University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is a highly ranked Russell Group university with a fantastic reputation. You’ll join a global community of students from more than 150 countries, and enjoy life in one of the UK’s most exciting cities.
Top reasons to study here
The University of Bristol is a world-class institution, and your Bristol degree will be impressive to future employers, as the University enjoys fantastic subject rankings in many areas of study. At Bristol, you’ll be part of an academic community with a reputation for producing high-achieving graduates.
International student community
With students from more than 150 countries around the world, you’ll enjoy a multicultural study experience at the University of Bristol. You’ll meet people from many corners of the globe, and benefit from learning about diverse cultures and different perspectives.
Outstanding academic history
13 Nobel Prize winners are linked to the University, so as a Bristol student, you’ll be following the path of some of the greatest minds in the world. For example, former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature while he was Chancellor of the University!
Dynamic city life
Bristol is a vibrant city located in the south-west of England. You can enjoy its creative, laid-back atmosphere, its independent shops, art galleries and eateries, as well as its many green spaces. It was even named the #1 place to live in the UK in 2017 by the Sunday Times. Click to find out more!
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about University of Bristol
Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol combines academic excellence with an independent and forward-thinking spirit.
Bristol was the first UK university to declare a climate emergency. With an ambitious green strategy and innovative environmental research, sustainability remains key to our vision of the future.
Before the University of Bristol, there was University College, Bristol
University College, Bristol existed from 1876 to 1909 and was the precursor to the University of Bristol.
University College, Bristol finally opened its doors at 9 am on Tuesday 10 October 1876 in rented premises at 32 Park Row. Initially there were two professors and five lecturers offering courses in 15 subjects. The College was open to men and women on the same basis (except in medicine). During the first session, 99 day students registered (30 men and 69 women) and 238 evening ones (143 men and 95 women).
On 24 May 1909, 33 years after University College opened, the Charter, approved by King Edward VII, came into effect. It was a day of celebration across Bristol.
A University of Bristol initiative which empowers our students to fulfil their academic and personal potential, to graduate from the University as tenacious, inventive and connected individuals who will be a benefit to themselves and to society. Bristol Futures is built around three themes which explore the major opportunities and challenges facing our generation:
- Innovation & Enterprise
- Global Citizenship
- Sustainable Futures
In addition to their degree programme, our students will be able to engage with these themes within a range of activities and learning resources supporting their studies and personal development.
The University of Bristol is at the cutting edge of global research. We have made innovations in areas ranging from cot death prevention to nanotechnology.
The University has had a reputation for innovation since its founding in 1876. Our research tackles some of the world’s most pressing issues in areas as diverse as infection and immunity, human rights, climate change, and cryptography and information security.
Bristol graduates are highly sought after by employers in the UK and overseas. The University is in the UK’s top 10 in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2020).
Find out how our Careers Service can support you during your studies and for up to 3 years after graduation
- The IT Services’ SharePoint site provides a range of useful information for current staff and students including our news and IT bulletin service.
- The IT Status Page provides information about service status and upcoming IT maintenance.
- The University Staff and PGR intranet provides a hub to web-based tools and information from across the University.
- IT Service Desk
- IT Learning and training
- Local IT support
- Most international students can access medical care through the National Health Service (NHS).
- We offer a range of University-managed healthcare services including a full NHS doctor’s practice. Through our free, confidential Wellbeing Access service, you can access:
- specialist support such as online peer-support resources
- the Student Counselling Service
- Nilaari, which offers culturally appropriate counselling for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.
- The Residential Life Service provides expert help, support and advice for those living in University accommodation.
- Disability Services provides advice and study support for:
- ongoing health conditions
- mental health difficulties
- specific learning difficulties
- autism spectrum conditions
- sensory impairments.
If you have any of these, we encourage you to make contact early so we can advise you of the support available and how to access it.
The campus spans a wide area, bordered to the north by Tyndalls Park Road and to the south by Park Row and the Wills Memorial Building, which has overlooked the city from its vantage point at the top of Park Street since 1925.
At the heart of the Clifton campus is the Grade I-listed Royal Fort Gardens, formerly part of the large 18th-century estate of the Tyndall family, and home to the impressive towers of the School of Physics in the HH Wills Building.
With an eclectic mix of architecture, buildings on the Clifton campus range from Victorian villas on tree-lined Woodland Road, home to the Faculty of Arts, to the ultra-modern £56m Life Sciences Building, opened in 2015.
The Richmond Building, home to Bristol Students’ Union, is a short walk from the main campus and minutes from the bustle of the Triangle at the top of Park Street.
Sport, Exercise and Health is part of a network of facilities, providing opportunities for sports participation at all levels, and the chance to take part in a huge range of healthy pursuits.
- Indoor sports center
- Sports medicine clinic
- Swimming pool
- Coombe dingle sports complex
- Saltford boathouse
Join a community
- The Global Lounge is a cultural hub that organises free social events, cultural celebrations, and a regular Language Café. It’s a place for international and UK students to connect, share experiences and make new friends.
- You can join one of our many country-based societies or religious societies to share your culture and meet like-minded friends.
- Bristol consistently ranks in the world’s top 100 and UK’s top ten universities in league tables that draw on information about both research and teaching excellence.
- We are one of the most popular UK universities, attracting on average eight top-quality applicants for every place, and our graduates are among the most sought-after by employers across the globe.
- #10 Top Ten University (QS World University Rankings 2022)
- #7 One of the 10 most targeted universities by top UK employers ( High Fliers Research).
- #7 Joint seventh for UK graduate employability (QS graduate employability Rankings 2022)
- #1 Home to the best business incubator in the world (UBI Global 2019)
- #5 Top five university for research (2014 REF)
- #13 Nobel Prize Winners linked to the University- including our current Chancellor, Sir Paul Nurse
- #32 Thirty Two subjects highly rated in the world’s top 100 (QS World Subject Rankings 2020)
- #9 Ranked ninth in Europe for teaching
- University of Bristol alumni are among the highest paid graduates in the UK
- Over 40 per cent of our teaching programmes are accredited by professional bodies, who consistently acknowledge the excellence of our research-rich curriculum, our learning environment and our learning outcomes.
- The review processes undertaken by these bodies are extremely detailed and are conducted by leading academics and practitioners. For more information please see our Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies page.
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