Always something or somewhere to go. Bus routes available. Town is a walk away. Eating out has a wide range of choices.

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Study in Bradford

Bradford combines with next-door-neighbour Leeds to form one of the biggest urban areas in the UK but the area around the University of Bradford, where all your essentials are located, is actually quite compact.

 

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University of Bradford

The University of Bradford officially became a university over 50 years ago and today aims to provide courses that reflect the requirements of the modern world. They were the first British university to open a Department of Peace Studies in 1973. Their teaching has been recognised with a silver award by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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Bradford Student Life

Bradford is an exciting place to be a student. It’s known as a friendly and diverse city with a lot going on. It’s also in the heart of the countryside, making it easy to get some fresh country air and explore.

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs in Bradford range from £40 - £176 per week; the average is £96 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Leeds: £177/week, Huddersfield: £128/week, Hull: £121/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: £10
A pint of beer: £3
A regular takeout coffee: £2.51
1L of milk: £0.91
A loaf of white bread: £0.97

Prices are about 5% lower than equivalent costs in Leeds and 3% lower than Hull. In terms of cost of living, Bradford is one of the most affordable places to live as a student.

(Source: Numbeo)

 

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Nights Out

The nightlife here is thriving and can be found in two main areas: Manor Row and the West End. Both are within a short walk of the main university campus and contain a good mix of bars, clubs and restaurants. 

Public Transport

If you know you’re going to stay mainly around Bradford, then you won’t need a car but if you like to explore away from the beaten track, a car isn't a bad idea. Bradford is extremely well connected by trains, with journeys to famously nightlife-friendly Leeds taking less than 30 minutes and Manchester, only 1 hour.

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Shopping

Close to the main university campus are the main shopping areas around Forster Square and the Kirkgate Centre. As well as the ‘clone brands’ you’ll find in any town, Bradford has a lot of independent and family-run shops, meaning that there’s always a chance to hunt out a deal. There’s a couple of regular markets too, so making your money go a long way isn’t hard to do.

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Film

Bradford is famous for being a City of Film and many of the main attractions focus around this. The Bradford International Film Festival is held here annually and draws a huge crowd, and for the rest of the year, film buffs can enjoy the National Media Museum, which has its own cinema and IMAX attached.

 

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Theatre

If you’re a fan of the theatre, then it’s definitely worth checking out the Alhambra. As well as being a living slice of history, this gorgeous old Victorian building is still a major venue and can take on anything from ballets and operas to concerts and touring West End productions.

 

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Galleries

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is located in the picturesque Lister Park, boasting some amazing artwork, including the David Hockney Gallery. Impressions Gallery is one of the oldest photography galleries in Europe. Keep an eye out for their events and new exhibitions.

History

If you’re willing to travel a bit further, you can visit the historic villages of Saltaire and Haworth. Both of them look like they could have jumped straight out of a Victorian novel.

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17th May 2020

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13th May 2020

City centre is sm...

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15th September 2019

To eat out Bradfo...

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