The student experience

We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career in a competitive global market.

We attract students from all over the world, creating a rich and exciting international community. We are also lucky to be located in a vibrant, dynamic city with a reputation for creativity and sustainability.

With a choice of over 200 degree courses covering a broad range of subjects, our students engage with intellectually challenging courses that encourage independence of mind.

Bristol Futures

A University of Bristol initiative which empowers our students to fulfil their academic and personal potential, to graduate from the University as tenaciousinventive and connected individuals who will be a benefit to themselves and to society. Bristol Futures is built around three themes which explore the major opportunities and challenges facing our generation:

  1. Innovation & Enterprise
  2. Global Citizenship
  3. Sustainable Futures

In addition to their degree programme, our students will be able to engage with these themes within a range of activities and learning resources supporting their studies and personal development.

A Bristol degree is highly attractive to employers: we offer our students a high-quality, research-led education, and enhance our global reputation by recruiting the best academics. Bristol is ranked fourth in a list of universities targeted by leading graduate employers (source: The Graduate Market in 2018, High Fliers Research).

Our courses are shaped by the very latest thinking, and our students work on real-life projects with academics who are experts in their field. As well as teaching the facts, our researchers pass on their knowledge, enthusiasm and experience.

Bristol is small enough to feel warm and friendly, with Wellbeing Advisers in both University residences and academic schools to support our students, personal tutors and additional support services. It's also big enough to provide outstanding extracurricular opportunities, including a host of clubs, sporting activities and community and volunteering groups.

We continually invest in new and existing facilities, training and technology.

Our libraries, IT facilities and informal study spaces keep students connected and support independent learning. We have a comprehensive network of support services to ensure that our students can get help and advice on all aspects of university life – academic, personal, financial and practical – if and when they need it.

Employer connections

Bristol has connections with hundreds of employers, from small businesses to global organisations, which means our courses are up to date and relevant.

Our partners share their knowledge at careers fairs, networking events and workshops, and mentor student entrepreneurs.

Students' union

Our students’ union, Bristol SU, helps our students get the best out of their time at Bristol.

Led by students, for students, Bristol SU provides opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun, as well as representing students’ views and needs.

There are more than 300 student societies and sports clubs to choose from.

Best city life

City life in Bristol has been voted the best in Britain in a major survey of 20,000 university students across the country. The University of Bristol won the ‘City Life’ category the 2015 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.


Our students also benefit from the talent and experience of Bristol’s global alumni network, both during their time at university and after they graduate.

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