WELCOME GUIDE l o t s i r B
016 2 SU
The people you need to know
Welcome Week events
12 Society taster sessions 18 Societies, student media & sports 23 Sports & physical activity 24 Opportunities to make a difference 26 How being a member of the SU works 30 Five must know places in Bristol 32 Epigram’s secret guide to Bristol 34 Accommodation 35 Student Networks 36 Just Ask
Welcome to Bristol Cultural capital of the South West, Green capital of the country and, according to The Guardian, the best UK city to live in. We are a city of hot air balloons, cider, street art and festivals. This is your home for at least the next year, and we hope you’ll love it! ‘This is the mould that I came from, Bristol University’ – Simon Pegg This guide offers you a taster of some of the things you will be able to get up to while at Bristol, as well as some sage (we think) advice from people who have been students here. Have a flip through, and if there’s anything else we can help you with feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org We’re looking forward to meeting you. Your Bristol SU Student Officers P.S. You can see our faces on page 4!
You are now a member of Bristol Students’ Union. What does that mean?
We: • Support over 300 societies and sports clubs • Run hundreds of social events throughout the year. Everything from
things to do before you arrive
1. Put the date of the Welcome Fair
club nights to pub quizzes and TedX
in your diary: Friday 23 September,
at Clifton Downs.
• Provide all sorts of services for
We are a separate organisation from the
students, including an advice service,
University. All students are members of
a lettings agency and a bike hire
your Welcome Festival Wristband:
the SU and we work together to get the
Wristbands are available at:
best from our time at Bristol. There are all
• Welcome all students to our SU
2. If you’re in halls, you should get
sorts of things you can do as a member.
building, which includes legendary
All students can also buy tickets
You might want to stand to be a rep, you
gig venue The Anson Rooms, two
for individual events.
might want to join a sports club or society,
theatres, two bars, music rooms, a
or you might just want to hang out in the
dark room, a dance studio, activity
SU bar, The Balloon.
spaces and study spaces
3. Join the official Welcome Facebook event: tinyurl.com/welcometobristol
You will elect your own leadership who
If there’s anything you want or think
will then represent you.
needs to change, we’re always open to
This is some of what we do:
4. Get your NUS Extra card. Take
new ideas. We’re here to listen to and
advantage of some amazing
support you in any way you need, so get
student discounts of up to 40%.
Order cards at: nusextra.co.uk.
We campaign for: • Decent, affordable student accommodation • Improving the quality of your academic courses • Fair access to health services, including mental health services • Equality and accessibility across the University experience.
The people you need to know There are six full-time elected officers at Bristol SU: students who work for you. If you need anything, they are your first port of call.
Pictured left - right
Stephen Le Fanu
Sport & Student Development Officer
Postgraduate Education Officer
Student Living Officer
Union Affairs Officer
Undergraduate Education Officer
Equality, Liberation & Access Officer
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Club nights // cultural events Film club // live music // socials Welcome fair // society tasters // much, much more In halls? go to bristolsu.org.uk/welcome for your club night wristband deal
17 - 24
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s t n e Ev SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
Roller disco vs. silent disco
Mature student welcome drinks mingle bem bash in the balloon
7.30pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. £5. For one night only the Anson Rooms is turning into a glitzy skating arena, while the Anson Rooms bar will become your very own silent disco.
6.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. Bristol SU welcomes all Mature Students to come together and meet new people while having a drink and some nibbles!
7.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. If you identify as an ethnic minority, join the University of Bristol Ethnic Minorities (uBEM) in our first social of the year!
FILM CLUB: Spirited away
Raise the bar
Film CLUB: Ip Man 3
7.30pm, Winston Theatre, Richmond Building. £1. Animé classic by Studio Ghibli. A captivating fantasy that sets a new benchmark for animation. English subtitles.
7.30pm, Anson Rooms Bar, Richmond Building. £2. Raise the Bar’s critically acclaimed spoken word poetry night returns, with some amazing headline acts.
7.30pm, Winston Theatre, Richmond Building. £1. Martial-arts master Ip Man (Donnie Yen) takes on a crooked developer (Mike Tyson) and his gang. English subtitles.
Film CLUB: Rocky Horror picture Show
Vintage swing: dance night
7.30pm, Winston Theatre, Richmond Building. £1. Musical horror comedy starring Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Sing along to the time warp watching this cult classic.
8.30pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. £5. Grab your dancing shoes for a night you won’t forget. With LeRoc Society, Bristol SU’s dancing experts.
10am - 8pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond
10am - 8pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond
Building. Free. Selected halls introductory
Building. Free. Selected halls introductory
talks. Check your induction materials for
talks. Check your induction materials for
your time slot.
your time slot.
MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
Get your tickets at bristolsu.org.uk/welcome Tuesday 20 September
Wednesday 21 September Thursday 22 September
Women’s coffee meet
Vintage kilo sale
11am, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. A friendly gathering with FemSoc for those who self-define as women, including complex gender identities.
12.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. £5. Free keep cup, and drinks deals at every cafe. Explore some of the best independent cafés that Bristol offers.
2pm - 5pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. Free. We’re your one stop pop up shop for all your vintage needs, right here at your SU!
pgce Welcome dRINKS MINGLE
sTUDENT ACTIVIST MEETUP
Bristol SU’s essential city tour
4pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free.
6.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. If you’d like to join national campaigns or organise local grassroots activism, come and meet some fellow activists. No former experience required.
