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Hello and welcome to the Bristol Guide to Local Living! Whether you have just arrived or have been living here for a while, it's never too late to find out more about what this city has to offer.

We’ve also included lots of simple hints and tips to living a bit more sustainably. There are plenty of easy things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment, and best of all they will save you money!

Whatever you’re into, perusing the shops on Park Street, enjoying local produce or partying the night away, Bristol offers plenty of opportunities for you to support the local community, helping you to live sustainably.

If you’re interested in ethical careers, volunteering opportunities or are just curious about how you can get more involved in the community, we have included a whole range of information to help you make the most of your We have created this booklet as a time here in Bristol. guide to the environmentally and socially conscious Bristol, a little introIt’s been a lot of fun to duction to the quirks of this city that make it just so loveable. Inside you can put this guide together, find an extensive directory of our I hope you learn as favourite local restaurants, cafes and shops. In a city as dynamic and diverse much reading it as I as Bristol there is always more to stumble did creating it! across.

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About Bristol.................................................................... 2 Eating Out....................................................................... 4 Vegetarian and Vegan................................................ 6 Days Out......................................................................... 8 Nightlife........................................................................... 10 Transport......................................................................... 12 Groceries........................................................................ 14 Organic and Local........................................................ 16 Clothing.......................................................................... 18 Cosmetics and Toiletries............................................... 20 At Home......................................................................... 22 Recycling....................................................................... 24 Water.............................................................................. 25 Moving in Checklist....................................................... 26 Map................................................................................ 28 Bristol Hubs...................................................................... 30 Student’s Union.............................................................. 32 Societies.......................................................................... 34 Careers and Internships................................................ 36 Vouchers........................................................................ 38





Each year, one city is crowned European Green Capital to rec- WE ARE THE ognise its environmen- EUROPEAN tal achievements, GREEN CAPITAL future commitments and ability to inspire others. Bristol has: FOR 2015 invested £140 million into an efficient energy programme, doubled the number of cyclists in the city, and invested £400 million into public transport infrastructure.



Bristol Pound What is it?

For every £1 spent at a chain supermarket, only 10 - 12p stays in the local economy. Bristol Pound is an initiative to encourage more people to shop locally, and it is also the UK’s first city wide local currency. You can spend Bristol Pounds at every participating business using either paper Bristol Pounds, the simple TXT2PAY system or the internet. One Bristol Pound is equal to one pound sterling. Bristol Pounds stick with local independent businesses meaning that more money is kept in the city, working for the people of Bristol.

Why use it? Using Bristol Pounds is a great way to discover your city and to find amazing local businesses that you might have otherwise never heard of. Bristol Pound have on their website a whole directory of places that you can spend your Bristol Pounds at. You can even use the handy map tool to find out what shops are in your area!


You can pop in to us at the Students Union on Queen’s Road to swap your sterling for Bristol Pounds!


t u O g n i t a E Coffee and Lunch

FRISKA Conveniently situated on the Triangle, Friska is an ideal place to stop for breakfast on the go. All of their meat and eggs are free range and British, and they have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from. The cafe is also partnered with Rise Music, where you can browse their large record and CD collection or have a nose through their vintage and reworked clothing! FOLK HOUSE CAFE Hidden away on Park Street is a lovely little cafe come adult education centre. They serve up hearty lunches using ingredients that are organic, local, clean and ethical.

BEATROOT Nestled in Lower Park Row, Beatroot Cafe is a quiet and quirky retreat. The rustic cafe extends over three floors and a courtyard, and they often host workshops and parties. Their food, and their coffee, are delicious with much of their ingredients being locally sourced and organic. Commuters should definitely check out their breakfast menu. WORKHOUSE CAFE Just at the bottom of St Michael’s Hill, the Workhouse Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a coffee between lectures. The WH Cafe has plenty of lunch options to choose from, their ever changing selection of paninis is always incredible. They often have lots of great veggie and vegan options too!

BOSTON TEA PARTY You can find this West Country chain of comfortable cafes almost everywhere in Bristol. They are always beautifully decorated and serve delicious, locally sourced and organic dishes.

