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Bristol vet student accomodation?

Hi, could anyone tell me what is the best accomodation choice, as an undergraduate 1st year vet student at Bristol University? Thanks!
(edited 1 month ago)
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Original post by emily.student
Hi, could anyone tell me what is the best accomodation choice, as an undergraduate 1st year vet student at Bristol University? Thanks!
It all very much depends on your budget and whether you want to be in the centre of Bristol or on the SB campus.
Most vets prefer being in the town near to the lecture halls, the bus stop to get to Langford and the social scene. SB has a shuttle service into town but for an intensive course it does add another time constraint. Some people however feel that they prefer the more campus feel of SB and they like the complete break, although it does mean it’s harder to get back after a night out. My DC just thought it had a party reputation and she was a little worried of being able to get the work done if all around her were partying.
Both of the East and West villages are good and have a good mix of luxury, normal and cheap accommodation.
I suggest working out your real budget first. There’s no point in putting all of your money into a luxury room with en-suite and a great gym if you’re unable to make the most of the societies etc on offer afterwards.
We made a spreadsheet of all the halls that fell into the distance criteria for getting to lectures on foot/ bike as well as the population size that suited us ( not too small as wanted to be able to find friends, but not too big as to feel impersonal and overwhelming.) We then built in the price/ week and the contract length. When there can be a difference of quite a few weeks the overall price can change enormously and what appears to be a cheaper room might not actually be.
All the information concerning distance, numbers and price is on the halls websites. We then chose the 9 that interested us in order BUT you rarely get your first choices, although since the new constructions over the last 2 years it is becoming more common.
We got choice number 7, ( the only one without en-suite) Favell on the Riverside campus. Because it’s older the rooms are actually bigger and for the 6 rooms there were 2 bathrooms, one for the girls and the other for the guys. My D was dreading sharing a bathroom but in fact it worked really well. She just invested in a pair of flip flops!
Riverside is very calm compared to the other city centre halls. It’s virtually pedestrian so there isn’t the traffic noise or the sirens from ambulances and police cars that you hear everywhere else and if you’re lucky enough to have a room with a view over the river it’s amazing.
Basically you’ll be fine wherever you as long as you make realistic choices based on your budget and the criteria that are really important to you. If you’ve been out the night before can you really walk 3 miles to lectures , would you be able to make sure you were on the bus for Langford if you were at SB, or would you be missing it all the time? Is the en-suite more important than your dance class, riding, etc etc.
Bristol is an expensive city but with loads of things going on. So I advise overestimating your social budget just to make sure you don’t end up being short of cash after choosing accommodation out of your budget. If however budget isn’t a problem there are some great new build halls in the centre of town. @ALEreapp can tell you more about those.
(edited 1 month ago)
Most of what I’m going to say will probably add to @Euapp with a few more considerations etc.

For reference I am in Campbell house, honestly in terms of location for the vet course it is probably the best location. Bus/coach stops are 2 mins and I can get to lectures in 5. Facilities here are insane with the study rooms, gym, onsite team so helpful, other ‘luxury’ amenities like tv rooms, cinema room, games room and karaoke room. Other than the price the only major ‘downside’ from a home student pov is we are only approx 20% of the residents and the internationals who are overwhelmingly from china don’t really interact with the home students even if you make the effort etc. I was very lucky to be in a flat of basically all home students, however I know others who weren’t and did find the experience quite isolating however it forced them to be friendly with others than their flatmates! You have a look of group interaction on the vet course so making friends isn’t an issue that way whereas other courses it’s not so easy!

Another big thing is cost, I’m not sure what Bristol were thinking with costs this year but it’s unreasonable for a lot of halls (eg they have made most city centre contracts 51weeks..) again pushing out the home students. Brunel for example I believe is £11k +?! It’s a lesser version of Campbell facilities wise (although closer to clubs if that’s your thing) and whilst per week Campbell is more expensive overall it will be cheaper as it’s 42weeks.
When looking at halls don’t go by the ‘distance to campus’ measure it’s not accurate for where we have lectures. We have most of our lectures in the school of chemistry so use that as your point of reference. Also look at proximity to supermarkets, most people shop at the Lidl in broadmead (again 2 mins from us) and opposite there’s also a Tesco and Sainsbury’s but if you are more central to the triangle so ‘west village’ it’s a bit of a walk/bus or your options are Sainsbury’s/waitrose 😅

If you have any kind of medical needs or disabilities definitely make them aware! Campbell is by the hospital and with my health condition I got a 20% reduction in rent for the year. I also know people who got guaranteed en-suites etc due to allergies so it takes some of the uncertainty out of it😌