11am, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. £3. Tours showing street art within Bristol, St Nicks market, and some of the city’s most famous pubs. First come first served.
International food festival
6.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. From the PG Network. Because when the chips are down, what goes better than a classic cocktail with new friends?
2pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. £2 Come and sample amazing foods from all over the world. Presented by our international societies, and tasty local vendors.
7.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. We welcome all performers! Enjoy entertainment by your fellow students and cheap drinks.
Film CLUB: My Neighbour Totoro
No joke! With special guest
The Big fat Bristol su pub quiz
7.30pm, Winston Theatre, Richmond Building. £1.
7.30pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. £5. Laughter is the best medicine - so come along and revitalise with a night of comedy! Guest TBA.
7.30pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. Free. With Bristol RAG hosting, expect fun rounds, great prizes & an awesome night!
FILM club: The Room
FILM club: The Assassin
7.30pm, Winston Theatre, Richmond Building. £1. Is this the worst film ever made? Discover the film that defined the phrase ‘so bad it’s good’. Bring plastic spoons!
7.30pm, Winston Theatre, Richmond Building. £1. Beautifully shot, this film follows an exiled assassin who must choose between love and duty.
Calling all PGCE students! Get to know some new faces by meeting your coursemates at your Student Union bar.
Post graduate welcome: nachos & margaritas
Animé fantasy film from noted director Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. A magical and beautifully illustrated animation.
Inspire Talks: supported by TEDx university of bristol 7.30pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. £5. Some of the best speakers around will be giving short talks. If you like TED talks, don’t miss this!
s t n e Ev Friday 23 September lgbt+ mingle 6.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. Bristol’s LGBT+ society invites you to come and have a drink and meet some new people.
KARAOKE 8pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. Pick your tune and join Bristol RAG in a charity karaoke special.
Welcome fair 23 September, 11am - 5pm, Clifton Downs. Free. Welcome Fair at its biggest venue yet! Join us on the Downs for your chance to meet everyone from Bristol SU, sign up to any of our sports clubs and societies, and get involved in all kinds of initiatives. Meet loads of people, see amazing student acts on our event stages, and pick up freebies. There will be a quiet hour 10am - 11am for those with accessibility needs.
What to expect on the day • 2 huge marquees full of societies and sports clubs: covering interests like dance, food,
Saturday 24 September Live lounge 7.30pm, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. Come and hear some of Bristol’s hottest up and coming student bands.
Disabled student network Pastry & coffee mingle
music, performance, media, outdoor sports, academic subjects, business, campaigns, languages and more you’ll be spoilt for choice! • See some of our sports teams showing off their skills in the Sports Arena • Our main stage will host a range of awesome performances • Stock up on Bristol SU swag and get your NUS Extra card at the merchandise tent • Meet the people running key University and SU services such as Lettings • Check out loads of student led volunteering stalls and chill out with us in the Just Relax tent • Pick up tonnes of brilliant free stuff from our commercial sponsors
11am, Balloon Bar, Richmond Building. Free. Our Disabled Student Network invites you to grab a drink and a snack, and meet some new people.
Don’t forget • A water bottle • A bag for all your freebies • Your student card (UCard)
Events are subject
to change. Fo r more info rmation on al l listings see: br istolsu.o rg.u k/welcome
In halls? Go to bristolsu.org.uk/welcome For your club night wristband If you are in halls you will have a programme of club nights selected specifically for you. This way you’ll know you’re going to the same nights as your halls mates. Your halls wristband will get you guaranteed entry to all of your halls’ nights. If you would prefer you can
nightlife Beach Party
also purchase individual tickets for all events.
Find The Treasure: Pirate Party!
Sunday 18 September, SWX. The moving in party is HOT. Hit the beach
Tuesday 20 September, O2 Academy.
This event will see some of the city centre
for some bonding with your new mates in
The MAMMOTH club nights Propaganda
venues take you on a truly wild night as you
Bristol’s super club, SWX. Expect:
& Ramshackle combine forces to host a
hunt to find these urban watering holes.
• Surprise guest act
night of Rock & Roll, indie bangers and
Watch out for:
• Beach balls, flower necklaces and
club floor fillers.
• A bar owned by Love Save The Day
Wednesday 21 September, various locations
• Tropical punch
These long standing student nights bring
• A bowling alley
• SWX residents plus a guest DJ
over 25k visitors every week so prepare
• Herds of blow up creatures
• Chart Classics
to jump ship as the SU sails in the pirate
Welcome TO THE CIRCUS Monday 19 September, Various locations.
ship. Complete with eye patches, fire
The Last Dance
breathers & hooks galore.
Thursday 22 September, Motion.
The Triangle Festival will see the best clubs
fresh: 90s & Beerienteering
on Bristol’s infamous triangle join forces to
Tuesday 20 September, PRYZM Begin the night by navigating your way towards Pryzm through some of the city’s best bars. It’s more than just a bar crawl...
show you the ropes. BUNKER / MBARGOS / LOLA LO / LIZARD LOUNGE / ILLUSIONS. Expect: • Banging hits all night long • Illusion’s magicians • The famous BED night at Bunker • Lola Lo Tiki Bar
End up at Bristol SU’s regular 90’s rewind Featuring classic tunes from the likes of TLC, Bomfunk MCs, Destiny’s Child, Fresh Prince and many more! bristolsu.org.uk/welcome
The biggest show of the week, with DJ Fresh in Bristol’s most renowned club. Bring white t-shirts and clean faces ready to get covered in UV paint in our warehouse rave. Expect: • Futuristic face painters • Stilt walkers • A proper underground club experience.
