Bristol is an amazing city to live in, almost like a toned down London. There's always something to do, the nightlife is great, there's a lot of independent pubs and cafes and fast food places - far better than being surrounded by chain brands. Unfortunately, the prices of accommodation reflect this, and you should expect to spend around £150 pw in halls and £110 in housing. Train and bus links are good to big cities like London (could get a bus return for not much more than a tenner), although the train station isn't close to accommodation. There is a large shopping centre (Cabot Circus) which is great for shopping (duh) and finding good restaurants to get your parents to take you to when they visit. IF you do go to Bristol, your first stop must be Taka Taka, the best take out you'll ever have. Overall, I couldn't recommend Bristol enough: with its amazing acitecture, student vibe and constant life, there's no better place to spend your uni days.