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University of Bristol



Before the University of Bristol, there was University College, Bristol

University College, Bristol existed from 1876 to 1909 and was the precursor to the University of Bristol.

Its history can be traced back to the efforts of John Percival, headmaster of Clifton College, to press for the establishment of such an institution.  


Bristol's world-class learning experience encourages students to become independent thinkers, equipped to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges they encounter throughout their lives and careers and become leaders in their chosen fields.


All our students have the opportunity to engage in real-life research projects on intellectually challenging courses shaped by the latest thinking.


Supporting your future success. At the Careers Service we're here to inspire you and support you in helping you get to where you want to be when you graduate.


Student services

The International Office work in teams to deliver a range of services. If you have a question, please choose the appropriate team below or use the general enquiries number.

Housing services

Our Accommodation Office will help you find somewhere to live, and can advise you on both University and private accommodation throughout your time at Bristol.

The University has around 1,500 self-catered single rooms for postgraduate students located within a short distance of the Clifton campus.

If you are accompanied by a partner or family, you can apply for one of a small number of University couple and family flats.

Library services

The library provides access to and support for millions of research and learning resources in print and online. We are committed to providing high-quality facilities and services to enrich scholarship at the University.

ICT services

Various facilities are available to connect your home computer to the Internet and/or the University network:

Student Life

Sports facilities

Sport, Exercise and Health is part of a network of facilities, providing opportunities for sports participation at all levels, and the chance to take part in a huge range of healthy pursuits.

Indoor Sports Centre: Home for most of our indoor activities comprising a fitness suite, free weights gym, studios, sports hall, jogging track and access to squash courts

Student clubs

We have an active union that looks after students’ interests and co-ordinates a huge range of activities.

Bristol, England, United Kingdom