Bristol shortlisted for best city life in national university awards

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7 March 2018

City life in Bristol is up there with the best in Britain, according to students who have voted for the University of Bristol in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Bristol has been shortlisted alongside nine other universities, including Cardiff, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool, based on the opinions of a record-breaking 36,423 students who have cast their opinions across the UK over the last 12 months.

The official winners of the Whatuni Student Awards 2018 will be announced on 19 April at a ceremony in London, being hosted by stand-up comedian Katherine Ryan. 

Now in their fifth year, the awards provide prospective students with an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional university ranking systems. The awards are based on averages taken from tens of thousands of reviews submitted by students and published on

The University of Bristol won the 'best city life' award in 2015, was nominated in 2016 and is hoping to be a strong contender again.

Charlotte Wilson, Head of Student Marketing, said: "We know city life is a major part of the university experience and it's fantastic to have such a strong vote of confidence once again from our students.  It would be brilliant to regain our title, especially given the stiff competition from other universities in fantastic cities.

"Bristol ticks so many boxes, which is why many students decided to stay here once they graduate. It doesn't only offer a good nightlife, but there an abundance of culture, a vibrant music scene, countless festivals, free activities, beautiful green spaces and lots of independent shops and cafes."

Student reviews describe the city as 'vibrant', 'amazing' and 'diverse', with 'always something going on for everyone' and 'lots of art and music'.

Eleni Cashell, Editor of Whatuni, said: "Being nominated for an award is a huge achievement, because the only judges at the WUSCAs are the students themselves. It showcases to both prospective students and the higher education sector that your institution offers value for money, provides a good student experience and has a highly satisfied and supported student community."

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