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The Bristol student Guide 2020

About to start studying in Bristol?

Welcome to our amazing, vibrant city full of culture, music and gurt lush food spots. It’s a city that has something to offer everyone.

Clifton Guide

Lucky for you we are right around the corner from the University of Bristol with some excellent hotels and restaurants to ensure your transition into Uni life is as smooth as possible.

If friends, parents or other relatives are helping you move in they can book to stay with us while they’re here. We have five superb hotels in Clifton to choose from; The Clifton Hotel, The Washington Hotel, The Rodney Hotel, The Berkeley Hotel and Berkeley Suites.


Whilst unpacking you are sure to work up an appetite so come and visit us at Racks Bar & Kitchen or The Square Club for some delicious food.

Racks Bar & Kitchen

As Bristol restaurants go, we have a huge variety of food on offer: from the famous Racks Burgers and Racks Pies to our super salads – not forgetting the best Sunday Roasts in Bristol! With lunches starting at £6 you can’t go wrong with our fresh, made to order menu.

The Square Club

With Eat Out to Help Out continuing this September at The Square club there is no better time to enjoy the incredible food curated by head chef Aidan Fisher. This means that you can still enjoy 50% off food & soft drinks every Monday – Wednesday throughout September. Whether you are after a quick lunch break, food with friends or a romantic date night – we have you covered.

Clifton Short Lets

Are you still looking for affordable student accommodation? Does all inclusive bills and no agency fees sound good to you? Get in touch and we’ll do the rest.

Square Works

Are you entrepreneurial minded and fancy an office space to help you take off? Square Works is a unique workspace and private members' club in the heart of Clifton with plenty of events and networking opportunities. Square Works could be a stepping stone to your future career after university.


Fresher’s week (5th October – 16th October 2020)

Due to COVID-19 being ever-changing, unfortunately the future cannot be predicted. So, in light of the current situation Bristol Fresher’s have a ‘Buy with Confidence’ guarantee in place; it’s their commitment to you so there is no uncertainty when buying your Fresher’s wristband. Purchase your Fortnight 2 Wristband, perfect for students starting at UOB, here.

Welcome Week

Last year the Bristol SU ran around 150 events as part of Welcome Week and though this year is a little different, you’ll find a great mix of online social events. Here’s our top 5 welcome events this autumn.

1. The Bristol SU Welcome Fair (7 October 2020, 1:00PM)

The biggest event of the year has nearly 400 societies ready to meet you and dozens of brands giving away amazing deals for new students. This year the Fair is being taken online, so you can sign up for everything you fancy from the comfort of your home.

2. Welcome 2020 Official Launch Party (20 Aug 2020, 8:00PM)

Join Bristol legend DJ Cheeba for an exclusive Bristol themed DJ set to celebrate the start of Welcome 2020! You’ll get to see a progressive audio-visual representation of our much loved city so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Bristol from your own sofa. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! This event will take place on Facebook Live.

3. Starter for 10 Netflix Watch Party (27 Aug 2020, 8:00pm)

Watch the classic British comedy-drama starring James McAvoy as a Bristol University student who wins a place on the University Challenge quiz team. Find some popcorn and a comfy seat to get settled in for the evening. Download the chrome extension ‘Netflix Party’.

4. Big Fat Bristol Quiz (03 Sep 2020, 8:00pm)

It’s time to get to know your new city! Join your future flatmates for a Bristol themed quiz where you can win prizes for your new flat. This event will be held via Facebook Live and you can buy your ticket here.

5. Chai and Chat (14 Sep 2020, 12:00pm)

Join on Zoom for a chance to meet new people: you bring the chai, they’ll bring the chat. Find more people from outside of your living circles and hear our best recommendations for what to do in Bristol. Buy your ticket here.

Posted on 26th August 2020 by Amy