The top 7 areas for students to rent property in Bristol

The largest city in the south-west and named the best city in Britain to live in (according to the Sunday Times), Bristol is known for its hot-air balloons, the famous Banksy, and its picturesque suspension bridge. It’s no wonder then that more and more students are flocking to Bristol every year. The city is currently home to over 40,000 full-time students, most of whom study at either the University of Bristol (UoB) or the University of the West of England (UWE).

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High student numbers mean there are many student properties across the city. With many appealing student areas, it can be hard to choose the best place to rent a property. So, to make it easier, we’ve compiled a list below of the top 7 places to rent a property when you’re studying in Bristol. 

In no particular order, we’re gonna start with…


Beautiful Clifton Village is one of the most sought-after locations for renting in Bristol. Not only does Clifton have stunning Georgian architecture, cute cafes and pubs, and high-end cuisine, it also has incredible views over the Avon Gorge and great bus routes to central Bristol. Its close proximity to UoB’s campus makes it a favourite with the university’s students. However, this also makes student properties in this area more expensive. For most though, paying a higher price is worth it! 


Just skip across Whiteladies, and you’re in Redland, an area equally popular with UoB students. Its leafy avenues and impressive houses are only part of its appeal, with it also being conveniently located close to Whiteladies’ great array of shops and eateries. 

I myself lived in Redland for two of my uni years, and I absolutely loved it! With my friends only a few roads over and UoB’s campus just a ten minute walk away, I could (sometimes) drag myself to my 9ams, or more often, pop over in my PJs to a pal’s to complain about deadlines. 

Redland’s only downsides are that because of its fantastic location, it is hugely popular and can be more expensive. Make sure then that you snap up properties in this area quickly to avoid missing out! 

City Centre

Student property in this part of Bristol can be very expensive, but you are paying for the great location. Close to UoB’s campus, and with Cabot and Bristol’s Harbourside on your doorstep, living here means you are close to anything you could need. A bonus is being able to stroll over for a pint on King Street, or rock up to one of Bristol centre’s many nightclubs. Living here can easily dent your student loan, but you’re guaranteed a great time. 

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Cotham and Kingsdown 

Located right next to the UoB campus, living here means you can roll out of bed into your lecture. With both modern flats and big old houses, this area has something for everyone. Only a ten-minute walk to Gloucester Road, the Triangle or the city centre, everything is incredibly accessible if you live in this area. 

Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft 

This area is extremely popular for students from both UoB and UWE. It’s a hugely vibrant part of Bristol, home to Banksy and the largest number of independent traders on one road in the UK! Its not as close to any of the campuses as some other areas, but this makes accommodation much more affordable. 


Though not so close to Bristol’s most famous sites, Fishponds does have the benefit of its proximity to UWE’s Glenside and Frenchay campuses. The area has is own great range of amenities, and has excellent bus links to the centre. It’s also a lot more affordable than more centrally located student accommodation. 

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Bedminster and Southville 

These areas are right near to UWE’s Bower Ashton campus, making it an easy commute for students. With great attractions like the Tobacco Factory Theatre, and a great range of restaurants and shops, these areas are also attractive to students searching for more affordable rent. 

For more info on Bristol’s rental market, click here. 

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