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Universities in Bristol

Which universities are in Bristol? Discover location, transport and facility information for each uni.

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Bristol is a vibrant friendly city with over 40,000 students and a variety of attractions to suit all tastes. There are lively music and art scenes, exciting places to eat and drink and over 450 parks and open spaces earning its reputation as a green city. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from uni to uni and course to course – the best way to check what you need to get into your preferred course at each university is to use our course chooser and see what each course’s entry requirements are.

Transport links

Average train Journey times from Bristol

Birmingham 1 hour 45 minutes
Cardiff 56 minutes
London 1 hour 42 minutes
Manchester 3 hours 4 minutes
Oxford 1 hour 45 minutes
Southampton 1 hour 48 minutes

Bristol is at the hub of the national rail network in the West of England. Great Western Railway and other major train operators run local, regional and inter-city services from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and Bristol Parkway Railway Station.

CrossCountry trains operate between Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham, the North East, Edinburgh and Penzance. Great Western Railway run regular services to Bristol from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon, Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

It also has excellent road and rail links and an international airport just outside the city.

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is one of the top and most popular universities in the UK, and in the top 60 in the world. Bristol puts a big emphasis on its research and student experience meaning you'll graduate with real-life skills and knowledge.


The university campus is compact, so you can walk between most buildings in less than ten minutes. It's also within easy walking distance of the city centre, Bristol Temple Meads train station and the bus and coach station.

There are cycle stands throughout the campus and many of the residences have secure bike sheds. Lots of initiatives are available to support and encourage cycling, including free training and a free cycle clinic to keep your bike in good order.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


Sport, Exercise and Health is part of a network of facilities, providing opportunities for sports participation at all levels. There’s a combination of outdoor and indoor opportunities including an indoor sports centre and swimming pool and facilities for cricket, football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby, tennis and more.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Bristol facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

University of the West of England

UWE Bristol is made up of several campuses in Greater Bristol and has a diverse student body of 30,000 students with more than 400 courses to choose from.


Spread over three campuses, all just a short bus ride from one another, each site offers something unique. The main Frenchay campus is a 15-minute bus ride from the city centre and includes the Students Union, 24/7 Library, sports facilities, shops and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.

UWE’s main campus is located in central Birmingham near Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

See the profile page for an interactive map and more information.


There are a mixture of study and social spaces, cafes and a range of sports facilities such as two fully equipped gyms, squash courts, sport hall and much more. 

For more information on facilities, visit the UWE facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available.

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