University of Bristol


Location Bristol, England
Established 1876
Percent International Students 15.20
Famous For Engineering, Medical Sciences, Arts
International Fees £18,100-36,100

Bristol has an international reputation for high-quality education and research, with the work of its staff and students resonating across the world. More than 25,000 students currently study at the University from over 150 countries.

The University is ranked 58 th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021) and has excellent graduate employment rates, coming 9 th in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). The completion rate of 95% is among the highest in the country, and 90% of undergraduate students are awarded either a first or 2:1 (Times Good University Guide 2021).

Situated in the heart of Bristol, the University is one of the 24 members of the research- intensive Russell Group. It is one of the original ‘red brick’ universities - six institutions founded in the major industrial cities of England.

The University of Bristol also has a world-leading Law School which is ranked 48th in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law 2020), 8th in England and Wales (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and in the top 10 UK Law Schools for graduate prospects (IFS Study 2018).

Services for International Students

The University offers tailored support to international students throughout the application process and during their studies.

A meet and greet service is available for those arriving by plane, train or coach, and the International Welcome Lounge helps new arrivals to settle in. Students can celebrate cultural events, share experiences and connect with students from around the world with the University’s new Global Lounge.

Students are assigned a personal tutor or supervisor to meet with regularly, and the Study Skills service can help with academic development. The University supports student wellbeing with services such as online peer support, the Student Counselling Service and the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Medical care is available on campus at the Students’ Health Service.


  • 13th in the Times University Guide 2021
  • 11th in the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • 58th in the QS World University Rankings 2021
  • 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
  • 64th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

The University of Bristol is acknowledged by the government, research bodies, funding agencies and industry as a major centre for enterprise, innovation and research. Bristol is a top five UK institution for research intensity (joint fifth in THE analysis of REF 2014), with 83% of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.


The University of Bristol provides more than 5,000 residential places for undergraduate students and around 1,000 for postgraduates. University accommodation is guaranteed for all new first-year international students who apply by the deadline (subject to conditions).

There is both catered and self-catered accommodation in student houses and halls, some of which are arranged as flats. Some residences are in the city centre or Clifton, while others are situated at the edge of the city with acres of grounds. A regular bus service connects the halls with the University and other parts of the city, and students living in University accommodation travel free.


The University of Bristol is situated in south west England and has all the energy of a bustling urban metropolis, but with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that will help you feel at home. Most University buildings are situated close together at the heart of the city, so you can enjoy everything Bristol has to offer.

The city’s modern facilities are linked by a large public transport network. Bristol International Airport is easily accessible from the city, and London is just 90 minutes away by train. The city is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike, and is home to over 400 parks and green spaces – proportionally more than any other UK city.

The city of Bristol shares the University’s commitment to protecting the environment, and it is a former European Green Capital. Bristol has been named the best place to live in the UK (Sunday Times 2017), and there is always something to do in a busy city of over 400,000 people - with streets full of colourful art, quirky independent shops and cosy cafés.


  • Simon Pegg, actor and comedian (BA 1991)
  • Paul Dirac, Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist (BSc 1921)
  • Hannah Mills, Olympic sailing gold medallist (DipHE 2013)
  • David Walliams OBE, actor, comedian and children’s author (BA 1992)
  • Derren Brown, illusionist and bestselling author (LLB 1994)
  • Patrick Auree, wildlife presenter and biologist (BSc 2007)
  • Eboni Usoro-Brown, internationally renowned England netball player (LLB 2009, MSc 2011)
  • James Blunt, singer-songwriter (BSc 1996, Hon DMus 2016)
  • David Nicholls, author and screenwriter (BA 1988, Hon DLitt 2016)
  • Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV presenter, author and RSPB President (BSc 1994)


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