Bristol

A Guide to Living in Bristol

Bristol is located in the South West of the UK but it has great transport links throughout the country. It also has an airport close to the centre. Combining city and countryside living Bristol is one of the most popular cities for Londoners looking to escape. This Area Guide gives you an overview of this city and some of the best places to live in Bristol. Including, reviews from residents who own or rent in Bristol. 

Getting Around

Bristol is the wealthiest, happiest city in Britain, according to a survey by MoneySuperMarket. It outperforms other cities in terms of economy and quality of life. With the completion of the Bristol Arena, the high-speed rail reducing the time to London and the transformation of the harbourside, there is a lot going on. The city is made up of a series of areas, each of which has its own unique character.

Best places to live in Bristol

The top place to live in the city is Clifton. To live here you need plenty of spare cash, but if you love original Georgian homes this is the place to be. Redland is also a popular area and slightly more affordable. Both Clifton and Redland are popular with young professionals and are near Clifton Village which offers restaurants and independent shops. Clifton is the default option for many would-be movers with its architecture, shops, schools and outdoor space.

If you want to be more central then explore the once-derelict Floating Harbour which is the heart of the city. With views of the harbour, the SS Great Britain and to experience Bristol maritime history this could be the location for you. Heading south towards the centre you will find a number of new developments. Spike Island, previously former docklands can be found between the Floating Harbour and the Cut. Here you will find Steamship House and Wapping Wharf one of the newest waterside developments, which are both great places to rent in Bristol.

“The area is well equipped with pretty much everything you need, lots of small independent shops and restaurants.” Andrew, Verified Resident of Wapping Wharf

“I like the location as it is easy to get around by foot. I dislike the fact that if I had a car there would not be any space as there is not enough car park.” Kristin, resident of Steamship house

Outside of the City Centre

Further out Emersons Green and Downend are areas located just a couple of minutes from each other. Each offer easy access to the centre – 20 minutes in the car, 30 minutes by bus or 45 minutes cycling. Popular with families these are great suburbs with excellent schools. Each of which have access to the motorways and the ability to quickly escape to the countryside. Horfield is a good safe neighbourhood which offers plenty of great shopping and local produce. The commute to the city centre is within easy reach only a couple of miles away.

Hanham is perfect for families and the quiet life but closer to the centre than Emersons Green and Downend. But, a great place to rent in Bristol nonetheless and the property prices reflect this. Whilst there are not many new developments in this area you can find the Paintwork Apartments on the waterside just off the Bath Road between Hanham and the centre.

“We love that our children can play around this place and that we do not get to worry so much about them.” Nick, Verified Resident of Paintwork Apartments

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Decent City Apartment

Review Date Jul 2020

Lovely location. Close to Cabot circus and train station. Quiet neighbourhood especially after close of work. Ideal city living.

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Facilities are decent, although we’ve had issues a few times, but they’ve been fixed. The access to the roof terrace is a bonus and apartment has lots of drivers space. It’s being cleaned more regularly and better these days. So, that’s a plus. The no hidden fees was also a knife touch and wooden floors are lovely.
Parcels get mixed up or lost and that’s because of the mix up with door bells that suggests entrance is Redcliffe whole infact it’s Thomas Str.
Some rough sleepers around too.

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I wish I knew about the mix up with entrance as I have had my parcel lost.
Also, don’t quite like the fact that there are a few rough sleepers.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They have responded to the best of their ability, even though it gets spoilt again.

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4
Design
4
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3
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3
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Redcliff Quarter

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2020

Only a 5-10 minute walk away from Bristol City Centre where everything is available. Temple Meads Stations is a 10 minute walk and also links to the Flyer Bus to the airports. Really great location with everything you could need.

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Facilities inside are perfect, new appliances throughout and open space living area with large windows.
Things in the building do get fixed but have broken again which is slightly annoying but all information is communicated to tenants

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Join the facebook group!

What is the best feature of your home:

The rooms are really spacious with lots of storage

5
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3
Design
5
Location
5
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Best place to live in Bristol

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2020

Very close to all transport links. Amazing restaurant on site and feel very safe.

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The development is always clean – managed well and the design is eye catching and unique. I have never seen anywhere like the development and the restaurant on site is amazing! I haven’t had to deal with property management as such. I love living here.

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Nothing.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Any problems are dealt with immediately. I haven’t had to deal with this.

5
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5
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5
Location
4
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Ideal City living

Verified Resident
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Review Date Apr 2020

Central as can be

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Good design, all mod cons, good waste facilities. Access to proof terrace a bonus. Good use of storage space in the apartment itself.

Some issues with door bells and post as the address suggests entrance on redcliffe Street when in fact it is st Thomas Street

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No hidden fees was a bonus

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Generally a lot quicker than other landlords I’ve dealt with

5
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4
Design
5
Location
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