Bristol for Students

Are you a Bristol student looking for student offers, discounts or things to do in Bristol? We have you covered!

You've made an excellent choice choosing to study in Bristol. We’re home to two world-class universities; the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, as well as a range of language schools, colleges and internship programmes.

What’s more, the city is one of the country’s best for student living, thanks to its countless clubs, bars, and restaurants, varied music and nightlife scene, fierce community spirit, and, of course, Banksy.

Things to do for students in Bristol

Bristol has so much to offer those studying in the city. Get to know your new home by completing our ultimate student Bristol bucket list, the best way to find your way around, discover everything you can about this incredible city, and become an honorary Bristolian.

You’ll always have something to do in Bristol. Check out the event listings on our What’s On page, visit one of the city’s many attractions, or find the perfect outdoor spot to relax in. If you’re a fan of the arts and culture, catch a show at the city’s acclaimed theatres, music venues, museums and galleries. The hardest part is choosing what to see!

Shopping in Bristol is as varied as the universities’ course lists. Whether you’re looking for a tiny vintage clothes stores or huge malls and shopping districts – this city truly is the shopping capital of the South West.  Find out more about shopping in Bristol.

Bristol has an incredible food and drink scene, so you’re spoilt for choice on where to go out to eat and drink. 

Student nightlife and events

Bristol's nightlife has been awarded Purple Flag accreditation in recognition of its excellence. There are a wide range of student club nights at some of the UK’s most renowned venues, including Thekla, Motion, and many more. You’ll be able to find amazing parties and gigs any night of the week across the city – check out our guide to Bristol’s student nightlife for more details.

Bristol is also home to a fantastic LGBTQIA+ nightlife scene, with a range of beloved clubs including OMG and Queenshilling, as well as other events throughout the year.

Special offers for students

We've pulled together all the student offers, money-saving deals and discounts from around Bristol to help you spend wisely and still enjoy the best food, nights out, culture, and experiences that Bristol has to offer. 

Useful resources

Travelling to Bristol: Bristol is one of the UK’s best-connected cities, meaning that making trips to and from home is a piece of cake! The city is just an hour and a half away from London with GWR, and there are also direct rail links from Wales, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Scotland to Temple Meads station.

Coach travel to Bristol is also easy, with National Express, FlixBus, and Megabus all running regular services to the city from locations across the country.

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Travelling around Bristol: Bristol is made up of several unique and distinctive districts. Familiarise yourself with these on our Areas of Bristol page, and find your way around with our maps of the city.

There are plenty of ways to travel around Bristol. Not only are we the UK’s first cycling city with several traffic-free paths and routes, we also have TIER e-bikes and scooters available to rent across Bristol.

If you prefer to use public transport, we have a wide range of regular bus services running to numerous locations in and around the city. Taxi services are also extremely reliable, with stands at key locations across Bristol.

Get the most out of your time in Bristol...

While you're calling this fine city home, why not explore the events, districts and local businesses that make it so special?

Student Special Offers

Special offers especially for students. Discounts on food and drink, exclusive offers and events and lots of money-saving deals

Study in Bristol

Bristol is a great place to study. Click here to find out more about our world-class educational institutes Bristol University and UWE, plus Bristol College, language schools and internships.


Bristol nightlife is legendary and you're sure to leave having had the best nights of your life. From huge clubs to underground live gigs, plus a plethora of bars, speakeasies and comedy nights, come and experience a party, Bristol-fashion.

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