Living Off Campus at UWE Bristol
If you’re planning on studying at UWE then there’s a good chance you’ll be based on Frenchay Campus. While there are a huge number of places to live on the campus itself, you may decide you’d prefer to live elsewhere. With that in mind, here’s a low down of where UWE students tend to live and how you can make sure you get the most out of your new home.
Stoke Park: You didn’t much like the idea of living on campus, so instead you decided to spend way more money living on the housing estate right next to it. Congratulations! Don’t get me wrong, the houses are very nice and it may be somewhere to consider for 2nd or 3rd year, but if you want to live there in 1st year then you might as well just live in the university provided accommodation and enjoy the fresher’s campus vibe.
Filton: Despite it not looking like much, Filton can provide the ideal balance of being off campus, while still only being a 10 minute bus ride away. The housing is reasonably cheap as Bristol goes, and it is close to several large supermarkets. Transport links are good and you do inevitably get used to not so attractive architecture. This is a particularly popular choice amongst UWE students, so you'd undoubtedly have friends living nearby as well.
Gloucester Road: Although this description covers quite a large area, the fact is that any area located off Gloucester Road is pretty much the best place to be as a student at Frenchay. The houses are generally mid-range but reasonably priced, and the area is by far the most exciting. I can’t think of any other residential area in Bristol where I can browse a charity shop, smoke a shisha pipe and eat an artisan cooked breakfast within the space of 30 yards. All the best house parties are hosted here and there is a plethora of buses going to both university and town.
Fishponds: With the exception of students studying at Glenside, I am not really sure why any UWE student would choose to live in Fishponds. Yes, the houses are cheap, but there is cheap housing all down Filton Avenue and Gloucester Road, and there's actually stuff to do in these areas! If I were only allowed to write three things about each area, my description of Fishponds would be dull, dull and dull. If you’re a 2nd year living in Fishponds, better luck next year, but if you’re a fresher, I would strongly recommend choosing somewhere else.
The Centre: The selling point of living in the City Centre is obvious: you’re near everything…except for university. If you plan on spending your 1st year going clubbing and maybe occasionally attending lectures, then living in the heart of town may be ideal for you. However, it is worth noting that the prices will almost certainly be higher than what most students would like to spend on rent. You are right by all the best clubs and venues, but your bank balance will pay the price by the end of it. What’s more, if you do intend on maintaining a high attendance level at your lectures then you may want to consider living closer to campus.
There are of course many other areas that I have not included on this list, but these five are the main areas where Frenchay students tend to live. Some of the categories, such as Gloucester Road, actually cover several areas, so it is worth looking into the different locations dotted along it before blindly moving there. Overall, I hope this has helped to make your decision about where to live that little bit easier.
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