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The capital of the South West...

Bristol is where it all began for Unite Students, and when you come to live in our Bristol student accommodation you’ll soon see why. Dubbed the capital of the South West, the city is a nationally renowned centre of industry and entertainment, making it an ideal place for the thriving student community to have fun while achieving their goals.

4 reasons why our students love Bristol

Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft

The area has undergone quite a revival in the past few years making it one of Bristol’s most lively student spots. The Canteen provides great home-cooked food on a budget – any main course comes with a free starter of soup – yummy!
Take a graffiti tour of the city


As the birthplace of the world’s most famous urban artist, the elusive Banksy, the city has really celebrated this art form allowing areas that were in need of regeneration to be given a new lease of life. Be sure not to miss Upfest, Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival, which takes place in Bedminster each summer.
Wander around St Nicholas’ market

St Nicholas’ market

Tucked away, St Nick’s (as it is more commonly referred to) houses all sorts of treats. There are also many edible delights including Bristol’s famous pie manufacturer – PieMinster – a brand that has become a festival favourite!
For those keen to get out of the city for a break, the Bristol to Bath cycle trail

Bristol to Bath Cycle Trail

The world heritage city of Bath is easily accessed by train, but for the most scenic route, why not take the Bristol to Bath cycle trail?

The Student Guide to Bristol

Find out what happened when we sent 12 students out with cameras to show us their very favourite things to do and see in Bristol...

Local area


There's plenty of affordable ways to get around Bristol using public transport. First Group Buses operate around the city and, if you're travelling further afield, Bristol Temple Meads train station makes connecting with cities like London and Birmingham, and even travelling down to the Cornish coast, simple. It's easy to travel abroad from Bristol too, with Bristol Airport around 20 minutes away by taxi.


Aside from facilities on campus, you can expect to find plenty of gyms in Bristol, many of which offer student rates. If you like watching live sport, catch a game at Ashton Gate, home to the Bristol City Football Club.


Bristol is a great city for shopping, with plenty of independent shops and boutiques as well as national chains. You'll find all the big brand names, including H&M, Primark and New Look, in Broadmead and Cabot Circus, which make up Bristol's biggest shopping area. You'll even find a Harvey Nichol's here is you fancy splashing out. There's plenty of choice when it comes to food shopping too, with Tesco Express and Sainsbury's Local stores scattered around town.