by Eden, BSc(Hons) Architecture
Bristol is a diverse, historic, and exciting city that can be enjoyed by everyone, whatever your background or interests.
As someone from the countryside, UWE Bristol appealed to me because of its close connections with businesses as well as its location beyond the city where there is much less ‘hustle-bustle’.
And after only one year at UWE Bristol, I’m hooked!
As a UWE Bristol student you will have plenty of time to explore during your time at university. From discovering the amazing street art completed by Banksy in the 1980s, to shopping at Cabot Circus or Cribbs Causeway, there is always something to do.
By day, Bristol is always busy. By night, the city comes to life as there is always an event on at one of the countless nightclubs scattered around the city. Visit Thekla, an old cargo ship turned nightclub, for live music and indie events, Lakota and Motion for jungle, DJ, and drum and bass events, and any of the other clubs such as Pryzm or SWX for everything in-between!
If you want to escape the city, parks such as Brandon Hill offer scenic views from the 105ft Cabot tower which was built in 1897. Alternatively, Clifton Suspension Bridge and its surrounding green areas are only a 15-minute walk from the centre and definitely worth walking up the steep hill to get too. Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods are also easily accessible from the suspension bridge and make for a lovely afternoon walk.
UWE Bristol has three campuses which all have their own stories to tell – did you know Glenside campus used to be a hospital?!
Frenchay Campus is where many of the courses are taught and is essentially a village in its own right with shops, bars, a gym and a library. Not only does this campus boast these onsite features, but it is also extremely close to Abbeywood Retail Park and Bristol Parkway train station. Wherever you are based the efficient and cheap bus service is frequent enough that being a few miles out of the city centre makes barely any difference to your experience within Bristol.
I hope that you have an incredible few years in Bristol. Enjoy the fresher’s week events and work hard!