There is one fundamental thing that Bristol is not – boring. In my time here, one of the most wonderful things I have learned about this place is that each area feels completely different to one another and that each one has its own sense of character. I have been fortunate enough to live in two main places: the City Centre and Cotham. Despite this only being two, Bristol is small enough where each one links to a variety of other areas: the City Centre bleeds into Stokes Croft, the Harbourside, and the Triangle area. A walk around Cotham and it turns into Clifton, Gloucester Road and Redland.
First Year: the Colston Street Accommodation
In my first year, I lived in the Colston Street accommodation, which proved to be perfect for me. My friends and I were very excited about going out, and it was a great location to do so – a ten-minute walk and we’d be at the aforementioned Triangle, where there are a staggering amount of clubs: Bunker (now Analog), Lizard Lounge, Pam Pam’s – to name a few. We had plenty of things to do during the day as well: we would often go to Cabot Circus, again only a ten-minute walk away, and spend the day looking at stores and shops. If we were feeling more adventurous, there was always the St. Nicholas Market to go to: a wonderful little area filled with delicious food stalls of cuisines from all over the world, often followed by a walk down the Harbourside on a sunny day. This fitted in well with what I enjoyed doing in my first year: eating, going out and socialising.
Second Year: my House at Park Street
My second year also predominantly took place in the City Centre; we lived in a house just off of Park Street, a hilly but incredible road littered with stores and restaurants, with a view to the University’s most famous building: the Wills Memorial. A minute walk away was Brandon Hill Park; we would sometimes go there if the weather was pleasant, and sit in a place where you could overlook the city. It felt amazing to walk out from the house and be in such a busy, vibrant street, and such a quick walk away from the University precinct. During my second year, we were less about going out to clubs and more about experiencing the city: we had a few walks down towards Stokes Croft, an area brimming with culture and street art.
Third Year: the Cotham Area
Currently, I live in Cotham, which is quite different from the City Centre. It is incredible in its own way; we live on a quiet street, perfect for the copious amount of work that needs to be done with so many of us in our final year of university. Despite this, we are not far from a busy area – a two-minute walk away and we are on Whiteladies Road, a street filled with charity shops, restaurants and pubs. My friends and I have been keen to explore the food scene in Bristol, and it has not disappointed: many places are quite affordable but have amazing food, like the recently opened Pasta Loco. Gloucester Road is also just around the corner – many times we have been to pubs around there, where the drinks and prices are sometimes cheaper than in the City Centre area. If we want the best burger in town, Atomic Burger is up that road and its free on your birthday, so we have been there quite a bit!
My friends and I have been keen to explore the food scene in Bristol, and it has not disappointed: many places are quite affordable but have amazing food, like the recently opened Pasta Loco. Gloucester Road is also just around the corner – many times we have been to pubs around there, where the drinks and prices are sometimes cheaper than in the City Centre area. If we want the best burger in town, Atomic Burger is up that road and its free on your birthday, so we have been there quite a bit!
When you think of Bristol, the first thing that springs to mind is the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Wills Memorial Building. These sights are beautiful, and are definitely worth seeing; but when you actually live in Bristol, you realise that there is so much more to the city than how picturesque it is. Bristol is abundant with character and charisma – it is sure to charm you into staying and exploring its endless crooks and crannies.