Practical Information

7-9 April, 2017 – University of Bristol

Addressing the State of the Union:

Working Together = Learning Together


Richmond Building | University of Bristol | 105 Queen’s Road | Bristol | BS8 1LN



We can offer a special deal for BALEAP delegates in a range of hotels in Bristol city centre if you book using the code eap17 from the following link:


The following sites provide details of hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation available in the city, so you can get an idea of the options available.

You may also want to check Airbnb.

We recommend you book your accommodation at the time of registration because Bristol is a popular destination.

The Student Union Building

student union building

Internet Access

The University provides both eduroam and The Cloud wireless services in all campus wireless locations.  The Cloud can also be used free of charge by members of the public from places such as our coffee shops.

How do I connect to eduroam?

Visitors from any other eduroam participating organisation will be able to use eduroam at Bristol. Visitors should note the following key points:

  • You must follow your own organisation’s eduroam setup instructions – The Bristol instructions will only work for Bristol users
  • Try to set-up eduroam on your computer at your home organisation before coming to Bristol. This way it will be easier to liaise with your IT support team, if needed.
  • The name of the wireless network (SSID) for eduroamat Bristol is eduroam
  • eduroam is available at all Bristol wireless locations.
  • Please abide by Bristol’s AUPs as well as those of your home organisation, and JANET when using the service at Bristol.
  • You should contact your home organisation if you need help or support while using eduroam at Bristol. However you can contact the Bristol IT Services by emailing if needed.

How do I connect to The Cloud?

Staff, students and visitors capable of using eduroam should do so in preference to The Cloud.  If you still want to use The Cloud then connecting is easy.

  1. Connect to the _The Cloud wireless signal
  2. Once connected, open your web browser and visit
  3. You will be redirected to The Cloud’s landing page where you can register or login with your account

Once logged in you’re good to go! Please note that web based apps will not work until the connection has been established and you have signed in successfully via your web browser.

Swimming pool


Before or between events, why not have a swim at the University of Bristol swimming pool – £4 a session for non-members. Find the Spring timetable here.


By train

From London it takes a little under two hours to reach Bristol by train, and the city also has a number of direct connections with most major UK cities. The venue is a 30 minute walk or 15 minute taxi ride from Bristol Temple Meads. To get to the University from Bristol Temple Meads:

  • The 8 and 9 bus services run every ten minutes in peak time and stop on the University campus. The journey should take about 20 minutes
  • Taxis are available from the exit to the station. The journey should take about 15 minutes
  • Walking directions and routes (PDF, 498kB) to the University takes 30-40 minutes and will involve an uphill climb.

By car

The M4 and M5 motorways put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive, while the M32 allows direct access from the M4 to the heart of the city.

Directions to the University campus from the M32 (also available as a Google Map)

  • Exit the M4 at junction 19 marked for the M32
  • Follow the M32 southwest into Bristol
  • Continue onto the A4032
  • Continue straight onto Bond Street / A4044
  • At St. James Barton roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Marlborough Street / B4051
  • Merge onto Queens Rd/A4018
  • Slight left onto Queens Rd/B3129
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Queens Rd/B3129

If travelling from the South and South West, the A4, A38 and A37 provide direct access to the city centre (see Google map for A4, Bath Road).

By air

Bristol Airport is just 20 minutes away from Bristol by bus or taxi. With several flights a day between Bristol and a number of British and European cities, flying can offer comparable prices to travelling by train at a fraction of the time. To get to the university from the airport:

  • The Bristol Flyer coach service calls at Bristol Bus and Coach Station near the University campus
  • Checker Cars offer taxis from Bristol Airport. The journey should take around 30 minutes
  • Further travel information is available from the Bristol Airport website

By bus

FirstGroup operate the majority of local buses in Bristol. Use their bus search facility or the Bristol route map to plan your journey. Services to the University include:

  • The 8 and 9 services from Bristol Temple Meads train station run every 10 minutes in peak time and stop on the University campus. The number 8 stops by The Berkeley pub on Queen’s Road opposite the Wills Memorial Building before heading towards the Students’ Union, while the number 9 continues from The Berkeley pub up towards Tyndall Avenue. The journey should take about 20-30 minutes
  • The 1, 2, 3, 4, 624, N7, U5 and X14 services all stop in the Park Street / Triangle / Whiteladies Road area a couple of minutes walk from the University

About Bristol

Bristol was named by the Sunday Times as the best city to live in Britain in 2014 and it was selected as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2009. For information on things to do in Bristol, please see the Visit Bristol website.