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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

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
Hugo
Office Dog

He's a good boy, yes he is. Yes he is. Yes. He. Is. Suchagoodboy. Except when he's stealing your sandwiches.

Sabrina Courts
Head of Operations

Looking after clients with large portfolios means that Sabrina's extensive expertise in the student accommodation market is always put to good use. She also heads up the Ops team. Sabrina is a proud Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

0121 227 4188
Aaron Kurtis
Head of Lettings & Property Management

Aaron has more than 10 years' valuable experience working in student accommodation. He looks after clients who have large portfolios. He also makes sure that each branch is keeping their tenants happy. But more importantly, he's met Duncan from Blue!

0753 509 1905
Sharon Frost
Head of Finance

Sharon looks after all the finances at Purple Frog, including making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. She's lovely, happy and caring, at the same time no one here dares submit our expense forms late.

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Stephen Haigh
Head of Property Sales

Stephen has a wealth of experience selling investment property. His breadth of knowledge will help everyone from first timers to seasoned portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth, Stephen was a rock star in the 'West Coast psychedelic' band Soup which regularly gigged at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

0333 003 1122
James Mason
Head of Marketing

James has a wealth of marketing experience, which he uses to ensure the properties we advertise are seen by as many people as possible. James' proudest moment is when he won £1,000 in a radio competition in which he had to perform comedy stand-up routines on live radio!

0121 513 0841
Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben is the longest serving member of the purple frog team 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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Charlotte Mellor
Branch Manager - Bristol

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 238 0811
Nadine Bevis
Operations Manager

Nadine is here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily. If she won a million pounds she would buy a house for a homeless person. Which is lovely.

0121 513 0896
Reece Jones
Operations Team Leader

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) 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 513 0901
Claire Pace
Compliance Support Administrator

Claire makes sure that the private hall we manage are running smoothly, in line with best practice. 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 513 0834
Bilal Khan
Ledger Clerk/Credit Control

Bilal is a wiz with numbers. He 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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Emma-Leigh
Dispute Resolution Coordinator

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

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Sam Hewitt
Property Manager

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 238 0812
Leah Wyre
Operations Administrator

Leah is here to help tenants with their paperwork and to answer questions about their tenancies. Her biggest achievement is going to be hard to beat. She represented the country as part of a dance team, competing against dancers from all over the world. Not only that, but the team won, making them world champions!

0121 513 0907
Abbie Costa
Accounts Adminstrator

Abbie helps tenants with questions about their rent, making sure they can stay on top of payments and don't slip into arrears. She lived in sunny Torquay for 19 years, before deciding to tear herself away from all the amazing beaches to move to the equally lovely Midlands.

0121 513 0897
Robina Burke
Business Development Coordinator

Robina helps the company reach new landlords and property investors, where her bubbly personality and bright smile makes her a perfect first contact for new clients. Her claim to fame is that she was a backing singer at a concert for South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela. Correction: apparently there was a whole choir, not just her.

0121 513 0890
Beckie Roe
Tenancy Administrator

Beckie is here to make sure that signing your contract is simple. She's part time, between 9.30 and 2.30, Monday to Friday. If she could eat only one food for the rest of her life, it would be pasta. With all the different shapes, it's pretty much a different meal each time.

0121 227 4188
Lauren Phillips
Lettings Coordinator

If you need help finding the right student accommodation, come to Lauren. As well as keeping the lettings team organised, she'll help you book your viewings, so you can find a great place to live. Her spirit animal is a butterfly because she is determined to change and improve. 3. The superpower I would want is the ability to shape shift as you could change into anything whenever necessary.

0117 238 0814
Charlotte Booth
Student Blogger

Charlotte is 21 and is in her 3rd year, studying Drama and English at University of Birmingham. As an actor she’s performed some really weird roles in her time, including male characters and an old woman who sang the Cell Block Tango.

Stephen Price
Tenancy Administrator

Four words to describe what Stephen does: Your tenancy questions answered. Outside of Purple Frog, Stephen says he can play any instrument you hand him: kazoo - easy; bagpipes - no problems...hurdy gurdy...We're pretty sure he's just making that one up, but he says he can pay it.

0121 513 0905
Vicky Holland
Operations Administrator

Here to help make sure Ops runs smoothly, Vicky looks after rent arrears, tenancies and deposits. In her spare time, Vicky is a wedding singer, but she's also touched the glittering realm of fame, as she's sung on a number one record. To further sprinkle her with stardust, she's met Ross Kemp.

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