Welcome 2021

Huge congratulations on achieving your place at Bristol! 

We are really looking forward to you joining us, and hope that you are excited to start on your new adventure.  Not only are you joining a top ten UK university, but the city of Bristol also has so much to offer, and we want to help make sure your student experience is the best it can be. 

Of course you are coming here to study, but this is also a time to meet new people and try out new things.  This blog will be a great source of information, so keep checking back.  You’ll also be emailed our monthly student newsletter which will keep you updated about events on and off the campus, let you know what your colleagues are up to, and generally help you navigate your way around University life.   

We know that starting university is a big step and can be stressful, but we have great resources available to help you settle in or provide any support you need.  You can read more about Student Wellbeing here. 

If you’re worried about COVID-19, we’ve also got you covered, read more about how we plan to keep you safe on campus 

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See you very soon! 

My top five things to do in Bristol 

by Yunyan Li, Senior Resident 

1. A Morning Run

Having a morning run in Bristol is absolutely a fantastic thing. I will strongly recommend two areas: Harbourside and Clifton village (extending to the Ashton Court). In Clifton area, you could enjoy a sunrise with suspension bridge and river as background. You could also enjoy the natural and clean air near the Ashton court. If you want to treat yourself after exercises, there are a wide range of breakfast restaurants nearby. In Harbourside area, you could enjoy the special scene: a row of colourful houses.  You could also enjoy the peace of harbour and different kinds of boats parking on the side.  

2. Have a Rest in Brandon Hill 

If you are tired of shopping at Park Street, then Brandon Hill should be a place for you. If you are tired of studying in the library, Brandon Hill is also your best choice for relaxation. It is near the Education and Wills library. You can have a nice walk around the hill. You could also climb the Colston Tower to enjoy Bristol from the top.  

3. Ashton Court Deer ‘Hunt’

There are different deer under protection in Ashton court. If you are lucky, you might find them hanging around the in the park peacefully. It was so amazing to take a picture with these lovely deer during Christmas break (in a safe and friendly distance). In summertime, this park is great for a walk with nice scenery.  

4. Look for the footprint of Banksy  

Bristol is famous for the unexpected painting at different street corners. There are guided tour to show you these graffiti wall. Of course, you can look for these surprises with your friends. There are always some unexpected scenes at some corners.  

5. Take a boat trip 

Having a boat trip provides different perspectives for you to explore Bristol. A boat trip from the Suspension Bridge to the city centre can show you most famous scenes of Bristol. It is better to take a boat trip during summertime. With a blue sky, you could enjoy a more attractive Bristol. 


A feast for the tastebuds! – international student food blog

Hi friends,

My name is Xuexi Pan, a postgraduate student studying Sociology. I come from Yibin, an attractive city of the Sichuan province in southwest China, where the Jinsha, Min and Yangtze rivers converge. Due to the topography of the basin in which it is located, the air is more humid and dampness tends to enter people’s body which is harmful. Eating chilies or food made from them accelerates the blood and makes the whole body sweat, thus the cold dampness can be driven out. So, in my hometown Yibin, people enjoy spicy food.

Yibin Burninges Noodles

This is both the name of a restaurant and a highly famous dish in Yibin. Located on People’s Road in the bustling city centre, this restaurant is a century-old establishment. Burninges Noodles, given this name because their oil is heavy and waterless and ignites on fire. Sounds particularly amazing, doesn’t it? It is, especially when you eat it, spicy and numb, an absolute feast for the tastebuds!

Recipes for Burninges Noodles

I love Burninges Noodles, and I always make my own here, whilst living in Bristol. I would love to share the recipe for making this dish below.

Ingredients egg noodles, Yibin sprouts, crushed cooked peanuts, chopped spring onions, star anise, sesame seeds, gold striped chilies and fine peppercorns
Seasoning 4 tablespoons of sesame oil

one tablespoon of chilli oil

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

one small tablespoon of MSG

How to do it

1. Bring a large amount of water to the boil, cook the noodles until they are about 80% cooked (there is still a white heart in the middle)

2. Remove with long chopsticks and place in a small bamboo cage and SHAKE well to dry.

3. Place in a bowl, add the soy sauce while still hot and mix well with chopsticks repeatedly so that they do not stick

4. Immediately add the chili oil and sesame oil and mix well

5. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the top

6. Mix well and serve

I encourage you to make this dish yourself in Bristol, you can find all the ingredients at Wah Yan Hong. However, I would recommend visiting Yibin in Sichuan to get a more authentic taste of this dish! I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post and will try this recipe yourself at home.

Pictures credit: Chuanxue You (permission for use has been obtained)