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Bristol is a vibrant City full of life, history and heritage. You can walk from a musical at the Bristol Hippodrome to a student bar on Park Street, walk from the Clifton Suspension Bridge to Bristol Zoo and take a trip back through time on Brunel’s SS Great Britain before splashing the cash at Harvey Nicks in Cabot Circus and then of course there’s the nightlife...

Both the University of the West of England and the long standing Bristol University have a strong foothold on certain parts of the community but the mix of students and residents works perfectly.

Below are some ‘good times’ and some ‘not so good times’ of the most populated student areas of Bristol to help you along with your property search...

Good Times

Clifton offers all the best and most unique bars, pubs and restaurants in Bristol. The very best are hidden away and few people discover them, so stray away from the mainstream and go and find them!

Transport links are numerous – Bristol University is located right in the heart of Clifton so many students walk. There are fab bus links in and around town and out to UWE as well as Clifton Down railway station right on Whiteladies Road.

Bad Times

Prices in Clifton are definitely more expensive than other areas and with so many students flocking to Clifton, it can get crowded and noisy – but this creates a buzzing atmosphere!

Parking is a slight nightmare in and around Clifton! If you don’t need your car or prefer it to have 2 wing-mirrors then maybe leave it at home!

Clifton properties

Good Times

Students everywhere! This is where the majority of Bristol University Students live. Great atmosphere and a real ‘campus’ feel! Everyone wondering around in Jack Wills and flip flops!

Cotham is a slightly quirkier and more laid back version of Clifton. It boasts relaxed and chilled-out bars with lots of cheeky takeaways and organic deli’s! You can eat around the World if you look hard enough.

Transport links are numerous – Bristol University is located nearby as are the local hospitals so lots of hot doctors and nurses passing through! Many students walk to the Triangle and Whiteladies Road is seconds away.

Bad Times

Can be a little bit noisy and busy at 4am!

Too much choice can be the only negative to this!

Parking is pretty dreadful around Cotham but it’s always fun jamming your car into a shoebox space!

Cotham properties

Good Times

A quieter, more ‘grown-up’ student area.

The biggest draw to Redland is its proximity to The Downs – a lush expanse of green where Uni sports matches are played, picnics are eaten and calories are burned!

Located a few minutes’ walk from Whiteladies where there are more bus stops than people! Can walk to Uni, town and the Zoo!

Bad Times

Accommodation can be hard to find as this is more of a residential area.

A more family orientated, mature feel which can lead to more complaints about student noise!

Parking is again an issue! Easier not to have a car as you have to pay to park at Uni and its hard to find a space!

Redland properties

Good Times

An alternative bohemian area where anything goes! A real mix of students and graduates from both Uni’s.

Gloucester Road has a real eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and pubs. Students love to head up here at the weekends and spend time in the underground clubs until the early hours.

Gloucester Road leads straight up to UWE so the transport links are fab! Lots of students cycle because it is so close!

Bad Times

Accomodation is sought after and the standards can vary!

I can’t think of any ‘not so good times’! There’s something for everyone!

Parking is easier in these areas but traffic on the Gloucester Road is horrific!

Gloucester Road properties

Good Times

Sandwiched right in the middle of everything! Walk to the Waterfront and Cabot’s Circus in a matter of minutes. Save money getting around!

You have an amazing selection of areas to choose from to eat and drink right on your doorstep, whatever the time of day! Try Magic Roll – the healthier option to a greasy elephant leg at 3am!

Transport links as you can imagine are fab and frequent!

Bad Times

Very noisy and busy and expensive!! Accommodation can be cramped and can vary in niceness!! You may end up spending more money as you can just nip out for a Starbucks!

Busy and chaotic but this seems to suit some students who love to be immersed in the hectic swing of city life.

Parking in the city is nearly impossible without having to pay and display! Having a car here is a definite no no!

