Best places to live in Bristol by age

With its pretty terraced houses, vibrant nightlife, quirky shops and warm community feel, Bristol is a fantastic destination for people of all ages.

If you’re thinking of relocating to the city for study, work or simply for a change of scenery, you’ll find a great variety of areas to choose from, each with its unique feel.

To help you find your way around, and identify the area that will suit you best, we’re taking a look at the best places to live in Bristol by age.


Bristol is a fantastic city for Students. Big enough that plenty is going on, but small enough that it’s easy to navigate, the city has a lot to offer.

If you’re about to move to Bristol to take up an undergraduate or postgraduate position, you’re probably in the process of looking for accommodation.

The best areas to focus your search are the city centre, Gloucester Road and Redland. Other good areas to look at are Montpellier, St Pauls, and Stokes Croft.

Young professionals

Bristol is a popular choice for young professionals looking for an alternative to London, Manchester, and other major cities.

It’s laid back feel, vibrant bars, and restaurants and pretty countryside attract people from across the UK and around the world.

As a young professional living in Bristol, Clifton will probably be right at the top of your accommodation wish list.

Like @SomersetLife says, “Not only is Clifton beautiful to look at, its also a great place for shopping and eating and it draws those of an artistic and cultural bent, making it a lively, buzzing place.”

Young families

When people have children, they often start to want more space, a private garden and good schools. If you’re looking for somewhere family-friendly in Bristol, it’s a good idea to look outside the city centre.

Nearby areas like Horfield, Bishopston, St Werburgh’s, and Downend offer affordable housing, beautiful green spaces and a good selection of community shops, pubs, and restaurants.

Child-free professionals

If you’re past your partying heyday, but don’t want to move out to the suburbs, areas like Redland, Cotham, and Clifton are perfect. Offering easy access to the nearby countryside, and within easy reach of the city centre, they’ll give you a great balance between cosmopolitan and laid back living.


Retirees moving to Bristol have a fantastic variety of areas to choose from. If you want to be part of a community, areas like Horfield, Downend and Henleaze are ideal.

If you want easy access to the surrounding countryside, look at homes in Bedminster, Fishponds, or Ashley Down. As most areas of Bristol are friendly and welcoming, you should find a warm reception wherever you end up.

Moving to a new city isn’t always easy. If you need help finding somewhere to live in a great area of Bristol, explore our properties, or get in touch with a member of our team.