Study in Bristol

Bristol for students

Skyrocketing up this year’s Best Student Cities ranking to 49th place, Bristol is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK, and is home to two universities ranked among the world’s top 1000: the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

Best universities in Bristol

World RankingUniversity
=61University of Bristol
801-1000University of the West of England

More about Bristol

Bristol scored well across the ranking indicators, improving significantly in the affordability, employer activity and student view indicators.

Number of universities ranked by QS2
Highest-ranked institutionUniversity of Bristol (ranked joint 61st in the world)
Average international fees (at ranked unis)US$30,500
Desirability rank73rd
Employer Activity rank74th
Affordability rank102nd
Student Mix rank31st
Student Voice rank32nd

Why study in Bristol?

A fun, friendly and diverse city

Bristol’s highest scores are for the student mix indicator (ranking 31st) and the student voice indicator (ranking 32nd.) The city is a cool and creative city that has much to offer and is highly praised for its thriving student lifestyle, nightlife and friendliness.

Links to the seaside and countryside

Bristol wins high praise for its excellent links to both the seaside and countryside, without feeling cut off from the rest of the country. Cyclists and nature walkers can enjoy the 13-mile-long Bristol and Bath Railway Path, and the Avon Gorge offers great climbing opportunities.

Excellent nightlife scene

With an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as a flourishing LGBT scene, Bristol’s nightlife is not to be missed. Park Street and The Triangle area are often frequented by students.

What is the cost of studying in Bristol?

Although tuition fees are relatively high for international students, rent and living costs are lower compared to other student cities in the UK, such as Brighton and London, resulting in Bristol ranking 102nd in the world this year for affordability.  

According to Numbeo, a single person’s estimated monthly costs for living in Bristol are around US$947. If you’d like to live in the city centre, renting a one-bedroom apartment will set you back an estimated US$1,259 per month.

Life and culture in Bristol

Known as the hometown of the mysterious Banksy, Bristol is steadily growing a reputation as a creative hub – you won’t walk far without seeing lively murals, and there are numerous live music venues, art spaces and festivals to enjoy, such as the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta every August, the biggest hot air balloon event in Europe.

The median age of Bristolians is 33, and people here love it for its friendliness and for the diversity of its culture, with almost 100 main languages spoken in the city.

Careers in Bristol

Ranking 71st in the world for employer activity, Bristol falls somewhere in the middle of the table for being a city that is most highly sought-after as recruiting grounds among graduate employers. 

If you’re planning on staying in Bristol after graduation, industries such as aerospace engineering, creative media, electronics, technology, and financial services are on the lookout for talented, skilled graduates.

Source: QS


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