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The BIMM 2022 Freshers’ Guide to Bristol

18th July 2022


September is fast approaching, which means BIMM Institute Bristol’s Freshers’ Week is just around the corner! It’s time to plan for your first few weeks in the South West. BIMM Institute Bristol student Mellina Baboli has written a handy guide for exploring this city’s best bits for new students. Check it out!

Food, food, food

There are so many hidden gems around Bristol, so explore the city and try new and different cuisines. No doubt there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for pizza, go to L’Osteria, known for their giant pizzas. If you want Korean food, Tuk Tuck is the one. Or, if it’s vegan junk food you desire, Oowee will satisfy you.

You’ll find many local and small cafes everywhere you go, so don’t be afraid to try them out. If you want to treat yourself, it’s worth having brunch at Steam, where you can feast on Spanish-inspired dishes while enjoying bottomless Prosecco. Adding to the thriving food and drink scene in Bristol is Wapping Wharf, where you’ll find lots of cool bars, cafes and cuisines, as well as CARGO – a shipping container yard – home to loads of independent shops and food stops. It’s safe to say it won’t disappoint.

Things to do, places to be

In this buzzing city, you’re spoilt for choice. Wherever you go, keep your eyes peeled for the unique street art you’ll find at every corner. Cabot Circus is the place you need to be for shopping. Here, you’ll find everything from high-end stores to your everyday essentials. Tip: some stores and restaurants offer student discounts, so make sure to check before you go, or just ask in store!

Take a wander along one of Bristol’s most iconic spots: the Clifton suspension bridge. If you’re keen to learn more about the city, visit M Shed, probably the most important museum in Bristol. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the city and its history over the last millennium.

You’re bound to come across one of the many parks in Bristol at some point. It’s definitely worth having a relaxing day at one of them, maybe with some friends, taking some snacks and watching the sunset, or just taking a walk. Try out Ashton Court Estate, Brandon Hill Nature Park, Portishead Lake Grounds, College Green and Castle Park.

If you’ve seen it all or just want a change of scenery, why not spend a day in Bath? Download the First Bus app, which allows you to pre-purchase your bus tickets, and in 40 minutes, you’ll be in the city of Bath for under £3! (Don’t forget to take your student ID with you.) If you know you’ll be using the train now and again, save money by purchasing a Railcard online, which you can keep on your phone and use whenever you purchase train tickets.


The opportunities are endless and all around you. You’ll hear many street musicians just walking around the high street and the harbour.

There are some great music venues to keep an eye out for, such as Lakota, Exchange, The O2 Academy, Motion, The Old Duke, The Canteen, and many others. Be part of Facebook groups like the BIMM Bristol Student Group so that you can find out what’s on and any opportunities you may be interested in.

You can find out more about what life in Bristol is like, here.


Matt Leppier

Matt Leppier works as a digital content creator for BIMM Institute's central marketing team. Alongside this, he works for Off Licence Magazine as a editor, writer and photographer, as well as hosting several radio shows on Balamii and Platform B. He loves travel, literature and supports NBA team, Boston Celtics.