The Brislington Centre: Independent Living in Bristol

The Brislington Centre is an independent living, residential facility in Bristol for students with additional needs.

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The Brislington Centre is an independent living facility for students with additional needs. Students stay overnight from Sunday through to Friday, returning home over weekends and college holidays.

The Brislington Centre is managed in partnership with Bristol City Council.

What you can learn at the centre

During their time at the house, students develop skills for independent living. This includes cleaning, cooking and washing, as well as learning how to use public transport.

We plan individual learning programmes with each student. We encourage students to work on these during their time at home.

Learn independent living skills

Students will learn to:

  • Plan and prepare healthy meals.
  • Launder clothes.
  • Shop for food and other essentials.
  • Maintaining personal hygiene.
  • Manage a food budget.
  • Plan a journey and use public transport.
  • Stay safe and healthy. For example, learning to use household appliances.

Develop employability

Students will learn about:

  • Communication (suitable for the workplace).
  • Remembering instructions.
  • Being punctual and travel planning.

Gain work experience

Students will have:

  • The opportunity to take part in work experience.
  • Support from staff at the house and at college.


Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on projects with fellow college students.
  • Visit friends and family in Bristol (from the house).
  • Participate in social activities at the house and in the community.

Independent living facilities and grounds

The Brislington Centre is a space that contains all the facilities residents need in order to live independently.

Our students live in eco apartments.

Read Bristol Homes information about the Brislington Centre eco apartments.

The grounds are approximately one acre. They include a polytunnel and outdoor classroom where the students work on their own kitchen garden.

We have a number of raised planting beds across the garden. We are planning an accessible walkway and an orchard to make use of the full garden area.

Virtual tours

The centre

Living pods

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you.

Please call Adam Metcalfe on 0117 377 1990 or email

Apply to be a Brislington Centre resident

If you would like to be considered for a place in September 2022, please:

Download our Brislington Centre Application Form (pdf).

Email your completed form to

Videos for residents

We’ve made some videos to help you with some independent living, daily tasks at the Brislington centre.

You can explore all videos on our YouTube channel.

Where to find us