Moving to Bristol

Last updated: November 20, 2019

Bristol or “Bristle” as it is often called by the natives of the city, is one of the 10 core cities of Britain. It is the largest city in southwest UK with a population estimated at approximately 449,300 people. Read our article to find out more about moving to Bristol!

What to Know Before Moving to Bristol

‘Bristle’ is a hub of culture and creativity and can be seen as having an offbeat and alternative character. The best example of Bristol’s alternative and artsy character are the murals left behind by the infamous street artist Banksy. Banksy is a British street/graffiti artist who is said to hail from Bristol and whose name is internationally recognised. 

Bristol’s charm does not stop there though, the city is also known for its iconic colourful buildings. You will find that the city boasts of architecture from many different periods. One of the more famous architecture pieces in Bristol which is also seen as the symbol of Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. People moving to Bristol need to also be ready to train their leg muscles as everything seems to be uphill in this city. However, you will undeniably find that the hilly nature of Bristol also offers beautiful views and great skylines.

Moving to Bristol - Clifton Suspension Bridge

Working in Bristol

Bristol is rich in creativity and culture, but the city also knows a vibrant economy. Bristol’s economic prosperity is largely due to Its ports which facilitate regional and international maritime trade. Bristol’s ports are not only important to the city, but to the whole country as well.

In recent years, Bristol has also diversified its economy to include other sectors such as creative media, aerospace and electronics industries. The information communication technology, tourism, technology, professional and financial services sectors are also equally important economic pillars. Moreover, Bristol hosts many national and international companies and firms.

People or Expats moving to Bristol are advised to start their job search before making the move to the city. Aside from responding to online job adverts on job boards or online versions of local newspapers, you can also try speculative applications. Social media can also be an interesting way of finding job opportunities. You can check out company pages on Facebook, use the search field of Twitter or make a profile on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a good way of networking as this is an important way of finding a job. You can also choose a more traditional approach by joining a recruitment agency. People who want to first make the move and then look for a job can also do some door-to-door job search. In all cases it is important to update your CV and motivation letter. It is essential that your CV stands out from the rest of the people applying for the same job so find creative ways to stand out.

Moving to Bristol - Clifton Suspension Bridge at night

Residential areas in Bristol

Bristol is a nice city to live in and a good alternative to living in London, especially for families. Moreover, Bristolians are friendly, warm, and accommodating to visitors and settlers. Before deciding on which area to rent though, it is advised  that you go to Bristol for a few days to have a look round. It is important to research the different residential areas before committing to one area.

Some Residential areas in Bristol are Clifton, Redland, Bishopston and Horfield. Clifton, Stoke Bishop, and Westbury-on-Trym are recognized as affluent and nice residential areas to live. However, Bristol’s city centre remains the most active neighbourhood. Unsurprising, the prices in the city centre are often times more expensive than outside the city centre. However, unlike bigger cities such as London and Birmingham, the areas within the city in Bristol are small. Therefore, you will most likely be inclined to rent something outside the city centre.

Accommodation in Bristol

According to Numbeo you will pay on average around 843.95 £ for a one bedroom apartment in the city centre. For a similar one bedroom apartment outside the city centre you will pay on average 642.86 £. Factors to look out for when investigating a neighbourhood or residential area are as follows:

  • crime rates
  • parking space
  • proximity to school (if you have a family)
  • proximity to amenities such as supermarkets.

Bristol offers a wide variety of accommodation consisting of studios, apartments, student residences, individual houses, etc. You will truly be spoilt for choice when it comes to the type of accommodation you can choose to rent.

People moving to Bristol will have to keep in mind that you will have to pay a month’s rent plus security deposit (4 to 6 weeks rent) in advance. You may also have to pay an administration fee if you are renting through an agent. Additional costs that your budget will need to account for will be the cost of gas, electricity, water, telephone, internet, council tax and resident parking permits (if applicable).