We run a family/parenting scheme exclusively for our first year students. It's a great way to meet new people and become part of our community!


Every first year student (member or non-member) will be invited to join our scheme. It's usually something most people do, as it's such a great opportunity!

First years will be grouped with two second or third year students. Each family will normally consist of 2 "parents" and 3 or 4 "children".

You'll have the option to say if you'd prefer a non-drinking family, as we have many students who'd like to.


A family is like a support network. You can speak to your parents for advice, support, guidance or even help with your Chemistry learning! It's just someone to talk to about anything.

We also encourage families to work together at some of our events, such as pub quizzes. This really helps to get to know the others in your group better.

You may like to socialise with your family before events ("pres") at your parents' houses. Note, you must follow Government guidelines, including the "Rule of 6" when meeting other people.


Joining uni is a big step up, and it's hard to know what to expect. It can be difficult to meet people and settle in, particularly with COVID-19 restrictions this year.

Having a family lets you easily meet new people, giving you more confidence and helping you have a great time! 

You'll build strong connections for the rest of your degree in Bristol, and it can take as little or as much of your time as you like.

As the year goes on, we realise you might prefer to socialise with other people - no problem! But at least you know you've still got someone to talk to whenever you need them.


We've now allocated families for this year, so we can't promise you'll be given one now. However, if you are interested, please fill in the form below. When you do, you'll have the option to choose what kind of family you'd like (drinking or non-drinking). When you become a member via Bristol SU, you'll also have the option to sign up there instead.

After that, if we have space, we'll allocate you to a family.

Remember, if you have a family, you must follow Government guidelines about socialising.