Getting to graduation

Getting to the University

Graduation is a very busy time of year and there may be congestion in and around the city. In order to ease traffic levels, and in line with our Climate Emergency announcement we strongly recommend public transport.

Find out how to get to the University by train, bus, coach, car or plane. If you have to come by car, there are park and ride options.

Venue information

Wills Memorial Building

The graduation ceremony takes place in the Wills Memorial Building

There is a gown drop-off point on the ground floor.

Find out about access information for Wills Memorial Building.

Richmond Building (The Students' Union)

Ticket and gown collection takes place in the Richmond Building

You can also find the official photography and merchandise stalls, gown drop-off point and live screening

Find out about access information for the Richmond Building.


It takes about 15 minutes to walk between these two locations. It is a downhill walk from the Richmond Building to the Wills Memorial Building. 

The areas around these buildings will be very busy, so you should take this into consideration.

Disabled parking

There is no general car parking on the University precinct. However, there is designated parking available if you have a blue badge. You must book disabled parking with the graduation team

Staying in Bristol

If you need to stay overnight in Bristol, we recommend you contact Bristol Tourist Information Centre or search for accommodation at Visit Bristol.

Bags and luggage

You will not be able to bring in luggage or large bags to the ceremony. We recommend you travel light or leave your luggage at your place of accommodation. Any small bag you do bring in may be subject to a search for security reasons. 

There are left-luggage facilities available in the city if you need to store items. Options include:

Neither of these options are very close to the University. The amount of storage available at each may be limited. We recommend calling on the day to check there is space for your item(s).


Can't make it?

If you are no longer able to attend the day, or if you become delayed on your journey and you think you might be late, contact us as soon as possible.

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