Bristol is a buzzing, multicultural university city of around 400,000 students, attracting lots of international students every year. Universities hold world leading research studies and provide top job opportunities, resulting in average earnings that are higher compared to other major UK cities. Bristol is a city in South West England, with an estimated population of 437,500. Bristol is a port city known as the 'Birthplace of America', from the name of the sheriff of Bristol in 1497 – Richard Ameryck – who funded the discoverer’s journey that reached mainland America.
A large number of important companies have local offices in Bristol. Hewlett-Packard opened its national research laboratory in Bristol. Other multinationals are: the Bristol Aeroplane Company and aircraft-engine manufacturing by Rolls-Royce, Cameron Balloons, who manufacture hot air balloons; BDO, KPMG, McCann Erickson, Brandon Hill Communications, Bank of Ireland, Tesco, Aviva.
Bristol is home to the regional headquarters of BBC West and the BBC Natural History Unit, which are an interesting work opportunity for students in the fields of marketing and communication.
The city’s economy mainly relies on the aerospace, defence, media, information-technology, financial-service and tourism industries, one of the most productive English large cities.
Bristol is certainly a city in which you will not get bored. Bristol has a vibrant social and cultural life, with so many things to offer, that anyone can find something pleasant to do or see. Bristol’s important cultural buildings include: Theatre Royal – the oldest continuously-operating theatre in England, the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, M Shed Museum, the Tudor Red Lodge, the Georgian House and Blaise Castle House, The Watershed Media Centre and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol Science Centre, and Clifton Suspension Bridge.
You can take long walks in the numerous parks; Ashton Court Estate, Leigh Woods, Oldbury Court-are just to name a few.
Bristol is also a great place for sports fans, as you can watch football or rugby games, track racing, motor racing and cricket events. Bristol is also home to a famous UK Hippodrome.
The city has many venues for live music and hosts a widespread range of festivals throughout the year. The most significant include: St Paul´s Carnival, Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Bristol Open Doors Day or Bristol Harbour Festival.
For shopping, check Broadmead, the best shopping area and then you can relax in one of the numerous pubs.
Do a Bristol Ferry Boat trip, a good way of getting around as well as seeing a lot of interesting sights.
Bristol has a strong cultural heritage and a mix of communities. The largest ethnic population includes Irish, Indian, Chinese, Arabs and Eastern European populations.
Bristol is a good place for business and appealing for foreigner investors, as workforce skills and business survival are above the UK average. The city has an active business community and support and targets business development projects in order to sustain the local economy.
Bristol has a maritime climate and is one of the warmest cities in the UK. During the winter frequent frosts occur with occasionally snowfalls from early November to late April. Summers are warm and drier, with variable sunshine, rain and clouds, and spring weather is mostly unstable, with sudden changes.
The University of Bristol is ranked among the top 50 universities globally in the QS World University Rankings 2020, attracting students from more than 150 countries worldwide. Our next Postgraduate open day is being held on 20 November 2019. Find out more at: bristol.ac.uk/postgrad-openday