University of Bristol Stats, Info and Facts
The University of Bristol is one of England's oldest and most prestigious university institutions. It is a multi-faculty research-led university and has over 20,000 students. As well as being the most popular multi-faculty UK University, the University of Bristol is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network.
3 quick facts:
1. We are ranked in the top 10 Universities in the UK and top 30 in the World.
2. We are a Russell Group University in the UK (The UK's equivalent of the Ivy League)
3. Students in the UK continually vote Bristol as being one of the best UK universities for student life!
The city of Bristol is the largest in the SW of England, is 90 minutes from London by train and is a regional hub of transport, learning, engineering, IT and the creative industries.
It is a vibrant multicultural city with one of the lowest crime rates in the UK. A progressive and lively home to over 500,000, Bristol is recognised in the UK and worldwide as:
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Harbourside- Bristol's centre is its bustling Harbourside. Once an industrial port, pivotal in trade and exploration to North America, this area is now home to pleasure boats, food, drink, shops, festivals, street art and museums.
Clifton-Bristol's grandest old neighbourhood, Clifton is home to townhouses and terraces of the rich and famous. Close-by to some University accommodation, Clifton's boutiques and fine dining nestle alongside quirky pubs and coffee shops. Rich in history, it's overlooked by Brunel's magnificent Suspension Bridge.
Gloucester Road-Bristol has long been renowned for its independent, entrepreneurial spirit and this is best seen on Gloucester Road, perhaps the UK's longest street of independent shopping. Bars, boutiques, delis, restaurants, wholesalers and cafes neighbour parks and galleries, meaning that you can get anything from vintage clothing to world food in one place.
University Campus-The University of Bristol's central campus, in the heart of Bristol, is a popular destination in its own right. Magnificent buildings such as the 215ft Wills Memorial tower, with 'Great George' its bell, overlook leafy green spaces and modern facilities for sports, refreshment and learning.
Stokes Croft-Bristol's independent spirit is at its fiercest in this area of the city, an alternative hub of music, street art and community action. Homegrown shops and cafes sit alongside small music venues and art galleries. This is where you'll find Banksy's mural 'The Mild, Mild West', voted Alternative Landmark of Bristol.
Park Street and the West End-Bristol's West End, five minutes from the Harbourside and the University Campus, is never quiet. During the day visitors, locals and students browse the shops and sample the cafes of Park Street or the Christmas Steps, tour the beautiful Cathedral, relax on the adjoining grassy common, or explore the museums and galleries. At night the restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres and music venues open their doors.
Art galleries-From the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Spike Island and Arnolfini to numerous smaller galleries, Bristol has a thriving art scene. A major feature is the element of surprise: Banksy's unannounced exhibition at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery made world headlines, and temporary galleries have a habit of springing up overnight in disused shop spaces, thanks to an initiative by Bristol City Council.
Street art-When it comes to street art, Banksy is merely the famous tip of a Bristol iceberg. Neighbourhoods like Stokes Croft and Bedminster are alive with giant murals and spraycanned frescoes, and the annual Urban Paint Festival (Upfest) draws ever greater numbers of artists.
Music venues-Bristol's live music venues host every genre of music imaginable. Colston Hall has everything from symphony orchestras to solo singer-songwriters; the Fleece, the Thekla and the O2 Academy specialise in indie and alt rock acts; the Folk House and St Bonaventure focus on traditional folk and roots music; and St George's offers an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop, folk, world music and everything in between.
Film-Bristol is a major centre of media production, so naturally it has a large screen or two. The city is well served by several multiplexes, plus a few smaller first-run cinemas like the Orpheus. The Watershed began as a place to see arthouse films, and has now evolved into a cultural and media venue; Arnolfini, just across the river, regularly screens foreign and independent films; and the Cube in Kingsdown presents obscure, not-so-obscure, and cult movies.
Theatre-The Bristol Old Vic is the oldest and best-known of the local theatres, but it has some serious competition in the form of the Tobacco Factory, which has mounted a series of critically acclaimed Shakespeare productions and brings high-quality, independent touring companies to Bristol with new and often unusual shows. Open-air productions have become a feature of the summers - plenty of Shakespeare, but also street theatre and productions drawing on local history.
Museums-Bristol has several major museums, from traditional Victorian (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery) to 21st-century interactive (M Shed, the At-Bristol science centre, and the award-winning SS Great Britain). On a smaller scale are Blaise Castle House Museum, the Red Lodge, and the Georgian House - three historic houses where the past comes to life.
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