90â€™s SPECIAL 20 SEPTEMBER
Your freshest student night 90s, hip hop, house and student anthems Nostalgia guaranteed
BRISTOL SU LIVE Beth orton 29 september
GIVE IT A GO
Try out some of our societies and sports clubs! Visit bristolsu.org.uk/giveitago for more information on all of these events.
Give Pole Fitness a Go!
Global Leadership Workshop
Computer gaming: Console Social
Monday 19 September. 11am - 12pm. Free. Dance Studio, Richmond Building.
Thursday 22 September. 2pm - 5pm. Free. Wills Memorial Building - Old Council Chamber.
Saturday 24 September. 10am - 4pm. Free. Odlum Room, Richmond Building.
Free Education! Direct Action Training
Give Climbing a Go!
Sailing Taster: All Aboard
Girls, give rugby a go!
Sailing - Team Racing Trials
Wednesday 21 September. 1.30pm. £2 Meet outside Sports Centre on Tyndall Avenue
Thursday 22 September. 2pm. Free Coombe Dingle - meet by netball courts.
Saturday 24 September. 2pm - 3pm. £3. Meet outside Sports Centre on Tyndall Avenue Not suitable for beginners.
Give Taekwondo a Go
Give Gamesoc a Go!
Wednesday 21 September. 3pm. Free.
Thursday 22 September. 4pm - 5pm. Free.
Saturday 24 September. 2pm. Free
Carpenter Room, Richmond Building.
CELFS Office, 4th floor, Richmond Building.
Wednesday 21 September. 12pm - 2pm. Free. Stephenson Room, Richmond Building.
Anson Rooms AR6, Richmond Building.
Thursday 22 September. 2pm. Free White Bear Pub, St Michael’s Hill.
Saturday 24 September. 10am. Free. Avon Gorge.
Classics Society Symposium
Trampoline & Gymnastics BOUNCE!
Wednesday 21 September. 3pm. Free. The Downs, meet by the water tower.
Saturday 24 September. Sports Centre, Tyndall Avenue. Time TBC, see website for more details.
Cycling Club - First ride of the year Get up & glow: morning workout rave Hands-on: stage technician Monday 26 September. 8am - 10.30am. £3. Sunday 25 September. 10am. Free. experience in the Winston Theatre Meet by Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Carpenter, Stephenson and Odlum Room, Richmond Building.
Tuesday 27 September. 5.15pm - 11pm. Free. Winston Theatre, Richmond Building.
Sailing - Team Racing Trials
Burst Radio Info session
Sunday 25 September. 2pm. £3. Meet outside Sports Centre on Tyndall Avenue. Not suitable for beginners.
Monday 26 September. 6pm - 7.30pm. Free. AR2 Bar, Richmond Building.
Black & Minority Ethnic Students, Meet your representatives
give combat karate a go!
Sunday 25 September. 2pm - 3pm. Anson Rooms AR5, Richmond Building.
Monday 26 September. 7pm - 9pm. Free. Carpenter Room, Richmond Building.
Tuesday 27 September. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Free. Stacy Room, Richmond Building.
Model united nations climate change session Tuesday 27 September. 7pm. Free. Lecture Theatre 2, Arts Complex, 3/5 Woodland Road.
RAG’s Give it a Raid! Try fundraising Stage technicians association Sunday 25 September. 2pm. Free. Central Bristol.
Monday 26 September. 7pm - 9pm. Free. Winston Theatre, Richmond Building.
Give Taekwondo a Go
Give Fencing a Go!
Sunday 25 September. 3pm. Free. Anson Rooms AR6, Richmond Building.
Monday 26 September. 8pm. Free. Meet outside Sports Exercise and Health centre.
Give Brazilian Jiujitsu a Go! Sunday 25 September. 6pm - 8pm. Carpenter Room, Richmond Building.
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GIVE IT A GO Sailing Taster: All Aboard Wednesday 28 September. 1.30pm. £2. Meet at the Sports Centre, Tyndall Avenue.
Give listening to the Quran a Go Wednesday 28 September. 12pm. Free. Broadmead Shopping Quarter.
Welcome Week Tea Party Wednesday 28 September. 3pm. £2. Stephenson Room, Richmond Building.
Lifesaving - Pool Session Wednesday 28 September. 3pm. Free. Swimming Pool, Richmond Building.
Introduction to Engineers Without Borders
Give Judo a Go!
Hands-on: Stage Technician experience evening
Intro to Climbing
Intro to Engineers Without Borders
Hindu society: Give Kabaddi and Kho-Kho a Go!
Thursday 29 September. 1pm. Free. Central Design Office, Queens Building.
Thursday 29 September. 5.15pm - 11pm. The Winston Theatre, Richmond Building.
Thursday 29 September. 1pm - 2pm. Central Design Office, Queens Building.
Student scouts and guidesWhat’s it all about? Thursday 29 September. 7pm- 8pm. Free.
Friday 30 September. 4pm - 6pm. Free. Carpenter Room, Richmond Building.
1 & 2 October. 9am & 1pm on both dates. Meet outside the Richmond Building.
Saturday 1 October. 11am. Free. SEH, Sports Centre.
Give Windsurfing a Go Saturday 1 October. 9am. Free. Meet in the Richmond Building foyer.
Stacy Room, Richmond Building.