Great Value

Operating since 1996, the Take 5 Café has made a name for itself in Stokes Croft as the place to go for affordable curries with locally sourced ingredients. For £5 you can get a curry of your choice with pilau rice and home-made chutney. They even do a full English breakfast (vegan and vegetarian options available) or a Sunday Roast for just £5 a plate!


THE LIDO A 21st century take on a Victorian institution. The chef uses local, seasonal produce, some of it grown in The Lido’s own kitchen garden. THE TOBACCO FACTORY As the name suggests, this cafe is housed in one of the few surviving buildings from the Imperial Tobacco site. It is proud beacon for independent businesses, the TF Cafe/Bar is not only independent itself but also works hard to support other independent locally managed businesses and shops.

Late Night

Look no further than the Falafel King. While we recommend going to their restaurant on Cotham Hill, you must also check out their conveniently situated Falafel van on Colston Avenue. Open until the early hours you will not be disappointed by their enormous wraps filled with heavenly falafel, scrumptious salad and exquisite sauces.


It’s unlikely that you would be able to spend very long in Bristol without hearing about The Canteen. As a community hub of Stokes Croft it is a popular live music venue, bar and restaurant. The Canteen are dedicated to serving up affordable food using sustainable methods and ingredients. They have even been awarded the highest rating of three stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. As an added bonus they even put 10% of the annual net profit back into the community by supporting local causes.


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n a g e V d n a n a i r a t e eg V Whether you are vegetarian/vegan or are interested in eating less meat, there are plenty of places across Bristol where you can get some yummy vegetarian or vegan meals.

CAFE MAITREYA SOCIAL Voted the best Vegetarian restaurant in the UK. CAFE KINO A laid back co-operative in the Stokes Croft, their spicy veggie burger is certainly worth a try. THALI CAFE The best place to go for a wonderful veggie or vegan curry

EAT A PITTA Head to St Nicholas Market for some amazing falafel and a packed pitta. PIZZA PROVENCALE Rustic, french style pizza with a great selection of vegetarian toppings. POCO BAR Tasty vegetarian tapas

Vegetarian or Vegan? Come along to VegSoc to share great food, learn how to make new dishes, join in with debates and foodie discussions! It will be a lot of fun and involve a lot of tasty treats! See the website for discounts and more information:


L O T S I R B N I T DAYS OU Bristol is bursting at the seams with things to do, whether they are free experiences run by local trusts, areas of natural beauty waiting to be explored, or interesting historical spots.


THE ARNOLFINI A free contemporary arts gallery. BRISTOL CITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Explore the assortment of exhibitions- both artistic and educational. NELSON STREET See No Evil is a collection of permanent artwork by a host of famous street artists which has transformed this area of the city into an inspiring masterpiece STOKES CROFT The whole area is a living, ever-evolving gallery with some of Britain’s best street art- this is the area that created Banksy, after all!

A great way to get to know Bristol is by going on a tour. There are walking, cycling or self-guided tours available, here are some of our favourites: BANKSY BRISTOL TOUR Use this app to guide yourself round Bristol and discover famous art pieces by the world renowned graffiti artist. WALKING BRISTOL Free and informative guided walking tours of Bristol. After the just over 1 mile journey, the group always stops for lunch at Pieminister in Saint Nicholas Market-you even get a 20% discount!

CYCLE THE CITY For ÂŁ15 you can join a group to cycle a flat, car-free route round the Bristol Harbour on one of their vintage bikes. The University also offers free Cycle and Walking tours periodically throughout the year. Bikes are available to hire for free! CREATE CENTRE


A vibrant environmental centre, home to a range of events, exhibitions and an Eco-home.