City Centre properties

Good Times

A quieter, less chaotic student area nicknamed ‘Fishponds Village’ for its small town feel. Populated with UWE students who love the close proximity to University.

Small local pubs and ‘one-off’ places to eat in Fishponds. Lovely little local coffee houses to waste a morning. Lack of chain places which makes the pace feel slower and makes you feel far from busy city life.

Great transport links, lots of people cycle and run to Uni and out into the country. Lots of people have their cars if they live here because on-street parking is easy!

Bad Times

The area is not as nice as Clifton, Cotham, Redland but then the price reflects this!

Fishponds can end up feeling isolated and far from where things are happening.

Have to drive or travel to get anywhere! Nothing is really a walk-able distance!

Fishponds properties

Good Times

Located close to the Gloucester Road and even closer to Uni. Bristol Rugby ground is here so there is a great atmosphere on match days! Lots of students choose to live round here.

The Gloucester Road is the place to head to grab a bite to eat or to have a quick (or lots of) drink. There are a few local pubs in these areas which are good for a Tuesday Night Pub Quiz!

Great transport links on the main road into town and to Uni. Students get on their bikes or take cars because parking is a doddle outside their houses!

Bad Times

Parking can be hard at the weekends when the rugby is on. Traffic is also fairly horrible on the main road into town.

No actual proper shops or places to eat in Horfield.

Traffic is a slight nightmare during rush-hour times!

Horfield properties

The Accommodation for Students – Bristol Purple Frog team

Greg White
Co-Founder

Greg is one of the founders of Purple Frog, he graduated in 2007 with a 2:2 in Computer and Electrical Engineering with Business from the University of Birmingham. Greg oversees business development across our businesses with particular focus on the development and investment side of properties in which our tenants live. Greg loves sharing our company journey, regularly speaking or being involved in university events. Often found on the ski slopes, he enjoys being active and trying to keep fit.

07891 990 148
Patrick Garratt
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Patrick is one of the founders of purple frog, he graduated in 2007 alongside Greg with a 2:1 in Business from the University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he was required to write and submit a business plan and decided he may as well see it through! Patrick spends time in each of our 4 offices and is often accompanied by his black lab Hugo.

07817 793 828
Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben has been with purple frog for over 5 years and has been running our property management team for most of that time. Before joining purple frog Ben used to work as a contractor in student properties so he's got hands on knowledge too and has experience of most maintenance issues we may come across. Outside of work Ben enjoys expanding his horizons and travelling the world, he's recently been to Russia and is also a keen linguist... ask him to show off some of his Mandarin!

0121 270 2722 option 2 OR 07854 410 518
Nadine Bevis
Senior Adminstrator

Nadine started off with Purple Frog on an apprenticeship programme in customer services. After a brief hiatus, she's returned as one of our senior administrators. She's here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily.

0121 227 4191
Sharon Frost
Accounts

Sharon looks after the finances at Purple Frog making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. Although very friendly, we wouldn't ever want Sharon chasing us for our rent!

0121 270 2722 option 3
Claire Pace
Senior Tenancy Administrator

Claire helps our tenants to complete all their paperwork to secure their new homes. She works part time Monday-Friday 9:30-2.30. Although weighing no more than the idea of a feather herself, she has expanded the collective Purple Frog waistline with her exceedingly good cakes.

0121 227 4188
Kerry Grayburn
Business Development Manager

Kerry has a passion for all things property and loves spending her time developing strong relationships with landlords and investors. She possesses a wealth of knowledge about property and is ready to help you make the most of your investment.

0121 227 4188
Kamila Dabrowska
Operations Team - Operations Centre

Kamila started with us as an apprentice in 2014 and has since successfully completed her course and knows everything admin in the Purple Frog office, her specialities so far are council tax, utilities and keeping on top of paperwork. We are confident that one day she'll be running the place!

