If so, you may be wondering what the city has to offer you in terms of entertainment. Check out our guide point guide of things to see and do for student life in Bristol.
1. Live Music
Bristol has a music scene that is notably among the very best in the world, the ‘Bristol Sound’ and trip hop of the 1990s, has played a significant role in the rise in popularity of drum & bass and dubstep.
It doesn’t stop there, Bristol offers a wealth of places to see live music from an impressive variety of music genres.
Here are our top 3 venues for live music in Bristol:
The Fleece – Bristol’s largest independent venue, and has hosted the likes of Radiohead, Oasis, Muse, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, George Ezra and Ed Sheeran!
A grade II* listed building, first used as a sheep trading market in the 1800s, hence the name! The capacity of the Fleece has a 450-standing capacity, complete with full accessibility for disabled customers.
The Louisiana – A 140 capacity, family-run venue that takes pride in putting on the best musicians and giving both them and the audience the perfect communion. The venue was created from the fact a fire had broken out at the Fleece in 1996, it has played host to the Chemical Brothers, Florence and the Machine, Placebo, and an endless list of indie style music bands.
The Canteen – A relatively new music venue compared it’s counterparts in Bristol. The Canteen opened in 2009, based in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol. With Crumbs magazine award nominations and citywide recognition, a venue well worth paying a visit.
Bristol has a host of attractions to visit with a rich cultural heritage, here are our top 3 picks:
The SS Great Britain – Bristol’s number one attraction, all aboard the most incredible time-machine. The world’s first great ocean liner, one of the UK’s top ten museums (TripAdvisor 2017-18).
The brainchild of the most famous honorary Bristolian, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The Bristol Suspension Bridge – arguably most recognisable structure in Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It marks a turning point in the history of engineering and has come to symbolise a city of original thinkers and independent spirit.
Bristol knows how to party! With a wide range of nightclubs to suit all tastes, from mainstream dancefloors to underground electronic venues, you can be sure you will be able to find the right club for you, here are our top three picks:
Motion Bristol – Not just one of the best clubs in Bristol, but one of the best in the world according to DJ Mag. Motion is a huge warehouse space, found close to Temple Meads station. Spread across several warehouses and an outdoor space. The venue regularly hosts big names including Just Jack, Fat Boy Slim and Cream.
Popular with students, the venue uses state of the art technology to make every show stand out, from lasers through to cocktails.
Lakota – A well renowned underground music nightclub situated off Stokes Croft, Bristol. The building is the only remaining part of the Stokes Croft Brewery, and is part of the Stokes Croft Conservation Area.
Known locally and nationally as a venue that has hosted the UK’s top DJ’s, such as Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Eats Everything, to name just a few.
In recent years Bristol has witnessed a huge growth of events in the festival scene. From free street festivals to pay on the day events, in fact, Bristol proudly hosts an eclectic range of festivals for all tastes, here are our top three picks:
St Pauls Carnival – The carnival at St Pauls in Bristol dates back to 1968, and represents true cultural diversity in the city. Crossing generations through a celebration of Afro Caribbean culture. And indeed represents a glorious story of how music, dance and community can bring people together.
Love Saves The Day – Arguably Bristol’s largest music festival, originally held at Eastville Park. The festival has outgrown the original site, and is now hosting the festival on the Clifton Downs. Expect a wide range of electronic dance acts from around the globe.
Bristol Harbour Festival – One of the UK’s largest public festivals, and a real showcase of Bristol’s rich musical and performance roots. The festival wraps itself around the Bristol’s scenic harbour, another key point being that many events are free to enter.
5. Food and Drink
Bristol is a culinary version of heaven for foodies! Whether you are looking for street food, a vegan hang out, or cool burger joints. However, you will find a wide range of food outlets to tantalise those taste buds! Here are our top three picks:
Cafe Kino – A vibrant non-profit vegan cafe-bar and community meeting place, with an ethical focus. Offering tasty, homemade food including burgers, breakfasts, falafel, fresh salads and cakes.
The Bristolian – Nestled in the back streets of Montpellier, the Bristolian is an easygoing hangout serving locally roasted coffees, gourmet teas, homemade cakes and tapas. Moreover with an eclectic mix of vegetarian and meat based options available, and over a thousand positive Google reviews!
Bambalan – Situated in the centre of Bristol, this gem is one of Bristol’s best loved eateries, aside from the Mediterranean based food menu, you can enjoy a wide range of cocktails, to the sound of some of Bristol’s best DJ’s spinning the tunes!
6. Open Spaces to chill…
Durdham Downs – Based close to the affluent area of Clifton, and known simply as ‘The ‘Downs’ by locals. It’s an area of public open space spanning some 400 acres. Known to host many public events throughout the year, however it’s big enough to find a place to chill with friends on a warm, sunny day!
College Green – A popular hang out on a sunny day for students, based in the centre of Bristol. Surrounded by the impressive Bristol Cathedral and City Hall buildings, and in particular it’s close to the University of Bristol main campus.
Ashton Court Estate – An impressive country park and mansion indeed, with 850 acres of woodland and grassland, including three types of golf, and can be found over the Clifton Suspension bridge heading out of Bristol.