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! (more…)

Your Student Life: Balancing Studies and Physical Health

by Kien Le, Wills Hall resident 2021-22, 2nd yr Sociology BSc

Life as a University student is one of the best experiences of our lifetime. It’s the moment you start to shape your future. As much as we wish for a Uni life full of nostalgic memories to look back on, the two most important things that students are advised to focus on are studying and staying healthy. Here are some great tips to help you balance your knowledge and health at University. (more…)

Settling in with new flatmates

by Kien Le, Wills Hall resident 2021-22, 2nd yr Sociology BSc

Is it your first time staying at the University of Bristol Halls? Are you feeling insecure about a brand-new life with brand-new people? While settling in with flatmates may be a stroll in the park for some, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of if you have your own concerns. Even siblings sometimes struggle to set aside their differences, let alone flatmates.

The key is to build and maintain good connections between each other; usually decided by your first interactions. Here are some simple tips when settling in with your new housemates: (more…)

Bristol Summer Events!

by Aditya Palve (Senior Resident), Abhishek Gautam (Chief Resident) & Tanuj Sharma (Senior Resident)

ol Tattoo Convention – 8th-10th July

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

The Bristol Tattoo Convention is returning to Ashton Gate Stadium in 2022. Over 250 artists from all 4 corners of the globe will attend and over 30 trader stands will be present. There will be live music on both days from “The Old Time Sailors” who will be performing Matinee shows from 1pm-3pm. Demon Drome “Wall Of Death” will be performing 6 shows each day. There is a free bus service with buses running in a circular direction all weekend from Bristol Temple Meads Station, The Bristol Hotel on Prince Street, Broad Quay in the city centre then up to Ashton Gate Stadium. For ease of transportation, buses will be operating every 10-15 mins, traffic depending.

Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ


World Refugee Day

by Aimee Andrew, Residential Life Advisor

June 20th marks World Refugee Day which is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It is a day to celebrate the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution and to build empathy and understanding about this important issue.

When I was at university, I volunteered with Student Action for Refugees at a hostel for incoming refugees in Birmingham. This was an incredibly rewarding experience in which we ran a children’s playgroup to give parents some respite from childcare duties and to provide a welcoming and hospitable face in the hostel. I enjoyed this experience so much, and would recommend this to everyone, as it felt great to be able to make a tangible difference in the lives of newly arrived refugees.

I’ve also used the language skills learned in my Spanish degree to become a voluntary translator for Translator’s Without Borders. This has given me an outlet to keep practicing my second language while using my words to help translate key texts for humanitarian causes and NGOs. For anyone studying a languages degree, or who speaks more than one language, I would wholeheartedly recommend TWB.

For this year’s World Refugee Day, I wanted to draw people’s attention towards some of the amazing ways in which you can get involved with supporting refugees in Bristol. Bristol is such an inclusive and diverse city so there are plenty of ways you can get involved:

STAR – Student Action for Refugees @ Bristol SU – Have you seen the Student Action for Refugees society at Bristol Uni? Join them for the opportunity to volunteer at local refugee projects such as Homework Club and Conversation Club and join their campaigns to improve the lives of those seeking asylum.

b.friend ( – This is a Bristol run volunteer project in which you can sign up to volunteer and you will be matched with an asylum seeker or refugee in Bristol to provide them with companionship and support.

Volunteer | Borderlands – This is a similar Bristol volunteer project in which you can become a one-to-one mentor for refugees in Bristol

Translators without Borders – Do you speak a second language? Translators without Borders is looking for you! TWB is a global community of voluntary translators who provide translations for non-profit organizations in areas of crisis relief, humanitarian aid, health and education

Donate your items — Aid Box Community – Why not donate your old clothes and unwanted items to a refugee in need? Especially with the end of term clear outs coming up – check the link for a list of items they are currently looking for.

Cook-alongs – 91 WAYS – This innovative social enterprise works with a wide range of community cooks from across the globe, as well as teaching you how to make a delicious meal, the cooks will deepen your understanding of their culture and the place food holds within it.

Bristol Refugee Festival – Celebration Information Intergration – Did you know that Bristol has it’s very own Refugee Festival with a whole programme of events annually from 6th-26th June? Take a look at their website and see if anything takes your fancy! From cooking classes, to craft and conversation and more

If you would like to donate to a local organisation that helps refugees in Bristol, consider Bristol Refugee Rights. They have been helping regugees in Bristol since 2006. You can read about their current work supporting LGBTQ+ people seeking asylum here: Pride Without Borders – Bristol Refugee Right

A blog about Loneliness

by Freya Selman, Senior Resident

Freya is studying Social Work MSc and is in her 4th year at UoB, and her first year being a Senior Resident. Coco is a 2 year old miniature poodle. Freya was not able to get Coco’s explicit informed consent too share these pictures, as she is still working out how to go about it!