THE AVON GORGE & THE CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE The magnificent gorge is best admired from the Pedestrian walkway along the bridge- and you get one hell of a view of Bristol too. It’s especially stunning at night. Visit the Observatory and Camera obscura for a sensational panoramic view. BRANDON HILL Nestled just behind the clamour of Park Street, the Nature Park is an inner city oasis. If your legs will carry you to the very top of Cabot tower you will be rewarded with spectacular views over the whole of Bristol. THE DOWNS Miles of greenery perfect for jogging, games of football, BBQs and snowball fights. EASTVILLE PARK Gorgeous Victorian park complete with lake, bowling greens and the 17th century Wickham Court, historical meeting place of Cromwell and Fairfax back in 1645. ROYAL FORT GARDENS Beautiful gardens, perfect for relaxing in after lectures. UNIVERSITY BOTANIC GARDENS Plants from around the world. They run regular walks, talks and events.


SS GREAT BRITAIN The boat with a past. Why not take one of the cheap ferries from the Harbourside along the river to it? M SHED M Shed is a museum all about Bristol. Explore the city through time: its places, its people and their stories. CHRISTMAS STEPS First constructed in 1669 by a wealthy wine merchant the steep steps are lined with listed buildings. Now home to a variety of shops , including an art gallery, a cider shop and some quirky vintage clothes shops!


NIGHTLIFE Bristol has a huge range of choices when it comes to nightlife, the City Centre, Whiteladies Road, Clifton and Stokes Croft are all packed with bars and clubs.

Cider at the Corrie Tap The Coronation Tap or “The Corrie Tap” as it’s affectionately known, is a world-famous cider house has been running since the 18th century. With its lethal combination of Exhibition and other local ciders, and regular live music nights, it shows no sign of slowing down.

Beer at the Grain Barge

The Bristol Beer Factory bought and refitted an old engineless barge in early 2007. Now the barge has two bars, a dining area and an upper ‘al fresco’ deck. The Grain Barge stocks a range of beers from their own Beer Factory but also have an ever changing selection of ‘guest beers’ from UK sources.

Cocktails at The Love Inn Set up the same people that run the legendary Love Saves the Day festival in Bristol’s Castle Park, The Love Inn is a quirky bar in the heart of Stokes Croft. Situated in the former Allied Irish Bank building, they serve a range of delicious cocktails that are definitely worth a try.

SOME MORE PLACES TO TRY The White Bear - St Michael's Hill Highbury Vaults -St Michael's Hill The Apple Cider Boat - Welsh Back The Beer Emporium - King Street The Attic Bar - Stokes Croft Clifton Wine Bar - Queen’s Road The Woods - Park Street Avenue The Social - Stokes Croft The Cofter’s Rights - Stokes Croft

Bristol has a thriving music scene with a unique character. Whatever your taste, there will be a venue for you.

MR WOLF’S A cosy club with bounds of character, located in the Old City. THE LANES Hosts a whole range of live acts If you’re after a 7 nights a week. rock and roll THE OLD DUKE A beautiful old pub just off the floating harbour, famous for its live Jazz band Blues nights.

THE FLEECE A legendary music venue established in 1982 with an impressive collection of START THE BUS previous guests This kooky venue such as Oasis, Radiohead and hosts a wonderthe White Stripes. fully quirky quiz night. Their live THE GOLDEN LION music calander is A charismatic always packed venue covered in with variety. STB beautiful grafiti has an atmoswith a variety of phere like no live acts. other.

vibe then look no further than The Lanes. Fifties diner by day, cocktail bar and live music by night.

THE GRYPHON If heavy metal is more your thing then try out The G r y p h o n . Frequently hosts up and coming metal bands. The place to go for your metal fix.

THEKLA One of the most famous boats in Bristol, Thekla has hosted big names like Jamie T, Foals and Calvin Harris. Thekla also offers a range of club nights to satisfy any taste.


TRANSPORT In the UK, increasing traffic levels have made us the most congested country in Europe. Bristol itself is renowned for being a traffic nightmare, and with much within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport it is often cheaper and easier to leave your car at home.

Buses There are

plenty of bus services to choose frrom in Bristol however First Buses are the most popular. Fares start from around £1.50 and you can get an unlimited day pass for just £4! With plenty of bus lanes, travel by Bus in Bristol is fast and easy.


The local train service is a great way to get across Bristol quickly and from as little as 75p!


