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WELCOME GUIDE l o t s i r B

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Contents 4

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: 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:

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%.

in touch.

Order cards at:

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

John House

Laura Ho

Stephen Le Fanu

Sport & Student Development Officer

Postgraduate Education Officer

Student Living Officer

Jamie Cross

Zoe Backhouse

Hannah Dualeh

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 for your club night wristband deal

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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.



Get your tickets at 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


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

Open mic

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 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!

Wild style

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

giant sunglasses

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!

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.





Your freshest student night 90s, hip hop, house and student anthems Nostalgia guaranteed

BRISTOL SU LIVE Beth orton 29 september


the kills

28 september

5 october


agnes obel

julia holter

18 october

26 november

20 november


Try out some of our societies and sports clubs! Visit 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.

Dramsoc Workshop

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

Improv Workshop

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

Circus Workshop

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

Why WIne?

Krav Maga

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 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 £50 a year! Sign up by 25 September at



Get your Br istol swag and se e ou special offer r s at


The Basket Your Student Union Shop


Groups Jamie cross


Brizzlepuffs Quidditch Club

Bollywood Dance Soc.

Change Ringers

Breakdance Soc.

Chess Club

Bristol University Latin American and Ballroom

Chinese Chess and Calligraphy Soc.

Hi, I’m Jamie, I’m your Union Affairs

Dancing Soc. (BULABDS)

Circus Soc.


Capoeira Soc.

Computer Gaming Soc. (COGS)

Dance Soc.

Darts Soc.

My role in one sentence: I make


Disney Soc.

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

Fashion Federation

fundraising) get the support and

Food & Drink


representation they need.

Bristol Real Ale (BRA)


Cheese Soc.


My responsibilities:

Chocolate Soc.

Her Campus Bristol

• To lead on our democratic systems

Food Soc.

IceSoc: The Ice Skating Soc.

• To make sure our student groups

Tea Appreciation Soc.

Journalism Soc.

Vegetarian and Vegan Soc.

Knitting Soc.

Wine Circle

Lifesaving Soc.

are getting the support they need • To improve communications within the SU and with the university • To improve the quality and

Magic Soc.

Interests & Skills

Mahjong Soc.

accessibility of SU services, facilities

Anime and Sci Fi Soc.

Market Watch

and activities

Art History Soc.


ART Official

Physics and Philosophy Soc.

My top tip for students starting at

Baking Soc.

Pint of Science

Bristol: Remember that no matter

Bristol Debating Union (BDU)

Pirate Soc.

how confident everyone else seems,

Bristol Pokémon Trainer Soc.

Poetry & Creative Writing Soc.

they’re nervous too. So try to ask

Bristol Screenwriters’ Soc.

Poker Soc.

people you meet what course they’re

Bristol SEDS: Space Exploration Soc.

Pottery 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

Referees Soc.

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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

Sport clubs

Rugby - Women’s

UoB Film Soc.

Aikido Club

Rugby League

UoB Motorcycle Soc.

American Football


UoB Pro Bono Soc.

Athletics and Cross Country


Wildlife Film Soc.



Women in Finance Soc.


Surf Club

Boat (Rowing)

Swimming & Water Polo



Table Tennis

Big Band Soc.




Clay Pigeon


Bristol Hip Hop Soc

Climbing (UBMC)

Trampoline and Gymnastics

Bristol Revelation Rock Gospel Choir


Triathlon and Pentathlon Club

Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble


Ultimate Frisbee

Bristol University Music Soc. (BUMS)



DJ Soc.

Football - Men’s


Jazz Funk & Soul

Football - Women’s

Live Music Soc.


Reggae Soc.



Hockey - Men’s


Hockey - Women’s

UoB A Cappela Soc.

Ju Jitsu

UoB Church Choir

Judo Kickboxing

Performing Arts


Bristol Operatic Soc. (BOpS)

Lacrosse - Ladies


Lacrosse - Men’s and Mixed


Muay Thai


Groups PhysPharmsoc

Sports & outdoor Activities


Politics Soc.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



Bristol Obscure Games Soc. (BOGSOC)

Archaeology & Anthropology Soc.

Scrubs (UoB Surgical Soc.)

Bristol University Hot Air Ballooning Soc.

Bar Soc.

Social Policy Soc.



Sociology Soc.

Cheerleading Squad

Bristol Electrical & Electronic Engineers

The Cell

Combat Karate

Bristol Equine Veterinary Soc.

The EFM Soc.

Cue Sports Soc. (CueSoc)

Bristol Farm Animal Veterinary Soc. (BFAVS)

The UoB Engineering Soc.

Dodgeball Soc.

