Top tips from the Chief & Senior resident team!

by our Chief and Senior Residents, compiled by Sophie Bridgewater, Student Community Coordinator

We hope that you are settling in well, and have started to gather some top tips of your own! In the meantime here are a few suggestions from the Residential Life Chief and Senior residents to help make living in residences go smoothly, as well as some exciting places in Bristol to check out!

Places in Bristol to check out

  • The M Shed Museum on the harbourside is fascinating, has a lovely coffee shop, great views, and is free!  
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery next door to the Wills Memorial Building has many collections of art, nature and history on display in a beautiful building – plus it’s also free!
  • St Nick’s market for its interesting stalls and street food market where you can find a great range of delicious (and affordable) food.
  • The Bristol-Bath cycle path offers a great way to easily escape the bustle of the city either on a bike or on foot.
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge is a must, and you can enjoy a drink with a view from the nearby White Lion pub!
  • Ashton Court & Leigh Woods are great ways to escape the hectic city and enjoy a slower pace, fresh air and natural surroundings – there are also many deer living there!    
  • Check out the city’s amazing street art – and sign up to the Upfest mailing list to hear about next year’s festival!
  • Enjoy the many coffee shops of the harbourside – Yeliz’s (New Bridewell, East village) favourites are the Architect, the Watershed (also a cinema), and the Society cafe.
  • Learn about Bristol’s aerospace history, and visit the Aerospace Bristol museum, where your entry ticket lasts for a year!
  • Make the most of the music scene! Ryan (The Hawthorns, East village) recently saw The Flatliners at a venue called The Exchange, near Cabot Circus – a great little independent venue that loads of smaller acts play at, particularly punk rock bands and singer-songwriters – they literally have someone playing music every single night! Other venues Ryan recommends checking out are Thekla (a boat!) and The Lanes (a bowling alley!).

Living in residences

  • Carry your UCard with you all the time around university but also around Bristol – you never know where you can get a student discount!
  • Maintaining a clean flat and environment is easier than cleaning a large mess. Try your best to keep your space tidy as you go – so it doesn’t become a daunting task.
  • Make the most of living independently and practice budgeting for when you move out for second year.
  • Open windows regularly for proper ventilation and to maintain a healthy living space.
  • If you get locked out of your flat or bedroom, don’t panic!  Contact your Residence reception or University night porter team on 0117 428 3300.
  • Try and attend ResiLife events as often as you can in the first few weeks to try out new activities, socialize and get to know your flat mates – you can find out what’s on by checking the weekly newsletter, in your UoB inbox every Monday, following us on social media, or visting the UoB What’s On page.


All students living in University of Bristol owned residences and any of the University’s partnership residences have access to 24/7 Student Support through ResiLife.  Contact your village – find out which village you’re in – for general enquiries, or Wellbeing Access for wellbeing support:

East village 0117 428 3302

North village 0117 428 3300

West village 0117 428 3301

Wellbeing support 0117 456 9860

Chief and Senior Residents

The Chief and Senior Resident team act as your first point of contact, supporting your wellbeing while in halls, planning events, and running regular meetings within your flats and studios. In case you have any questions or concerns, say hello or contact us:

East village

North village

West village

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