Bristol is a pedestrian’s dream with much within walking distance (if you don’t mind a few hills!). Enjoy the sights and feel the breeze in your hair.

For you students there is a student bus service run by Wessex Red that goes to the University of Bristol, Stoke Bishop halls and the different UWE campues.

Roll for the Soul was established to provide a focal point for Bristol's cycling community and to support and promote cycling in the city. It's a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, so any money that's left after the bills have been paid is reinvested in the community. They have a cosy cafe that serves all-vegetarian food as well as a fully equipped bike workshop upstairs, which carries out servicing and repairs to all types of bike and prides itself on being the friendliest workshop in Bristol.

Cycling is large part of Bristol’s culture. Bristol was the UK’s first ever cycling city and has put considerable investment into extensive cycling paths. The latter featuring as part of Bristol’s winning bid for the European Green Capital. Considering that the city centre of Bristol is often congested with cars, travelling by Bike is an fast and easy way of gettting around. There are lots of cycle lanes, cafes that accomodate cyclists and safe places to keep your bike.

Roll for the Soul often works with Bristol University to provide basic bike maintenance courses at subsidised prices. Keep an eye out for details of future dates! You can also get a free check up at the University Cycle Clinic. 12

s e i r e c o Gr Where we spend our money on our weekly shopping gives us, the consumer, considerable power to shape our communities. While very little of the money we spend in large supermarkets actually stays in the local economies, the majority of what we spend in local shops will go towards job creation in your area and investment in your community. Local retailers are also more likely to give their loyal customers discounts and special offers.


JOE’S BAKERY A craft bakers on Gloucester Rd, established in the 1990’s. They have a lovely selection of breads and cakes. 70% of their flour is milled in Bristol! HOBBS HOUSE BAKERY This family bakery is actually located in the Cotswolds, but they stock quite a few shops and restaurants in Bristol. You can even buy their bread online! Save the fuel spent on delivery by paying the Better Food Company a visit to grab yourself a loaf!


DAVE GILES BUTCHER This Gloucester Road family butchers has been a longstanding part of the community for almost two decades. It is also currently run by one of the very few female butchers in the country! They also source their meat, cheeses and preserves from farms in the South West. BRISTOL SAUSAGE SHOP This little sausage shop in St Nicholas Market has a brilliant ethos - to bring back quality English food into fashion! All of their meat is sourced in the West Country.



Green Grocers REG THE VEG

An independent grocers in Clifton that has been running since the 1960’s. They sell quality produce that is seasonal and local. They often offer a 10% student discount!

GARDENER’S PATCH A grocers situated on Gloucester Road that stocks a wide range of quality and local fruit and vegetables.




As well as a restaurant, brasserie and a cookery school Bordeaux Quay also has an exstensively stocked Deli where you can buy anything from sandwiches and soup to handcrafted cheese.


You can find all sorts of wonderful items in Clifton at Stoneground. They are dedicated to stocking food that is thoughtfully selected to ensure their products are ethical and envromentally friendly.


If you don’t have the time to visit lots of different shops for your weekly shop then the Better Food Company is the place for you. You can find all your weekly essentials here from vegetables to shower gel. They are dedicated to stocking their shelves with food that is local, organic, ethical or fair trade. Finding it all in one place certainly makes shopping ethically a lot easier! You can find one of their stores on Whiteladies Road.


Scoopaway is an independent health food store specialising in organic and Genetically Modified Organism free (GMO) Vegetarian and Vegan Foods. They have 4,000 products available to scoop loose from barrels! You can even pick up environmentally sound toiletries and cleaning products, fairtrade beverages and organic frozen foods! You can find Scoopaway on Glouchester Road.


s d o o F l a c o L d n a Organic Veg Boxes

Getting fresh, local and organic produce doesn’t have to mean more effort and more money than getting your shopping from the supermarket. Veg Boxes are a brilliant way of getting all sorts of fruit and vegetables to your door every week, and they can also include locally sourced meat, eggs, and milk!

