Bristol has long been known as being a great city to come to university. During Fresher’s Week, pretty much every bar from Whiteladies Road all the way down to Park Street is rammed the moment students return from the summer.
Whilst this is likely to be your first port of call when it comes to planning a night out, you’ll need to do a bit more digging to find a wealth of hidden gems any student worth his salt should check out.
David Pope, currently studying in his 2nd year at UWE and working at West Country Games on his Saturdays, shares his inside knowledge on Bristol’s Secret spots for students. Pay attention now Freshers!
1. The Lanes
Filled with five bowling alleys, pool tables, a dining area, bar and karaoke room, this is the perfect place to have a fun evening with your mates. Or why not bring that special someone here on a first date? Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for their events and student deals.
2. Clifton Suspension Bridge & Observatory
This is definitely a landmark not to be missed whilst in Bristol. When the sun is out, a fantastic little outing is up to this beautiful bridge where you can have a picnic and admire the stunning sights of Bristol whilst costing you nothing. Be sure to do a quick detour to the camera obscura and caves at Clifton Observatory.
3. 20th Century Flicks
20th Century Flicks boasts an incredibly wide selection of films for you to borrow including vintage VHS. Plus, there is a small cinema which is available for you and ten of your friends to hire out for less than a fiver each!
4. The Apple
Hang out with the local Bristolians at The Apple, Bristol’s favourite cider boat, which offers a huge range of ciders at great prices. Add in all the other great bars and a jazz club around the Beermuda Triangle and you’ve got a fantastic night out on your hands. You would be a fool not to include this in your weekend plans.
Located a stone throw away from Cribb’s Causeway, this is the world’s biggest indoor trampoline park. It’s is a great place to go to have a laugh with all your friends at a reasonable price. To avoid the chaos of hundreds of school children running around, look out for student offers and book a time slot later on in the evening.
6. Urban Fox
If, like many students in Bristol, you love vintage clothing then this the place for you! A beautifully quirky and quaint shop with friendly staff, this is a shop you should definitely visit on your next shopping trip.
7. St. Nicholas Markets
Sandwiched between Corn Street and St. Nicholas Street in the heart of Bristol’s Old City, St Nicholas Market plays host to many great independent stalls and retailers and is much loved by all Bristolians. You can be sure to find a lovely array of gifts, artwork, jewellery and clothing here. What’s more, you can also buy Bristol Pounds to spend with any independent retailer. Look out for their monthly Night Market, which is hugely popular featuring tasty bites and bands playing in the street.
David has lived in Bristol as a student for just over a year. Having grown up in Brighton, David chose Bristol because it shares a similar vibe so felt like home.
On Saturdays, David works at West Country Games as an Activity Instructor, escorting hen groups around the games. He confesses that this has been one of the most enjoyable jobs he has ever done!