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THE UK: Destination Guides

Study destination: Bristol

Hotcourses Abroad showcases Bristol's highlights as study destination.

Bristol, UK

Already being known as one of the most attractive cities in England, the vibrant city of Bristol also has an eccentric culture, a dedicated city-region economy, green credentials and exceptional transport links which make it a fantastic study destination.


Deemed as the capital of the South West of England, Bristol is a flourishing cosmopolitan city presenting an abundant range of attractions and activities. Located roughly 3h from London, there is an excellent transport links by road, railway, coach and air to many other parts of the UK and Europe resulting in a very ideal location to study.



The nightlife here is very active: there is an inclusive collection of spots bidding different styles to suit all tastes. Loads of pubs, bars and restaurants will be waiting for you, also theatres, cinemas and comedy clubs that make Bristol a very distinctive city. Over the years, the entire scene has blown up and the strong competition among venues has encouraged them to improve.


The International Balloon Fiesta is a real exhibition as hundreds of balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the skies above the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge - the night glow is worth sticking around for.  Eating in Bristol is also a pleasure with a vast range of bars, cafés and restaurants that will work for all budgets.




Bristol is a place full of attractions. Even when walking on the streets, you will notice an original Banksy’s graffiti. Also, the City Museum and Art Gallery is also worth having a look while there for some traditional art and antiquities.


For boutiques and designers, explore the Clifton Village or the Cabot’s Circus. The freshly renovated pedestrian streets offer a remarkable environment in which to shop, and soothing open spaces in which to observe the world go by. Other than that, there are continuous festivals throughout the year to keep you occupied.


Coming to the more physical side of activities, Bristol already have professional football and premiership rugby clubs for their fans as well as other adventurous activities like rock-climbing and speed-car racing.


Overall this city has grown into an important financial hub with a number of large office blocks. The headquarters for many of England's leading companies such as British Aerospace and Rolls Royce.  With so much to do, you cannot go wrong with choosing Bristol as a study destination.


Did you know?


  • Bristol is the only UK city to have been nominated for the title ‘European Green Capital'
  • The oldest dinosaur discovered anywhere in the world, was unearthed in Bristol.
  • Bristol girl Elizabeth Blackwell fought prejudice and hostility to become the World's first woman doctor
  • Bristol Zoo is the world’s oldest provincial zoo
  • An NME Student Survey came to the conclusion that Bristol was at the top for student social life!


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