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By member1249930 On 16th July 20

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. 

 

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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

Accommodation

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

(Source: Numbeo)

Nights Out

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.

Public Transport

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. 

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Shopping

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.

Days Out

 

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Liverpool and Manchester 

Head to the bright lights of Liverpool or Manchester for a day. Both are reachable by train in under an hour. You could also make more of a trip of it and go for a city break. 

 

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The West Pennine Moors

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.

 

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Peak District

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. 

Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

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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member968892
12th May 2022

Bolton is a good...

Bolton is a good plpace to live and it isn't expensive if you look in the right places. Bolton is known for its nights out and there are plenty of shops around for every type of person. read more

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member868605
29th April 2022

there are quite a...

there are quite a few places to enjoy quiz nights, dancing, and drinking • several shops have been closing due to unsatisfactory demands e.g. high street shops • Bolton Interchange makes it easier for people to wait for public transport • Some restaurants offer cheaper prices on their menu compared to Manchester’s prices e.g. Subway • Bolton Market Place and Crompton Place have their share of different shops to visit such as Starbucks, Zara, Topshop, River Island, Debenhams, Next, and Boots • There is also a wet market that people can buy fresh fruits, fish, and meats from. • Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer and Morrissons are fairly close to each other with Home Bargains and TKMaxx and also Argos. • The Vaults Bolton in Market Place offers few places for drinks too, Prezzo and Nando’s for a meal. read more

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member968601
29th April 2022

Good place for li...

Good place for living as a student read more

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member768598
29th April 2022

Town too small ,...

Town too small , not much to do transport services are not the best read more

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member668596
29th April 2022

Haven’t used any...

Haven’t used any form of public transport apart from trains an some are late but some are on time so just depends read more

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member668352
19th April 2022

It can be quite e...

It can be quite expensive for a newbie to adjust but the people are good and always all smiles, the public transport can be a pain for a newbie too. Generally, adjusting for a newbie is difficult but once you are adjusted, you get to enjoy everything. read more

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10th April 2022

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member1167413
20th March 2022

Bolton is a quiet...

Bolton is a quiet place, the people are very nice, beautiful parks and clean environment. Not a lot of opportunities out here, businesses close down early. Hoping for the place to get more lively. read more

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member1067386
18th March 2022

Nice little town,...

Nice little town, the renting cost is quite low while the town is pretty, a lot of night clubs and places to eat. read more

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member567375
18th March 2022

Good places to ea...

Good places to eat and have out read more

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member1367366
17th March 2022

Can be a bit dodg...

Can be a bit dodgy on nights out read more

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member766648
24th February 2022

Night life is awf...

Night life is awful, there’s nothing to do and the price you pay is stupid for what you get read more

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member1266643
23rd February 2022

Bolton University...

Bolton University is very nice and lovely read more

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member1166097
8th February 2022

Good. Satisfied w...

Good. Satisfied with the location read more

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member666096
8th February 2022

Pretty good place...

Pretty good place to live, value for money, and affordable shopping read more

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member1365160
5th January 2022

Quite a lot of cr...

Quite a lot of crime that happens in this area often. Bolton has a lot of different shops and other places where you can visit. read more

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member663855
15th November 2021

Bolton, has its u...

Bolton, has its ups and has its downs. Nightlife, shopping and transportation are of a decent price! Noise pollution can be an issue sometimes read more

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member663617
8th November 2021

Good location to...

Good location to city centre and shops read more

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member963551
5th November 2021

Public and the co...

Public and the cost of living are amazing,they are second to none read more

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member663550
5th November 2021

Lovely town lots...

Lovely town lots to do and things to see read more

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member1261600
6th August 2021

1 nightclub, a ha...

1 nightclub, a handful of small bars rest are scruffy old man pubs Be a good place to shop if you only shop at charity shops Cheap place to live to be fair but there is nothing there to make it expensive dead town read more

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member661274
23rd July 2021

It will very hard...

It will very hard to move about if you don't own a car. Don't ever buy a bike or anything and think that nothing will happen to it. Someone I knew got its car smashed multiple time, I got stolen my 1.5k£ bike from my house. People kept harassing me and following me, as most of them were part of a Cultish Organization nearby. Most of the people there are toxic. I pray God everyday to have saved me from it otherwise I would have lost everything completely, even my mind. It's very difficult to go Manchester with Public Transports as most of the times they just strike and leave you on your own, where if you don't wanna lose your job you will be passively forced to pay 50£ worth of taxis. Hopefully, having a stable government will make you less impacted by the low life in there. read more

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member957713
13th May 2021

Bolton's alright...

Bolton's alright but a bit violent after 1am in the town. read more

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member653793
30th January 2021

Wish I had chose...

Wish I had chose a better place and town its nice but is very boring read more

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member1249930
16th July 2020

very affordable a...

very affordable and friendly, safe University read more

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member849650
3rd July 2020

I've really enjoy...

I've really enjoyed living in Bolton read more

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member1347347
15th April 2020

Not far from Manc...

Not far from Manchester to get into the city. The town has all the things you need and the student night life is good too read more

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member944026
26th November 2019

DO NOT COME HERE...

DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS IF YOU ARE ON BENEFITS read more

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member1342894
23rd October 2019

I loved this plac...

I loved this place like meat loves salt read more

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member114568
29th April 2015

Bolton is actuall...

Bolton is actually quite a nice place to live, (considering it looks abit industrial) its full of friendly people which is great! I feel really safe here and have made so many friends from all backgrounds. The uni itself is in the town centre with great places to eat and a really good shopping centre nearby. they even have a zara store. the fast food places such as McDonalds, KFC and Subway are literally next door to Uni. The night life isnt amazing but when you do go out, you have a good night. The club J2 is very popular with typical club music but if your into indie/rock music then blind tiger is the place to be with regular live bands. There are cheap pubs to eat like wetherspoons and the dragonfly so its a nice environment to be around. Manchester is only 20 minutes on the train so if you want a big night out its so close. Public transport is great, the bus station is 2 minutes down the road from uni by the market and shopping centre and the train station is nearby. read more

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