout with

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st June 20

wonderful place and warm-heart people

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 19th May 20

Bristol is a wonderful place to live! And exciting environment where everything is on your doorstep.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th May 20

Bristol is an amazing place to live with so many things to do no matter what your interests may be.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 18th May 20

Bristol is a place I will forever hold in my heart. With plenty of things to do during the day and night, Bristol always seems to be alive. Great music scene, great shops, great clubs, and great museums too!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th May 20

Great place to live. My halls were in the city centre (Waverley House, Riverside) so I was pretty much in the middle of it all. Loads of places to go for a night out and the music scene is really good. Cabot Circus is really close if you're in the city centre, and Broadmead has loads of shops. Big ASDA is a 15 min walk away and there's a Tesco Metro in the city centre too. Loads of independent cafe's and places to eat out, especially round the harbour area.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 20

get a bike and go vegan

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th April 20

Bristol is definitely astounding for its natural views, especially the harbour side, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys living by the water.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd March 20

whole city is really nice

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st March 20

People here love pubs and if you live in the city center, it would be too noisy.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 20

I've always loved Bristol, having lived less than an hour away for most of my life, but visiting doesn't compare to living here. There's always so much to do and see, and after over a year and a half since I moved here I still have a long list to work through (which is constantly growing). It's a city that is dynamic, creative, and welcoming.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 20

I like this city, environment and people are both friendly

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 20

Bristol is an extraordinary city. It is big and small at the same time. Bristol is brightful, colorful, vivid. It is almost impossible to get bored here. Amazing night life, cuisine for all the prefernces and tastes. I felt in lovw with Bristol so I decided to stay after my course.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th March 20

Bristol is a good city to city and the cost of living is not as expensive as other cities in the Uk and the public transport much good with the metro bus takes you straight to university

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 20

Bristol is a great city. It is not too large and still has everything a city has to offer: museums, graffiti, independent shops, and great music scene. And much more

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th March 20

The location is nice,but a little bit not so convenient in shopping

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th March 20

Small enough city that you can get everywhere by walking, but night life is repetitive and venues are too large to be sustained by a small population. Public transport relies on buses which are moderately reliable. The introduction of the new Metrobus system has greatly improved efficiency and connectivity.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th March 20

Very good overall

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 18th March 20

Nothing Additional .

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 18th March 20

nice place to meet my love of life!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 18th March 20

A very vibrant and lively city to live in

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th March 20

One of the best cities for a young person to live in

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 18th March 20

An amazing place to live.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th March 20

The buses often don't arrive on time

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th March 20

Very expensive city basically London prices, but culturally amazing. A lot to do, good nightlife very diverse, Really good shops in the city centre and buses generally frequent and good value for money

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th March 20

Buses are a bit late and sometimes some areas are full of rubbish, but overall good vibe

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th March 20

The life in Bristol is convenient. There are a lot of restaurants, market around the city center.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th March 20

Lots available around the area. Housing is super expensive.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th March 20

The buses are slow, and the accommodation is much more expensive than other cities.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th March 20

Live in Bristol is too expensive and there are less seafood markets

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th March 20

Nice city, convenient

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th March 20

The city of Bristol is very beautiful and comfortable to live in. I feel safe and happy here

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 4th March 20

Bristol is a very nice and artsy city, but the buses here are inconsistent with buses not showing up at all sometimes.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th March 20

Nice, small and safe. I could walk alone outside at night.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th March 20

Bristol is a very good city for students

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th March 20

Bristol will be enjoyable for a particular type of person. Hopefully you’re that type of person or else this will not be enjoyable.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th March 20

So many restaurants and places to pick from. It can get really boring in the summer as everyone ghosts the city. Everywhere is bubbling for the St. Paul’s carnival and all. The one bad thing is the amount of late buses but it has improved this year.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th March 20

Bristol is a romantic and literary seaport and I love the environment. Easy transportation and fun graffiti

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th March 20

I enjoy the life in bristol. The view of the city is beautiful. The people live here are very kind.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th March 20

lovely people and many interesting thing deserve to explore.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 28th February 20

So easy to get around and there is plenty to do

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th February 20

Bit on the pricy side! Not as expensive as Bath or London, but definitely one of the more expensive cities to live in. Great music and entertainment scene.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th February 20

BRISTOL IS THE PLACE TO BE! love love love it! It has everything and I mean everything from things to do, to places to eat and even nights out.... such a good city for nights out.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 19th February 20

Affordable pints. Occasionally nice architecture. Good vibes. Uphill :(

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 19th February 20

Housing is expensive but the city is super easy to get around and has great places to eat and shop.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 19th February 20

The city is amazing!! Love it so much. So many places to eat, shop and go for a night out

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 19th February 20

Cheaper than London

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 19th February 20

Great city full of life, music round every corner! Great shopping centres and a really welcoming community

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th February 20

Best student city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st January 20

Great and vibrant city. Love it

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th January 20

Beautiful place, joyful vibe

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th January 20

Fast and cheap transport, rest is expensive

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th January 20

Great food! They could be pretty expensive though.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 19th January 20

Bristol's a great city. There's literally something for everyone (but be ready for bus drivers to constantly drive past you, I think they think its fun).

