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By Sabrina Collier

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

Bristol for students

Skyrocketing up this year’s Best Student Cities ranking to 52nd place, Bristol is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK, and is home to two universities ranked among the world’s top 1000: the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

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Best universities in Bristol - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 52nd

World Ranking University
62 University of Bristol
801-1000 University of the West of England

More about Bristol

Bristol scored well across the ranking indicators, improving significantly in the affordability, employer activity and student view indicators.

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Number of universities ranked by QS 2
Highest-ranked institution University of Bristol (ranked 62nd in the world)
Population 686,000
Average international fees (at ranked unis) US$30,500
Desirability rank 85th
Employer Activity rank 71st
Affordability rank 105th
Student View rank 32nd

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Bristol?

A fun, friendly and diverse city

Bristol’s highest score is for the student view indicator, ranking 32nd. The city is a cool and creative city that has much to offer and is highly praised for its thriving student lifestyle, nightlife and friendliness.

Links to the seaside and countryside

Bristol wins high praise for its excellent links to both the seaside and countryside, without feeling cut off from the rest of the country. Cyclists and nature walkers can enjoy the 13-mile-long Bristol and Bath Railway Path, and the Avon Gorge offers great climbing opportunities.

Excellent nightlife scene

With an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as a flourishing LGBT scene, Bristol’s nightlife is not to be missed. Park Street and The Triangle area are often frequented by students.

Cost of studying in Bristol

Although tuition fees are relatively high for international students, rent and living costs are lower compared to other student cities in the UK, such as Brighton and London, resulting in Bristol ranking 105th in the world this year for affordability.  

According to Numbeo, a single person’s estimated monthly costs for living in Bristol are around US$947. If you’d like to live in the city centre, renting a one-bedroom apartment will set you back an estimated US$1,259 per month.

Life and culture in Bristol

Known as the hometown of the mysterious Banksy, Bristol is steadily growing a reputation as a creative hub – you won’t walk far without seeing lively murals, and there are numerous live music venues, art spaces and festivals to enjoy, such as the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta every August, the biggest hot air balloon event in Europe.

The median age of Bristolians is 33, and people here love it for its friendliness and for the diversity of its culture, with almost 100 main languages spoken in the city.

Careers in Bristol

Ranking 71st in the world for employer activity, Bristol falls somewhere in the middle of the table for being a city that is most highly sought-after as recruiting grounds among graduate employers. 

If you’re planning on staying in Bristol after graduation, industries such as aerospace engineering, creative media, electronics, technology, and financial services are on the lookout for talented, skilled graduates.

This article was originally published in July 2019 . It was last updated in July 2021

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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