0121 227 4188
Sabrina Courts
Operations Manager - Operations Centre

Sabrina looks after the nitty gritty stuff which goes on behind the scenes, making sure everything from council tax to welcome packs and contracts are all prepared and organised correctly. Sabrina is unfortunately a Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

0121 227 4188
Charlie Locke
Property Maintenance - Bristol

Charlie is the youngest member of our Bristol team joined us as part of his apprenticeship course in Business Administration with City of Bristol College which he completed in 2016. He enjoys playing snooker in his down time and is quite the charmer. He will take on various roles during his course to gain an understanding of many elements of the business.

0117 370 3330
Bilal Khan
Ledger Clerk/Credit Control

Bilal is a wiz with numbers has been with the company since May 2015. He started as an accounts apprentice - completing his accounting qualifications at the same time as working at Purple Frog. He now ensures that the accounts are in tip top order.

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Stephen Haigh
Business Development Manager - Property Sales

Stephen heads up Purple Frog’s Property Sales division across Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham and has a wealth of experience in the industry. He has a breadth of knowledge about helping first time to portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth Stephen was a Rock Star in the band Soup which was known for its West Coast psychedelic music and regularly played in the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

0333 003 1122
Alex Parsons
Branch Manager - Bristol

Alex has over 5 years' experience working in Sales and Lettings; he's Bristol born and bred so he really knows his way around the city. Alex loves taking people on viewings and gets a real kick out of finding our tenants their next home.

0117 370 3330
Emma-Leigh
Deposit Return Manager

Emma-Leigh is the lovely person who makes sure that the deposits team get your deposits are returned as quickly and smoothly as possible. In her spare time, she is busy painting lovely paintings of 'nudes with colourful hair'.

0121 227 4188
Haroon Marshall
Accounts Administrator

Haroon is learning a lot about accounts. He's already mastered credit control, invoicing and adding new Go Cardless accounts. And he's eager to learn more! Outside the office, you can see him perform as hip hop legend H Dott. He's also pretty nifty on the Asian drums, too.

0121 647 3919
Theresa Meally
Operations Administrator

As part of the operations team, Theresa is your first contact for all things paperworky. She’s here to help with contracts, guarantors, tenancy questions…everything! Theresa is Irish and there’s nothing she likes more than returning to the old country, stoking up the peat fire, pouring a glass of poteen and talking about the old days – she can trace her family history back to the 17th Century. If she’s not doing that, she’s watching the Kilkenny Cats thrashing their deadly rivals the Cork Rebels in the Hurling.

0121 270 2722
Reece Jones
Adminstrator

Reece is here to help get your tenancy sorted. He's right on it, sorting contracts, making sure your right to rent documents are OK and answering any questions you might have. He's a massive Blues fan (though not as big a fan as Sabrina) and is a semi-pro footballer, playing left midfield for Alvechurch Church FC. When he was a little boy, he dreamed of winning the world cup, but has been hindered in this dream because he's not from Brazil.

0121 227 4188
Charlotte Mellor
Senior Letting Negotiator

Charlotte has strong experience in lettings having cut her teeth at a residential agency. She brings her charm, good humour and local knowledge with her to ensure students can find the best place to live in Bristol. Her claim to fame is that Internet Royal Kim Kardashian waved at her at Glastonbury. The festival, not in one of the many crystal healing shops you find on the town's high street.

0117 370 3330
Ellie Jackson
Adminstrator

Ellie is here to help make the contracts and paperwork process smooth and easy. She may look little, but she's one of the toughest of the froglets. She survived a stormy weekend in Snowdonia (so a normal weekend in Snowdonia), living in a tent, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

0121 227 4188
Sam Hewitt
Lettings Coordinator

Sam is here to make sure that students can find the right property for them. He's here to answer questions and crucially, help you book viewings so you can choose great place to live. Outside of work, Sam enjoys playing, coaching and supporting football. He holds a season ticket for Bristol City for his sins.

0117 370 9717

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