Bristol has the highest number of graduates choosing to stay in the city they studied in in the country. Basically, that's because every student who studies in Bristol falls in love with it. Here are a few reasons why.
Stokes Croft is a melting pot for all things awesome, and is part of the longest chain of independent businesses in Europe. In a single trip to Stokes Croft you can get all the vintage clothing you could ever want, plus an original Victorian mangle to wash your new clothes with, probably all for under a tenner. This is also the home of some of the best bars, restaurants and clubs in Bristol.
Bristol is a cultural hotspot and is home to some of the best theatres, cinemas, music venues and galleries in the country. If you are a broke student, though, you can see the work of one of Bristol’s most famous artists for free: street artist Banksy has used the walls of his home city as a canvas several times, which means you can see some of the most renowned (and awesome) artworks in the world just by walking down the street.
Bristol nightlife has something to please literally everybody. If you’re looking for a novelty night, there’s Thekla: the club on a boat. If you like it cheap and cheesy, the Triangle is home to classics like Lizard Lounge and Mbargo. Motion, which is in an old skatepark and warehouse, hosts much bigger nights and Bierkeller is a rock venue which looks a bit like a Viking mead hall (is that a thing?)
If you thought a club on a boat sounded exciting, then you will be pleased to hear that the Bristol harbourside is also home to bars on boats, restaurants on boats and pubs on boats. You can watch live music on boats and watch films on a boat. You can look around an old school navy boat, and if you really love boats you can take a trip on one. A favourite with students is cider boat The Apple, which has a load of great student deals on their super exciting range of ciders.
Probably the best named kebab van ever? Also the best kebabs ever. At least, they taste pretty good at 4am after a long night…
Bristol is a festival city. In summer you literally cannot move for the things. Many of these are free, for example the International Balloon Fiesta and Bristol Harbour festival, a two day extravaganza of music, dance, circus and theatre. You will never be bored in Bristol, and you won’t have to spend a penny either.
The drink of the gods. Bristol is famous for its cider, and you can find more varieties here than you could ever dream of. The Cori Tap is a favourite with students - try their exhibition cider, which is so strong and deliciously easy to drink that it only comes in half pints.
Falafel King, Edna’s Kitchen, Eat a Pita: these are just some of Bristol’s award winning falafel places. But it’s not just falafel, the street food in Bristol is second to none. Visit St. Nicholas Market in the city centre to experience some of the city’s most delicious street foods.
This really is one of the most stunning sights in the country, and is only a twenty minute walk away from the University campus. For the more daring among you, you can abseil down the gorge next to the bridge. If you aren’t feeling that adventurous, the section of the Clifton Downs which overlooks the bridge is the perfect place for a picnic and a few drinks.