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Taking the plunge, moving to Bristol

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1. Posted by jackychan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Having traveled a wee bit for the last couple of years, on the way I met my British boyf (traveled for 6 odd months together) and this week I took the plunge and booked a one-way ticket to Bristol.
I'm a kiwi going on the working-holiday visa, so my question is relating work and living costs.
I am a uni graduate but will be looking for bar and hospitality type work that I have done in the past and I think it would be a good way to meet people. Does anyone know Bristol well enough to let me know how hard it will be in the recession-struck UK to find a job??
I'm quite worried financially. Although I will be living with my boyf while I am there until around June when we will head off to travel again, I don't want to be earning just to live - I'm hoping to be saving a wee bit for travels.
What is Bristol like?? (Never heard of any kiwis going there, everyone goes straight to London..)
My sister lives in London and a good friend in Manc so will be heading round England for a look when I can afford it, but I'm just wondering what people can tell me about living (not just visiting as a tourist) in Bristol?

Thanks heaps!

2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Aah - Bristol. Or should I say (so as not to confuse the issue, with.. 'Aah - Bisto!) 'Ooh arr Bristol'. Some 600,000 locals who have an accent similar to that of The Wurzels. is a pretty good website with lots of info.
It's an OK city with plenty going on at weekends. Very close to some wonderful countryside too - and only a short trip to Wales as well.
It's airport has plenty of budget flights travelling to many parts of Europe - and Temple Meads Station (one of the UK's largest) has direct services to right across the UK.
You won't have any problems finding work. It's a university city and there are plenty of opportunites, both full and part time.
All in all, you could do a lot worse than Bristol.

3. Posted by mich88toto (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

My friends have both just moved over there and they love it, it did take him a few weeks to find a job, but he was looking within the trade industry.. I'm sure it would be easy enough to pick up a job in hospitality or shops, especially coming up to christmas! :) And they always seem to have some gig to go to, and reasonably cheap (specifically electronic music artists, with gigs for less than £20!)

Goodluck with it anyway! :)