Simply order online and be content in the knowledge that not only are you supporting the local economy but you’re also reducing your waste as Veg boxes use less packaging, with re-usable boxes. Bristol Veg Boxes

Leigh Court Farm

The Community Farm

Riverford Organic Farms

Every second Tuesday of the month from 11am to 3pm you can find a local Farmer’s Market on Tyndall Avenue. The market is open to staff, students and members of the public and hosts a range of traders selling a range of fruit and vegetables, meats, bread, cakes, and even hot take away food.

Farmer’s Market

The Hungry Caterpillar Food Co-op is a non-profit student run group offering organic and fairtrade wholefoods at Wholesale prices. Come along on a Wednesday every week to get your organic muesli & oats, snacks, tinned food and other yummy bits. If you are a society or individual seeking wholesale priced wholefoods in bulk, we can also provide that, please contact us for further info. The Food Co-op is open every Wednesday between 12 and 3pm in the Physbar at the back of the Physics building on Tyndall Avenue or you can contact us at



Between gory PETA anti-fur adverts and horrific news stories about child labour, you have most likely come across some of the many reasons clothing can be ethically problematic. The truth is that mass production of clothes is an ethical and environmental minefield. Unfortunately, many high street clothes are made from materials that are unsustainably sourced, come from an exploited market, and are often not recyclable. These clothes and shoes are often made in inhumane conditions, in factories where employees are not paid a living wage, are intimidated and threatened, or forced to work excessively long hours. The 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh was a turning point in highlighting the unbelievable conditions that garment workers are forced to endure so that we can enjoy cheap fashion. Silk production often relies on a workforce made entirely of children and the actual processing, of silk commonly leaves workers with long-term health problems.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? 1. Charity Shop Bargains



Chemicals used in tanning and dying leather can cause serious health problems for those working in the tanneries. There are natural alternatives such as Palm Oil - but this poses problems related to rainforest destruction. In many places the Palm Oil plantations are taking over rainforests that are the natural habitats of endangered species such as orangutans. Cotton isn’t problem-free either. In fact there are more pesticides and water used on cotton than any other global crop. It takes about 2,720 litres of water to produce just one cotton T-shirt - the same as what an average person might drink over three years. Avoiding funding unethical clothing production may seem difficult but it doesn’t have to be a chore. Buying second-hand from charity shops or visiting vintage shops and fairs is a great way to reuse clothes cutting down on clothing waste and also channelling money into the local economy.

Bristol has numerous charity shops along Whiteladies Road, Cotham Hill and Gloucester Road. Clothes are often fairly cheap and you can get some great vintage finds.

2. Upcycle Your Old Clothes You can always up-cycle or customize your existing clothes, or finds from charity shops, to make them more up to date. Baggy t-shirts can be turned into dresses or gym vests. With a bit of bleach, you can turn old jeans into a pair of dip dye, frayed shorts. Websites like Pinterest have lots of ideas to try out.

3. Go Vintage

Bristol hosts many vintage and second hand clothing fairs. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is the largest in the UK and is frequently held at the Passenger Shed by Temple Meads Station.


There are often Bristol University Clothes Swaps held around campus and in halls, they are a massive success with hundreds of garments happily traded, profits donated to Labor Behind The Label, and excess clothes donated to Bristol’s charity shops. 18

cosmetics Beauty and cosmetic products have strong impacts on society and the environment. It’s not often easy to figure out which products are ethical, a lot of cosmetics or their ingredients are tested on animals. Also, those ingredients are not always sourced responsibly and harm the environment. If you want to find out what products and companies are approved by the Humane Cosmetics Standard, check out the Go Cruelty Free website for a There are plenty of places in Bristol complete list. where you can buy ethical and It’s important to remember environmentally friendly cosmetthat product packaging ics and toiletries leaves substantial waste. Consider buying alternatives Eathbound, just off Cotham Hill with recyclable and little or Harvest, Gloucester Road no packaging, such as those La Ruca, Gloucester Road sold in LUSH stores. Look out for the BUAV leaping rabbit for an easy way to spot whether a product hasn’t been tested on animals.

