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The Sunday Times named Bristol as the Best City in Britain to Live

by Nikki Dale -

Situated 120 miles from London the 6th largest city in England with a population of nearly 5 million, a high-level of connectivity, by air, rail and road – which is only set to improve with the development of several infrastructure projects planned for the city.

The city of Bristol is the capital of the south west region, and is a really exciting place to live. Awash with culture, creativity, stunning architecture and a real sense of community, this vibrant city is a place that locals are proud of and tourists flock to visit.

Whilst it has a strong maritime history based around its ports, it has also developed a thriving service sector, and is one of the largest employment centres for banking, finance and insurance outside of London.

  • Bristol now has an economy worth more than £12 billion.
  • High GVA per head – the highest amongst core cities
  • A highly skilled workforce drawn from its universities
  • Bristol claims to have the largest cluster of computer chip designers and manufacturers outside Silicon Valley
  • The wider region has one of the biggest aerospace hubs in the UK

Bristol - Clifton Suspension Bridge

The city has seen huge investment over the years, with the development of a £500 million shopping centre, Cabot Circus, and the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, which is a hub for creative, high-tech and low-carbon industries. Aerospace, defence and media industries also play a major role in Bristol’s booming economy, with many employees originating from Bristol’s prestigious universities.

“The council is working closely with its partners, Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency, to provide investment in infrastructure and new development opportunities to maximise those benefits.  Bristol can provide an enviable quality of life, and a vibrant and talented workforce, and Enterprise Zone status brings with it numerous incentives in the Temple Quarter.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

 Bristol is home to two of the UK’s top 10 universities and are both highly regarded academic institutions.

  • Between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England they have 51,000 full time students
  • Only circa 14% of the student population are provided accommodation
  • Tier #1 for Savills: Bristol is one of the best cities to invest in student developments
  • Bristol for PBSA investment has high demand and best affordability
  • £300 million brand new campus planned for Bristol
  • Fantastic post-uni employment opportunities for student

Bristol - City Landscape

READ MORE on Student Life in Bristol

 The result of all the investment is that Bristol has seen higher rates of economic growth and lower rates of unemployment than in any of the other main UK Cities. However, this growth and development has not been to the detriment of the city’s environment; Bristol takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and is the UK’s first cycling city. In fact, their green, sustainable approach has been recognised with Bristol being awarded European Green Capital status.

  • 2014 & 2017 The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live
  • Bristol won the EU’s European Green Capital Award in 2015
  • UK’s first cycling city
  • Bristol is one of UK’s most popular tourist destinations

There are acres of beautiful parkland, award-winning cycle tracks, impressive cityscapes and awe-inspiring street art, notably by Bristol’s very own Banksy. Bristol has so much to offer, and it’s not surprising that The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017.

Related Article – Student Life in Bristol

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