Why study at Bristol

At Bristol you will study in a research-rich environment that will challenge and push you, learn from some of the best scholars in the world, and live in one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Europe.

A lively community of students

Much of student life revolves around the main University campus and Bristol Students' Union. You'll join a lively, close-knit community of students and have the opportunity to attend events and activities across the city.

The Students' Union offers more than 400 student clubs and societies including 70 sports clubs, giving you lots of opportunities to get involved and make friends.

Find out more about student life at Bristol

One of the most popular universities in the UK

Bristol is routinely ranked within the top 10 universities in the UK in the QS World University Rankings.

We welcome students and staff from more than 130 countries, creating a diverse and stimulating community. We have 150+ international exchange partners across the world.

Find out more about studying at Bristol through our Study Abroad programmes and Summer schools.


You will fall in love with the city

Named one of the UK’s top 3 creative and cultural cities (European Commission, 2019) Bristol is a diverse, vibrant capital that will quickly feel like home. 

In south-west England, just 90 minutes from London, Bristol offers more than 1,000 years of history to explore. A thriving urban centre, the city is packed with green spaces. The countryside and coast are easy to reach by bus, bike or car.

Find out more about the city

A map of Ireland and the United Kingdom, with markers showing the locations of Bristol and London. About Bristol

  • The largest city in the South West
  • Population of 465,900
  • 90 minutes from London
  • Easy access to nearby cities, beaches and rolling landscapes
  • Georgian architecture, colourful graffiti and harbourside living

About the University

student standing in front of a large wall mural and smiling. Study Abroad Guide

‌Download our Study Abroad Guide 2022/23 (PDF, 4,811kB) for students starting in autumn 2022 and spring 2023.

Download our Study Abroad Guide 2023/24 (PDF, 1,565kB) for students starting in autumn 2023 and spring 2024.

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