Community life

Training within an intentional learning community can provide you with a deepened, more holistic time of preparation for the challenges and pressures of a lifetime of service to the church.

We believe wholeheartedly that by studying in community together – whether as a gathered (residential) learner or a dispersed (non-residential) learner with the benefit of block weeks – you gain a deeper engagement in every area, both academically and formationally.

Lecture discussions spill out into coffee times. Your tutors aren’t only in lectures but eat lunch with the students, meet in smaller groups and are available for one-to-one chats. If you experience moments of struggle or discouragement, our community of tutors, students, chaplains and staff is there to support you.

Your time at Trinity can give you the opportunity to practise the values of Christ’s kingdom, serving God and others within a framework of community. That’s not an easy task, but we invite you to join us in it—come and get immersed in a community seeking to bear witness to Christ’s coming kingdom.

Life at Trinity

Our Student Council are here to advocate for, build, and continually improve both the student experience and community life at college. You can see short bios of the current members of the Council here.

Our vision is to create a culture within Trinity College where everyone is championing and cheering one another on in love, a culture where every member of the community is confident that their voices and experiences are heard, a culture that provides the best conditions for fruitful discipleship. 

Our heart is that every student feels their voice is heard and is represented. Whenever possible, we want to celebrate all that Jesus is doing at college. We want to foster an environment in which issues and problems are solved with creativity and innovation. We want to ensure there is transparency and good communication between the student body, Connect and the Senior Leadership Team. Whilst acknowledging and celebrating the different modes of study, we want to encourage unity and a sense of belonging across the whole college through communication and inclusion.

 

Our students’ partners and children are a valued part of the Trinity community, and we offer many different opportunities for families to experience and enjoy college life together.

Our community for spouses and children is called Connect – find out more here.

Further education for spouses

We welcome all student spouses to take advantage of their time at Trinity and audit classes for free (which means you would come to the lectures without having to do any of the assessments). If you are really keen and want to take classes for credit, anyone whose spouse is studying full time is eligible for a 50 percent reduction on fees for many of our programmes, whether you do a few modules or actually enrol on an accredited course.

On-site day nursery

We have our own Ofsted-registered day nursery on campus which, as well as serving the families of Trinity students, is open to the public, so it offers a great chance to get to know other families in the local area. Muddy Boots Day Nursery offers care between 8.00 am – 6 pm, and the children of full-time Trinity students are able to attend for a significantly subsidised fee.

Muddy Boots nursery

We approach your spiritual formation just as intentionally as we do your placement and academic study. We want to walk alongside you in your journey to become more like Jesus Christ, to help you bear witness to his kingdom in all you do, and this happens daily at Trinity within the context of community life.
Worship

We begin each day with the opportunity to worship and pray together in our morning chapel services. These serve as both a sacred act of worship and a formational time of learning. Groups of students take it in turn to plan and run the services so that everyone has a chance across the year to both lead and be led. We also have weekly Communion services, which includes a more extended time of teaching.

Our services often take the form of Common Worship, but we also make use of other traditions and styles of worship, from the simple expressions of the Iona and Taize communities to the poetic liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. We also have several Creative Weeks where the community’s innovation is given free rein. It is both a privilege and a learning opportunity to be able to worship God in such diverse ways.

Quiet times, personal reflection and retreats
As a whole community we engage with a weekly spiritual formation programme, consisting of a 50-minute session on a key topic relating to Christian discipleship, followed by an hour of silence for personal contemplation and prayer. These sessions help us learn more about spiritual disciplines and traditions in the church and to engage in different forms of prayer.

We lead three quiet days a year, each involving different opportunities for personal and corporate reflection, prayer and spiritual growth. Each year, students are also offered an option to visit the Franciscan community at Hilfield Priory.

Prayer triplets

Prayer triplets are a key part of our community life, helping provide personal support, encouragement and accountability. These relationships often continue to provide valuable support well beyond your time at Trinity.

Our residential community meets weekly for formation in a tutor group of about eight to ten people, often the students with whom you serve in your context church, and a college tutor.

These groups meet for two hours every Wednesday, dividing their time between worship and prayer, theological reflections, serving the wider community in practical ways, and building friendships together.

Our chaplains offer a listening, impartial ear, as well as a willingness to pray with and for those within our community, whether you are wrestling with personal issues, or just needing a space to vent.

Read more about our chaplains >

Some of the best moments of spiritual formation and theological questioning happen when you’re not in the classroom but just enjoying the company of others on a similar journey to yours.

Two bearded men sitting at a bar, behind which is a woman, all smiling to camera.

