Barton Hill Micro-campus

The micro-campus is a space for bringing the local communities of Bristol and the University closer together.

The Barton Hill Micro-campus is one of a range of organisations housed in shipping containers at the Wellspring Settlement in Barton Hill. 

It is a place where we develop community-based teaching, research, workshops and engagement in partnership with local individuals, groups, and organisations. We engage with the local community to better understand people’s needs, aspirations and challenges. 

By bringing people together, we can create opportunities for co-designed research and develop programmes in partnership with local stakeholders. The micro-campus also runs an active timetable of weekly events and drop-in sessions. 

What's on

Little Library - every Tuesday, 10 am to 5:30 pm

We have recently opened a free little library service. Drop in between 10 am and 5:30 pm to get a cup of tea, borrow books, meet Library Services, and tell us what you'd like to see.

Free Legal Advice - Wednesdays fortnightly, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The University of Bristol Law Clinic are available for free legal advice on alternate Wednesdays. This is in the main Wellspring Settlement cafe. If you'd like to check dates or find out more, email the Boost team or call them on 0117 955 6971.

Coffee Mornings - every Friday, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Come along every Friday morning for conversations about health and wellbeing, refreshments and activities. This is run with Bristol Somali Resource Centre and Barton Hill Activity Club, all languages welcome.

Study sessions for 11-16 year olds

Science, Maths, and English weekend study support sessions with Power Education Ltd. Aimed at secondary school aged children and young people across key stages 3 and 4 from the Somali community in Barton Hill. Study sessions are led by Ilyass from Power Education Ltd and with staff from the University. Contact for more information and to book a space.

Get involved

We would love for more people to come and find out about the activities at the micro-campus and help us understand what new offers we could consider for the benefit of the local community. If you would like to learn more or talk to us about an idea that you have, please get in touch with us at


The micro-campus consists of a large room and adjoining office space, with full University network access and presentation facilities. It is well suited for a variety of group activities including workshops, seminars, teaching, outreach sessions and collaborative research. University staff and students are also able to use the space for meetings with community partners.


  • Capacity for up to 30 people
  • Internet access
  • 3 desktop PCs
  • Large presentation screen
  • Small private office with desktop
  • Small kitchenette with microwave, drinks and crockery
  • Accessible 7 days a week for University of Bristol staff
  • Local amenities include Lidl and various East African, European, and Asian stores.

How to get here


University of Bristol, Wellspring Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, BS5 0AX

The postcode will take you to the entrance to the main Wellspring Settlement site, on the junction of Ducie Road and Morley Street. The entrance to the micro-campus is a black gate further along Ducie Road towards Morton Street. See our location on Google Maps.

Car parking and public transport

Whilst we try to encourage the use of public transport, there is a free 3-hour car park on Ducie Road (BS5 0AF), a 2-minute walk away. There is no parking available at the micro-campus itself, unless you have an accessibility requirement necessitating it.

There are good public transport connections via Lawrence Hill Station and Church Road bus stops, both less than 5 minutes’ walk away.


Cycle hoops are available on site at Wellspring Settlement, which users are welcome to use. Neither Wellspring Settlement nor the University can take responsibility for bikes left on the premises.


The micro-campus is on the ground floor and has step-free access from the street. The adjacent toilet block also has level access, and an accessible toilet.

There is a lift up to the reception, café and toilet area in Wellspring Settlement.

Contact us


Address: University of Bristol, Wellspring Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, BS5 0AX

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