Bristol University Geology & Geoscience Soc.

Theology and Religious Studies Soc.

Gliding Club


Women in Engineering Soc.

Kitesurfing Soc.

Bristol University Industrial Led Design (BUILD)

Krav Maga

Bristol University Veterinary and Zoological

Business & Enterprise

Mixed Martial Arts

Soc. (BUVZS)


Muscle and Athletic Sports Soc. (MASS)

Centaur (VETS)

Actuarial Soc.

Real Tennis Soc.

Chaos (Physics)

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.

Bright Futures

Touch Rugby

Clinical Psychology Soc.

Consulting 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

Falstaff (English)

Amicus Bristol

UoB MotorSport

Fusion (Chemistry)

Amnesty International

UoB Stand-up Paddleboard

Galenicals (Medics)

Atheist, Agnostic and Secular Soc.

Helix (Biochemistry)

Bristol Donors

Student Media

History Soc.

Burst Radio

Law Club


Matrix (Maths)


MechSoc (Mechanical Engineering)


Neuroscience Soc. Philosophy Soc.


Bristol Friends of MSF

Culture & Languages

Taiwanese Soc.

Bristol Friends of Palestine

A. C. E - African Caribbean Experience

Bristol Marrow


Thai Soc.

Bristol Student PEN

Arabic Soc.

Third Culture Kid (TCK) Soc.

Bristol Think

Asian Cultural Soc.

UoB Nepalese Soc.

Bristol University Conservation Group

Brustol: Bruneians in Bristol

UoB Pakistan Soc.

Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST)

Bulgarian Soc.

Vietnamese Soc.

Bristol University Women in Leadership

Caledonian Soc.

Welsh Soc.

Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad

Chinese Soc.

Engineers Without Borders

Commonwealth Soc.



Czech Soc.


Feminist Soc.

ESN Bristol

Christian Union

Friends of Earth

French Soc.

Hindu Soc.

Geology for Global

German Soc.

Islamic Soc.


Hellenic Soc.

J-Soc (Jewish)

Howard League for

Hispanic Soc.

Penal Reform

Hong Kong Public Affairs & Social Service


Hungry Caterpillar

Hong Kong Soc.

Bristol Labour Students

Food Co-op

Irish Soc.

Bristol Left


Japanese Soc.

Conservatives Association

Discussion Group

Korean Soc.

Freedom Soc.

Lawyers Without Borders

Malay Cultural Soc.

International Affairs Soc.


Malaysian and Singaporean Students’

Liberal Democrat Students


Association (MSSA)

Marxist Soc.


Mauritian Soc.

Model United Nations

Peace of Mind

Mexican Culture Soc.

Save the Children

Nordic Soc.


Student Action for Refugees (STAR)

Northern Soc.

Massage Soc.

Students for Life Soc.

Polish Soc.

Transcendental Meditation Soc.

Teach First Soc.

Romanian Soc.

Yoga Soc.

Russian Speaking Soc.

Zen Soc.

Tamil Soc.

Slavonic Soc. Sri Lankan Soc.


How to

John House

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 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

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, or at the Welcome Fair (23 September).

Sports Clubs and Societies

Get Active

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:

Intramural Sport

If you don’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.


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

these events:

mental health awareness workshops

• Fundraising raids

in schools and supporting day trips for

• Jailbreak

young carers.

• International trips • …And much more!

• Finding volunteering opportunities with local and national charities through

Find out more at the Welcome Fair on 23 September, or at:

Find out more at the Welcome Fair on

fundraising or

23 September or at:

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 Find out more at the Welcome Fair on 23 September or at: 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

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!

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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,

for you.

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 • 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

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• 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

My responsibilities:

through our website for details.

• Stand out to future employers

• Safeguarding equality & diversity

Accommodation Reps

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.)

Bristol: Joining societies that you’re


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Must know

areas in Bristol


Clifton Village

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

Living Officer.

astronomical prices!

coffee shops as well as some really cool

le fanu

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

My responsibilities:

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.

food too.

• 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

you live.

topic imaginable.

Shopping: Cabot Circus, the shiny, award winning shopping centre.

bar and restaurant is great too.


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Secret Bristol

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.

and talks.

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.

to hire.

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:

shopping centres!

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

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


Don’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 it’s worth taking

and coordinate a diverse social calendar

often cheaper.

your time to really think about it before

of activities.

Bristol students have their own lettings

You can stand to be a JCR rep yourself at

agency: Bristol SU Lettings. We ensure 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 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 University’s Accommodation

housing is high quality.

office or visit their website: accommodation

Visit 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


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 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.

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. ubudisabilitynetwork

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