University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Bristol is in the UK’s top ten and 61st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023).
  • Bristol is joint seventh in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022).
  • The University is a top five UK institution for research (THE analysis of REF 2021).

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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. The University is linked to 13 Nobel Prize winners, including Sir Winston Churchill and the current Chancellor Sir Paul Nurse. 


Bristol's outstanding academic community attracts the brightest students from around the world. More than 27,000 undergraduates and postgraduates currently study at the University. Around 25% of students are international. 

A Bristol degree equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. Students engage with intellectually challenging courses in a comprehensive choice of subjects. Teaching is informed by the University's cutting-edge research and strong employer connections. 


Bristol is at the forefront of global research. It is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities and the Worldwide Universities Network. 

The University brings together academics who are experts in their fields. Their research tackles some of the world’s biggest challenges in areas such as epidemiology, human rights and cybersecurity. 

Sustainability is central to the University. Bristol was the first UK university to declare a climate emergency. It has an ambitious green strategy and leads the way in environmental research. 


Bristol graduates are sought after by employers worldwide. Students benefit from the University’s strong industry connections and tailored careers support. 

The Careers Service provides expert advice during your degree and for up to three years after graduation. Support is available whether you plan to stay in the UK or return to your home country after your studies. 

Regular events include employer presentations, networking opportunities, workshops and careers fairs. Bristol also offers a range of professional partnerships, internship schemes and enterprise support. 

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.
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.
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.
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

The University supports international students before and during their time in the UK. 

Bristol can help with your academic development throughout your degree. Support includes study skills training, academic language support, and personal tutors or supervisors. 

At Bristol, there's always someone to talk to. The Student Wellbeing Service, Residential Life team and Student Counselling Service are here to help.  

Other services include the University Day Nursery, Disability Services and the Multifaith Chaplaincy. 

Housing services

Bristol's friendly Accommodation Office will help you feel at home. Three Student Residential Villages offer ready-made communities to help you settle in.  

There is a range of residences to suit different needs and budgets, from historic shared townhouses to modern city-centre flats. Residences are safe and welcoming, with pastoral staff, security services and fitness facilities. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in sports and social events. 

Dedicated advisors can also offer help and expertise when choosing private accommodation. 

Library services

The University is home to nine libraries. These offer study spaces, specialist subject librarians, and online research and learning resources. There are also four managed study centres with individual and collaborative study spaces. 

ICT services

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

Medical services

Bristol has a full National Health Service doctors’ practice on campus, with experienced staff. The University provides many other healthcare resources, including a free Student Health App. Medical facilities are also available off-campus nearby. 

Student Life

Campus life

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

Bristol has 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. Bristol's streets are full of colourful art, independent shops and cosy cafés. 

The city is only 90 minutes from London by train and has a busy international airport, but is also close to beautiful countryside.  

Sports facilities

Bristol offers fantastic sport and fitness opportunities on and off campus.  

The University's excellent facilities and support will help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are looking to compete at a high level or just keep fit, there is something for you. Students can choose from more than 80 sports clubs. 

The on-campus indoor sports centre has a gym, a free weights room, studios, a sports hall and a sports medicine clinic. The sports complex includes grass and artificial pitches, an indoor tennis centre, and an Olympic weight-lifting gym. There is also a 32-metre swimming pool and a boathouse. 

Student clubs

Every student at Bristol is a member of the Students’ Union, Bristol SU. The SU offers impartial, confidential advice and representation. 

Bristol SU also supports a wide range of student societies and clubs. More than 400 societies are available, covering a wide range of interests and hobbies.  

There are over 50 country-based societies, as well as several religious groups. You can also develop skills while helping the community with extensive volunteering opportunities.  


Many courses and programmes are accredited by professional bodies, societies, and institutes. This means your degree will be recognised widely around the world. 

Bristol, England, United Kingdom


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