Lifesaving - FIRsT AID SESSION
Wednesday 28 September. 5pm - 7pm. Free. Stephenson Room, Richmond Building.
Thursday 29 September. 8pm. £5. Lansdown Pub, Clifton.
Saturday 1 October. 1.30pm - 3pm. Free. Carpenter Room, Richmond Building.
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Give Morris Dancing a Go!
Uob Underwater Club Try Dive
Thursday 29 September. 8pm - 10pm. Free. Stephenson Room, Richmond Building.
Saturday 1 October. Afternoon. £5. Swimming Pool, Richmond Building.
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Get Active and Fit & Fabulous
Computer Science Soc: Hackathon Trial Tuesday 4 October. 12pm. Free. Merchant Venturers Building.
Give Horse Riding a Go Wednesday 5 October. 2pm. £10 (transport provided) Urchinwood Manor Equestrian Centre
Give Windsurfing a go! Saturday 8 October. 9am. £12. Meet in the Richmond Building foyer.
Free Sessions Sign up via website required. All sessions will take place in the Carpenter Room in the Richmond Building.
Wednesday 21 September
Tuesday 27 September
Fit & Fabulous Body Blitz
Fit & Fabulous Yoga
Get Active Cubatone
Get Active Yoga
Get Active Mega Fit
Thursday 22 September
Wednesday 28 September
Fit & Fabulous Yoga
Fit & Fabulous Body Blitz
Fit & Fabulous Legs Bums
Get Active Cubatone
Get Active Yoga
Get Active Mega Fit
Get Active Tai Chi
Monday 26 September
Thursday 29 September
Get Up and Glow
Fit & Fabulous Yoga
Fit & Fabulous Cubatone
Fit & Fabulous Legs Bums & Tums
Get Active Cubatone
Get Active Yoga
Get Active Tai Chi
ities Fo r more activ to please go : br istolsu.o rg.uk/ getact ive
BALLOON Bristol SU Bike Hire Scheme
Balloon Bikes is a bike hire scheme for University of Bristol students.
You can hire a bicycle from just Â£50 a year! Sign up by 25 September at bristolsu.org.uk/balloonbikes
FUNDED BY UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOaL
Get your Br istol swag and se e ou special offer r s at
The Basket bristolsu.org.uk/welcome Your Student Union Shop
Groups Jamie cross
Brizzlepuffs Quidditch Club
Bollywood Dance Soc.
Bristol University Latin American and Ballroom
Chinese Chess and Calligraphy Soc.
Hi, I’m Jamie, I’m your Union Affairs
Dancing Soc. (BULABDS)
Computer Gaming Soc. (COGS)
My role in one sentence: I make
sure that student activities (societies,
Pole Fitness Soc.
DocSoc (Documentary Soc.)
student media, democracy,
Rag Morris and Folk Club
Duality (Chemical Physics Soc.)
campaigns, volunteering and
fundraising) get the support and
Food & Drink
representation they need.
Bristol Real Ale (BRA)
Her Campus Bristol
• To lead on our democratic systems
IceSoc: The Ice Skating Soc.
• To make sure our student groups
Tea Appreciation Soc.
Vegetarian and Vegan Soc.
are getting the support they need • To improve communications within the SU and with the university • To improve the quality and
Interests & Skills
accessibility of SU services, facilities
Anime and Sci Fi Soc.
Art History Soc.
Physics and Philosophy Soc.
My top tip for students starting at
Pint of Science
Bristol: Remember that no matter
Bristol Debating Union (BDU)
how confident everyone else seems,
Bristol Pokémon Trainer Soc.
Poetry & Creative Writing Soc.
they’re nervous too. So try to ask
Bristol Screenwriters’ Soc.
people you meet what course they’re
Bristol SEDS: Space Exploration Soc.
on, where they’re from, or what A
Bristol Undergraduate STEM Research Soc.
Public Speaking Soc.
levels they did. These questions are
Bristol University Drones Soc. (BUDS)
Real World Economics Soc
classic for a reason!
Bristol Uni Zombie Apocalypse Network
St John Ambulance
Revunions (Sketch Comedy)
Synapse Science Magazine
The 93%: UoB’s State School Soc.
Stage Technicians’ Association (STA)
Riding Club Rugby - Men’s
Tolkien Soc. Turf Club
Rugby - Women’s
UoB Film Soc.
UoB Motorcycle Soc.
UoB Pro Bono Soc.
Athletics and Cross Country
Wildlife Film Soc.
Women in Finance Soc.
Swimming & Water Polo
Big Band Soc.
Bristol Hip Hop Soc
Trampoline and Gymnastics
Bristol Revelation Rock Gospel Choir
Triathlon and Pentathlon Club
Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble
Bristol University Music Soc. (BUMS)
Football - Men’s
Jazz Funk & Soul
Football - Women’s
Live Music Soc.
Hockey - Men’s
Hockey - Women’s
UoB A Cappela Soc.
UoB Church Choir
Bristol Operatic Soc. (BOpS)
Lacrosse - Ladies
Lacrosse - Men’s and Mixed
Sports & outdoor Activities
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Bristol Obscure Games Soc. (BOGSOC)
Archaeology & Anthropology Soc.
Scrubs (UoB Surgical Soc.)
Bristol University Hot Air Ballooning Soc.
Social Policy Soc.
Bristol Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Bristol Equine Veterinary Soc.
The EFM Soc.
Cue Sports Soc. (CueSoc)
Bristol Farm Animal Veterinary Soc. (BFAVS)
The UoB Engineering Soc.
