Top Tips For New International Students at Bristol

Wednesday 29-06-2016 - 00:00

Hi all,

This article is about what international students should expect when moving to Bristol. Moving away from home can be daunting, but let me assure you that Bristol has an incredibly friendly atmosphere.

International and local students have fallen in love with this city. From its excellent music scene and cultural activities, to its vibrant Harbourside, serene green spaces, and buzzing centre, Bristol has a lot to offer.

Also, does anyone know which city has recently been awarded the title of ‘best city in the UK’? Well, I’ll let you guess! (It’s Bristol)


3 essential things that an international student needs to know after arriving in Bristol:


1. Accommodation: 

Make sure you have all necessary documents when arriving at Bristol to help you settle in. You will receive confirmation of the halls you have been allocated to and soon after you will be told the dates when you can move in. This will allow you to plan ahead. If you still have not applied for accommodation, don’t worry – it’s not too late! You can apply through the University website here.


2. Student Bank Accounts: 

Once in Bristol, you will have to open a student bank account. In order to do so, you must have an official bank letter from the University. More information can be found here. Identification (your passport will be fine) and a proof of address will also be required.


3. Travel:

From my personal experience, I can tell you that travelling is much easier here than it was back home. First year students have a bus pass which will allow them to travel for free using University transport. This is a great advantage especially for those living in Halls in Stoke Bishop.


Well, those are the essentials. I will now move on to the most exciting part - the city itself!


5 things that all international students at Bristol should know:


1. For those who love music: 

Bristol has a thriving music scene. The city offers a variety of genres of music. There is everything from the Blues and Jazz Festival in the beautiful setting of Colston Hall, to drum and bass nights in Motion. The Victoria Rooms and St George’s Bristol are renowned for their incredible acoustics. There are also loads of festivals – The Bristol Harbour Festival and the International Balloon Festival are among some of the most popular festivals throughout the year. There really is something for everyone! More about Bristol Music can be found here.


2. For those who have a curious soul: 

There is loads to see in Bristol, whether on foot, by bus, by boat or by bike! Sightseeing tours are recommended for those who want to learn more about the culture of the city. More information can be found here.


3. For those who love partying: 

If you love to party, you have come to the right place. I personally have had the best nights of my life, thanks to Bristol’s excellent nightlife. Clubs in Bristol are renowned across the whole of Europe! Discover more here.


4. For those who love shopping:

Some of the most frequent words I’ve used as a student in Bristol have been Park Street, The Triangle and Cabot Circus. You’ll discover why! They have loads to offer in terms of shopping which will have something to suit everyone. Clifton village is another beautiful part of Bristol which provides many shops. More info about shopping in Bristol can be found here.


5. For those who love fooooood: 

Bristol’s street art, music and DIY culture have made the city famous. Its food scene is just as colourful! You will get to taste the incredible food that Bristolian restaurants have to offer in no time. There is more information about some of Bristol’s best restaurants here and here.


I hope this proves useful to all international students out there. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Your International Students’ Officer,



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