A Guide to Halls in Bristol
Bristol first year accommodation halls all have their respective reputations. This can make it hard to get objective information on where to live in the city. Here is a guide featuring one prominent residence from each key area of student accommodation in Bristol. Hopefully it’ll help narrow things down when it comes to decision making!
Stoke Bishop is famous for its great night life. Located a bit more than 2 miles out of Bristol, a free bus service (the U1) runs to and from the campus around Bristol and specifically the University area. It’s a nice green escape from the bustle of the city centre, and can be great for those who aren’t completely ready to transition to the city life just yet.
Known for being the poshest of halls that all the ‘Oxford rejects’ end up in, Wills has 3 different blocks, one which is definitely comparable to Oxbridge colleges. The others are much more reminiscent of the typical student life. Nevertheless, Wills is one of the most expensive of Bristol University halls. Saying that, it is catered, has a variety of room types (single with a basin; en suite; or, shared), a bar, a music practice room, a library, a study room, sports facilities and a common room.
The Clifton residences are all visually stunning so it’s hard to distinguish between them. It is closer to uni than Stoke Bishop - meaning you can walk in - but far enough away to not have to hear road works all the time like in the centre. You are still close enough to some greenery so you can go on a walk to clear your head.
Goldney is a highly-sought out place to live due to its beautiful crowds and buildings which have been used to film scenes in Sherlock, Skins and The Chronicles of Narnia. It is self-catered and split into flats. It has its own bar, a study room, sports facilities and a library. If that doesn’t tempt you enough, there’s also a house cat…
City Centre halls are famous for being people’s second and third choices — if they were even one at all — but everyone who lives in them has never regretted it and always had a great time. It is a perfect location to get integrated right into the heart of Bristol life, perfect for those who moved away from cities such as London, Brighton or Manchester. You are right near the Harbourside (which has great food markets), Queens Square for some quiet relief, or The Apple, a cider boat along the Welsh Back. You are never short of something to do in the centre. (Can you tell that I lived there?)
As a community of second and third choice-ers, those in City Centre Riverside love to reminisce about the fun times they had in these ugly buildings. Compared to the residences in Clifton or in Stoke Bishop, it would be easy to dismiss these places as options. However, there is a real sense of community among the three and there are constant events that feature free pizza (!!). The Rackhay has a cinema room along with a study and common room which Waverley and Favell have too. Living here is easy whether you are a quiet person that prefers to stay in or if you like to party — there’s always someone for everyone.
Although it feels incredibly important to pick the right place to live when moving to university, whether people were given their first choice or not, everyone tends to enjoy where they are. But don’t fret, there are options to move if this isn’t the case! Ultimately, you want to look for somewhere where you will feel most comfortable. Moving away from home is a big step and for this reason, it’s important to try and find what’s best for you!
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