Living in Bristol

Teachers and other education professionals living in Bristol come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some are Bristol born and bred – they love the city so much, they don’t want to leave, and others have come to the city from different parts of the UK or overseas.

Wherever they have come from, they seem to share a view of Bristol as a relaxed, welcoming, friendly, cosmopolitan city where people from a wide variety of backgrounds mix happily together.  It’s a great city for young people, but also a wonderful place to bring up a family.

In 2014, Bristol was named the best place to live in the UK (Sunday Times) and also won the International Making Cities Liveable Lewis Mumford Award for a healthy and liveable city.  Bristol is also one of the first Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities and in 2015 became the European Green Capital, reinforcing its international reputation as a leading sustainable city in the UK and Europe.

Building upon this international reputation, Bristol has become England’s first UNESCO Learning City; a city where we work in partnership to create and promote learning opportunities for everyone, of all ages and from all communities, in all parts of the city.

Kevin Hawkins, School Governor in Bristol: “It’s very culturally diverse, and there’s so much going on…We’ve got a lot of young teachers here who have come in from outside or abroad, they quickly made friends…From a professional and a social point of view Bristol is a really good city to live and work in.”

Things to see and do

Bristol’s Harbourside has been redeveloped in recent years and is now filled with restaurants, bars, shops, museums and galleries.  It is home to the popular At-Bristol Science Centre – one the of the UK’s greenest buildings – whose attractions include a planetarium, a walk-though virtual tornado and Wallace and Gromit film set.

Shopping options in the city range from the spectacular Cabot Circus centre – containing all the major high street names – to quirky independent shops in areas such as Park Street and Gloucester Road.

Bristol is home to numerous concert halls and theatres including the Colston Hall, St George’s, Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic and the Tobacco Factory, and has a thriving live music scene.

There are music, photography, film and food festivals throughout the year, as well as Bristol’s world-famous International Balloon Fiesta every August.

Bristol is also well-connected by road, rail, sea and air.  London is a 90-minute train ride away and you can drive to the surf beaches of South Wales in about an hour.

Joe Cook, Primary School Teacher in Bristol: “Being a teacher in Bristol is a really nice way to start your career.  I don’t see myself ever leaving Bristol…or teaching. I’m very settled, very happy.”

Making Bristol your home

There is a wide variety of property available to buy and rent in Bristol, and the city has a reputation for being ‘village-like’, with each area having its own distinct community feel. From vibrant, multi-cultural urban neighbourhoods decorated with street art, to leafy suburbs with wide roads and a relaxed atmosphere, Bristol has a place for everyone.

Gloucester Road is a popular destination for many education professionals, with its myriad cafés, restaurants and independent shops. As well as being a popular residential area, it’s a great place to visit, hang out and watch the world go by.

Dan Schoner, Teach First Student in Bristol: “You can live in one place, but you can travel a couple of miles up the road and you’re in what feels like a completely new city”.

To find out more about life in Bristol, go to the Visit Bristol website:

Visit Bristol
Visit Bristol