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A Bristol neighbourhood for every student

By beth owen, Wednesday Oct 30, 2019

Finding a place to live can be a daunting task, especially in a city as big as this one. Bristol has always resisted the bland. In this incredibly diverse city there is a neighbourhood for every kind of student whether you like to be close to campus, live a wild nightlife or prefer a quieter and calmer pace of life.

Whatever the location, there will always be perks and downsides so make sure you do your research and pick the area most suited to you.

City centre

The city centre is the obvious choice if you are someone who likes to have everything on your doorstep. Most of the accommodation is converted office blocks or warehouses but with great location comes high prices and limited parking.

Distance from UWE Bristol: Frenchay (5.7 miles), Glenside (4miles) and Bower Ashton (3.7 miles)

Distance from the University of Bristol : The main campus is only a short ten-20 minute walk away – ideal.

The centre is a great place to live if you want to be close to everything

Gloucester Road

A very popular area with students due to its urban appeal and very affordable rent. There is a great atmosphere on the road which is filled with shops, cafes and bars.

Distance from UWE Bristol: Frenchay (2.9 miles), Glenside (3.2 miles) and Bower Ashton (4.5 miles)

Distance from University of Bristol: A 30 minute walk away.

Horfield

This is a popular neighbourhood for many of UWE Bristol’s students because of its proximity to Gloucester Road and Frenchay campus. Rent is also very affordable and parking is generally not an issue.

Distance from UWE Bristol: Frenchay (2.3 miles), Glenside (2.7 miles) and Bower Ashton (4.7 miles)

Distance from University of Bristol: 2.4 miles

Montpelier, St Paul’s and Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft is the soul of Bristol’s graffiti and music scene and the area has a reputation for being a bit more alternative, edgy and multicultural. These are definitely areas for the more streetwise of students.

Distance from UWE Bristol: Ranging from 3.5-6 miles

Distance from University of Bristol: 1.5 miles

Picton Street in Montpelier is a colourful place to live

Redland

Rent prices vary in the residential hub of Redland but if you get in quick then you’ll be able to bag yourself an affordable place. The narrow streets make parking especially difficult but it also means that your friends are never too far away.

Distance from UWE Bristol:  Frenchay (6 miles), Glenside (4 miles) and Bower Ashton (3 miles)

Distance from University of Bristol: Campus can be as close as a ten-minute walk but also as far as a 45-minute walk so make sure you check the location of your property!

Cotham

Cotham is a leafy residential area for those who like to feel a bit closer to the countryside. It is very popular with students due to its close proximity to both Gloucester Road and Whiteladies Road.

Distance from UWE Bristol: Frenchay (6.1 miles), Glenside (4.3 miles) and Bower Ashton (3.4 miles)

Distance from University of Bristol: The walk to campus can be as short as two minutes to a lengthier 20-minute walk away.

Cotham is a close walk away from Gloucester Road

Clifton

Clifton Village is one of the most affluent areas in Bristol making it one of the safest neighbourhoods to live, but it
can come at a substantial price tag.

Distance from UWE Bristol: Frenchay (7.2 miles), Glenside (5.2 miles) and Bower Ashton (2.5 miles)

Distance from University of Bristol: The furthest Clifton house from campus is only a short 15-minute walk away.

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