Bristol University Geology & Geoscience Soc.
Theology and Religious Studies Soc.
Women in Engineering Soc.
Bristol University Industrial Led Design (BUILD)
Bristol University Veterinary and Zoological
Business & Enterprise
Mixed Martial Arts
Muscle and Athletic Sports Soc. (MASS)
Real Tennis Soc.
Advertising, Marketing and PR Soc. (AMP)
Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Soc.
Childhood Studies Soc.
Banking and Investment Soc.
Spelaeological Soc. (Caving)
Classics & Ancient History Soc.
Clinical Psychology Soc.
Computer Science Soc.
inc. (UoB Enterprise Soc.)
UoB Archery Club
DinoSoc (Earth Sciences)
UoB Expeditions Soc. (UBES)
Engineering Design Soc.
Campaigns & Causes
UoB Pool & Snooker Club
UoB Stand-up Paddleboard
Atheist, Agnostic and Secular Soc.
MechSoc (Mechanical Engineering)
Neuroscience Soc. Philosophy Soc.
Bristol Friends of MSF
Culture & Languages
Bristol Friends of Palestine
A. C. E - African Caribbean Experience
Bristol Student PEN
Third Culture Kid (TCK) Soc.
Asian Cultural Soc.
UoB Nepalese Soc.
Bristol University Conservation Group
Brustol: Bruneians in Bristol
UoB Pakistan Soc.
Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST)
Bristol University Women in Leadership
Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad
Engineers Without Borders
Friends of Earth
Geology for Global
Howard League for
Hong Kong Public Affairs & Social Service
Hong Kong Soc.
Bristol Labour Students
Lawyers Without Borders
Malay Cultural Soc.
International Affairs Soc.
Malaysian and Singaporean Studentsâ€™
Liberal Democrat Students
Model United Nations
Peace of Mind
Mexican Culture Soc.
Save the Children
Student Action for Refugees (STAR)
Students for Life Soc.
Transcendental Meditation Soc.
Teach First Soc.
Russian Speaking Soc.
Slavonic Soc. Sri Lankan Soc.
Join a student group
Hi, I’m John, I’m your Sport and Student Development Officer My role in one sentence: I look after all of our sports clubs and try to make sport and fitness more accessible to all, while ensuring that all students are able to develop throughout their time at university. My responsibilities: • Promoting sport, exercise and health • Increasing participation at all levels of University sport • Helping elite sports clubs and teams achieve their goals
1. Go to bristolsu.org.uk and log in using
sure you’ve found the right one, then
and password, or create a guest
select ‘join this group’.
6. There may be more than one type of 2. Go to bristolsu.org.uk/groups.
membership available. If so, select the type you would like.
3. You can search for a specific group if you know its name, or click on ‘See all
7. Click ‘Confirm’ and then ‘Checkout’
groups’ to view all groups by category.
8. Complete the checkout process. 4. Once you have found the group you are looking for, click on their name to take you to their page.
• Driving student development through Bristol SU My top tip for students starting at Bristol: Pre-prepare at least 10 passive aggressive post-it notes, ready to slap on the inevitable pile of dirty plates your housemates leave in the kitchen. It will save you hours of angry sideways glances and tutting.
5. Read the group’s information to make
your University of Bristol email address
Congratulations, you now a member of your student group!
Sport & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY There are over 60 student-led sports groups at Bristol SU, as well as many low-cost exercise classes. Find out more at bristolsu.org.uk, or at the Welcome Fair (23 September).
Sports Clubs and Societies
Fit & Fabulous
With something for all levels you can
We offer a wide range of super cheap
If you identify as a woman, you can join
discover Dodgeball, Lacrosse, Kitesurfing,
activities such as badminton, yoga,
Fit and Fabulous. Fit and Fab includes
Korfball, Rowing, Skydiving, Table Tennis,
football, netball, pilates, tai chi, zumba,
weekly classes such as zumba, aqua fit,
Taekwondo and much, much more. Each
basketball, volleyball and swimming.
basketball, Yoga, Cubatone, legs, bums
year in spring our clubs take on UWE (the
These activities are open to all levels and
& tums, self-defence and nutrition - for an
other University in Bristol) in our annual
attendance can be a one off or all year
annual membership of ÂŁ19.99!
Varsity Series - we are currently reigning
round. Find the latest class schedules on
our facebook page:
If you donâ€™t fancy joining a club, but still want to play a team sport, we offer 7 competitive Intramural leagues: football, hockey, rugby, netball, badminton, basketball and cricket. To take part, create a team of friends or hall mates or go with a club or society. bristolsu.org.uk/intramural
Opportunities to make a difference Bristol RAG
Bristol RAG (raising and giving) is the
Bristol is packed with charities and
Last year, Bristol was the green capital
fundraising arm of Bristol SU. Bristol RAG
community projects just waiting for you to
of Europe. Sustainability is a big part of
run events which offer you the chance
volunteer. You can get involved with our
life in Bristol, whether you’re into buying
to travel and have fun, all while raising
award winning volunteering projects by:
from charity shops, producing your own
money for charity.
• Joining one of our 16 volunteering
You could get involved in a number of
projects. These include running
mental health awareness workshops
• Fundraising raids
in schools and supporting day trips for
• International trips • …And much more!
• Finding volunteering opportunities with local and national charities through bristolsu.org.uk/volunteering.
Find out more at the Welcome Fair on 23 September, or at: bristolsu.org.uk/
Find out more at the Welcome Fair on
fundraising or facebook.com/bristolrag.
