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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 Bristol Purple Frog team

Greg White

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 is in charge of business development and divides his time between our Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham offices. Outside of purple frog Greg is a volunteer mentor, an active member of the Institute of Directors and is currently a committee member for Birmingham Young Directors. Often found on the slopes, he enjoys being active and trying to keep fit.

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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.

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Ben Holdnall
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!

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Jo Whyley
Customer Service Manager - Operations Centre

Jo has more years experience in property than she'd like to admit but it means she can provide the best customer service to our tenants and landlords. Jo's splits her time between preparing tenancy paperwork and being an account manager for some of our clients.

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Sharon Frost

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!

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Claire Durber
Lettings Administrator - Operations Centre

Claire is the friendly voice reminding our tenants to complete all their paperwork to secure their new homes. She makes sure all the paperwork is correct, i's dotted, t's crossed to make sure moving in goes as smoothly as possible. (Claire works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

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Kamila Dabrowska
Operations Team - Operations Centre

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

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Alice Knapton
Lettings Team - Bristol

Alice brings a calm and organised feel to the Bristol office making sure our landlords and tenants are kept up to date and viewings happen as they should. She loves seeing the lettings process through from start to finish and oversees that the 't's are crossed and the 'i's dotted! She enjoys keeping super fit in her spare time and is an avid member of the National Trust.

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!

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Charlie Locke
Business Administrator

Charlie is the youngest member of our Bristol team and has joined us as part of his apprenticeship course in Business Administration with City of Bristol College. 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.

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Bilal Khan

Bilal is a wiz with numbers and is happy to help any of our tenants of landlords with their queries. He's is currently completing accounting qualifications at the same time as working at purple frog,... we make sure he finds enough time to unwind though!

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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.

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Shaun Phillips
Branch Manager - Bristol

Shaun knows the student market in Bristol like the back of his hand having studied at UWE and then managed thousands of beds for one of the largest student accommodation providers in the country. He's now using his skills to great success growing our portfolio in Bristol and providing great customer service to our tenants and clients.

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Alex Parsons
Senior Lettings Negotiator - Bristol

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

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