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 5th January 20

I love it here!! Many people say it’s expensive compared to wales or up north however I come from Cambridge and prices of living are very similar here as to what they are around that area. Cheaper than London

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th December 19

great great great great great great great great

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th December 19

Ideal city for people who don't want to be confined in a campus yet are not into living in a chaotic big city. Perfect student life!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th December 19

Expensive!!!!!!!!!!! But worth it

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd December 19

very steep hills

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd December 19

Great for a night out, but very expensive

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd December 19

Not a lot of places that can boast of safety as well as ease of good living.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd December 19

Pahaha who's eating out and shopping as a student not me

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 29th November 19
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 20th November 19

Transport is shocking, make use of Uber. Great nights out.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th November 19

An incredible living destination

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th November 19

Price of shopping and eating out is manageable however it is not the price of the food etc that's is the problem, it is the problem of not receiving enough in grants/loans. Rent is expensive however not extortionate and transport is always quite busy however not expensive relatively.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th November 19

There is a lot to do in the city centre as well as cabkt

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 3rd November 19
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th October 19

Bristol is my new favourite city

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th October 19

Despite the main campus being situated outside of Bristol, UWE is a very Bristol-based university. Transport to and from the city is frequent and generally reliable, giving students more choice and freedom for inner-city shopping, nights out, and eating out.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th October 19

Bristol is diverse and full of culture. A wonderful place for artistic students, particularly for animators and the musically talented

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th October 19

Pricey but not extravagant. Multitude of different places to eat from a spoons to Lebanese and Greek. Again Bristol is for you.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th October 19

An amazing, beautiful, cool city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st October 19

awesome place -full of life and cool peeps

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th September 19

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd September 19

Bristol's one of the best cities in the UK. Almost impossible to fault, coming as a londoner I can see that bristol is all the best parts of london in a smaller and friendlier space. Very trndy and although not cheap, variety, art, firnedliness and culture make up for it.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th September 19

Lovely city

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th September 19

Expensive to live down south, definitely contentious to students with lower loans like myself, but job opportunities are generally good if you don’t mind working part time and the night life is incredible, bus’ go back up to campus and main area’s of Bristol until 4am or 24/7 often.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th August 19

Great student offers on a range of different shops/restaurants. Lovely city to study and live in.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 28th July 15

Great nightlife and social things to do

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Greatest city in the UK

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th July 15

Hipsters. Hipsters and hippies everywhere

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th April 15

The buses are unreliable but there's good campus to town connections in theory, good choice of train stations for different destinations

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Cost of living is pretty expensive. If you want to eat out there are some fantastic restaurants, and nights out are pretty decent, you just have t make sure you're going to the right places on the right nights. Shopping is awesome.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Expensive to live central to be close to UoB and the shops, clubs etc. Worth it though

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Wessex are s*** .

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Best decision I ever made was moving here.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Buses are useless but the city itself is perfect!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd April 15

VERY EXPENSIVE ON A BASIC STUDENT LOAN. My family only just come into the bracket where you can only get the basic loan of £3,300 a year - I can't even cover my accommodation on it. Nights out are good and varied, the house scene is also really good. A little druggy, but you can easily avoid it if you want. Dinner out is always good fun, there are student deals in almost every place you go to. Buses can get kind of expensive, and around rush hour in the centre it's often quicker to walk anyway.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Omg I Love Bristol. So much better than a campus life. But rather expensive.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

Bristol's such a lovely city to live! It's got so much variety - from your normal shopping centre (cabot circus) to the harbourside, park stree, clifton village, the downs, the suspension bridge, Gloucester road and Stokes croft. It's not too big either, but still plenty to see and do! It's quite expensive, but I guess it's in the south anyway, and it's still a lot cheaper than London and the SE. There's always a lot of things going on, and there's a lot of things targeted at students too :) There's plenty of bars and clubs to suit all tastes, and loads of restaurents and stuff too :) I'm from Birmingham and honestly it is sooo muh better! Despite being smaller, there's so much more to see and do compared to Birmingham, which with the exception of a couple of parts of the centre, is just a big, dirty city. Bristol is so much nicer and more exciting!

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Student Review: 4 /5
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Student Review: 4 /5
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Student Review: 4 /5
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
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