23 September or at: bristolsu.org.uk/
food or travelling by bike. To learn more about our award winning social and environmental initiatives and make a positive impact in your community, check out our free activities throughout the year. Find information and events listings at facebook.com/bristolsugetgreen Find out more at the Welcome Fair on 23 September or at: bristolsu.org.uk/ sustainability
Top 5 green tips for life in Bristol • Swing by the Vintage Kilo Fair on Thursday 22 September at 2pm to
• If you’re living in halls ask your
water bottle to help look after the
recycling, or visit bristol.gov.uk/
environment and save you money!
recycling if you’re living in private accommodation.
explore local charity shops, student enterprises and pop-up food stalls in the Anson Rooms.
• Always carry a reusable bag and
Accommodation Manager about
• Apply for sustainability project and campaigns funding to make your
• Nominate yourself as Sustainability
ideas come to life!
Rep for your Hall of Residence in first
See bristolsu.org.uk/sustainability for
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How being a member We are a democracy
Zoe Backhouse Hi, I’m Zoe, I’m your Undergraduate
You have different reps for different things:
This means that you elect the people who lead the SU and represent you. Elections are held in March every year, although you will elect your course rep and JCR committee (hall reps) in October.
Education Officer. You have reps for your course, your halls,
Academic Reps Course Reps: There is a course rep for every year on every course. They represent your views to make sure your course is the best it can be. You will elect your course rep right at the beginning of first term. In fact,
My role in one sentence: I’m here to
your societies and sports clubs as well as
ensure that all undergraduate students
reps making sure that all identities are
have the best possible academic
represented. It’s in your interest to make
School and Faculty Reps:
experience while they are at Bristol.
sure that these reps are the best people
Course reps feed in to school reps,
who then feed in to faculty reps, who
My responsibilities: • Undergraduate academic and welfare matters
If you want to change something, you can:
why not nominate yourself?
represent students across the whole faculty and take part in University decision-making meetings.
• Acting as the point of contact between the SU and academic societies • Looking after Undergraduate Course Reps • Representing undergraduate students’ views to the University
• Speak to your representative. (Find their details at bristolsu.org.uk) • Propose your idea to Student Council - if representatives vote for it, the SU will work to make it happen • Bring your proposal to AMM (the Annual Members Meeting) in
Student Activities Reps There are five executive committees that represent areas of student activity. Each has an elected chair. The Chair of Student council oversees meetings of all student leaders. The execs are:
My top tip for students starting at
February, a democratic meeting
• RAG (Raising and Giving) Exec
Bristol: Join an academic society, JCR
where all students will be able to vote
• Volunteering Exec
committee or become a course rep.
on your idea
• Sports Exec
This is how I got involved and it’s led me
• Join a political society or campaign.
• Societies Exec
to unique opportunities and a fantastic
• Come along with us to the national
• Sustainability Exec
group of friends. Bristol Uni values its
Free Education Demo on Saturday 12
community of hundreds of reps, and it’s
November, led by the NUS
great to be a part of. 26
• Chair of Student Council
of the SU works Liberation and Identity Reps There are seven part time officers, who represent specific groups of students. These are:
You can stand to be a rep yourself You might see yourself as a sportsperson,
• Mature and part-time students’ officer
an academic, a socialite or a politician.
• International students’ officer
Whatever you’re into, there is a role out
• Women’s officer
there that will help you to develop your
• Disabled students’ officer
interests and skills.
• LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other sexuality or identity minorities) students’ officer • Black and minority ethnic (BME) students’ officer • Widening participation officer These officers hold regular forums for students who identify into those groups.
hannah dualeh Hi, I’m Hannah, I’m your Equality,
5 Reasons to Stand to be a Rep
Liberation and Access Officer.
• Improve student life in Bristol
My role in one sentence: I promote
• Have the privilege of representing
equality and accessibility across the
hundreds of students
university, and ensure that everyone
• Work with the University to make big
is treated fairly during their time here.
Get in touch with the relevant officers
• Meet lots of new people
through our website for details.
• Stand out to future employers
• Safeguarding equality & diversity
Find out more at:
• Widening participation to all
in University provision If you’re in halls this year, you will elect a
University groups • Increasing access to University
JCR (Junior Common Room) committee
to represent your experience in halls and organise social activity for your residence.
My top tip for students starting at
(You can also stand to be part of the committee.)
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areas in Bristol
The Triangle & Park Street
Clifton is home to us, Bristol SU, and with
The Triangle and Park Street are the
its vast Georgian terraces, pretty squares
two areas that you’re probably most
and impressive architecture, Clifton is
likely to spend your time whilst at uni.
without doubt the most upmarket part of
A stone’s throw from the University and
Bristol. The area is full of posh restaurants,
Students’ Union, it’s busy day and night
swanky boutiques and smart pubs.
and is as student friendly as you can get.
Hi, I’m Stephen, I’m your Student
It’s all gorgeous, but watch out for the
Here you’ll find pubs, bars, clubs and
coffee shops as well as some really cool
boutique shops. For those of you who My role in one sentence: I look after
fancy some late night al-fresco dining,
some of the essential elements of
there’s a wide selection of kebab shops
student life, such as mental health
or living conditions, while working to ensure that students have a positive relationship with the wider
Eating: The Primrose Café. Boho café by
Eating: Rocotillos American Diner serves
day, smart bistro by night. For a cheaper
some of the best milkshakes around. The
option - SU bar The Balloon does a
food is tasty as well.
