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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
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 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 for Young Enterprise, sits on the IT strategic development committee at the Guild of Students, Birmingham University and is an active member of the Institute of Directors.

07891 990 148 greg@purplefrogproperty.com
Patrick Garratt
Co-Founder

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 most of his time in our Birmingham office and looks after finance and operations across all three offices.

07817 793 828 patrick@purplefrogproperty.com
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. Ben also holds the record for attendance at purple frog only having taken one day off sick in 5 years!

07854 410 518 ben@purplefrogproperty.com
Nadine Bevis
Customer Service & Deposit Return Manager

Nadine started off with Purple Frog on an apprenticeship programme in customer services and is now on hand to resolve any issues for our landlords or tenants. She's also an account manager for some of our clients and supervises the deposit return team. Nadine is always willing to go the extra mile to put a smile on the faces of our customers.

nadine@purplefrogproperty.com
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!

sharon@purplefrogproperty.com
Natasha Lovatt
Assistant Property Manager

Natasha studied Architecture at the Birmingham School of Architecture and graduated in 2013, she's putting her talents to good use making sure our properties are kept in tip top condition. You'll often find her out with her laser measuring device working out what the best use of space is in any of our properties.

natasha@purplefrogproperty.com
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 helping our tenants move into their new homes! She also enjoys keeping super fit in her spare time and is an avid member of the National Trust.

alice@purplefrogproperty.com
Emma Flood
Lettings Team - Bristol

Emma is Bristol born and bred and recently completed her masters in Real Estate Management, so is ideally qualified to help find the right properties for our tenants. She spends a lot of her time out and about on viewings and is passionate about her horses, competing in eventing and dressage competitions most weekends.

emma@purplefrogproperty.com
Trevor Williams
Accounts

Trevor is our financial wizz, preparing rent statements for our landlords each month and making sure every penny is accounted for. If you ever have a query with your statement or help with tax returns Trevor is your go to guy.

accounts@purplefrogproperty.com
Karen Godfrey
Operations and Office Assistant Manager - Bristol

Karen is a relative 'newby' to our Bristol team. She joins us from a large national accommodation operator so brings a wealth of experience to our growing office. In her spare time Karen enjoys yoga and coffee, often found analysing star signs. She ensures our properties and office are running smoothly.

karen@purplefrogproperty.com

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