Mature students

A mature student is an undergraduate student who is over 21 years old when they start their first undergraduate course. We welcome applications from mature candidates as we recognise the contribution they make to our learning environment. Each year around 250 mature students start studying with us. You too could study at a world top 50-ranked university.

Make the student experience whatever you'd like it to be

The University campus is based in central Bristol and has a vibrant, diverse student body. We have undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. You can make the student experience whatever you'd like it to be.

  • You can immerse yourself in the social aspects of university, concentrate on your studies, or a combination of the two.
  • You can socialise with undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and staff.
  • You can use as much or as little of the additional student support as you'd like.
  • You can live in University accommodation, at home, or in the city.

Return to study courses

Find out about the various ways to return to education, including a range of access courses, part-time and short taster courses.

Mature Student Information Sessions

Book now to visit the University of Bristol, speak to the Mature Student Undergraduate Recruitment Officer, learn about our courses and entry requirements and go on a tour of the campus.

4 April – 5 pm - 7 pm

16 May - 5 pm - 7 pm

Contact us

Prospective student queries:

Tel: +44 (0)117 394 1048

Mature students often come to university feeling they lack something, like conventional qualifications - but the truth is they have a huge amount to offer in life experience, new perspectives and in their commitment to their studies. That's why I want us to have more mature students, and from as varied backgrounds as possible: it changes the conversation in ways that are really important for us as academics and for the rest of the student body.

Tom Sperlinger, Professor of Literature and Engaged Pedagogy
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