• Housing and accommodation
cracking fried breakfast. Drinking: All-in-One. It’s joyfully tacky, it’s
• Student wellbeing and mental health • Sustainability
Drinking: The Coronation Tap. Home of
cheap and it’s open til 4am. They serve
the student favourite: Exhibition Cider.
• Part time employment Shopping: The Clifton Arcade. Crammed
Shopping: BS8 Fashion Emporium. It’s
My top tip for students starting at
with independent clothes and record
packed with different independent
Bristol: Make time for yourself. Going
brands for all genders. It’s fairly affordable too.
to university is a big thing, and can be hectic, but remember to keep work and studying in perspective and take time to relax.
Whiteladies Road/Cotham Hill Gloucester Road/Stokes Croft City Centre Most students live either round here or
Lined with independent shops and
Bristol city centre is an eclectic mix. You’ll
round the Gloucester Road area when
funky bars and pubs, Gloucester Road
find chain bars next to arthouse cinemas
they move into student houses. Stoke
and Stokes Croft are fantastic places for
and fancy restaurants, while the main
Bishop is just up the road as well, making
students. Come here for a wide variety
shopping precinct has everything from
this one of the main student thoroughfares
of food shops, vintage clothing stores,
Wilkinson’s to Harvey Nick’s. The best
in Bristol. Fairly swanky, but still student
and trendy coffee shops. It’s not as
thing about the city centre though is the
friendly. There are loads of nice cafés
upmarket as Clifton or Whiteladies Road,
Waterfront and Welsh back, where you’ll
and restaurants, and the charity shops
but probably more exciting! In Stokes
find a variety of bars, restaurants and
are some of the best in the city. Lively
Croft you’ll find legendary clubs like Blue
clubs. Head through the older part of
bars mean this is a great place to go out-
Mountain and Lakota.
town and you’ll find gems such as St Nick’s
mostly populated by locals on Saturday
market and its farmers market.
Eating: Burger Joint. The burgers are great,
Eating: The Canteen lives in Hamilton
Drinking: Thekla. One of the best and
and they use a fun ‘build your own’ system
House, a community run building full
most legendary clubs in the city. It’s on a
where you can choose from a huge range
of artists and performers. The Canteen
of toppings and sauces by ticking boxes
serves some of the most delicious, yet
on your menu.
cheapest food in the city.
Drinking: Highbury Vaults. A little out of
Drinking: Blue lagoon. Live music,
this area, but deserves a mention as it’s
continental atmosphere and cheap
Culture: Arnolifini. This gallery has loads of
one of the best pubs in town!
drinks. What more could you ask for?
amazing exhibits and performances. The
Shopping: Sainsburys. This will probably be
Shopping: The Amnesty Bookshop. A vast
the biggest, closest supermarket to where
library of second-hand books on every
Shopping: Cabot Circus, the shiny, award winning shopping centre.
bar and restaurant is great too.
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Hi, we’re Epigram, the student newspaper at Bristol SU. With so much on offer, there’s no doubt you’ll soon discover your own favourite haunts. Until you do, here are a few of ours:
Bristol Old Vic is home to the oldest
The charity shops on Cotham hill boast
The Watershed is one of the foremost
auditorium in the world. The building itself
huge collections of clothes which have
arthouse cinemas in the country. As well
is absolutely stunning and Kings street,
been carefully picked out for their
as showing some of the most interesting
which is home to the theatre, has got so
student audience. They have mountains
contemporary film around, they also
much history that you can practically see
of cheap, stylish, vintage clothing as well
show old classics and host film festivals
the pirates. The Llandoger Trow, a pub just
as some more expensive designer items.
There are a number of great street
20th Century Flicks on The Christmas
wear shops in Bristol. One of the most
Steps boasts an impressive film library
Bristol has dozens of legendary music
conveniently located for students is
of over 19,000 titles and even has an
venues. Bristol SU’s own Anson Rooms
Cooshti on Park Street, which has great
adorable eleven-seat cinema available
regularly hosts acts such as Foals or
student discounts and really friendly staff.
Louisiana, The Fleece, The Old Duke and
If you’re after something a bit more high
Showcase cinema in Cabot Circus is the
Motion offer a huge variety of live music
street, then Cabot Circus is not to be
swankiest mainstream cinema in the city.
to keep you busy!
missed. The award winning shopping
They do a good student discount and if
centre boast hundreds of high street
you sign up for free membership you can
The Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading
shops as well as being a lovely light and
get £6 tickets on Sundays, Mondays and
centres for contemporary arts. It boasts
airy building. Much less grim than most
heaps of innovative experimental work:
down the road from the Old Vic is said to have inspired Treasure Island.
Ed Sheeran, and venues such as The
gallery exhibitions, live-art, music and
The Orpheus Cinema, up near Stoke
Bishop is a tiny cinema. That means that they don’t always show every big film that comes out, but tickets are absurdly cheap and the building has the homely feel of an old school family run business.
Dos & Don’ts DO keep your door open while you are unpacking if you are in shared accommodation, and say hi to people as they go past. Everyone is in the same boat and happy to see a friendly face! DON’T just hang out with the first people you meet. There are so many people to meet at Bristol - there’s no knowing who your best friends might be by the end of
Sport Bristol SU is home to over 60 sports groups, so that should definitely be your first port of call. You can play your sport of choice competitively at national level, or just for fun. They also run initiatives such as Get Active and Fit & Fab, which run cheap and free fitness sessions for students who want to keep active. Bristol is a cycling city. There are a number of beautiful bike routes that you
your time here.
