Life in Bristol

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Links to everything you need to know about Bristol.

Bristol is a cosmopolitan city. With a population of almost half a million it is the largest city in the South West, and the 8th largest city in the UK. It has a diverse and multi-ethnic population and is the home of many world-famous festivals and events.

It is 90 minutes from London with easy access to nearby cities, beaches and rolling landscape. It boasts a history of Georgian architecture, gritty graffiti and harbourside living

Bristol is a vibrant, friendly place to live. More detailed information can be found on the University's main pages  (

There are many things to see and do, please see for further details of attractions in the city and local area.

Living in Bristol

There are many different areas of Bristol each with their own character and community. Deciding where you want to live, or perhaps more importantly, where you don't want to live, is essential in narrowing down your property search.

Clifton, Cotham and Redland are all very close to the University campus but tend to be in high demand and more expensive due to the area and location.

There are lots of other areas that are within walking distance or have a good public transport route:

20 - 30 minute walk: City Centre / Harbourside / Spike Island / Wapping Wharf / Redcliffe
30 - 45 minute walk: St. Phillips / Totterdown / St. Jude's / St. Paul's / St. Werburgh's / St. Andrew's / Gloucester Road / Montpelier / Southville / Bedminster / Windmill Hill / Sneyd Park / Stoke Bishop
45 - 60 minute walk: Bishopston / Henleaze / Westbury-on-Trym / Horfield / Filton / Brislington

For more useful information see link:

Renting in Bristol

The following websites are helpful when commencing your search for accommodation in Bristol.  (some staff accommodation available) (inform them you are UOB staff)  (for short-term stays) (for short-term stay which includes discount for UoB staff, use code: UOBSTAFF ) (for short-term stays) (be mindful of scams if you choose to rent through this forum) (be mindful of scams if you choose to rent through this forum) 


The University organise an extensive programme of public events that you (and guests) are very welcome to attend. This is a good way to network with other members of staff at events that interest you.

In addition to this there are several clubs and societies open to University staff (

Sport in Bristol

Bristol is known for many professional sports teams and many active amateur sports clubs. The University of Bristol also boasts a performance squad.

The city celebrates two Football League clubs, Bristol City FC and Bristol Rovers FC as well as a Rugby League club, Bristol Rugby. Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby both host their games at Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol Rovers host their home games at the Memorial Stadium. Gloucestershire County Cricket Club also have their grounds in Bristol.

Bristol City Council operate a number of sports centres and swimming pools.   

Bristol also participates in the stages of the Tour of Britain cycle race and facilities in Bristol were used as training camps for the 2012 London Olympics.


There are many opportunities for volunteering in your free time, whether you (or your family) want to make a difference to the local community, learn new skills, meet new people, or just have fun.

You can find opportunities on these websites:

Places of Worship

Bristol is a multi-faith community and there are many places of worship close to the university and throughout the city.

Places of worship local to the University

Places of worship throughout the city

Reporting Crime

If you’ve been a victim of crime or have witnessed one you should report it straight away. 

In an emergency always dial 999. 

If you’ve been mugged, badly hurt, or attacked in any way, or if you’ve seen a serious crime being committed, then you should ring 999 as soon as possible.

If you want to report a minor crime call 101 or go to your local police station.

Use 101 for anything not requiring an emergency response e.g:

Refer to the Police UK website for further information on reporting crime including:


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