Clifton campus

The majority of teaching takes place on our main campus in Clifton.

The campus spans a wide area, bordered to the north by Tyndalls Parks Road and to the south by Park Row and the HH Wills Memorial Building, which has overlooked the city from its vantage point at the top of Park Street since 1925.

The Grade I listed Royal Fort Gardens, formerly part of the large 18th-century estate of the Tyndall family, forms the heart of campus, overlooked by the towers of the impressive School of Physics in the HH Wills Building.

Characterised by an eclectic mix of architecture, buildings on the Clifton campus range from the Victorian villas of tree-lined Priory Road, home to the Faculty of Arts, to the ultra-modern £56m Life Sciences Building, opened in 2015.

The Richmond Building, home to the Bristol Students’ Union, is a short walk from the main campus, minutes from the bustle of the Triangle at the top of Park Street.


Eight of our nine branch libraries are on the Clifton campus, offering study space and IT facilities, expert support and the largest academic collection of books and journals in the South West of England.

There are 3,000 additional study spaces in three study centres, including Beacon House, which opened in April 2016 and offers flexible study spaces, meeting rooms and a café.

WiFi is available across campus and there are computer facilities in academic departments, libraries and the 24-hour study centres.

The campus is well served with cafes in many of the academic buildings. The Hawthorns bar and dining room at the centre of campus offers a wide variety of options and there are many coffee shops and bakeries on the Triangle and Park Street.

The University’s sporting facilities are excellent. The Clifton campus houses an indoor sports centre, health and fitness suite and sports medicine clinic. The University’s 38-acre outdoor sports complex at Coombe Dingle in Stoke Bishop is a 30-minute walk or a short bus ride from the campus.

The Richmond Building underwent a £30 million refurbishment in 2015 and offers state-of-the-art facilities, including two theatres, a 33 metre swimming pool, café-bars, dance studios and the Anson Rooms, one of the city’s largest gig venues.

What’s nearby?

The University is ideally located for exploring Bristol’s many cultural attractions, shops and green spaces on foot, by cycle or on public transport.

A short walk down Park Street brings you to the city’s cultural and festival hub at the Harbourside and the central shopping district, which includes Broadmead and Cabot Circus shopping centres and renowned foodie desitination St Nicholas Market.


Bristol has excellent transport links and the campus’s central location makes it easy to reach by road (M4 and M5), rail (Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads) or from Bristol Airport.

Clifton campus is well served by bus routes; buses 8 and 9 run from Bristol Temple Meads station every 6 minutes during peak times and stop in several locations around the University campus. The campus is a 30 minute walk from the city’s coach station or rail station at Bristol Temple Meads. 

Buses connect the Clifton campus to the student residence at Stoke Bishop (16 university bus service) and Langford Campus.

For more directions to the campus and maps of the campus and surrounding area, see how to get here.

Tours and visits

Find out more about walking tours and visiting the campus.

Disabled access

The University has teamed up with AccessAble to provide you with detailed information about the accessibility of our facilities.

Google University map

View a detailed map of the campus, nearby student residences and directions on our University campus map.

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