Students' Union

Every student at the University of Bristol is a member of the Students' Union. Led by students, for students, Bristol SU contributes towards our world-class university experience.

There are many ways that you can use Bristol SU to make your time at Bristol the best it can be: 

Welcome week

Bristol SU coordinates an impressive range of activities to welcome you to the University.

There are events each day in the Students' Union, ranging from pub quizzes and live music to karaoke and TED Talks.

The Welcome Fair is a highlight, where you can meet society and sports club members and find out what's available. 


Seven full-time officers and a network of student representatives, elected by you, work hard to represent your views and needs to the union, the University and the National Union of Students (NUS).

There are lots of ways to make your voice heard, such as voting in elections, contributing to consultations or taking up a role as an elected representative.

The Richmond Building

The Richmond Building is home to the Students' Union and is a lively hub where you can work or relax between lectures.

The building had a £30-million renovation in 2016 and houses two theatres, a café-bar, photography darkroom, pottery and dance studios, rehearsal rooms and a swimming pool, making it is one of the largest student union buildings in the country.

The Richmond Building is also home to one of the city's largest gig venues, the Anson Rooms, which has hosted big names including David Bowie, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and London Grammar.

One of the best things I did was joining societies. This helped me make a life for myself outside just my exchange experience. I treated this as a 'permanent thing' for the five months I've been here.

Mary Ashley (Boston College, USA)
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