Bristol Student Living Guide

Bristol is renowned amongst the student community for its lively nightlife and excellent music scene. If you live in the city, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment and cultural hotspots, however, this abundance of activities and venues might make it difficult to explore your local surroundings when you first arrive in the city.

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To help you navigate through the many opportunities available, we have put together a handy Bristol Student Living Guide.

Vanguard’s Bristol Student Living Guide

Bristol’s museums and art galleries

As mentioned above, Bristol is a city full of vibrant, exciting hotspots, known to most for its artistic heritage. If you’re interested in the arts, then you’ll be happy to know that the city is host to a multitude of galleries and museums. Here are a few landmarks you shouldn’t miss if art is your thing!

  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. This unique building presents an extravagant design on the exterior and is home to some of the most wonderful works of art in Bristol’s history.
  • Georgian House Museum and the Red Lodge. These 18thcentury homes played a vital role in the history of the city.
  • Harbourside Arnolfini and the M Shed. For a deep dive into contemporary art, there’s no better place.
  • Royal West of England. What better way to understand the history of your local area than by visiting the Royal West of England art gallery? This is home to some of the most iconic artworks dating back to the 19th

Bristol’s music and entertainment hotspots

Rest assured that, whatever your taste in music or theatre, you will find something you love in Bristol. The city is in fact studded with some of the most eclectic and interesting venues and concert halls in the country. Here are a few of the top venues if you’re looking for a night packed with entertainment.

  • Bristol Hippodrome: Often home to shows travelling from London’s West End, it’s also the regular venue for the Welsh National Opera when in Bristol.
  • Old Vic theatre: This is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. Need we say more?
  • Tobacco Factory: Now a model of “Urban Regeneration”, this is home to a lovely Sunday Market, regular exhibitions and frequent live music events.

Bristol shopping guide

There’s nothing better than a good shopping session to destress and unwind, so we had to include a shoutout to the best shopping areas in our Bristol Student Living Guide. The city is full of beautiful markets and big shopping locations, with the main one being the Bristol Shopping Quarter, situated in the heart of the city. Here you will find:

  • Broadmead: A bustling shopping district near the banks of the Floating Harbour.
  • The Galleries: Situated in the heart of Broadmead, this is a three-storey shopping centre.
  • Cabot Circus: here you will also find the Showcase Cinema De Lux, perfect to catch a movie after you’re done shopping!
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Bristol walking tours for students

Come rain or shine, there’s always something fun you can do in Bristol. Spring is a particularly pleasant season, with trees blossoming across the city centre and tourist attractions getting busier. If you’re one for walks, then you must visit at least one of the following:

  • Clifton Suspension bridge
  • Brunel’s SS Great Britain – the world’s first great ocean liner
  • Bristol Cathedral
  • Brandon Hill parkland – a tranquil location perfect for a chilled afternoon walk
  • Cabot Tower
  • Castle Park – perfect for a bike ride on a sunny day
  • Bristol Zoo

So, hopefully, this handy Bristol Student Living Guide put together by Vanguard Storage has inspired you to visit some of these wonderful hotspots scattered around Bristol. One thing is for sure, whether you live in Bristol or visit for the day, you’ll never be bored!

If you are studying in Bristol, and need student storage in Bristol, whether to free up some space in small accommodation or store your belongings between terms, come to Vanguard and we will give you a special 20% student discount off our normal prices.