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Venue Hire

A variety of unique and flexible spaces in central Bristol.​

Situated in one of the most vibrant cities and best-known universities in the UK, Bristol Students’ Union offers a wide range of affordable spaces for all kinds of events. The Richmond Building offers a large, adaptable conference space in the Anson Rooms, two theatres, exhibition spaces, two bars and a variety of meeting and activity rooms. It is a unique facility within the city offering a wide range of spaces to meet the needs of any event.​

During term time, our spaces are used for a vast array of student activities: everything from charitable fundraising and student theatre to martial arts training. Outside of these times a range of event, performance and rehearsal spaces are available for hire.

  • Conferences​

  • Theatre Productions​

  • Private parties and celebrations​

  • Drinks and Networking Receptions​

  • Exhibitions​

  • Meetings​

This website takes you through some of the key spaces Bristol Students’ Union can offer, highlighting some of the ways our spaces are used, but we understand that every event is unique! We give a personalised and bespoke service for each of our clients, so if you can’t see your event type listed here, it doesn’t mean we can’t do it! Just get in touch and we can make it happen.


Following guidance from Public Health England and the University of Bristol, we regret to announce that we are unable to currently take any bookings. At Bristol SU, we are working in line with Government and Public Health England guidance for Higher Education Institutions for re-opening campus and taking bookings.

Our Tech and Facilities Team are hard at work making our building COVID secure to get us to the stage where we can slowly and safely allow staff, students and clients back to the building. We will be sure to post guidance and advice on bookings, social distancing and venue opening times as we receive updates.

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Bristol Students’ Union offers a range of spaces that include a large, adaptable conferencing room, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and bars.

If you need a bespoke conference solution, our dedicated Bristol SU events team can make it happen.

​ Pricing is inclusive of an eight-hour hire period including set-up and de-rig. For events that include set up, delivery or de-rig over this time, overtime fees will apply.​


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Spaces for every size and type of production

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Bristol SU has a rich history of performance, with alumni including Simon Pegg, Emily Watson and Matt Lucas. Over the course of its 50-year history the Anson Rooms has attracted some of music's biggest names from around the world. Our performance spaces can cater to every size and type of production- from theatrical productions and musical recitals to comedy nights and fringe theatre.

We're also home to a tiered seating theatre (with cinema-quality projector and screen), a black box theatre studio, and a dance studio. Pricing is inclusive of an eight-hour hire period including set-up and de-rig. For events that include set up, delivery or de-rig over this time, overtime fees will apply.


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Large scale event spaces for dinners and balls

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Looking for an affordable venue for your award ceremony or gala dinner? The Anson Rooms with it’s dedicated bar can be dressed for all occasions and has hosted everything from wedding receptions and awards ceremonies to Christmas parties.

Downstairs, the Balloon Bar offers a bright, spacious event space which features a small stage, projector and screen, making it the perfect venue for birthday parties, product launches and networking events.


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Private Hire & Bespoke

Large scale exhibition spaces, bars, lecture theatres and multimedia rooms

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We understand that every event is unique and we offer a bespoke service to reflect that. From your initial enquiry right up to on-the-day delivery we’ll be there to help you get the most out of your event. Contact the Bristol SU Events team to see what we can do to make your event a success.


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Meeting Rooms

Bright rooms of all sizes with full tech capability

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Hiring meeting rooms in Bristol SU is a great option for local businesses. Bring your team out of the office to our unique and flexible meeting spaces.

We have meetings room available to hire that can cater for groups of 20-200 people. Each room comes equipped with a built-in projector and screen making them perfect for meetings and breakout spaces. Whether you’re planning a focus group or team away-day we’ve got a space to suit your needs.​ Pricing is inclusive of an eight-hour hire period including set-up and de-rig. For events that include set up, delivery or de-rig over this time, overtime fees will apply.


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A unique ceremony or reception venue in central Bristol

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The Anson Rooms offer a unique venue for wedding receptions.

The space offers itself as a blank canvas and can be dressed to fit your wedding scheme. The stage is ideal for any wedding entertainment be it a DJ or a ten-piece band (and what band wouldn’t want to grace the same stage as the likes of David Bowie and Amy Winehouse?)

With a seated capacity of 270 and its own adjoining bar it’s the perfect venue for your special day.


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Unique locations to suit every filming budget

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If you need a space for filming in a recognisable place in central Bristol, get in touch.

We have an atmospheric gig venue and exhibition space, a traditional tiered-seat theatre, a black box studio theatre, two bars and a range of bright activity spaces, rehearsal rooms and conference rooms. So whatever your filming project, we have spaces that can meet your needs.

Contact us today to reserve a space for your filming project.


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We are committed to keeping our events accessible to everyone. We have street level access to the building and a platform lift. Access to all our rooms is via the stairs or two lifts in the lobby. There are accessible WCs with local alarms in the first floor foyer area, outside of the Anson Rooms next to the main public toilets and Gender Neutral toilets on the 4th floor of our building. You can find further information on our access guides on the Access Able page for the Richmond Building.


The University of Bristol’s Balloon Bar (located on the ground floor of the Richmond Building) offers a catering service with collection menus or an extra fee for delivering and setting up in your venue space. We can also arrange Balloon Bar vouchers for your staff, delegates or suppliers. Looking for something more specific? We also have links with a number of local suppliers to provide you with a range of options for everything from away-days to awards ceremonies.


Many of our spaces come with in-built projectors and screens and for those that don’t, we are happy to look into alternative options for getting the AV Support you need in your space. We have a huge variety of equipment available for use and will work with you to make sure your event looks and sounds as incredible as it should. If we don’t have what you need in-house, we can hire in equipment from our tried and tested suppliers. Want to know a bit more? We can provide you with tech specs of our spaces on request.


We have a limited number of parking spaces available on request for your event organiser team. There is no onsite guest parking at the venue but there are two reasonably priced multi-storey car park within a five and ten minute walk, located at West End Car Park, Berkeley Place, Bristol, BS8 1EH and Clifton Down Shopping Centre, Whiteladies Road, Clifton, BS8 2NN. Alternatively, there is limited on-street parking in the neighbouring residential streets.


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Student Information


Are you a University of Bristol student or student group?

If you are a student/student group from the University of Bristol looking to hire a room, this page is for staff and external bookings only. There are three different mechanisms for students booking space in the Richmond Building: regular recurring bookings made in the summer, special event bookings supported by the Events Team and short notice/'ad hoc' bookings.

This information relates to bookings during term time only. To make a booking during the holidays, please contact the Student Services Team (, 0117 331 8600).