University of Bristol



Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 9th in the UK and 37th in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • The first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men.
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group and 11 Nobel Laureates associated with the University.

Founded in 1876 as University College, Bristol, which was the precursor to the University of Bristol. Its history can be traced back to the efforts of John Percival, headmaster of Clifton College, to press for the establishment of such an institution. In 1872, Percival wrote to the Oxford colleges observing that the provinces lacked a university culture. The following year he produced a pamphlet called ‘The Connection of the Universities and the Great Towns’, which was well received by Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Jowett was to become a significant figure, both philosophically and financially, in the establishment of University College, Bristol.

The new University of Bristol opened in October 1909 with 288 undergraduates and some 400 other students. Henry Overton Wills became the first chancellor. More recently, in 2004 Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of England, was officially installed as the University’s second female chancellor. Today the University is regarded among the best in the world.

Bristol and Canada
University of Bristol has a long and proud tradition of welcoming students from Canada. The University combines the best of tradition with a progressive outlook. Students have a wonderful opportunity to study at a premier UK and global university and to experience life in an exciting and vibrant city.

Bristol is an institution with a world-class academic reputation and facilities. As a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, Bristol is building on its tradition of excellence to secure a future for its students – the leaders of tomorrow. They can look forward to being taught to the highest standards by academics who are both world-class teachers and researchers.

To read about student experiences from Canada please click here.

Colleges and Schools
University of Bristol’s academic structure has 25 Schools arranged in 6 Faculties.

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Bristol does offer international student scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 21,000 students and 5,500 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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Bristol offers you the opportunity to join a community where you can study, socialise and meet new friends. The University guarantees new undergraduates an offer of accommodation, subject to conditions. All residences follow the Student Accommodation Code so that Bristol provides a high standard of management and safe, good quality accommodation.

Computing facilities are available in the libraries, in the 24-hour Computer Centre and in academic departments. Students living in the University’s houses or halls of residence can connect to the University network and the internet through the ResNet (Residential Networking) service. The University’s wireless service provides wireless internet access across the University campus.

During 2011–12 the University introduced Gmail for the student email service, providing extensive mailbox quota and also offering students a university email address for life. There are ten branch libraries with a mix of silent, quiet and collaborative study spaces and 24/7 access around exam periods for revision. A new study area in Senate House at the heart of the campus provides a further 148 spaces.

The University invests in teaching and research library collections, many of which are available online and can be accessed from wherever you are in the world. The University offers a wide range of services and facilities to help make a student’s time at Bristol successful, including the Disability Services, Student Counselling Service, Student Health Service, Multifaith Chaplaincy and University Nursery.

The University is set in the heart of the city of Bristol. Bristol has excellent road links. The M4 and M5 put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive.

Living in Bristol
As well as boasting an exceptional university, Bristol is also one of the best places to live in the UK. Crowned European Green Capital for 2015 Bristol has also won plaudits in the national press. The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in Britain, published in March 2014, named Bristol as the ‘best city in the UK to live in’ which followed the Daily Telegraph’s October 2013 article which had done the same.

Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region. Its prosperity has been linked with the sea since its earliest days. The commercial Port of Bristol was originally in the city centre before being moved to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth; Royal Port Dock is on the western edge of the city boundary. In more recent years the economy has depended on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city centre docks have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture.

The city is famous for its music and film industries, and was a finalist for the 2008 European Capital of Culture. Bristol is home to one of the seven national Foodies Festivals. The city’s principal theatre company, the Bristol Old Vic, was founded in 1946 as an offshoot of The Old Vic company in London. Bristol’s theatre scene includes a large variety of producing theatre companies.

Click here to find out more about our wonderful city including Culture and the Arts, festivals, nightlife, green city, shopping and sports or click here to explore the city through the eyes of some of our students.