Local and commuting students

Local and commuting students are an integral part of the Bristol student community, and we want to support you to make the most of your time on campus.

Commuting has helped me see past the university bubble. When I am commuting, I blend in with those going to work and it gives me a realistic sense of what life can be like post-university.

Emmie (BA Hispanic Studies)

"Going to university in my hometown meant that I was already familiar with the city. I didn’t have to worry about finding my way around as a fresher and it was easier to stay connected to my friends." - Belnice, Medicine student and Bristol Scholars participant.

Living and travel options

As a local student you can decide whether to apply to live in University accommodation in your first year, or commute to the University.

The main Clifton campus is located in the city centre and is easily accessible by foot, bike, and public transport. We recommend students do not travel by car unless it is essential (for example if you have a disability) as parking is limited. For more information, see our sustainable travel options for students.

Spaces on campus

If you're considering commuting to university, you do not need to travel home in between lectures. There are plenty of spaces and facilities on campus for you use, whether you want to study in quiet, have some food, go to the gym, or relax in a more social environment.

Check out our Bristol SU Living Room and visit our information on study spaces and sports facilities.

Social life

Our active Students' Union offers over 400 clubs and societies so that you can enjoy the best of student life at Bristol. Society events and socials are often timetabled, so you can plan ahead.

Contact us

Contact us at choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Are you a mature student? Contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk

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