Bristol is a diverse city, known for its music and film through to its contribution to science. The city has a close affinity to the world of entertainment; it’s home to Old Vic offshoot the Bristol Old Vic and magician Derren Brown graduated from University of Bristol. Bristol has also produced some fine bands, namely Portishead and Massive Attack amongst many others. Not only that, in 2008 Bristol was a finalist for the European Capital of Culture, just missing out to Liverpool.
On the other end of the scale Bristol has gained recognition for its contribution to science, the Chancellor of the Exchequer named it one of the six “science cities” back in 2005.
There are two main educational institutions in Bristol:
- University of Bristol has 23,000 students and an application to place ratio that can reach as high as 40:1
- University of West England is larger with more than 30,000 students. In 2006 it created an £80 million student village which includes a sports center and rooms for 2000 students
If you’re after history and culture then you won’t need to look much further than Bristol. There are 51 Grade II listed building ranging from medieval times to the 21st Century. Most architectural periods are represented throughout the city. You’ll find churches which date back to the 12th Century, Tudor mansions and the surviving elements of a medieval fortified city and castle.
If that’s not enough history for you then you can always visit The Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery which exhibits natural history, archeology, Chinese ceramics and art. In fact you only have to look around the streets to find examples of art by home grown artist Banksy. You should also check out the preserved dock machinery housed in the Museum of Bristol when it re-opens this year.
Good news if you like a bit of football, as there are two league football clubs in this city; Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, and you won’t be short of a watering hole to visit after the match. You see another great thing about Bristol is its nightlife. There are many bars and clubs to be found particularly along Whiteladies Rd where there is a pub or club every 5 meters. If you wander a bit further down to Park Street you can continue you entertainment right into the early hours with many late night drinking spots.
Those of you who just like to kick back in a nice little coffee shop should try Java bar (also a club), Rainbow Café or The Den, although these are few of many to choose from.
Obviously you’ll need to be thinking about housing which can be a daunting process, especially when it comes to finding somewhere that’s cost effective. The cost of living varies up and down the country but Bristol seems to be a good option at £81 average per week.
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