Nelson House


Nelson House forms part of our Student Houses collection of residences along with properties around the city centre and University campus. Nelson House is close to other residences in the city centre, this gives the area a student friendly atmosphere.

The vibrant centre of such a busy and lively place can be noisy at times, but it 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 students crowned Bristol as the best city in the country.

Nelson House will particularly suit students who are independently minded and keen to mix with a wider group.

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In 2014/15 students at Nelson House experienced considerable disturbance from building works next door. Whilst the noisiest work will be completed by September 2015, the building noise from remaining work is likely to continue into 2016 and will affect students in rooms adjacent to the building site.

Accommodation details

  • Self-catered
  • Flat of 5 - 6 students
  • Owned by Unite Students
  • Student experience managed by the University of Bristol


  • Shared shower, basin and toilets in each flat
  • Kitchen/diner in each flat
  • Internet access in rooms (StudentCom)
  • Common Room
  • Bike storage
  • Launderette

Living at Nelson House

Nelson House is located in the heart of Bristol, just 2-3 minutes walk from the main shopping areas and at the very heart of Bristol's world-famous street art scene, where the buildings (including Nelson House) have been transformed into huge canvases.

Nelson House was refurbished in 2013, with the addition of a large common room and courtyard area on the ground floor of the property. These facilities, and the rest of the ground floor area, are shared between University of Bristol students and the UWE students living in the neighbouring building (Drake House). Within the flats, the refurbished rooms have been finished to a high specification, with modern fitted kitchens and spacious, well-equipped bedrooms.

Living at Nelson House gives you the opportunity to make the most of the vibrant city life and gives you easy access on foot to:

  • shops from Harvey Nichols to Wilkinsons,
  • theatre at Bristol’s Hippodrome for the big west-end shows, and at the renowned Bristol Old Vic for independent productions,
  • cinema at the Showcase Cinema de Lux (13 screens), Odeon (three screens), or Watershed (three screens),
  • world class galleries, museums, exhibitions and art spaces,
  • live music venues from the Colston Hall to the O2 Academy,
  • a host of bars, restaurants and clubs.

Nelson House has a warden and deputy wardens who are responsible for pastoral care for first-year undergraduate students (freshers). They are supported by senior residents who live at Nelson House and 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 you 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 Hall Advisory Committee where they can raise any issues of concern.


At a glance

Availability: In 2014 there were two applications to every bed space available.

Facilities: Nelson House has a spacious common room with pool table, table tennis and a gaming area, a study room and outdoor courtyard.

Distance to city: Based right in the heart of the city centre.

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 5 mins (Wessex Red and First Group - Service 8/9)
Walking 16 mins (0.7 miles/1.2 km)
Cycling 10 mins (0.9 miles/1.4 km)

Rooms and rents

Tenancy: 43 weeks, 12 Sept 2015 - 9 July 2016. Tenancy covers the duration of the academic year.

Room fees 2015/16
Single no basin 178 £5,514 or £128/week
Total places 178

*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

Warden: Steve Bullock
Student support administrator: Emma Keen
Tel:+44 (0) 117 331 0509
Address: Nelson House, Rupert Street, BS1 2PZ

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