Current international students

Staying in Bristol over Christmas?

If you are staying in Bristol over throughout December you are not alone, whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

Check the SU website for a list of events and the ResiLife Facebook group for those staying over the break. Events are open to all students and highlights include: 

If you are looking for a place to relax and get a cup of tea or coffee, the lounge at BISC (Bristol International Student Centre) is open until 20th December. 

The Visit Bristol webpage also has a list of events and activities happening throughout the break. 

Don't forget to check information on university facility and service opening times.

International student handbook

‌Download the International student handbook 2019 (PDF, 3,751kB) for essential information on living in the UK and services available to support you.

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

An illustration of colourful houses, a sun behind a cloud and other sketches representing Bristol.

Bristol SU is independent from the University and is run by students for students. Find out about:

Global events

The below may be of particular interest to international and globally-minded students. Check the SU events page for more events that are open to all students. 

Language Cafe

Every Wednesday 20 November-18 December, 5-6.30pm, Senate House, 5.22

Join these friendly sessions and practice a variety of languages with native and fluent speakers. All levels, student and staff welcome. 

Carol Service


The University Carol service is open to all and held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. Each year, there is a different theme and is a mixture of carols, readings and reflections. The service ends with the traditional mince pie! 

Live stream student Q&A recording

Watch a recording of the live stream for current international students from 17 October and find out more about the opportunities and support available.

Build your community

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

The Students' Union (SU) is run by students for students, and can support all aspects of your student life. Grow your network by joining a student group, volunteering or joining a wide range of events

International Student Network

Build your community and share your experiences through socials, campaigns, forums and more. There are also 12 other networks which you may like to join.

Bristol Doctoral College (for research students) 

Network with a community of over 3,500 postgraduate researchers. Find out about the Personal and Professional Development Programme, PGR Hub, upcoming events and join the BCD Bulletin for fortnightly updates. 

Global Lounge

A full calendar of events will be available for students, ranging from celebrating international festivals such as Diwali, Nowruz or Thanksgiving to visiting nearby UK places of interest, such as Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge or Cardiff.

Bristol International Student Centre

BISC is an external organisation which supports international students living in Bristol through a programme of weekly events and trips. It is a charity with a Christian ethos open to students of all faiths and no faith. 

Multifaith Chaplaincy

The Multifaith Chaplaincy is a thriving supportive centre which welcomes all staff and students at the university, regardless of their belief.

Student blogs

Read about other students' experiences they navigate life in the UK and study in Bristol. 

Peer mentoring

Find out about getting support from students who have been here longer (this is available for first year undergraduate students only).

Supporting you

Find the help you need to succeed.

“I support international students to integrate into the University community and ensure that they have the best experience. So please reach out to me and the SU for support”

Julius, International Students Officer, Bristol SU

‌‌UKCISA International Student Ambassador Programme

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) are taking applications for their Student Ambassador programme as part of their #WeAreInternational campaign. The programme will help to connect students to an exciting network of emerging global talents and future leaders realised through their lived experience studying in the UK, and these student ambassadors will be equipped with policy knowledge and leadership skills to lead change.

Applications close on 9 January.


Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students

Our work to support undergraduate Black Asian Minority Ethnic students is encompassed in our Be More Empowered (BME) for Success Programme.

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