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Questions on Moving to Bristol

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geographystudent
5/21/2019 15:46 EST

Hi All,

I'm headed to Bristol in September to attend University of Bristol to get my Master's. My partner and our dog are coming along.

I think I have a good understanding of visas and basic things, but specifics of renting have been more difficult to confirm from various sites and forums.

Not sure what part of town would be best for us, nor who would rent to us. It seems that many lettings listings do not allow pets at all. Our dog is only 20lb and getting older, so she never causes any issues anywhere we go: any information on how to seek out a place that would allow her? I'm part of a facebook group for "alternative" lettings, mostly for vegans and such wanting to live together - may be able to find a room there, but that's really my only lead besides manually sifting listings on rightmove.

In addition to that (though more of a preferential issue), I grew up in the country and have lived in several cities since - it's not what I'd prefer. Obviously, I think I'll be quite busy with school, so perhaps it doesn't matter, but I might like to be a bit farther out in one of the small towns with at least views of some greenery. So here's the question: would it make sense? I need to get to school and back at least once a day, and would rather not spend a whole lot on transit. I'll be eligible for the 18-25 discount fare, and I've been used to biking 8-16mi/day for work. Between the two, might anyone have an opinion on a locale that would work? I don't mind 45min-1hr each way in transit (either or both), but I mainly don't want to hemorrhage money. If the city's what you think would make the most sense, please recommend a few areas. I don't have trouble living in any area, really.

As a side note, my partner and I travelled Europe for four months at the end of 2017, spending 5 weeks in Britain, so we're familiar with the general layout and culture. We didn't get to Bristol, but spent time in Liverpool, London, and Wales (as far as the nearest locales go).

Thanks ahead for any help-

jake

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ExpatGo
5/29/2019 13:53 EST

I've been poking around a bit... maybe Nailsea? Not too far from Bristol and supposed to have a few good pubs and a variety of housing available.

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geographystudent
6/3/2019 11:06 EST

Thanks for the reply - I'll check it out.

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