University Guide

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol dates back to 1595 when it was part of the Merchant Ventures School. It was not until 1909 that the university received its royal charter and became the University of Bristol as it known today. The University is the largest independent employer in Bristol and offers over 200 undergraduate courses across its 6 academic faculties to over 22,000 students.

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University of Bristol

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Bristol.

  • Rankings

    The University of Bristol is ranked by the Times Higher Education as the 10th best university in the UK out of 130 universities.

  • Employability

    Graduates from the university of Bristol as highly sought after and renowned for being highly employable. The 2019 QA Graduate Employability Rankings 2019 rate Bristol as being 6th in the UK and 47th in the world for graduate employability.

  • Fees

    For UK students, tuition will cost £9,250 each academic year. For international students, the fees will vary between courses, most subjects start their fees at £20,100 and for disciplines such as medicine and dentistry the fees will increase to £38,000.

  • Bursaries

    There are a range of scholarship and bursaries available at the University of Bristol. Find out more here:


All first year full time students, who placed the University of Bristol as their firm choice through UCAS are guaranteed a place in university accommodation. Students who wish to live in University of Bristol accommodation will need to apply before the deadline. The university has multiple accommodation option available, ranging from self-catered, to catered and from en-suite to shared bathroom. It also offers single sex and alcohol-free accommodation. Prices range from £111 per week to £192 per week, depending on accommodation package. students can find out more information about their accommodation here. Second and third year students often choose to live in private accommodation in the city of Bristol, and many of them use accommodation for students to accompany their search.

Students' Union

The University of Bristol Students’ Union, as one of the oldest Students’ Unions in England, is a founding member of the National Union of Students. The Students’ Union offers an array of sporting teams and societies to students, and also has a strong media presents across its radio station (BURST), newspaper (Epigram) and its television station (BUTV).

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Famous for

The University of Bristol has many notable Alumni including: writer Dick King Smith; Johnathan Evans, former head of M15; illusionist Darren Brown and comedian David Walliams


Research led by the University of Bristol has led to the ground-breaking discovery that proves that rain can move mountains. The research published in Science Advances pioneered an innovative technique that captures the complexity of this long-standing scientific conundrum.

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"Wacky and wonderful, Bristol is an exciting city and a popular student destination. Despite not being a campus university, Bristol nonetheless has the strong feel of a student city so you’ll feel at home in no time".

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