University College Bristol, the precursor to the University, was founded in 1876

In 2011/12, 84% of our students who successfully completed their degree were awarded a First or a 2:1

Bristol is one of only 18 members of the Worldwide Universities Network of research-intensive universities

All new undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation, subject to certain conditions

3,600 international students from 120 countries are currently studying at the University

Bristol is England's first 'Cycling City', a Science City and a Centre of Culture, and is the leading Fairtrade city in the UK

Bristol has more than 180 student societies and over 50 sports clubs

The University has been awarded the Buttle Trust Quality Mark for supporting young people who have been in public care

Why choose Bristol?

A distinguished heritage

The University of Bristol has had a reputation for innovation since its founding in 1876. It was the first institute of higher education in the country to admit women on an equal basis with men and in 1946 established the UK's first university drama department. More recently, the University has influenced many aspects of our lives through life-changing research in areas such as cot death prevention and 3G mobile technology innovation.

Investing in the future

We aim to give you the best student experience possible and we continually invest in new and existing facilities, training, technology and services. We offer a high-quality, research-led education that encourages independence of mind. Studying at university is a significant investment and we will ensure that you are prepared for your chosen career. A Bristol degree is highly attractive to employers and a sound investment in your future.

Outstanding people

We offer you the chance to explore your chosen subject with world-leading academics as well as other students who share your passion. We continually enhance our global reputation through our research and by recruiting the best academics. As a leading university, we attract students from all over the world, creating a rich and exciting international community.

A wealth of opportunity

The University is small enough to feel warm and friendly, with personal tutors, student health and welfare services, and accommodation wardens to support you, but big enough to provide outstanding extra-curricular opportunities. There are hundreds of student societies that will give you opportunities to broaden your horizons and forge lifelong interests and relationships.

A green university

The environment is high on our agenda. We were the first university to take part in the Green Impact Awards, a scheme to reduce collective environmental impact, and one of only eight UK universities selected to take part in a pilot for the Green Academy programme to make sustainability part of the curriculum. We have also won accolades for our energy efficiency, our transport planning and our environmentally innovative teaching, and are an accredited Fairtrade university.

A beautiful place to live

The University is in the heart of the historic and buzzing city of Bristol, with its shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres, parks, museums, galleries and harbourside. The city also has a laid-back feel that students love. Bristol is also a popular tourist destination: the countryside surrounding Bristol is beautiful and easily accessible, and the coastline is close at hand.

Excellent transport links

The city of Bristol has very good transport links to other parts of the UK. The major hubs are Bristol International Airport, Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and Bristol bus and coach station. Within the city there are numerous regular bus services and taxi ranks. And of course you can always walk - most of what you will need at Bristol is located within a radius of approximately 20 minutes' walk.

The university for you

By coming to Bristol, you will share in our proud heritage and help shape our future. We hope that when you see all that Bristol has to offer, you will decide that this is the place for you.

Students on staircase inside Wills Memorial Building

Why did you choose Bristol?

Lauren, BA French and Italian

The course was perfect, offering the opportunity to study literature and history units alongside languages. The city offers an array of vibrant student activities combined with peaceful green spaces and beautiful architecture. Add in the University's great reputation for teaching and fantastic new facilitites and you have the perfect mix!

Lauren, BA French and Italian

Robert, MSci Chemistry

The University’s location within the heart of the city, with shops and cafes close at hand, really appealed. The staff and students were very welcoming when I visited after applying and the facilities were impressive - the chemistry building in particular had just undergone a major refurbishment to provide a world-class facility.

Robert, MSci Chemistry

Ziwei, BSc Mathematics

Bristol offers a fantastic academic experience. My tutors are really supportive and the lecturers are engaging and passionate about what they teach. Small group tutorials and seminars are very beneficial to my learning and interacting with research staff who carrying out cutting-edge research is very inspiring.

Ziwei, BSc Mathematics

Tom, BA History

The University’s history course attracted me, particularly because of the wide range of periods available for study. The emphasis on personal research combined with an excellent academic reputation helped ensure Bristol was my first choice throughout the application process.

Tom, BA History

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