Current international students

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)

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International Welcome Lounge

20-28 January, 5th floor, Senate House

Get support with finding accommodation, opening a bank account, meeting other students or just come for a cup of tea and some snacks. Join exciting trips and activities too. See the Jan 2020 welcome lounge programme (PDF, 198kB) for more information.

How to write an effective cover letter for international students

Thursday 23 January, 3 pm - 4 pm, Careers Service, 5 Tyndall Avenue

Join the Careers Service for a look at how best to sell yourself when applying for jobs with your cover letter. This workshop is free, but spaces are limited so you need to book a place

Bristol SU Refreshers Fair 

Sunday 26 January, 12 pm - 4 pm, The Anson Rooms, Richmond Building 

Visit the fair for an opportunity to find out more about sports clubs and societies, and get involved in lots of different initiatives. There will be a Global Lounge takeover in the Balloon Bar and a pop-up SU Living Room so if you're just looking for some space to relax and chat, you can do that too!

You’ll meet loads of people, find out about new things and you’ll get some freebies too. Even better, it’s free! Reserve your ticket now.

Equality and Diversity Week

27 - 31 January

The Careers Service have worked with the SU to produce a series of fifteen events to celebrate diversity as a workplace strength. Sessions include careers café, articulating skills, and ‘Women in Leadership: In Conversation with … Sam Budd, Asher Craig, and Ebony Amoroso’

Study skills: Developing skills for successful study in the UK

Tuesday 28 January at 1- 2 pm, Senate House, Room 3.10

Join the study skills team and other international students to find out about how to develop your skills for successful study. No need to book. 

Language Cafe

Every Wednesday from 29 January - 25 March, 5-6.30 pm, Senate House, 5.22

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

International Student Network Karaoke

Friday 2 February 8 pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building

Come and join the International Students Network for a karaoke takeover of the Balloon Bar.

Meet new people and chat with other international students from 8 pm. Then get ready to sing your heart out into the microphone from 9 pm, or just sit back and enjoy the performances.

Make it Make Sense: Colonial Nostalgia

Thursday 6 February, 4:30 pm - 7 pm, 35 Berkeley Square, Helen Wodehouse Building, 2.17 

An interactive discussion of postcolonial thought, confronting four themes: colonial exploitation; the wealth of Anglo-European societies; psychological impact upon the colonised and the coloniser; and racist and racialized foundations of imperialism. Come and join the International Students Network for a karaoke takeover of the Balloon Bar.

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

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.

Nilaari is a culturally appropriate counselling service providing help and support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. If you feel Nilaari would help you you can receive up to 5 free counselling sessions paid for by the university.

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