Community life


Relationship is at the core of the gospel message, so it’s no surprise that people often judge the truth and value of that message by the quality and integrity of the community which proclaims it.

We try to make sure that Kingdom values are threaded through every part of life at Trinity, from coffee breaks and shared mealtimes to chapel services, lectures, and small groups. That’s not an easy task, but we invite you to join us in it: come and get stuck in to a community seeking to reflect God’s Kingdom.

Meet our Student Exec

Our Student Exec is here to advocate for, build, and continually improve both the student experience and community life at college. Read more about our current student leaders >

Spouses and families at Trinity

Our students’ spouses 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.

Connect for spouses

If you’d like to find out more about Connect (as well as loads of helpful information about transitioning into life at Trinity) you can download the newest Connect Handbook here.

Our vision, who we are, and how we’re funded >

Meet the Connect Exec >

The Connect week >

Upcoming Connect events >

Connect also has a very active private Facebook group for general support, socialising ideas, and local information and advice. You can also email the Connect Exec at connect@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

Meals and worship together

The daily chapel and weekly Communion services are open to spouses and once a term we also run an all-age Communion specifically designed to engage your whole family. Spouses and children are always welcome at mealtimes too, for only a small cost, and we have plenty of high chairs and child-friendly plates and cutlery.

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.

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, you are 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.

Time together

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Our commitment to shaping leaders in community means that we put a lot of emphasis on spending time together during the college week.

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. 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.

Most of our social events are masterminded by our Student Exec, a small number of students who are elected each year to help coordinate key aspects of community life. The Exec also represent the student voice to staff, faculty and the trustees, enabling good communication between the different parts of the community and giving everyone a chance to participate in and shape college life.

We have a men’s football team, the Trinity Tigers, and a women’s rugby team, the Trinity Wolves, both of whom welcome new players. Or for days when you can’t face the great outdoors you can always take a break from studying to play ping pong in our games room, which also has table football and a full-size snooker table.

Meet our chaplains

During the 2016-17 academic year, we introduced three chaplains into the college community.

Each chaplain is in college once a week, but can meet up with students at other times as well. They offer a listening, impartial ear to students, as well as a willingness to pray with and for them, whether students are wrestling with personal issues, or just needing a space to vent.

Read more about our chaplains >

Accommodation

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We know that where and how you make your home 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.

If you’re going to be attached to a local church as part of your study programme we’ll work hard to make sure you live in or very close to your context parish; if you’re bringing a family with you we can help you think about local schools and family-friendly areas; if you have a specific part of Bristol you’re already connected to or want to engage with we’ll do our best to explore all the possible local living options.

In addition to the many properties Trinity owns or leases, most within a three-mile radius of the college, we can also house up to 30 people in our on-site accommodation. In an average year a close-knit community of between 15-20 students live in the Carter building, our main living area on campus, in addition to the students and families in the small number of houses situated within the college grounds. (Read more about life in Carter from our student Carter Rep.)

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.

Living in Bristol

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Bristol is a lively student city, home to the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, so it has a good network of buses, plenty of parks and open spaces, great shops, several 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!

Given Bristol’s proximity to the Welsh border you can imagine that we get our fair share of rainy days; however, when the rain stops you’ll find we’re wonderfully close to Bath, Wells, the Somerset and Devon coasts, the Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean, Oxford and the Cotswolds and, of course, the well-watered lushness of south Wales itself. You’ll also find Bristol to be a very family-friendly city, with the At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo, 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 in a quiet residential area, with easy access to the city but nicely removed from its busyness by being set up on a hill with views across the Severn estuary to the Welsh hills. 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.

Latest blog posts

Meet our new Student Exec 2018-19

Meet this year’s Student Exec! These students will be working to advocate for, build, and continually improve both the student experience and community life at college. To learn more about each of their roles at college, just click here.

View our new prospectus

Many thanks to all the students and faculty members who helped in the creation of our new prospectus. We hope you will share it with those around you, particularly anyone considering theological education. For those who would like to receive print copies, please email m.stratis@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.  

New book honours John Nolland

Last spring, Bloomsbury T&T Clark published a volume for its Library of New Testament Studies titled The Earliest Perceptions of Jesus in Context in honour of Trinity Tutor in New Testament Rev Prof John Nolland’s contribution to the field of New Testament studies. This collection of essays from top New Testament scholars was edited by […]

Why is peacemaking so hard?

During Lent this spring, our faculty preached through the Beatitudes, which also form the basis for Trinity’s Community Values. Below is an adapted version of Tutor in Pastoral and Ministerial Studies Rev Dr Helen Collins‘s sermon on ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’. You can listen to the audio […]