Getting around Bristol

Bristol is a great place to get around without a car. Our central location means you can reach most places easily on foot, by bike or by public transport.



The University campus is quite compact, and you can walk between most buildings in less than ten minutes.

The campus is within easy walking distance of the city centre, Bristol Temple Meads train station and Bristol bus and coach station. Look at our maps to find your route.


Cycling is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around town.

There are cycle stands throughout the campus and many of the residences have secure cycle sheds.

We run initiatives to support and encourage cycling, including free cycle training and a free cycle clinic to keep your bike in good order.

Join the University Bicycle User Group (TUG-BUG). This is a community of nearly 2,000 cyclists. You can keep up to date with University cycling news, events and initiatives.


You can travel easily by bus to and from the University campus and across Bristol.

If you live in University allocated accommodation, you will receive a free pass for the Bristol Unibus U1, a fast and frequent service connecting student residences at Stoke Bishop with the main campus and the city centre.

Other students can buy tickets or passes for the U1, or take advantage of other discount fares offered by First Bus and Wessex Bus on services across Bristol and further afield.


Bristol has good train connections for getting around the city. Clifton Down station is the nearest station to the main University campus.

Student discounts

You can get reduced rail fares with a 16-25 Railcard (also available to full-time mature students).


You should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential. Bristol is a very congested city and there are many parking restrictions.

There are residential permit areas, meters and time limits in and around the main campus.

You could join a car club. They have pay-as-you-go cars located across Bristol.

Park and Ride Services

If you drive to Bristol, we recommend using a Park and Ride service instead of driving into the city.


Getting to Bristol

For information on how to get here, look at our maps and directions information.


Travelwest's journey planner can help you to plan local journeys in detail.

Sustainable travel

Sustainable travel benefits your environment, your health and wellbeing as well as your finances.

Find out how we are dedicated to promoting sustainable travel through our initiatives and facilities.

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