UWE halls are probably oversubscribed, as always. You have 2 options:
- Private landlords (houses): This is a more affordable option. There are lots of houses and flats scattered all over the city. I would say the average rent for this should be around £80 per week + bills. There's cheaper and there's more expensive. It all generally comes down to the area and the quality of the house.
Good places to look are:
- RightMove (My favorite, as they have a student section)
- Private halls: There's a couple of private student halls scattered around, particularly in the city center. Those are by far more luxurious and are gneeraly more expensive. Average rent for those is £110 per week, but can easily go up to £150 per week. If you can afford this, go for it, but then again, for that sort of money, you can get a flat all by yourself. The bonus is that bills are generally included and that you live among students just like yourself.
Good places to look for those:
- Unite Halls
Always make sure you read your tenancy agreement. Don't take it lightly.
Deposits average £300 and go up to £700. They are used as leverage in case someone trashes the property. Look after the property, and you'll get your deposit back.
There are sometimes agency fees, if you don't rent directly from a private landlord. Those fees can vary a lot. They can be anything from nothing to £150. This is a one-off payment as a "finder's fee".
If you have the money upfront, ask about paying a year in advance. You can sometimes get 5/10% discounts for doing so. Not that I would, just in case I decide to leave.
Campus is great, facilities are not bad at all. Lots of lecture theaters and seminar rooms. Few labs for bio courses are also on-site. Computer labs are scattered all over the place.
There's a 4 story library full of everything you might ever need.
There's a "Project room" in Q Block with specialist printing and binding facilities. Mostly intended for those with dissertations to hand in.
Printing is powered by Pharoh systems and you do have to purchase credit to print, so do go economic.
The campus shop is extortionate in terms of prices, so I generally tend to avoid it as much as I can. There's a Sainsburys Mega store 20 minutes away, but the shop is OK if you fancy a coffee or something within those lines.
There's a couple of Cafes, a cafeteria style restaurant with decent (but somewhat expensive) cuisine. There's a Cafe that serves Starbucks coffee. There's also vending machines and coffee machines everywhere.
My favorite above all is the fruit+veg stand in the main block, runs during term time Monday to Friday 8-4.
There's a cafe in R block but I've never been there. Looks nice though.
Q Block: The biggest block on campus. Full of lecture theaters and seminar rooms but only a few computer labs, so it's generally used by theoretical modules. Chances are, you will have at least 1 or 2 modules in Q block.
N block: Engineering block. Massive faculty. Mostly used by Electrical Engineering students and automotive courses+ aeronautics and Robotics.
R Block: The "arty" block. That's where they have the sketching workshops and the woodwork stations. Generally used by architecture and product design students.
T block: Robotics block. Back to back with the HP building.
A block: I don't know much about this block apart from that it holds the coursework station. That's where most coursework goes. The busiest building in Uni on deadline day.
the ECC: A conference building. You will most probably have your registration event there. It's also used as an exam hall towards the end of semester.
I know very little about this I'm afraid.
There's a venue for every taste. The most popular ones are Thekla, Syndicate and Ramshackle. But there's tons more.
There's a few pubs scattered around the center, suitable for "pre drinks". Especially Whetherspoons ones like my favorite, The Commercial Rooms on Corn Street.
A night out in Bristol can be expensive, but doesn't have to be. Just depends on how good you are with money. It's always best to 'hunt' for the cheapest venue depending on what day of the week it is.
The TempleMeads-UWE bus (Number 70) runs a late night service if you happen to live on campus. The last bus is around 2 AM I think. It works out just as cheap to share a taxi with a few friends though.
Aside from Sainsburys being the closest to the campus, Fishponds IMO is the best place to do grocery shopping. There's a Lidl, Aldi and Morrisons right next to each other. The 13 bus runs from Fishponds to UWE every half hour.
Personally I shop online via ASDA. Delivery cost is usually £2 with ASDA. £4 with Sainsburys. (Varies)
I'll add to this thread if I remember something I forgot to mention. Welcome to UWE.
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