There is no doubt that Bristol is an exciting and vibrant place to live. Students are at the heart of the city with so many things to do. Whether you fancy a wild night out with your friends or prefer to have a more chilled day enjoying the city’s landscapes, the list is never-ending. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Bristol as a student to make you fall in love with the city.
Address: The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin, Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4LD
One of the most famous landmarks in Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This means that as a student, visiting this impressive work of architecture will definitely be on your bucket list. However, there is a local secret to admire the view at new heights! At the White Lion Bar, you can enjoy a meal or beverage on the terraced beer garden over-looking the Suspension Bridge. On a hot summers evening after completing a day of lectures, the White Lion Bar is definitely a prime spot to enjoying a serene view with your course mates.
Address: 20 Park St, Bristol BS1 5JA
If you are a chocolate lover (and who isn’t?), then Mrs Potts Chocolate House will become your new favourite café. Specialising in chocolate treats, their extensive menu consists of anything from double chocolate cookie sandwiches and white chocolate cake to a simple hot chocolate. They also offer multiple dairy-free options, meaning that there is plenty of selection for anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. What’s more, at Mrs Potts you can personalise your order with extra chocolate sauce and chocolate chips of your choice – completely free! Located extremely close to the university, it has become a much-loved hot-spot for students.
Address: 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
After enjoying a stroll around the Harbourside, why not pop into the Watershed cinema. With student tickets as low as £5, you can enjoy the latest films without worrying about cutting into your finances. What makes Watershed a one of a kind cinema is that it also screens independent and international films, as well as putting on music and art showcases. You can also take alcoholic drinks into the screening to enjoy a cheap yet boogie cinematic experience. A top tip for if you decide to go, make sure to turn up early as they do not reserve seats and tickets sell out quickly.
7. Go vintage clothes shopping
There is no question that vintage clothes have become the trademark for students at Bristol. Therefore, to become a true Bristol student, one thing you need to do is experience going vintage clothes shopping. Gloucester Road and Park Street are prime areas as many vintage and charity shops are located there. Each shop offers a different style, so you can enjoy changing up your look from anything grungy to chic.
Address: Cabot Circus, Glass Walk, Bristol BS1 3BQ
For any group of students looking to have some fun in the evening or the weekend, mini-golf is the perfect activity. Located in the shopping centre Cabot Circus, Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf offers a jungle-themed golfing experience with two 18 hole courses. Whether you’re playing competitively or just to have some fun, you can adjust the difficulty of the course to suit your group. However, if golf isn’t for you don’t threat as you can also enjoy the arcades with games such as table tennis and pool. With student drink offers, at Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf you can be sure to enjoy a boozy day or night bonding with your friends.
5. Celebrate the St. Pauls Carnival
Address: St. Pauls
As a student in Bristol you cannot miss the biggest and most vibrant carnival of the year. Since 1968, on the first Saturday of every July, St. Pauls has celebrated Afro Caribbean traditions and culture. The celebration is recommended to students who want to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and the Bristolian community. The highlight of the festival has to be the parade showcasing dancers in colourful costumes, reggae singers and poets. Only held once a year, be sure to go as you will have a blast and it will be a great time to look back on.
Address: 32 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1TG
It is no secret that students love a good night out. At Bristol, there are plenty of options to choose from. However, if you are looking to experience a very ‘Bristol’ night out, then Mr Wolfs – a quirky bar/club – is the best place to go. Located in the Old City, on their club nights, you can break out some moves to live singers and bands. If you fancy a more relaxed night but want to still enjoy the arts, they also host poets, artists and stand up comedians. Oh, and might I add that unexpectedly, they have a great noodle menu!
Address: Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR
As a student restricted to a budget, we know that you cannot always afford to spend money when going out. Luckily, Bristol’s beautiful scenery means that you can still have a good time for free. When the weather is nice, escape the busy city life and enjoy a picnic at Brandon Hill, Bristol’s oldest park. While you’re there why not climb Cabot Tower and get some fresh air and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Address: Stoke Park Rd, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1JG
Another hidden gem for students to add to their list of free activities is the Botanical Gardens. Owned by the university, it is located at Stoke Bishop, the hub of many student accommodations. An unexpected attraction for a city, the greenhouse gives a rainforest-feel and is perfect for those students who love to decorate their room with a good plant or succulent. The Garden is home to many unique plants such as the Giant Amazon Waterlily and the Sacred Lotus. Impressively, you can even discover the primitive plants that dinosaurs once consumed.
Address: 25 Bond St S, Penn St, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3BX / 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
When the Christmas season comes around, what better way is there to get in the festive spirit than to visit a Christmas market. In Bristol you are certainly spoilt for choice with several markets dotted around the city; all decorated beautifully and offering various food and drink stalls to indulge in. At the Harbourside Christmas market, you can also enjoy light shows, play fairground games and ride a Ferris Wheel. A warm atmosphere to embrace yourself in at the end of the year, it is recommended that you go with your new friends.
This list of 10 things is just a small fraction of the wide range of activities students can do in Bristol. No matter what you are feeling or what time of day you decide to explore the city, there is always something to do and to everyone’s taste. With student-life so central to Bristol’s identity, it is a wonderful place to have fun and live in as a student.