Bristol is a very vibrant city with lots of things to do. If u love shopping, the city has 2 big shopping malls, Cabot Circus and Cribs Causeway which both has all the major stores and brands. Nightlife is amazing and caters to all types of people, ranging from warehouse raves (house, drum and bass, techno) to a more commercial club (chart music, commercial, edm etc). Value for money is decent with rents being affordable for students. When I had to move out of halls after first year, most people I knew found houses with rents ranging from £290 - £450, which is decent I think. There is of course more expensive houses available to rent for 2nd/3rd students, if you can afford it.