Bristol Life

Our centre of excellence in Bristol, affectionately named the Bamboo House to reflect core elements of our actor training and to honour the history of the area of the city in which it resides.

The Bamboo House, The Grade II-listed building that we have made our home in the city, is part of our ongoing commitment to making drama school training truly accessible and inclusive, by decentralising Fourth Monkey’s professional accredited actor training and taking it nationally to reach a broader spectrum of aspiring actors, artists, movers and makers.

We encourage our students to commit themselves fully to their training and to concentrate on their development as an actor. As part of this development, we encourage them to explore and discover those new cultural experiences and opportunities on offer in their new local area around their training location – how you spend your time outside of class is often as important to your development as how you spend it inside class.

About Bristol

One of the UK’s most creatively engaged cities, Bristol is a vibrant, diverse, multicultural city of just under half a million people and is one of the main cultural and arts hubs of the South West.

Beyond the array of theatres and arts venues, Bristol has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are a music fan, nature lover or avid art enthusiast, Bristol is home to a thriving historical and contemporary arts scene.

Students are encouraged to search a range of culture, events and activities to discover new opportunities and indulge in the things they love. A good place to start is here.

Vibrant Bristol

Situated in a prominent part of the city, our Centre of Excellence is a gateway to explore the exciting cultural scene of Bristol. Here’s just a few things to discover:

Tobacco Factory
The Tobacco Factory started as an experiment and they continue to encourage creative experimentation, offering inspirational theatre and opportunities to learn and exchange ideas in order to build an inclusive creative community rooted in South Bristol.

Bristol Old Vic
Bristol Old Vic is a beautiful playhouse with an international reputation for creating pioneering twenty-first-century theatre. It is also a host of many creative programmes which support experimentation and innovation in the community.

Bristol Hippodrome
Known as Bristol’s West End Theatre. Boasting one of the largest theatre stages in Britain, The Bristol Hippodrome is an established receiving house for all major UK touring productions including musicals.

Brandon Hill
Winner of the European Green Capital Award in 2015, Bristol is beautiful and picturesque. Brandon Hill is the oldest park in Bristol, with great views over the city and Harbourside area. Offering beautiful paths and a nature conservation area, it is also the home to the iconic Cabot Tower.

Living in Bristol

The address of The Bamboo House, our training base, in Bristol is;


Living in Bristol can range from incredibly expensive to surprisingly affordable; it’s just a matter of looking in the right places for the right property as Fourth Monkey does not have its own student accommodation.

We recommend that you look for accommodation in areas that are relatively near and understand the various means of transport and routes for your journey to and from our Centre of Excellence in Bristol – below are some suggestions for areas, as well as general student accommodation providers, that students may wish to consider when looking for accommodation in Bristol:

Student Accommodation Search
My Student Halls

  • Clifton (BS8)
  • Redland (BS6)
  • St. Anne’s (BS4)
  • Bedminster (BS3)
  • Montpelier (BS6)

As part of our Meet & Greet Day each year, we put students in touch with each other; to meet and arrange shared houses to help everyone save on time in searching and cost in sharing accommodation. (Please note: some areas can be expensive but may become more affordable in a bigger house share).

We believe this to be the best approach as this tends to also be an additional means of support throughout your time with us, as you will be sharing with like-minded people who understand the demands of the training.

Alternatively, students can search a range of general student accommodation providers who offer accommodation for Fourth Monkey students (as well as students from other HE institutions) within easy reach of the Centre of Excellence.

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The Bamboo House

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