University of Bristol

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is ranked 62nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022. Bristol offers an international reputation for high-quality education and research, welcoming postgraduate and undergraduate students from more than 150 countries worldwide.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Bristol is one of the UK’s top ten universities (QS World University Rankings 2022).
  • Bristol is ranked 9th in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
  • The University is a top five UK institution for research (joint fifth in THE analysis of REF 2014).

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University College, Bristol was founded in 1876, and became the University of Bristol in 1909. It was the first higher education institution in the UK to admit men and women on an equal basis. Thirteen Nobel Prize winners are linked to the University, including Sir Winston Churchill and the current Chancellor Sir Paul Nurse, geneticist and director of the Francis Crick Institute.


Bristol's outstanding learning environment and research-led education attract the brightest students from across the world. More than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students currently study in this vibrant academic community, alongside inspirational lecturers who are experts in their fields.

The University of Bristol aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career in a competitive global market. With a comprehensive choice of subjects, Bristol students engage with intellectually challenging courses that encourage independence of mind. The University's degrees are informed by its cutting-edge research and its strong connections with employers.


The University of Bristol is at the forefront of global research. A member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Bristol is a top five UK institution for research intensity (joint fifth in THE analysis of REF 2014). 

The University of Bristol aims to bring together the best minds in individual fields, and academics from different disciplines are encouraged to work together. Their research tackles some of the world’s biggest issues in areas as diverse as epidemiology, human rights and cybersecurity.

Bristol was the first UK university to declare a climate emergency. Sustainability is central to the University, with its ambitious green strategy and innovative environmental research.


Bristol graduates are highly sought after by employers worldwide, thanks to the University's strong employer connections. Bristol is ranked 9th in the UK for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020).

Whether you plan to stay in the UK or return to your home country after your studies, the Careers Service provides expert advice and inspiration for up to three years after graduation. There are also events including employer presentations, networking opportunities, workshops and careers fairs. 

Bristol's professional partnerships, internship schemes, enterprise support and industry links give you the best start to your career.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Bristol's Student Services are here to support all aspects of university life.

Throughout your studies, you will have support for your academic development through services including study skills training, academic language support, personal tutors or research supervisors, and peer support.

The Students’ Health Service, Student Wellbeing Service and more are here to help you maintain your physical and mental health. Bristol supports overseas students before and during their time in the UK, and the Global Lounge encourages integration and community among all students. 

Other support includes the University Day Nursery, Disability Services and the Multifaith Chaplaincy.

Housing services

Settling into a new city can be one of the most exciting parts of university life. Bristol's friendly Accommodation Office will help you feel at home. 

Three Student Residential Villages offer ready-made communities to help you settle in.  Across these villages you can find a range of residences to suit your needs and budget, from historic shared townhouses to modern city-centre flats. The residences are safe and welcoming with round-the-clock assistance from trained pastoral staff, 24-hour security, fitness facilities, and extensive opportunities to get involved in sports and social events.

If you prefer to rent privately, dedicated advisors can offer help and expertise when choosing private accommodation.

Library services

The University has nine libraries, offering study spaces, specialist subject librarians and millions of online research and learning resources. The University of Bristol also has four managed study centres with individual and collaborative study spaces and group working rooms. The Special Collections comprise a diverse range of printed books and journals, archival resources and artefacts.

ICT services

All Bristol students have access to high-quality and convenient IT facilities including more than 2,300 PCs, many with 24-hour access; powered study spaces; printers across study spaces; and free wireless internet across the University. The IT Service Desk offers advice and support on and off campus, as well as dedicated laptop and mobile clinics.

Medical services

Bristol is one of only two universities in the UK to run a full National Health Service doctors’ practice on campus, with experienced healthcare staff. The University provides many other resources including a free Student Health App, and healthcare facilities are also available off-campus nearby.

Student Life

Campus life

The University campus is at the heart of the city of Bristol, nestled in south-west England. Big enough to be exciting but small enough to be safe and friendly, the city is known for its independent spirit, historic architecture, beautiful parks and vibrant cultural scene.

Bristol is a proud multicultural community: the city welcomes people from 187 countries and at least 45 religions. Its compact, diverse neighbourhoods embody the best of British culture from day to night, with streets full of colourful art, independent shops and cosy cafés.

Bristol is only 90 minutes from London by train and has a busy international airport, but is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Sports facilities

To help you stay healthy and active during your time at university, Bristol offers fantastic sport and fitness opportunities on and off campus. 

The wide range of activities and excellent facilities will help you lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether you are looking to compete at the highest level or just want to keep fit, Bristol offers something for you. 

There are more than 80 sports clubs to choose from.

The facilities include: an indoor sports centre on campus, featuring a gym, free weights room, studios, sports hall and sports medicine clinic; a 32-metre swimming pool; a sports complex with grass and artificial pitches, an indoor tennis centre and an Olympic weight-lifting gym; and a boathouse.

Student clubs

Every student at Bristol automatically becomes a member of the Students’ Union, Bristol SU. As well as supporting a wide range of student societies, the SU offers impartial, confidential advice and representation.

Students can choose from more than 400 societies and clubs covering a wide range of interests and hobbies, from photography to snowboarding or gardening. Representing the University's diverse international community, Bristol students run over 50 country-based societies, as well as several religious groups. You can also develop your skills while helping the community with extensive volunteering opportunities or join one of Bristol's many student networks to build community and create change.


Many of Bristol's courses and programmes are accredited by professional bodies, societies, and institutes, meaning your degree will be recognised widely around the world.

Bristol, England, United Kingdom


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