Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Bristol

Right in the centre of town and under 10 minutes’ walk to The University of Bristol and Cabot Circus, The Courtrooms is brilliantly located for getting around the city.


University of Bristol

9 minute walk from The Courtrooms

You can roll out of bed and straight into your lectures as Bristol University is just a 9 minute walk away!

Pure Gym

3 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Gym goers rejoice! Pure Gym is a matter of minutes away. So whether you love or loathe keeping fit, getting there is one less hurdle.

Mr Wolf's

5 minute walk from The Courtrooms

A howler of a music venue, Mr Wolf's hosts club nights, live music performances & open mic sessions every day of week!


24 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Big name DJs are a regular at Motion, one of Bristol's best clubs. Also voted 19th Best Club in the World by DJ MAG 2016!

SWX Bristol

4 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Superclub SWX hosts dance nights with live performers, inflatables and pyrotechnics. Only a 4 minute walk to The Courtrooms - Winner!


9 minute walk from The Courtrooms

OMG is the biggest and busiest gay nightclub in the South West. A great atmosphere and cheap drinks makes this is an incredibly lively venue!


13 minute walk from The Courtrooms

It's a live music venue and club space on a boat. A party boat! Need we say anything else?

The Canteen

11 minute walk from The Courtrooms

The Canteen is a café, bar, restaurant & top live music venue. Relaxed & affordable including live music performances every night - for free!!

Showcase Cinema De Lux

8 minute walk from The Courtrooms

This snazzy cinema is kitted out with extra-wide leather seats, a powerful sound system & giant screens covering entire walls! 1 of 7 in the country!


8 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Watershed is a cross-artform venue set on Bristol’s harbourside, offering a lively programme of independent films, events & live music!

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

12 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery sits on the main University of Bristol Campus - handy! Throughout the year the museum hold great exhibitions & events!

St Nick's Market

5 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Be sure to visit St Nick’s Market if you're a shopping fan! There are loads of stalls selling everything from food to handmade gifts and vintage clothing.

Playground Coffee House

5 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Fancy a cuppa? Take a short walk to Playground Coffee House for tasty snacks and board games galore. Oh, and there are swings!!

Tesco Broadmead

4 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Tesco Metro Broadmead is only 4 minutes away. Ideal when you've run out of milk or anything else that's mysteriously disappeared from your fridge!

Cabot Circus

8 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Cabot Circus is one of the best places to go for retail therapy in Bristol. Fancy some food, a drink, trip to the cinema? You name it, Cabot Circus has it.

The University of West England

20 minutes by bus from The Courtrooms

University of West England has campuses in & around the city with a range of facilities including robotics labs, animation studios & mock courtrooms.

Broadmead Walk-In Centre

5 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Broadmead Walk-In Centre is your closest doctors surgery to The Courtrooms. We'd recommend registering with a local doctor in your first few days.


Student Health Service

15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Your go-to place for all things health related. Run by the University of Bristol, this health service is located on the main campus.


13 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Great Cantonese style food just off the main University of Bristol campus.

Taka Taka

13 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Greek wraps, grill and delicatessen available for delivery. You can even make your own wraps!


7 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Amazing deals from this Chinese-style takeaway all at affordable, student friendly prices!

Catch 22

8 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Proper British fish & chips made to order.


15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Blending Middle Eastern food with Caribbean cuisine is Biblos' speciality. They've got a few locations in Bristol so they're never too far away!

Pam Pams

15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

A new VIP themed club located in the Clifton Triangle. Sign up for a membership to skip the queues and get your mates in for free. Sorted!

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15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Mbargo is one of Bristol's most popular venues, week in - week out! With DJs playing 7 nights a week, drink deals, and good vibes, you're guaranteed a top night.

Lola Lo

15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

What do we love more than a boat party? A Tiki bar with themed nights all week!

Senate House Study Centre

15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Senate House is located on the main University campus. A great place to get your head down before exams.

Oxfam Bookshop

14 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Support a good cause and pick up a new book. All the profits from this store go to the Oxfam charity.

Beware of Leopard Books

6 minute walk from The Courtrooms

For the book lovers among you, this is one of the best (and few remaining) second-hand book stores in the country. A real treasure trove!

The Last Bookshop

11 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Affordable books are in abundance here, everything is £5 and under! Bargain.


5 minute walk from The Courtrooms

If it's been printed, chances are Waterstones have it!

Boston Tea Party

10 minute walk from The Courtrooms

A fun and quirky café on one of Bristol's best known streets. Be sure to visit here on your way to University for a caffeine fix!