Hopefully that is helpful but any other questions I’ll be happy to help x
Original post by Euapp
It all very much depends on your budget and whether you want to be in the centre of Bristol or on the SB campus.
Most vets prefer being in the town near to the lecture halls, the bus stop to get to Langford and the social scene. SB has a shuttle service into town but for an intensive course it does add another time constraint. Some people however feel that they prefer the more campus feel of SB and they like the complete break, although it does mean it’s harder to get back after a night out. My DC just thought it had a party reputation and she was a little worried of being able to get the work done if all around her were partying.
Both of the East and West villages are good and have a good mix of luxury, normal and cheap accommodation.
I suggest working out your real budget first. There’s no point in putting all of your money into a luxury room with en-suite and a great gym if you’re unable to make the most of the societies etc on offer afterwards.
We made a spreadsheet of all the halls that fell into the distance criteria for getting to lectures on foot/ bike as well as the population size that suited us ( not too small as wanted to be able to find friends, but not too big as to feel impersonal and overwhelming.) We then built in the price/ week and the contract length. When there can be a difference of quite a few weeks the overall price can change enormously and what appears to be a cheaper room might not actually be.
All the information concerning distance, numbers and price is on the halls websites. We then chose the 9 that interested us in order BUT you rarely get your first choices, although since the new constructions over the last 2 years it is becoming more common.
We got choice number 7, ( the only one without en-suite) Favell on the Riverside campus. Because it’s older the rooms are actually bigger and for the 6 rooms there were 2 bathrooms, one for the girls and the other for the guys. My D was dreading sharing a bathroom but in fact it worked really well. She just invested in a pair of flip flops!
Riverside is very calm compared to the other city centre halls. It’s virtually pedestrian so there isn’t the traffic noise or the sirens from ambulances and police cars that you hear everywhere else and if you’re lucky enough to have a room with a view over the river it’s amazing.
Basically you’ll be fine wherever you as long as you make realistic choices based on your budget and the criteria that are really important to you. If you’ve been out the night before can you really walk 3 miles to lectures , would you be able to make sure you were on the bus for Langford if you were at SB, or would you be missing it all the time? Is the en-suite more important than your dance class, riding, etc etc.
Bristol is an expensive city but with loads of things going on. So I advise overestimating your social budget just to make sure you don’t end up being short of cash after choosing accommodation out of your budget. If however budget isn’t a problem there are some great new build halls in the centre of town. @ALEreapp can tell you more about those.

Thank you so much for your help!
Original post by ALEreapp
Most of what I’m going to say will probably add to @Euapp with a few more considerations etc.
For reference I am in Campbell house, honestly in terms of location for the vet course it is probably the best location. Bus/coach stops are 2 mins and I can get to lectures in 5. Facilities here are insane with the study rooms, gym, onsite team so helpful, other ‘luxury’ amenities like tv rooms, cinema room, games room and karaoke room. Other than the price the only major ‘downside’ from a home student pov is we are only approx 20% of the residents and the internationals who are overwhelmingly from china don’t really interact with the home students even if you make the effort etc. I was very lucky to be in a flat of basically all home students, however I know others who weren’t and did find the experience quite isolating however it forced them to be friendly with others than their flatmates! You have a look of group interaction on the vet course so making friends isn’t an issue that way whereas other courses it’s not so easy!
Another big thing is cost, I’m not sure what Bristol were thinking with costs this year but it’s unreasonable for a lot of halls (eg they have made most city centre contracts 51weeks..) again pushing out the home students. Brunel for example I believe is £11k +?! It’s a lesser version of Campbell facilities wise (although closer to clubs if that’s your thing) and whilst per week Campbell is more expensive overall it will be cheaper as it’s 42weeks.
When looking at halls don’t go by the ‘distance to campus’ measure it’s not accurate for where we have lectures. We have most of our lectures in the school of chemistry so use that as your point of reference. Also look at proximity to supermarkets, most people shop at the Lidl in broadmead (again 2 mins from us) and opposite there’s also a Tesco and Sainsbury’s but if you are more central to the triangle so ‘west village’ it’s a bit of a walk/bus or your options are Sainsbury’s/waitrose 😅
If you have any kind of medical needs or disabilities definitely make them aware! Campbell is by the hospital and with my health condition I got a 20% reduction in rent for the year. I also know people who got guaranteed en-suites etc due to allergies so it takes some of the uncertainty out of it😌
Hopefully that is helpful but any other questions I’ll be happy to help x

Thank you so much!! Just one more question 😅 Does Bristol uni let students stay in the uni accomodation for the whole 5 years, or do you have to find somewhere else after the 1st year?
Original post by Emily.student
Thank you so much!! Just one more question 😅 Does Bristol uni let students stay in the uni accomodation for the whole 5 years, or do you have to find somewhere else after the 1st year?


Have to find somewhere else for the last 4! I know a few people that are staying in halls for 2nd year but the vast majority of us are moving into private x
Original post by ALEreapp
Have to find somewhere else for the last 4! I know a few people that are staying in halls for 2nd year but the vast majority of us are moving into private x

Okay, thank you! x
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Original post by Emily.student
Thank you so much!! Just one more question 😅 Does Bristol uni let students stay in the uni accomodation for the whole 5 years, or do you have to find somewhere else after the 1st year?
There’s nowhere near enough accommodation at Bristol to stay the whole 5 years. Some people do manage a second year but it’s rare. Langford is probably easier but the accommodation is pretty basic and “sad” there but there’s a lot of private furnished rentals that are advertised on spare room etc from about April onwards which is the contrary to the centre of Bristol where you almost have to start looking for the following year when you’ve only just found your feet in your current accommodation. That isn’t to say you won’t find private accommodation for the following year if you leave it until later, but you are likely to pay more. The best value for money flats/ houses are snapped up really quickly. I remember my D’s landlord in her second year asking her at the beginning of October if she counted on keeping it for the following year!!

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