Loneliness is a horrible feeling, and it is definitely not as simple as just ‘deciding’ to not be lonely. It’s also something that people don’t often talk about. When feeling lonely, it’s so easy to see other people with all their apparent friends and assume that we are the only ones. We aren’t though. In fact, the more I’ve spoken to people, and tried to be more open about feelings of loneliness, the more I realise that there are very few people (if anyone at all!) who doesn’t feel lonely. Ironically, you are never alone in feeling lonely, and there will always be someone out there who will help you to feel supported. With time, you can also become that person for yourself. (more…)


by Santiago Ayuso Arcas

“It’s ok not to be ok” or “it’s normal not to be normal” are two quite concurrent mottos we can all see or hear around us. I myself have seen several promo posters in both train stations, Temple Meads and Lime Street, in my last trip to Liverpool. Having said this, one may well wonder, is it normal to be a loner? Is it ok to seek loneliness from time to time? Or, if I’m a loner, must I always find refuge in loneliness? Well, here I will throw a couple of reflections based on my experience as a PhD student, which means a “part-time” mandatory loner. (more…)

The Power of Small Wins

by Alex Mcconville, Chief Resident

Sometimes I can’t be bothered to work. Even though I know I need to. However, once I get going I can really get into the flow of it, and always get that sense of achievement after I finished what I set out to do. But the problem is always starting.

Sometimes we set ourselves unrealistic goals about how much we can get done in a day, or get overwhelmed  by the sheer volume of work that needs to be done during our degrees, masters courses, or PhD’s. And that doesn’t even include tidying your house, washing your clothes, eating better, and doing more exercise. (more…)

Keep up your wellbeing during exam season

by Srood Salih, Chief Resident


With exams and coursework heavy in May, take care that you don’t drown in deadline season! It can be crucial for your own wellbeing to ensure that you fit in adequate breaks, and a really good way to do this is to connect with others.

If you are studying in a group or with a partner, fit in some time where you can take a walk or go and grab some coffee or a snack. Any down time where you can connect with other people and your friends, even if its just by having a chat can really help to take your mind off studying and keep your spirits up.

There are also plenty going on in societies, the SU and within ResiLife which you can see by visiting the What’s On webpage, reading the ResiLife weekly newsletter and following @UoBResiLife and @Bristol_SU on socials, if you are struggling for a way to connect with something.

Be Active

Covered walk on the Langford Campus

Physical exercise is a great way to destress and boost some much-needed serotonin. It can be intense at the gym or going off on a run around the downs but it doesn’t have to be so!

A simple walk in the park can be amazing, or instead of getting a snack out of a vending machine; walking to the nearest coffee shop is a great way to break the monotony of work and sneak in some physical activity.

Indeed, instead of taking a voi to and from the library, walking the route can offer some relaxation and benefits after a long studying session!

Take Notice

Take notice of what is around you and try your best to stay in ‘the moment’ as this can really help to strengthen and broaden your awareness.

Take notice of your workspace and try to keep it clutter free as a clear tabletop can really help you to focus in on the task at hand. Maybe spice up your desk by getting a new plant or several! You could also change your routines and maybe try something new at lunch or go somewhere else to eat.

Being aware of yourself and your goals can really help you stay motivated this exam season and these small changes to your day can really help it feel different and keep you in ‘the moment’, aware and motivated.

Exams and essays are difficult and stressful. However, it’s more important than ever to take some time for yourself and ensure that you stay recharged and on top of your work. Organise yourself and make sure you have plenty of time to avoid leaving things to the last minute and feeling overburdened. No matter how hard you feel things are right now, remember there is always a tomorrow. Good luck for your exams, do your best and everything will be alright.

Laptop Buying Guide

by Usman Sikander, Chief Resident, West Village

Usman’s top tips for laptop purchasing:

Are you looking for a new laptop and don’t know where to start researching for your next big purchase? I have got you covered! When you look at the technical specifications of the machine, you will find there is a lot of information out there and sometimes it gets tricky to decide what to purchase; should I go for a better battery life or a better performing machine? Is 1080p a good display or shall I spend some more and get at least 1440p? Is the body of the laptop sturdy enough? What are the hinges like? And the list goes on! Here are some of the tips that we think would help you understand better how to break down the specification and get the right equipment for you. (more…)