One of the main forums for that is the chance to have lunch together as a community every week day, the cost of which is included in full-time student fees. There are also regular socials throughout the year, giving you a chance to see how well your fellow students dance, how skilled they are at roasting marshmallows over a bonfire, and how useful they can be in a pub quiz team.

We have a football team, the Trinity Tigers, a rugby team, the Trinity Wolves, and a netball team, The Trinity Flyers, all of which welcome new players (including both students and student spouses).

On days when you don’t fancy the great outdoors you can take a break from studying in our on-site pub, the Badgers Pouch, where you can have a drink or use the full-size snooker table.

Women's netball team standing and kneeling in two rows, smiling at camera.

Where you live has a huge impact on what you are able to gain from and give to the community during your time here, especially if you have relocated to Bristol to study with us. We do all we can to ensure that you have accommodation that works for you and your needs. Our Accommodation Manager and Admissions Officer are always happy to chat to you about your individual circumstances, needs and preferences. 

Quad development 

We are in the process of developing new single occupancy accommodation in the Quad area, complete with accessible rooms for those with mobility issues. Each student will have their own study bedroom in this development, which is designed to balance comfort and privacy for private study and rest with communal spaces for socialising and eating together. 

Stone building with gabled roof and courtyard with tree and outdoor seating.
Quad and stables

Houses and flats 

We own or lease a number of properties, both on-site and within a three-mile radius of college. Our Accommodation Manager can help you find housing near Trinity or close to your context church’s parish, and can also direct you to agencies for private rentals if that works better for you. If you’re bringing a family with school-aged children with you, we’ll help you think about local schools. 

 

Carter Building

Dispersed learners 

When you come to us for block weeks, you stay in the Carter building, where each student has their own study bedroom with a desk and basin. Carter has a large kitchen with a dining area and kitchenettes on every floor. 

Trinity owns or leases many properties that are mostly within a three-mile radius of college, and we can also help direct you to agencies for private rentals.

We would love to talk more with you about which of our accommodation options would suit you best, so feel free to ask us about it at an Open Day or just contact our admissions team to find out more.

Bristol is a lively city with a good network of buses, plenty of parks and open spaces, great shops, interesting art galleries and museums, lots of theatres and live music venues, a beautiful cathedral and more good restaurants than anyone on a student budget will ever be able to get through!

Clifton Suspension Bridge with hot air balloons in the background.

We’re conveniently close to Bath, Wells, the Somerset and Devon coasts, the Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean, Oxford, the Cotswolds and, just over the Severn Bridge, south Wales. You’ll also find Bristol to be a very family-friendly city, with the We the Curious Science CentreBristol Aquarium, Aerospace Bristol, free museums like the MShed and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (your children will love the fossils and rock collection), and the annual hot-air balloon fiesta and kite festival.

Trinity is situated in a quiet residential area, with easy access to the city centre but nicely removed from its busyness by being set within the nine acres of its grounds. We’re also very close to the Clifton Downs, a large grassy and wooded area ideal for walking or running, from which you can see the Avon Gorge and the famed architecture of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Our Student Council are here to advocate for, build, and continually improve both the student experience and community life at college.

Our vision is to create a culture within Trinity College where everyone is championing and cheering one another on in love, a culture where every member of the community is confident that their voices and experiences are heard, a culture that provides the best conditions for fruitful discipleship. 

Our heart is that every student feels their voice is heard and is represented. Whenever possible, we want to celebrate all that Jesus is doing at college. We want to foster an environment in which issues and problems are solved with creativity and innovation. We want to ensure there is transparency and good communication between the student body, Connect and the Senior Leadership Team. Whilst acknowledging and celebrating the different modes of study, we want to encourage unity and a sense of belonging across the whole college through communication and inclusion.

Our students’ partners and children are a valued part of the Trinity community, and we offer many different opportunities for families to experience and enjoy college life together.

Our community for spouses and children is called Connect – find out more here.

Further education for spouses

We welcome all student spouses to take advantage of their time at Trinity and audit classes for free (which means you would come to the lectures without having to do any of the assessments). If you are really keen and want to take classes for credit, anyone whose spouse is studying full time is eligible for a 50 percent reduction on fees for many of our programmes, whether you do a few modules or actually enrol on an accredited course.

On-site day nursery

We have our own Ofsted-registered day nursery on campus which, as well as serving the families of Trinity students, is open to the public, so it offers a great chance to get to know other families in the local area. Muddy Boots Day Nursery offers care between 8.00 am – 6 pm, and the children of full-time Trinity students are able to attend for a significantly subsidised fee.

