Bolton is a nice place to stay, it’s city centre has the university and lots of places to shop, eat and relax. It’s also close to Manchester.
By member1272611 On 21st October 2022
Study in Bolton
The University of Bolton is right in the heart of Bolton town centre. A recent survey found that the local people of Bolton are some of the friendliest in Britain, so you’ll have no problems feeling welcome.
University of Bolton
The University of Bolton is home to approximately 6,000 students and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the UK with over 60 nationalities on campus. The university provides world-class facilities and in the past few years, has invested over £50 million, so students can expect to be using industry-standard equipment.
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Bolton Student Life
Bolton is one of Britain’s largest towns and has more than enough happening to cater to all the needs of students at the University of Bolton.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs in Bolton range from £85 - £105 per week; the average is £97 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Bradford: £96/week, Manchester: £171/week, Chester: £132/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
The average price for:
A cheap meal at a restaurant: £13
A pint of beer: £3.22
A regular takeout coffee: £2.77
1L of milk: £0.88
A loaf of white bread: £0.87
For nightlife, begin at Nelson Square where you’ll find a good cluster of clubs and bars. As you head towards Bow Street, you’ll find a good range of venues along the way too. It’s also worth mentioning that Bolton has more pubs per person than any other city in the UK, so a good brew is never far away. The oldest pub in Bolton is Ye Olde Man and Scythe, so pop in for a pint and you might get a story as well. If clubbing isn't your thing, then there are Cineworld and Vue cinemas on different sides of the town. There are also a couple of theatres, with the Octagon, Bolton Little Theatre and Albert Halls covering all the bases. Between them, they host a mix of comedy, music acts, drama and the occasional movie too.
Bolton is easy to get around by both bike, foot and public transport. It's a pretty big place so if you have a car it would be a great way to explore the surrounding area. The town is also well connected by train; there’s a direct link to Manchester which takes less than 20 minutes, as well as regular services to Liverpool and further afield.
The Marketplace and Crompton Place shopping centres are both a short 15-minute walk from the main campus, with the main retail zone covering the area between the two. This is where you will find all your high street favourites and all the necessary amenities like banks, the post office, pharmacy etc.
Just 2.5 miles away from the University of Bolton is the West Pennine Moors. Here you can experience some of England’s most beautiful countryside with moors, lakes and historic sites.
In under an hour you can be at the Peak District National Park. Perfect for a day of exploring or for a post-exam break adventure with your mates.
A bit closer to home you can head over to the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery. Make a day of it and combine a visit to the aquarium, which is on the lower floor!
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