Staying in Bristol over the Spring break

Some students will be staying in Bristol over the Spring break so we have pulled together a list of events and opportunities to stay connected.

Thursday 7 April, 1-3pm: Eastville Walk with Bristol Steppin Sistas

Monday 11 April 12-1:30pm: Pizza and board games in the Global Lounge

Tuesday 12 and 19 April 1-2pm: Bible reading group at the Multifaith Chaplaincy

Tuesday 12 April 9:30-5pm: Writing Retreat at Beacon House

Tuesday 12 April 2:30-4:30pm: Managing and maintaining mental health online workshop

Thursday 14 April 2:30-4pm: Weird British festivals with tea and cake in the Global Lounge

Thursday 14 April 9:30-5pm: Online study lounge 

Wednesday 20 April 10-11am: Breakfast in the Global Lounge 

For students in University of Bristol residences, the ResiLife team has organised a series of events.

You can also see ideas for what to do over the break as suggested by Victoria, Student Champion for Student Communication. Did you know that University of Bristol students get free entry to the Botanical Gardens? There is an Easter sculpture festival taking place over the break.

The Global Lounge

As well as the above events, you can continue to use the Global Lounge to study, meet and help yourself to unlimited tea coffee and biscuits during opening hours.

Easter holiday opening hours:

We are open Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm from 4 April to 14 April.

From 15 to 19 April the University (and Global Lounge) is closed.

From 20 to 22 April we are open from 9 am to 5 pm; normal opening hours (9 am to 6 pm) resume from 25 April.

Staying active

Online activity is available through our app, YouTube channel, social media and website. You can exercise at your own pace, in your own space. Check out the timetable for live events, and on demand classes.

Active 6 is special offer providing unlimited access to gym, swim, fitness classes and outdoor tennis. Six weeks access for £49.99.  Included for students is the BUCS Universal membership giving access to gyms at over 70 different universities around the UK – perfect for if you are travelling to visit friends. You can also pay from £4 to use facilities such as the gym and swimming pool without a membership.

It is not too late to get involved in the Bristol Run Series 2022. Sign up online for the in-person events and virtual challenges, and get your hands on the prized t-shirts and medals.

Student support and university building opening hours

You can continue to use our student support over the break. See information about opening hours and services. 





Easter Sculpture Festival

Conflict and humanitarian crises: what can I do?

In response to events in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and other regions, we have received numerous questions from students and staff asking how they can help. We have collated a list of opportunities for you to support vulnerable migrants from across the world in Bristol and overseas.

How you can help:

The majority of organisations are asking for funds rather than practical support on the ground in countries affected. If you are unable to make a financial donation, you can fundraise. Fundraising packs, ideas, and support are available.

Photo by Refugee Action
  • The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities. Every pound donated by the British public will be matched by the government – up to the value of £20 million.
  • STAR Student Action for Refugees legal fund pays for legal advice for our students seeking asylum. Donate or buy an item.
  • In response to the growing numbers of forcibly displaced people globally, the University is pledging to double all donations made to Sanctuary Scholarships before the end of July 2022.
  • Bristol City of Sanctuary transport fund helps those seeking sanctuary to attend services and appointments.
  • Borderlands – Bristol charity working with vulnerable migrants through mentoring, meals, English teaching, and events. Donate or fundraise.
  • Bristol Refugee Rights
  • Bristol Hospitality Network in solidarity with destitute asylum seekers in Bristol by providing accommodation and support. Donate
  • Refugee Women of Bristol. Donate or fundraise
  • Take part in a challenge event such as a marathon to fundraise for Refugee Action

Donate items

Photo by Aid Box
  • Aid Box in Bristol collects clothes and useful items for families from Afghanistan and 41 other countries settling in Bristol.
  • Contact Bristol Hospitality Network to ask what items they require.
  • Donate to a charity shop that funds humanitarian work in Ukraine, such as Save the Children or Oxfam (both have shops in Clifton)

Buy and support

Photo by STAR

Volunteer to support refugees in Bristol

Photo by Refugee Women of Bristol

Host a refugee in a spare room

Photo by Bristol Hospitality Network

Stay informed

Photo by Bristol City of Sanctuary


Bristol recommends – where to eat Global

We asked staff and students to share their insider knowledge of Global food in Bristol. Whether you want a taste of home or to explore the city we hope you’ll find something new.

Chinese and East Asian

Toro Noodle Bar, Park Street
Chinese, Sichuan cuisine. I never appreciated the mala (numbing) sensation of Sichuan peppercorns before trying Toro. It’s really easy to order and share. The 麻辣香锅 Flavoursome Pot is my go-to! -Emelyn, Graduate Intern

Photo by Toro Noodle Bar

Sai Kung Café, Nelson Street, City Centre 
Chinese- the best roast duck in Bristol. Try the Roast duck rice, and siu yuk (pork belly). – Maths student 

Photo by Restaurant Guru

South Asian

4500 Miles from Delhi, Colston Avenue
Indian, Halal, Vegetarian friendly. Consistently good, have ordered multiple times for home parties with friends. Try the Palak Paneer and Bagaray Baingan. – Ning, Graduate Intern

Photo by 4500 Miles from Delhi

Thali Cafe, St Marks Road, Easton 
Indian and tiffin, using mostly local and ethically sourced ingredients. Try the Masala Dosa for breakfast, they also do really good coffee. -Maria, Student Inclusion Officer

Photo by Thali Café


La Panza, Redcliffe Way
Italian. Cosy atmosphere, great service, amazing food (independent too!). Try the Pasta ai Porcini with Truffle Oil (but the menu changes seasonally) – anonymous

Photo by La Panza

Taka Taka, Queens Road, Broad Quay and Bridewell
Greek food from Corfu – Pita Wraps with Souvlaki or Gyros, traditional Greek Salads, and deserts. I would recommend the Taka Grill. You need a big appetite though! – Alex, Student Inclusion Manager

Photo by Taka Taka

Sotiris Bakery, Park Row
Greek pies and pastries. There is also a small café and deli section where you can buy Greek foods. Try the spinach and feta pie. There is also a vegan version – Carly, Student Inclusion Officer

Photo by Sotiris Bakery

Vegetarian and vegan

Eat Your Greens, Wells Road, Totterdown
Vegan food and drinks. They have special events, and vegan Sunday roasts which book up in advance. Try the beasty breakfast. – Carly, Student Inclusion Officer

Photo by Vevolution

International food shops and markets

168 Oriental, Park Street and Nelson Street, City Centre
Well stocked, usually has all the Asian ingredients that I need – especially bits that major supermarkets don’t carry- 4th year Maths student

Photo by Chih L on Yelp

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