Bristol is a city that was built in the 11th century along the River Avon in the southwest of England. It is known for its maritime history and amazing harbours. Bristol Harbour is 70 acres long, originally built in the 13th century and developed to become an important transportation link in the 19th century. It currently holds various tours upstream to Conham, Hanham, and Bath as well as downstream to Avonmouth.
The city has a student population of about 50 thousand. Bristol is a real treasure for students thanks to its high-level language institutions, colleges, and universities, such as the City of Bristol College, University of Bristol, and the University of the West of England.
Bristol has a lot of free and cheap things you can do as a student to enjoy your time. Bristol City Museum is located in the heart of the university district of Bristol and it includes everything from the normal stuffed animals to Egyptian mummies, art galleries, and exhibitions. The Clifton suspension bridge is the landmark of the city. You can choose to walk along the bridge for a picturesque view of the city. You should try and visit Clifton Village, which is a beautiful village 5 minutes drive from the city, where you'll find the Clifton Observatory and a zoo. Bristol is popular for its festivals. The largest hot air balloon festival in Europe, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta attracts hot air balloons from all over the world. It is held yearly in August. Another good festival is Bristol Harbour Festival. It is the biggest festival in the city and it’s been ongoing for more than 45 years. It includes a great combination of music, food markets, water display teams, dance areas, and circus acts.
No need to worry about transportation in Bristol. First Bus is the main bus operator in the city, with many bus stops available close to university campuses. Traveline is a good app you can use to plan your transportation inside the city. If you love cycling, you can plan your cycling trip and check the maps for cycling roads on the betterbike website. There are also a number of boat companies that operate in Bristol: Bristol Ferry Boats is the most popular one. Studying in Bristol means you have easy access to London, which can be reached in about 90 minutes by train, perfect for a unique weekend.