Student life in Bristol

Get to know Bristol this summer! Connect with the city and community with student-led, student life events.

Meet new people from the UK and all over the world, and settle into Bristol life with Global Lounge events. Whether you’re brand new to Bristol, or a current student looking to rediscover the city and make friends, you’re welcome to join in with our social and interactive virtual programme.

All events listed are open to all current students at the University (home and international), and are also open to new incoming students; including applicants, offer holders, and students on pre-sessional courses.

These events give new arriving students a fun and comprehensive introduction to student and city life, however these sessions are open to all other students, no matter what year of your studies you are in. If you’re interested in attending any of our events and want to rediscover Bristol and the student community, don’t hesitate to join in!

Student life webinars

Student life webinarsDuring these fun and informal online sessions, current students will share their personal experiences of what it’s like to live and study in Bristol; offering you tips and insights into everything from study spaces, student discounts and getting around the city, to shopping hotspots and the best places to eat! They also cover cultural aspects of living in the UK, and some of the great British quirks you may experience during your time here!

Webinars run Monday to Friday for one week in June and again in July from 12 pm to 12:45 pm. Click on the dates below to find out more and book your place.

Campus and city tours

Virtual city and campus toursJoin the Global Lounge team and student ambassadors as they virtually ‘walk’ you through campus and the city of Bristol. With current students as your guide, you’ll get to see and hear about the most iconic buildings, the best study spots and where to go to eat and relax via slides, photos and online maps. During this interactive presentation, ambassadors will answer any questions you have, as well as showing you how to best navigate Bristol and Uni campus.

All campus and city tours run from 11 am to midday. Click on the dates below to find out more and to book your place.


SpeedfriendingIt’s fast, it’s furious, it’s fun; it’s speedfriending! If you’re looking to make new friends at the University – look no further! Speedfriending offers you the chance to meet other current and prospective students, from all over the world, in a relaxed and friendly virtual setting. Many of our previous attendees have found friends through this activity, going on to meet up with other students in person. If you’re on the shyer side – don’t worry – this is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, so why not give it a go?

All speedfriending events run from 1 pm to 2 pm. Click on the dates below to find out more and book your place.

Pictionary social

If you like the idea of meeting new people whilst doing an activity, Pictionary social is for you. You’ll be allocated into a small group with other current and prospective students for some friendly, low-pressure gameplay. Flex your digital drawing skills for an hour of artistic discovery, and hilarity, as you try to guess others’ drawings and see if they can guess yours!

Pictionary socials run from 1 pm to 2 pm. Click on the dates below to find out more and book your place.

Intercultural virtual workshops

Equip yourself for a global future with Kynfolk interactive workshops. Learn more about British culture and how to adjust to a new living environment through topical themes, and learn more about others’, and even your own culture, through discussions and comparison. Though these workshops are geared towards an international audience, students from the UK will have the opportunity to explore their own intercultural skills during the sessions, and will be able to offer their own personal insights into British life.

Workshops run from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Click on the dates below to find out more and book your place.