Advantages Excellent, well recognised Univeristy, great social life, Biology excellent
Disadvantages Hilly, fairly expensive accomodation
If you are an animal lover, go to Bristol Zoo; a movie lover, there are cinemas a plenty - the Watershed plays lots of arty/foreign films; a music lover, there are venues playing everything and anything; a food lover, loads of great restaurants with a variety of prices.I did psychology and zoology at Bristol, and the Biology department has been rated no. 1 in the country. As a joint honours student, I did find that we didn't really mix with the single honours that much in the first year, but at the end, I now have 15 v close friends, so it did have its advantages. The tutorial system is excellent in the Biology dept (providing you like your tutor - you can always change), and really encourages you to change your attitude to study from A level style. My tutors were really helpful, and you can arrange to see them on a single basis if you have particular problems, although it can be difficult arranging a time, as this is a research based department. Lectures were fairly boring in the first year as a lot is compulsory, but in the 2nd year, and especially the 3rd you get the chance to study what you are really interested in, and the lecturers are better as these are their specific research areas.
Student's Union: big pool, student union shop, bars, cafe, good theatre. I was quite disappointed with Union, as no-one really seems to use as in other universities such as UCL (it is also miles from the stoke bishop halls), but this doesn't really matter as going out to pubs/bars/clubs in Bristol is pretty cheap, and there are always plenty of students nights/offers on.
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