Bristol is the most vibrant city and perfect for student life. On one hand, there are millions of pubs and bars (all quite cheap), and also bigger nightclubs with themes nights like ABBA, spanish reggaeton nights or with guest DJs (tickets are also quite cheap especially if you get earlybird). On the other hand Bristol is full of cafes or nice cozy places to go for brunch/lunch where you can even stay to work or study. The uni also has in my opinion the best study centres (Ive seen a few from other unis) and one of them offers a full meal for 6 pounds at the cafe that changes everyday (and have fish, meat and vegeterian options). There is also a really cool market every Sunday in the cuty centre that sells all types of food (asian, spanish, american, desserts). As for shopping... you can find ANYTHING in the shopping mall Cabot Circus and the surrounding area of broadmead. The city is also full of vintage shops dotted around, although some are quite expensive.