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Living in Bristol

Artistic, beautiful, and fiercely independent

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £349.29
  • Housing £1,309.66
  • Transportation £70.00
  • Sport and leisure £53.55
Total £1,782.51
All the serious bands, all the punks, came from Bristol. - Roland Orzabal

About Bristol

Bristol is the largest city in the South West, with a population of just under half a million. This dynamic, artistic city has a rich heritage, and offers an attractive blend of old and new. From the bustling maze of the historic Old City centre, to leafy, Georgian Clifton; modern, sophisticated Harbourside, and the ‘Cultural Quarter’ at Stokes Croft: Bristol offers something for everyone.

Bristol is the perfect city for lovers of green space and great views. The Downs, which border the northern edge of Clifton, offers over 400 acres of prote

Bristol is the largest city in the South West, with a population of just under half a million. This dynamic, artistic city has a rich heritage, and offers an attractive blend of old and new. From the bustling maze of the historic Old City centre, to leafy, Georgian Clifton; modern, sophisticated Harbourside, and the ‘Cultural Quarter’ at Stokes Croft: Bristol offers something for everyone.

Bristol is the perfect city for lovers of green space and great views. The Downs, which border the northern edge of Clifton, offers over 400 acres of protected parkland to explore, and is the home of the University of Bristol’s Botanical Gardens. Within the city, popular green spaces include: Brandon Hill - the oldest park in Bristol, and Queen Square - which also hosts events throughout the summer, including the Bristol Harbour Festival in July.

Balloons over a bridge in Bristol

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  • Avg. monthly salary £2,050
  • Avg. rent £925
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £281,062
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 14.6%
  • Age 20 to 29 25.8%
  • Age 30 to 39 20%
  • Age 40 to 49 12.3%
  • Age 50 to 59 11.2%
  • Age 60+ 16.2%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 37.8%
  • Lower middle class 30.8%
  • Skilled working class 10.8%
  • Working class / Pensioners 20.7%

Politics

  • Labour 62%
  • Green 25%
  • Conservative 12%
  • Brexit Party 1%
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Crime rate in Bristol

Every city has its share of crime, and Bristol is no different. Rates of anti-social behaviour are particularly high in the city. However, most of this is concentrated in the very centre of Bristol. Much of the surrounding area has a lower level of reported crime.
  • Crime rating Very high crime
  • Crimes last 12m 5517
  • Crimes per thousand 953

The local area

The Old City in the centre is the heart of the action in Bristol. Dubbed Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, this maze of medieval streets is the perfect place to get lost on the weekends.

A short 15 minute

The Old City in the centre is the heart of the action in Bristol. Dubbed Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, this maze of medieval streets is the perfect place to get lost on the weekends.

A short 15 minute walk up Park Street will bring you to the bohemian, leafy, Clifton village area. Come here for the independent shopping, stunning Georgian architecture, and the dramatic views of Avon Gorge from the Bristol Suspension Bridge. Or, head to Harbourside for some of Bristol’s top attractions, followed by a sophisticated waterside meal.

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Local Cafes and Restaurants

14 restaurants in Bristol
  1. Thyme Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  2. Eurest - Bevan Brittan Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Baxterstorey - Simmons & Simmons Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Spicer and Cole Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Cafe Matariki Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Mission Pizza Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. The Bridge Inn Pub/bar/nightclub
  8. Bella Vista Italian Restaurant Ltd Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. Bridge Cafe Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Somerset Larder Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  11. Friska Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  12. Baristas Coffee Collective Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  13. The Cornubia Pub/bar/nightclub
  14. Pret a Manger Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Bristol

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.94£0.50 - £1.25
Bread£1.03£0.69 - £1.56
Eggs£1.84£1.19 - £2.60
Wine£7.00£5.00 - £10.00
Beer£1.90£1.25 - £3.46
Utilities£157.66£80.00 - £350.00
Preschool cost£913£500 - £1,200

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£277K£149K - £540K
Rent: 2 Bed house£1,152 PCM£740 - £1940
Rent HMO£684 PCM£424 - £1016

Public Transport costs

Bristol is famed for being a particularly bike-friendly city, with an extensive network of cycle paths, and lots of places to hire bicycles. However, this doesn’t mean it’s lacking on the traditional public transport front. There’s a regular bus service that runs throughout the city and surrounding areas everyday, except on public holidays. If you’re looking to head out of the city, Bristol Temple Meads Station - the largest rail hub in the West of England - is a 15 minute walk from the City Centre. Bristol Airport is also just a short drive away.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.00 - £3.50
Monthly pass£70£65.00 - £86.96
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.40 - £3.00

Leisure

Bristol offers culture-lovers a huge range of options. Head to the Old City to catch a show at famous venues like: the Bristol Hippodrome, the Bristol Old Vic, and Colston Hall. Or head to Harbourside

Bristol offers culture-lovers a huge range of options. Head to the Old City to catch a show at famous venues like: the Bristol Hippodrome, the Bristol Old Vic, and Colston Hall. Or head to Harbourside for key attractions, including: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the 3D planetarium at We the Curious, and Bristol’s Aquarium.

Sports lovers can get their fix at Harbourside. Here you’ll find an array of options including yachting, paddle-boarding, rowing, and cycling. If you prefer watching sport, nearby Gloucestershire County Cricket Club regularly hosts matches.

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Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£29 pm£17.00 - £50.00
Cinema£10 pp£7.00 - £12.50
Inexpensive restaurant£15 pp£10.00 - £25.00

Moving to Bristol

The cost of living in Bristol is slightly higher than average for the UK. Expect to pay £277,000 for the average 2-bed house, or £1,152 per month in rent. However, you’ll find prices vary widely across the city. You’ll find cheaper, student-friendly homes near Gloucester Road and Redland, and larger, more expensive properties in Clifton Village, Horfield, or Bishopston.

In a Quality of Life survey conducted by Bristol council in 2019, 88% of Bristolians said they were happy with their housing.

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