Keep up to date with the world of culture, fashion and sport in Bristol by picking up a copy of the latest Epigram, or go online at epigram.org.uk.
DO go to meals if you are in catered halls, or suggest cooking with your housemates if you are in self-catered accommodation. Food paves the way to solid friendships and dinner times are some of the best places to meet and bond with people. DON’T miss Welcome Fair. Your main aim is to sign up for societies and sports clubs (definitely the best way to meet people)
can take if you want to make a trip of
but it’s also worth coming for the number
it. A favourite is the Bristol to Bath route.
of freebies you’ll get!
It’s gorgeous, and fairly flat for the area! Bath is a lovely place to get a drink or
DO embrace supermarket own brands
two, and if you don’t feel like cycling
and local greengrocers. Living on the
back afterwards you can always get the
cheap is one of the most defining parts of
train. Remember that if you don’t have
student life, but it’s not all bad. In fact, a lot
your own bike, you can hire one of Bristol
of students pride themselves on being the
SU’s Balloon Bikes for only £50 a year by
person in their group who can eat the best
for the least money.
Bristol has two football teams: Bristol Rovers and Bristol City. Both have a large (and passionate!) local following.
Accommodation Halls committees
Donâ€™t Rent Yet
Each undergraduate Hall of Residence
You may live in a rented student house
If you are living in Bristol for more than
has a Junior Common Room Committee
while at Bristol. Many students live in the
one year, you may feel pressured to
(JCR). JCRs are student committees
areas of Clifton and Redland, near the
start looking for student housing for the
that are elected every year to represent
University campus, but there are also a
next year as early as October, but we
students within their halls of residence.
number of student houses nearer the city
want to discourage you from rushing
They will spend their time representing
centre and in the vibrant areas of Stokes
into anything! New housing is released
you and your experiences of living in halls
Croft and Southville, where housing is
throughout the year, so itâ€™s worth taking
and coordinate a diverse social calendar
your time to really think about it before
Bristol students have their own lettings
You can stand to be a JCR rep yourself at
agency: Bristol SU Lettings. We ensure
bristolsu.org.uk/elections or by speaking
landlords sign a Code of Conduct,
to your Student Support Administrator.
that properties are of an acceptable standard and that students are not
signing for a house. You can find all sorts of useful housing advice and checklists at bristolsu.org.uk/ justask/livinginbristol.
charged agency fees. This will save you
For further housing advice, you can also
loads of money and ensure that your
speak to the Universityâ€™s Accommodation
housing is high quality.
office or visit their website: bristol.ac.uk/ accommodation
Visit bristolsulettings.co.uk for more information.
Student networks Sometimes you want to get in touch
student life, from the Black and Ethnic
with other students who are in a similar
Minorities Network to the Postgraduate
situation to you, but we know that it can
be difficult to find them. Why not join one (or more!) of our student networks? We
Find out more about our networks at
have networks to cover all areas of your
laura ho Hi, I’m Laura, I’m your Postgraduate Education Officer. My role in one sentence: I’m here to make sure that the educational experience of all postgraduate students (taught and research) is the best it can be. My responsibilities: • Postgraduate academic and welfare matters • Looking after Postgraduate Reps • Lobbying the University for more support and resources for postgraduates • Supporting the Bristol SU
Postgraduate Network My top tip for students starting at
The Postgraduate Network is Bristol SU’s hub for postgraduates. We are a vibrant community of postgrads with something for everyone: whether you want to share academic ideas, make sure your needs are heard by the University or just want to hang out with fellow postgrads at a quiz or film night.
Postgrads (taught and research) are automatically members of the PG Network, but to stay up to date join the Bristol SU Postgraduate Network group on Facebook and visit us at Welcome Fair on 23 September.
Bristol: If you are starting Bristol as a postgraduate (taught or research) join the Bristol SU Postgraduate Network Facebook page and come along to our events. This is a great way to meet other Postgrads and to make the most of your time here (find out more at facebook.com/groups/pgnetwork).
Just Ask Just Ask is our advice service: here to help with almost any issue you might experience as a student. The advice is free, friendly, confidential, independent, professional and accessible. We aim to advise and support you in a way that helps you to make informed choices about your situation. Even if we can’t help you directly, we will refer you to the people who can.
You can find more information online at bristolsu.org.uk/justask or by popping in to the third floor of the SU building.
I need help with an academic issue…
We have a number of student-led We specialise in issues such as:
support projects: a great way to talk confidentially with other students who
• Changing course
understand exactly what you’re going
• Submitting extenuating
through. For more information or to set up
circumstances, appeals and
your own support group, email
• Hearings, disciplinaries, fitness to practice panels and plagiarism interviews • Postgraduate issues such as
Some of our support groups:
supervision, progress concern or the
LGBT+ Support Group
‘At Risk’ process
A safe space for students to chat through
I need some advice… You can speak to us about anything
questions or worries about sexual orientation and/or gender identity. bristolsu.org.uk/lgbt+support
that could affect your time at University including: • Consumer rights • Crime • Employment • Exams • Health and welfare • Money
I need to talk to someone who understands me…
Disabled Students’ Support Group The Disabled Students’ Network is a place for students to exchange ideas and discuss things that could be changed to improve their experience at the University of Bristol. facebook.com/groups/ ubudisabilitynetwork
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