Victoria Park

30 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Escape the city and head to Victoria Park in the south of Bristol. Rain or shine, picnic or pub this is a great place to chill out, especially in summer!

Brandon Hill Park

15 minute walk from The Courtrooms

Famous for being the home to Cabot Tower, Brandon Hill park is just off the main University of Bristol Campus and offers fab views over the city.

If you’re about to study in Bristol you’ve made a good choice! The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene, and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year.

When you find time to fit all of this around your studies, you may never want to leave the city! Our Courtrooms accommodation is right in the heart of the city, making it easy to get to Bristol’s two major universities (University of Bristol and UWE), not to mention explore everything the city has to offer.

Stop for Coffee


You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes. Whether you’re looking for a little pick-me-up in between lectures, a study-spot or the perfect place for a coffee date, the city’s got you covered. The Boston Tea Party is known for its laidback, creative atmosphere, which is ideal for doing some reading or writing prep before your lectures. As well as top coffee, it also serves up great brunches – pick between the three prime locations, including Park Street.

Another chain cafe that knocks the socks off of Starbucks is Friska. Make sure you head to their Triangle location – the independent record store, Rise, is just upstairs so you can grab a coffee and some good music all in one go.

Channel real hipster vibes at Roll for the Soul, a cafe dedicated to Bristol’s love for cycling. It doesn’t matter if you don’t turn up on a bike – enjoy the tasty selection of cakes, coffees and veggie brunches with your mates. They also host gigs, film screenings and workshops if you’ve got extra time on your hands.

Falafel fans and vegans rejoice! Cafe Kino in Stoke’s Croft has you in safe hands with a rotating menu of locally-sourced, homemade treats and meals. They welcome students too, so you can bring your laptop and study here if you fancy a change. Their prices are also low, which is an extra bonus to make your student loan stretch further!

Party All Night


Bristol is one of the UK’s best cities for gigs, with plenty of venues showcasing the latest up-and-coming talent.

The Canteen doubles up as a cafe by day and live music venue by night, with free performances seven days a week. For a real mix of genres, Mr Wolf’s has everything from DJ sets and music by local bands, to burlesque performances, stand-up comedy and open-mic nights. There’s always something different on to enjoy. Or thrash out at Marble Factory, which hosts the best line-up of big names and new faces in rock music.

If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned night on the tiles, Thekla, Motion and SWX Bristol are the city’s best clubs for students. Not every city can say they have a club moored on the water and Thekla really takes the party boat experience to new levels, with loads of different student nights. Or dance all night long at Motion and SWX, both of which host sets from famous DJs, complete with inflatables and pyrotechnics for added fun.

Fast Food Fix


Bristol’s culturally-diverse streets mean you can pick up food from all around the world. Whether you fancy a decent Chinese or something a bit more tropical, there are lots of places that can fit within your student budget.

If you have a taste for Chinese, try Hotcha on Baldwin Street, or head to Biblos in Stokes Croft for Lebanese and Caribbean cuisine. Other top student picks include Fresh’s Cantonese street food on St Michael’s Hill, and Taka Taka’s Greek grill on Queen’s Road.

Take in the Culture


You’ll never have to worry about showing your parents around the city when you study in Bristol. There are so many cultural hotspots to visit. Take in the city’s heritage at Bristol Museum, stroll along the Harbour, visit animals from all around the world at Bristol Zoo, or watch the latest play in the grand Old Vic.

Bristol didn’t get a name as a city of art for nothing either – wander through Stoke’s Croft to see the newest graffiti from the many local artists, including the legendary Banksy.

Shop ‘til You Drop


The city has all of your favourite shops as well as loads of boutiques and vintage pop-ups. Head to Cabot Circus for the ultimate shopping experience – just be careful you don’t spend your student loan all in one go! Broadmead also has all your usual high-street stores.

Pick up your groceries and some unique gifts from local vendors at St Nick’s Market. You can grab some cheap deals on your study books too, at Beware of Leopard Books and The Last Bookshop – both of which are just around the corner from the University of Bristol.

Study in the Sun


You can easily escape the bustle of the city to find some quiet study spots. Victoria Park, Brandon Hill Park and Clifton Downs are just a quick walk away from the city centre. Take your study books along and a picnic rug to prep for your next assignment or exam with a little peace and quiet.

Student Living in Bristol


Kick-start your student experience in Bristol by getting your accommodation done and dusted in good time. Give us a call on 0131 2012 440 for more info, or arrange a viewing right away through our online booking system.

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