LUSH, Broadmead Scoop Away, Gloucester Road Wild Oats, Redland Road The Better Food Company, Whiteladies Road

Soap bars are more enviromentally friendly, due to both the ingredients and the minimal packaging. Try looking for a plant-based product, and check that it doesn’t contain palm oil. Palm oil often comes from plantations developed by destroying natural rainforest and the habitats of orangutans.


‘Micro-beads’ in many face washes are likely to be made out of plastic. These microscopic particles of polyethylene are too small to be sifted out at sewage treatment plants and so end up in the ocean where they become a persistent pollutant. The plastic cannot biodegrade as sea temperatures are so low, then they are often ingested by wildlife and can be very harmful.

Santiary Products

Face Washes

Every day 2.5 million tampons are flushed down the toilet, along with 1.4 million sanitary towels and 700,000 panty liners. Most commercial brands are not actually biodegradable, while companies like Natracare create sanitary products that are organic, totally chlorine and plastic free using biodegradable materials. For a cheaper alternative, try the Mooncup. It’s a silicone cup worn internally to collect menstrual fluid. As its reusable you will only need to buy the one. Not only are you reducing the amount of waste you are throwing away, but you might find, as many women have, that it even reduces stomach cramps.



Make good use of your cooker. Why not bake a cake at the same time as your meal to fill the remaining shelves in your oven?


Defrost your freezer regularly. Keep your fridge between 3°C and 4°C to maximize their efficiency.

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Let your left over hot food cool down before placing them in the fridge.



Use a hob that fits the pan, and use a lid. Not only is this quicker but it may also save you 90% of the energy Use freezer bags required. and reusable plastic boxes. They keep fruit and veg fresh and you can save your leftovers.

Communal eating saves energy and money.

Eat well


You can freeze most foods. For example, if you only use half an onion, carrot or other vegetables when cooking, you can always chop up the rest and put it in the fridge or freezer to use later. It is also not widely known that you can actually refreeze meat. Make a note of when your foods will go off after you shop and prioritise eating those with an early expiration date first. This will save you money and reduce your waste. Plan your meals for the week. This will help you to only buy what you need for the meals and may help you avoid spending money on food you might throw away.



First years, watch out - many halls and houses ask you to turn off the freezer in holiday times. So plan when to eat it all otherwise it will go to waste. You also don’t want to come back to the smell of a full and thawed out freezer full of rotting food !


Lowering your thermostat by 1˚C could reduce your energy consumption by up to 10% Place aluminum foil (shiny side out) behind radiators. This will reflect heat back into a room, a good idea for external walls.

while closing them at night insulates and keeps heat in a room. Tucking curtains behind radiators prevents heat from escaping from a room.

Placing cling film over window glass, with an air gap Prevent chilling between, can draughts from under make temporary doors by making double glazing. draught excluders from old clothes or Remember to turn spare textiles off lights, and try to Opening curtains use natural light as during the day lets much as possible. the sun in, Electrical goods can still use between The average family creates

6 TONNES of CO2 a year.


Household energy accounts for

of the UK’s CO2 emissions.

10% and 60% as much electricity on standby as they do on. ‘A’ rated energy efficient light bulbs last 12 times longer and consume about one fifth of the energy of standard ones. Not only does it save you money on your electric bill, but also its likely one bulb will last the majority of your tenancy! Defrost food by putting it in the fridge the night before you need to use it. This will cool the fridge and reduce power consumption. Washing your clothes at 30° instead of 60° uses 1/3 less power.




COOKED AND UNCOOKED FOOD, TEABAGS, COFFEE GROUNDS, EGG SHELLS For more information and to find out your collection days, go to the Bristol Council Website.



Student Recycling

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Every year the University of Bristol Sustainability department and Student’s Union run The Big Give for Student halls, accommodation sites and those in private lets. The university provides facilities for students to donate a wide range of unwanted items and recycle their waste. In 2014 the Bristol Big Give Campaign raised over £100,000 for local and national charities!


The UK has less available water per person than most other European countries. London is drier than Istanbul, and the South East of England has less water available per person than the Sudan and Syria.