Muddy Boots nursery

We approach your spiritual formation just as intentionally as we do your placement and academic study. We want to walk alongside you in your journey to become more like Jesus Christ, to help you bear witness to his kingdom in all you do, and this happens daily at Trinity within the context of community life.
Worship

We begin each day with the opportunity to worship and prayer together in our morning chapel services. These serve as both a sacred act of worship and a formational time of learning. Groups of students take it in turn to plan and run the services so that everyone has a chance across the year to both lead and be led. We also have weekly Communion services, which includes a more extended time of teaching.

Our services often take the form of Common Worship, but we also make use of other traditions and styles of worship, from the simple expressions of the Iona and Taize communities to the poetic liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. We also have several Creative Weeks where the community’s innovation is given free rein. It is both a privilege and a learning opportunity to be able to worship God in such diverse ways.

Quiet times, personal reflection and retreats
As a whole community we engage with a weekly spiritual formation programme, consisting of a 50-minute session on a key topic relating to Christian discipleship, followed by an hour of silence for personal contemplation and prayer. These sessions help us learn more about spiritual disciplines and traditions in the church and to engage in different forms of prayer.

We lead three quiet days a year, each involving different opportunities for personal and corporate reflection, prayer and spiritual growth. Each year, students are also offered an option to visit the Franciscan community at Hilfield Priory.

Prayer triplets

Prayer triplets are a key part of our community life, helping provide personal support, encouragement and accountability. These relationships often continue to provide valuable support well beyond your time at Trinity.

Our residential community meets weekly for formation in a tutor group of about eight to ten people, often the students with whom you serve in your context church, and a college tutor.

These groups meet for two hours every Wednesday, dividing their time between worship and prayer, theological reflections, serving the wider community in practical ways, and building friendships together.

Our chaplains offer a listening, impartial ear, as well as a willingness to pray with and for those within our community, whether you are wrestling with personal issues, or just needing a space to vent.

Read more about our chaplains >

Some of the best moments of spiritual formation and theological questioning happen when you’re not in the classroom but just enjoying the company of others on a similar journey to yours.

Two bearded men sitting at a bar, behind which is a woman, all smiling to camera.

One of the main forums for that is the chance to have lunch together as a community every week day, the cost of which is included in full-time student fees. There are also regular socials throughout the year, giving you a chance to see how well your fellow students dance, how skilled they are at roasting marshmallows over a bonfire, and how useful they can be in a pub quiz team.

We have a football team, the Trinity Tigers, a rugby team, the Trinity Wolves, and a netball team, The Trinity Flyers, all of which welcome new players (including both students and student spouses).

On days when you don’t fancy the great outdoors you can take a break from studying in our on-site pub, the Badgers Pouch, where you can have a drink or use the full-size snooker table.

Women's netball team standing and kneeling in two rows, smiling at camera.

We know that where you live has a big impact on what you’re able to gain from and give to the community during your time here, and that’s especially true for those relocating to Bristol to study with us. We do all we can to ensure that you have accommodation that works best for you and for your needs.

We house our single students in a variety of accommodation in the Trinity grounds, sharing with a small number of other students but each having their own bedroom.

Stone building with gabled roof and courtyard with tree and outdoor seating.
Quad and stables

When our Dispersed Learners come to us for block weeks, they stay in the Carter building (where each student has their own room with a desk and basin). Carter has a large kitchen with adjacent dining area and kitchenettes on every floor. 

Carter Building

For our married students and those with families,  we’ll help you find housing near Trinity or the parish where you’ll be doing your context training. If you’re bringing a family with you we can help you think about local schools.

Trinity owns or leases many properties that are mostly within a three-mile radius of college, and we can also help direct you to agencies for private rentals.

We would love to talk more with you about which of our accommodation options would suit you best, so feel free to ask us about it at an Open Day or just contact our admissions team to find out more.

Bristol is a lively city with a good network of buses, plenty of parks and open spaces, great shops, interesting art galleries and museums, lots of theatres and live music venues, a beautiful cathedral and more good restaurants than anyone on a student budget will ever be able to get through!

Clifton Suspension Bridge with hot air balloons in the background.

We’re conveniently close to Bath, Wells, the Somerset and Devon coasts, the Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean, Oxford, the Cotswolds and, just over the Severn Bridge, south Wales. You’ll also find Bristol to be a very family-friendly city, with the We the Curious Science CentreBristol Aquarium, Aerospace Bristol, free museums like the MShed and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (your children will love the fossils and rock collection), and the annual hot-air balloon fiesta and kite festival.

Trinity is situated in a quiet residential area, with easy access to the city centre but nicely removed from its busyness by being set within the nine acres of its grounds. We’re also very close to the Clifton Downs, a large grassy and wooded area ideal for walking or running, from which you can see the Avon Gorge and the famed architecture of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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I love how open Trinity is to culture and diversity and how embracing it is to families and friends.

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