Favell House


Favell House is located in our city centre cluster of residences which together house over 2000 students, giving the area a real student friendly atmosphere. The vibrant centre of such a busy and lively place can be noisy at times but offers great opportunities for students who want to fully experience everything Bristol has to offer as a University and a city.The 2015 Whatuni survey of over 20,000 student crowned Bristol as the best city in the country. Favell will particularly suit students who are independently minded and keen to mix with a wider group. Favell House is just moments from both Waverley House and The Rackhay, and together these three Unite-owned properties make up our City Centre Riverside collection of residences offering around 550 undergraduate places in total. 

The building is owned by Unite and the University manages all pastoral, academic and social elements of the student experience - and ensures that students are provided with the same support network and social or sporting opportunities as in any other residence. This residence is exclusive to University of Bristol undergraduates of whom at least 95 per cent will be in their first year. Unite manage the facilities and repairs to the building.

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Accommodation details

  • Self-catered
  • Flats of 5 - 7 students
  • Owned by Unite Students
  • Student experience managed by the University of Bristol


  • Shared bathrooms - 5 bed flat 2 toilets and 1 shower, 6/7 bed flat 2 toilets and 2 showers
  • Kitchen/diner in each flat shared 5 - 7 students
  • Internet access in rooms (StudentCom) - WiFi
  • Bike storage
  • Launderette
  • All Riverside residents share a large common room in The Rackhay with pool table and table tennis, a small common room/music room in Waverley, a cinema room in The Rackhay and study areas in all three buildings.

Living at Favell House

Favell House is located on Bristol's beautiful and historic floating Harbourside. There is a selection of restaurants and shops on your doorstep and also a convenience store underneath the property. Favell House offers easy access to:

What they say

Favell House wasn't my first or second choice, but I'm glad I got placed here now I've settled in.

  • shopping, both in local high street shops and in Cabot Circus, Bristol’s award winning shopping centre,
  • theatre at Bristol’s Hippodrome for the big west-end shows, and at the renowned Bristol Old Vic, one of the UK's oldest theatres, for independent productions,
  • cinema at the Showcase (five screens) or Odeon (four screens),
  • a host of bars, restaurants and clubs.

Favell House shares a warden with the other riverside residences who is responsible for pastoral care for first year undergraduate students (freshers), supported by deputy wardens and senior residents. There are five live-in senior residents at Favell House who are on call to help with any issues that arise whether personal, social or academic.

The Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee is elected from the student residents in the first term and is a great way to get involved, organising balls, pub quizzes, evenings for overseas students, open mic nights, intramural sports, plays and whatever else you have the enthusiasm for. If do not have the time to organise events in hall, you can still benefit by joining in! The JCR are also the voice of the student residents on the Bar and Hall Committee where they can raise any issues of concern.


At a glance

Availability: In 2014 Favell House was under subscribed.

Facilities: Favell House has a foyer with television and sofas.

Distance to city: Based in the centre of town, on Bristol's historic Harbourside.

Quiet location: Being in the city centre, noise can be an issue for some students. However, noise levels are very much dependent on the people you live with.

Travel time to campus
Bus 10 mins (Wessex Red and First Group - Service 8/9)
Walking 19 mins (0.9 miles/1.4 km)
Cycling 10 mins (1 mile/1.6 km)

Rooms and rents

Tenancy: 43 weeks, 13 Sept 2015 - 10 July 2016. Tenancy covers the duration of the academic year.

Room fees 2015/16
Single no basin 125 £5,271 or £123/week
Single no basin 95 £5,514 or £128/week
Single no basin 14 £5,758 or £134/week
Total places 234

*Figures rounded to nearest pound. For exact figures see the full breakdown of fees and the additional costs that are payable.

Location and contact details

Acting warden: Rafik Mikhaiel
Student support administrator:
Yvonne Olver
City Centre Riverside website
 Favell House, Crow Lane, Bristol, BS1 1DQ


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