A running tap uses

6 litres


of water a minute

All the water that enters your home is not only treated to make it drinkable, but it is also intensively treated on the way out. Every litre of water you use requires energy to be abstracted, pumped, treated, stored and disposed of.


Doing your washing up in a bowl or a sink of water uses up to two thirds less water than running it under the tap.

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Keep a jug or bottle of cold water in the fridge to save Wait until you have a full load to do your having to run washing or you can combine loads with the tap cold for your housemates. If you’re in halls, drinking water. sharing the price of a washing machine or dryer will save you money too.

A five-minute shower uses just a third of the water needed for a bath. Time yourself by playing music while in the shower; you can aim to get out by the end of one or two songs.


Almost a third of all the water we use goes down the toilet. Save water (and money) every time you flush by getting a free displacement device from your water company in the toilet’s cistern.

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where yo If you can, have a look at major energy companies come from. Most of the some of the energy from have green tariffs, or source can get an energy supply renewable sources. You renewable sources. Some that is sourced from 100% d icty also use profits to fun energy providers like Ecotr le ab ew velopment of ren the expansion and de sources.

Check the hot water system, if the boiler look s old then consider asking for a new one. High efficiency condensing boilers are now standard, saving energy and money.

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Check how energy efficient the appliances are. Old and energy in-efficient appliances can rake up your energy bill. A washing machine does an average of 274 cycles a year; having an “A” rated washing machine can reduce the power required by 30%. Fridg es and freezers are another big electricity user; an “A” rated model can use 60% less power, cutting your electricity bill by more than £35.



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social enterprise AISEC

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STUDENTS OPPOSING VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS They aim to bring issues of gender-based violence and female sexual health and rights to the student body. They run various events to meet the target of improving understanding of gender based violence and promoting the sensitive and appropriate handling of Female Genital Mutilation within in the community.

NET Bristol Feminists LGBT+ Society STAR V.A.G Anti-Slavery Bristol STAR

human rights

THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SOCIETY The university’s leading forum for debate and discussion of key international, political and economic issues. They are a speaker-based society, organising talks and debates which allow you to interact with some of the most influential people shaping our world today. Recent speakers have included Nick Clegg MP, Jon Snow and Dame Margaret Antsee. You can find them on facebook or contact via email:



Bristol Conservation Group Fairtrade Cafe VegSoc



A national student network and registered charity, tackling global and local health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. Medsin recognises that students are critical to bringing about an equitable and healthy world of tomorrow. Joining Medsin will allow you to make a difference in the fight against the huge injustices of global health inequity. Membership is free and grants you access to all of their events. You can find them on facebook or contact them via email:


MEDSIN Engineers without Borders Laywers without Borders



Gaining experience in a sector that interests you is important both for your understanding of that sector and for your career development. Whether you want to work for a large organization or start your own business, internships can prove invaluable experiences and will certainly help with job applications. There are positions available both over the summer and throughout the year, ranging from a few hours a week to full time.

Student Hubs Social Impact Internship Scheme

Each year Student Hubs ( run an internship scheme and place around 100 students across the UK in summer internships in charities, social-enterprises and non-profits. They also provide training and support. Applications open during the first term and close in January. Sign up to the Bristol Hub mailing list ( for more information and updates about the scheme.


Worthwhile’s aim is to inspire bright and driven graduates to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector. They co-ordinate a Graduate Scheme, Training Programme, Recruitment Services and the Worthwhile Community to connect young professionals to careers with not-for-profit organisations. They are passionate about creating great experiences for graduates who want to work in this sector: offering them roles in which they can take on responsibility, accumulate new skills and develop professionally and personally.

