BEST STUDENT CITIES: BRISTOL

February 12, 2015

Cabot Circus shopping centre

Bristol is the largest city situated in the south west of England. It is often thought of as a more cost efficient location for students and businesses alike outside of London, but in reality it is much more than that. Full of modern art, rich cultural heritage and renowned for its live music scene, Bristol is a brilliant city for students who want a good university, stunning architecture and exciting nightlife.

University

Credited for being the first University to admit women on an equal basis as men, Bristol has a reputation for fairness, opportunity and innovation. A Bristol degree is certainly looked upon as highly attractive to potential employers due to the fact that courses are taught by world-leading academics in their particular fields. Ranked as number 18 in the university league tables, places at the University of Bristol are highly sought after by both UK and overseas students.

Live Music

Bristol’s music scene is alive and kicking and whatever your musical pallet, Bristol is sure to host it. Colston Hall has anything from local choirs to solo songwriters. In the Past this great hall has played host to household names such as Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. The 02 on the other hand, specialises in the Indie-rock scene, with great bands playing all year round. Other venues not to be missed include; The Bristol Folk House and The Old Duke Jazz Pub.

Restaurants

Bristol’s restaurants very much mirrors its inhabitants as it is very culturally diverse. If you’re a fan of different world cuisines or just looking for something different, then Bristol is certainly your place. Bell’s diner has been known as one of the best restaurants never to receive a Michelin star, the only trouble you’ll have is picking off of the vast menu. From Tapas to street food to Thai to Lebanese; Bristol’s eateries have something for everyone.

Shopping

With a city centre regeneration in 2008, Cabot Circus shopping centre is a breath of fresh air to the avid shopper. With over 140 new stores, including 15 flagship stores, Bristol’s new shopping centre is a sanctuary for both household names and independent boutiques. The Circus has a unique structure and design, comprising three levels and a magnificent glass panel roof. The complex also won the 2008 BREEAM retail award for its sustainability and design. If you decide to venture outside of the centre then Cribs Causeway is the destination to visit with over 140 shops in a well-planned retail park.

Culture

Poet John Betjeman claimed that Bristol is ‘the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished city in England’. This is no surprise to those who know Bristol well as the city has some of the best natural beauty in the land. A short walk from the students union and you will arrive at Clifton Village where you will find more Georgian architecture than you can shake a stick at. If that doesn’t appeal to you then visit the white lion bar where you will experience the breath-taking views of the suspension bridge and the gorge. Other tops spots for the avid culture vulture include: The Bristol Old Vic theatre, the thriving art scenes and galleries and the abundance of both large and small museums.

Listening to your favourite band, visiting Bristol’s famous eateries, immersing yourself in a shopper’s paradise or taking in the surreal natural architecture of the famous gorge; Bristol really does offer an amazing student life with a twist. So what’s the hold up? Get down the west-country to see first-hand why Bristol is one of the best UK cities. If you are looking to ship your prized possessions at a reasonable price then visit 1StopShip for a free quote.

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