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Living in Huddersfield
Huddersfield, the home of the rugby league and the most beautiful railway station outside of London. What more could you want?
The University of Huddersfield and the town itself are well-known for their sporting prowess. The Huddersfield Giants rugby league team and the Huddersfield Town Football Club share the John Smith’s Stadium (also known as the Galpharm Stadium), which has a gym, pool, and sports classes if you want to get involved. There are a couple of other leisure centres in Huddersfield too, or those that aren’t so sporty can just drop their friends off and head to the Odeon cinema across the road.
For shopping there’s the Packhorse Precinct, Kingsgate Centre and the slightly smaller Piazza, which has the town Art Gallery and Library at the centre of it. For cheaper bargains and a range of goods you won’t find in the shops, it’s worth going along to the Kirklees Market. It’s in the Victorian Quarter, so you’ll know when you’re in the right area by all the classy old-style architecture of the buildings, most of which are listed. The market is partly covered and partly in the open air, so whether it’s raining (and in Britain, it usually is) or bright and sunny, you’ll still be able to visit.
If you like architecture, or just enjoy a good view, Victoria Tower sits on the top of Castle Hill so wander up there and enjoy scenery that stretches all the way into Derbyshire on a clear day. It’s a little further to get to, about half an hours walk from campus, but the novelty of “I can see my house from here!” never gets old.
Huddersfield is known for the number of bars it has, as well as how close they are to the university. The Queensgate area, just opposite campus, is the hub for all this so you won’t be stuck for nightlife. Popular student hotspots for clubbing include Tokyos and Camel Club, but there’s easily enough in the area to suit most tastes. If you fancy taking in a show or some music the Town Hall and Lawrence Batley Theatre are two of the larger venues, while smaller places like Proper Job Theatre give a more intimate experience.
The town also enjoys a number of cultural events, including the impressive Festival of Light every autumn involving a street parade and fireworks display, often with international artists performing. In the summer is the Caribbean carnival, which brings music, fairground rides and a carnival atmosphere into the town.
- Pennines: Head south from Huddersfield and you’ll quickly get into the Peak District, where you can have as relaxing or as active a day as you like. Go north and you’ll get to the Pennines instead.
- Lazer Zone: Ok, so we admit this will only keep you occupied for an hour... unless you play seven games in a row!
- City visit: You can get to Manchester or Leeds by train in about 30mins. Perfect for a day’s shopping or a night on the tiles.
Good to know
- Taxi: Huddersfield Taxis
- Bus: You’ll only really need to use the buses if you end up living a long way outside of the main campus, which a few of the residential halls are. If this is the case, there’s a cheap bus pass you buy which brings your fare down to just £1 a trip. See the uni website for details.
- Train: Huddersfield train station is very close to the university with regular trains to the nearest big cities, Leeds and Manchester. Remember to get your Student Railcard if you plan on making frequent trips.
Read Huddersfield Reviews
As Huddersfield is only a town it doesn't offer the vast range of shops and clubs which may be found else where in the big cities. However due to its location the drinks and living costs are cheap , in other words you get more for your money. The night life despite being more limited Is good and always packed. There I'd a small shopping centre with high street shops along with a range of other big brands and also some local business and markets. Transport links are excellent with connections by bus or train being easily found to most destinations.