Meet the Team: iQ Bristol

Bristol iQ life

With its city centre location a short walk from many University of Bristol buildings, iQ Bristol is one of our most popular properties – and well equipped too. As well as its gym, private dining room, study rooms and social lounges, there’s even a music practice room – very handy for those students at BIMM which is just down the road.

Today, we meet three of the team who keep it all running – Alex, Andrea and Vicky.

Alex

Hey, it’s Alex!

Who are you and what do you do at iQ?

I’m Alex - Customer Service Advisor at iQ Bristol.

What are your favourite places to go in Bristol?

The Ropewalk in Bedminster is a great local pub full of Bristolians and it supports local music, graffiti and art. Easton is multicultural and there’s lots of interesting foreign food to be found in this district.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

Thanks for defrosting my freezer(!) I also had an interesting chat about the political situation in Hong Kong this week with a resident from Hong Kong.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie?

The Smiths / Seinfeld / Blade Runner.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

Birmingham – it’s been changing lots since I lived there and become a vibrant city.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ?

Meeting people from all over the world.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Spaghetti Bolognese.

Who is the nicest/ most horrible celebrity you’ve met?

Liam Gallagher was very funny when I met him at a party in London/ David Walliams at the Buffalo Bar in Cardiff, he was very rude to my friend.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

Have a few years working before starting university!

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I play in three Bristol bands.

 

Andreea

Hey, it’s Andrea!

Who are you and what do you do at iQ?

I’m Andrea and I’m iQ Bristol’s Assistant Manager.

What makes your iQ a special place to live?

Good and helpful team, central and safe accommodation, comfortable rooms and enjoyable common areas.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

Paris – France is a lovely country and has a lot to visit.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ?

Not any exact one, every day is a special and memorable one.

What are your favourite places to go in Bristol?

Tower Bridge has beautiful views from the tower and the park is amazing to relax. The cinema – I love to watch films and eat popcorn. Also running on the harbourside.

What are you looking forward to this year?

To improve as much as possible my English language.

What about your iQ are you most proud of?

My new position as Assistant Manager.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

Thank you for making my stay in iQ amazing and memorable, you have been a great team.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

Study on time and don’t stop improving every day.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cheese.

 

Vicky

Hey, it’s Vicky!

Who are you and what do you do at iQ?

I’m Vicky, Operations Manager at iQ Bristol.

What are your favourite places to go in Bristol?

I love walking down by the harbourside, having a drink of Bristolian cider down at The Apple boat on King Street or wandering around St Nicks Market which has some delicious food and interesting local vendors.

What makes your iQ a special place to live?

Helpful, friendly and enthusiastic team in a building with newly refurbished social and study spaces including a music room and piano.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

Thank you – when someone really means it – it’s the nicest thing anyone can say.

What are you looking forward to this year?

My first check-out and check-in as Manager… scary but exciting!

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

Treyarnon, Cornwall – It’s just my happy place.  So relaxing and beautiful, even when it’s raining!

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie?

The Streets/ Black Mirror / Withnail and I.

What about your iQ are you most proud of?

Our team, everyone is so dedicated to the tenants and each other – they all make it such a great place to work.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza, there are just so many variations – although I do have a super-sweet tooth so chocolate would be hard to give up.

Who is the nicest celebrity you’ve met?

I once met Travis outside the O2 Academy in Bristol and they were really friendly – stopped to take photos and gave me and my friend signed set lists.

Sum up the atmosphere at your iQ in one word.

Vibrant.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

Don’t smoke!

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I learnt how to knit last winter. It’s not really a summer activity so when it gets cold again I’ll try and finish the scarf I started!

 

Thanks to Alex, Andrea and Vicky for telling us all about themselves. See more of iQ Bristol here, and look out for another iQ team telling all soon.

 

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