The University of Bristol, founded in 1876, is one of the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). The university is at the heart of Bristol, a historic, lively and green city in the south-west of England.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: B78

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 76%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university has nine libraries, offering study spaces, specialist subject librarians and millions of research and learning resources in print and online. A range of services and facilities is available to make the library accessible to all users, including part-time students, those studying outside of Bristol, and those with a disability or dyslexia.
  • There are three managed study centres with individual and collaborative study spaces and group working rooms.
  • All Bristol students have access to high-quality and convenient IT facilities including 2,300 PCs, many with 24-hour access; powered study spaces; and free wireless Internet across the university.

Student jobs

  • The Careers Service offers a range of tailored support to help students find part-time work.
  • Thousands of vacancies are handled via the university's online careers portal, including part-time opportunities.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service supports all students from the start of their course to three years after graduation. It offers a range of resources and professional, practical advice, either online, by phone or in person at the on-campus office.
  • More than 300 employers visit the campus each year to deliver employer presentations, networking events, workshops and careers fairs.
  • Students can attend events that give advice on applications, preparing for interviews and finding work experience and internships.
  • Professional partnerships, internship schemes and enterprise support mean that University of Bristol graduates get the best possible start to their career.

Health services

  • Bristol is one of only two universities in the UK to run a full National Health Service doctors' practice for students.
  • Students can get help managing common health problems using the free student health app.
  • To help students stay healthy and active during their time at Bristol, the university offers outstanding sporting and fitness opportunities, both on and off campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The University of Bristol provides a range of mental health support to help students manage their well-being. This includes the Student Well-being Service for all students, the Residential Life Service for those in university accommodation, and personal tutors or supervisors.
  • The Student Counselling Service provides confidential, high quality, short-term, individual and small-group counselling in relation to issues that directly impact students' ability to study.
  • Students can access a broad catalogue of self-help resources, as well as the online peer support community, Big White Wall.

Disability support

  • The University of Bristol welcomes applications from disabled students. No applicant will be disadvantaged in the admissions process due to a disability, learning difference, health or mental health condition.
  • Disability Services provides confidential information, advice and guidance to prospective and current disabled students.
  • Students can access services including study support, alternative exam arrangements, adapted accommodation, and library resources such as assistive software and alternative formats. Please refer to the university website for further information.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Funding Office can advise students about managing finances and accessing bursaries, scholarships and loans.
  • Other student services include the university day nursery for children aged between three months and five years, 24/7 security services, and the multifaith chaplaincy for people of any faith and none.

Students' Union

  • Bristol Students' Union (SU) supports all aspects of student life, including representing student views to the university, providing the Just Ask advice service, and running a lettings agency.
  • The SU supports over 400 societies and sports clubs covering a wide range of interests, as well as volunteering opportunities and student media.
  • The Students' Union building is a buzzing social hub with a lively café-bar. Facilities include a swimming pool, dance studios, two theatres and a gig venue.


  • University College, Bristol was founded in 1876, and became the University of Bristol in 1909.
  • It was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men.
  • Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965), former UK prime minister, was chancellor of the university from 1929 to 1965.

Fascinating Fact

  • Thirteen Nobel Prize winners are linked to the University of Bristol, including its current Chancellor, Sir Paul Nurse.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Simon Pegg – actor and comedian.
  • Paul Dirac – theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate.
  • Hannah Mills – Olympic sailing gold medallist.
  • David Walliams – actor, comedian and children's author.
  • Derren Brown – illusionist.
  • Alastair Stewart – ITV newsreader.
  • Emily Watson – BAFTA-winning actor.
  • James Blunt – singer-songwriter.
  • David Nicholls – bestselling author of Starter for Ten and One Day.
  • Miranda Krestovnikoff – TV presenter and RSPB President.


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