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Why choose Bristol?

Bristol has attracted great minds who have left their mark on this, the cultural and artistic centre of south west England

History and culture - home to Brunel’s world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, Bristol is also famous for Banksy’s striking urban art, and the Old Vic, the UK’s longest-running theatre

Music and nightlife - Bristol’s vibrant music scene means there are plenty of live events to enjoy, from classical music to the latest bands, as well as a great choice of bars and clubs

Festivals - hot air balloons drift over this ‘capital city’ of the ballooning world, venue of the annual International Balloon Fiesta and the renowned Harbour Festival

Educational opportunities - the city’s two world class universities attract a diverse international student population

Sports - either as a participant or a spectator, you will find almost every sport in Bristol. International fixtures at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium are less than an hour away

Out of town - many places, including London (1½ hours) or Bath (10 mins), are within easy reach by train


  • The largest city in the west of England, with over 400,000 residents
  • A lively student population with almost 40,000 in full-time studies
  • England’s first ‘cycling city’ with good links to the national cycle network
  • Three times a Purple Flag Award winner for the safety and cleanliness of its city centre

I love it, because it has the best of both worlds. The best of the city (the space, the buildings, the people...), and the best of the town or the countryside (small markets, no skyscrapers, cycling all over the place...)

Irati Esnal Auzmendi, Spanish, aged 24


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