UoB Careers Service is located at the heart of the University campus, on Tyndall Avenue. Open Monday to Friday throughout the year, we provide information, advice and guidance for students. Call in to see a careers adviser – our experienced and qualified team are on hand to discuss careers related topics, from advice on CVs, applications or interviews, to generating career ideas. You don’t need to have a specific career in mind before coming to see a careers adviser. Talk to our specialist information staff who can help you with navigating specialist databases, company information, and sector specific magazines. Events: 140+ events Autumn Term! Quickfix sessions - ideal for the busy student; Practice Interviews; CV Clinics; Industry Insights and Snapshot Careers – find out about specific areas of work; interactive workshops include a number of employer-led sessions to help you gain insight into the world of graduate recruitment. Careers Fairs & Employer Presentations: Autumn Careers Fair, Careers with a Science Degree and the Law Careers Fair, and over 100 presentations including Sanctuary, Frontline, TeachFirst and JET. Fairs and presentations are a great opportunity for you to meet and network with employers. Bristol PLUS Award recognises and rewards University of Bristol students who have gained significant professional and life skills through work experience, volunteering and other activities outside of their studies. Work Experience, UoB Internship Scheme and Campus Internships However great your formal qualifications look, employers are also looking for evidence of work-related skills that can only be gained by experience. We can help you to find the vacation work, internships and placements that are vital to securing many graduate positions. JobShop – part-time, term-time jobs are not just a great way to earn extra cash whilst studying, it will help to develop your skills or boost your CV while at university. To access extensive careers information, browse and book events, view local, regional, and international vacancies and so much more: 34

BRISTOL BRISTOL UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY SUSTAINABILITY TEAM TEAM Want to get involved in environmental action on sustainability at university? Then come along to BUST! We meet every few weeks at 5.15pm to discuss, act, dream and scheme...and for tea and cake!

WHAT IS BUST? We are a consensus based group of students at Bristol University that facilitates student sustainability projects and local environmental activism. We believe anthropogenic climate change, peak oil, biodiversity loss and unsustainable consumption undermine a secure and fair future for everyone; and that working in communities is an effective way to create needed change. We work to support and generate student practical action on sustainability issues within Bristol University and the city community. We've listed some of our past projects below, but we want you to join the conversation. How can we create a sustainable Bristol? What next? It's for you to decide.


The Trash Carnival The Clothes Swap The Bicycle Surgery The Close the Door Energy Campaign project with local shops Climate of Change speaker series Helped create the Bristol Climate Forum

FIND OUT MORE Come along to our Big Green Gathering in the first weeks of term!



Many courses allow you to take open units alongside your course, this is a great opptunity to learn about something outside of your course. Plus, there are plenty of really interesting units that focus on sustainability!


of Bristol Students say that sustainability should be embedded in their courses. We want your ideas to make this happen. Email for more information.

The University of Bristol, University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU) and UBU Get Green are working in partnership to embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in your University experience. The University uses the UNESCO definition of sustainability that includes not only the environment but also economic and social sustainability.



There are thousands of students who attend the Welcome Fair every year. These new students are also new to Bristol and are keen to find out more about where they will be living for the next three or more years. Our guide is given out at events like this throughout the year, it is the perfect opportunity to attract these new Bristol residents to your local business or group! We want our readers to shop at local businesses. Adverts and vouchers will go a long way to catching their eye If you are interested in being featured in the next edition of the guide then let us know: 38

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There are thousands of students who attend the Welcome Fair every year. These new students are also new to Bristol and are keen to find out more about where they will be living for the next three or more years. Our guide is given out at events like this throughout the year, it is the perfect opportunity to attract these new Bristol residents to your local business or group! We want our readers to shop at local businesses. Adverts and vouchers will go a long way to catching their eye! If you are interested in being featured in the next edition of the guide then let us know:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This guide was designed, written and edited by students involved in Bristol Hub. With special thanks to Sarah Redrup for her commitment and creativity and the University of Bristol's Sustainability Department for their support.


If you would like to get involved in the next edition of this guide please contact We would be very grateful if you could give us your feedback on the guide by filling out the short survey that can be found here:

Bristol Hub Guide to Local Living (2014/15)  

Produced by students from across the Bristol Hub, this guide provides a load of practical ideas to allow you to enjoy everything Bristol has...

Bristol Hub Guide to Local Living (2014/15)  

Produced by students from across the Bristol Hub, this guide provides a load of practical ideas to allow you to enjoy everything Bristol has...