Cheltenham is a brilliant university town and has lots to offer. The high street was large with plenty of shops, coffee houses, restaurants, clothes stores and supermarkets. Cheltenham also has a racecourse which was good for student employment. The town is surrounded by countryside which is perfect for those who want to escape urban life.
By member445490 On 11th February 2020
Study in Cheltenham
The University of Gloucestershire is spread across three campuses in Cheltenham and one in nearby Gloucester.
University of Gloucestershire
University of Gloucestershire has three campuses and have recently invested in state-of-the art facilities and new buildings. They have great industry links which helps with placing over 4,000 students each year in placements and internships. The university also prides itself on its sustainability and was voted the UK’s most sustainable university in 2019 by People and Planet University League.
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Cheltenham Student Life
Cheltenham is a spa town, also known as 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'. The town itself has a lot to offer students outside of studying such as lots of nightlife spots, eating out, shopping, festivals and in a great position to explore the nearby famous countryside.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs are on average £154 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Norwich: £163/week, Colchester: £145/week, Birmingham: £169/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) in August 2020, as listed on StudentCrowd)
The average price for:
A cheap meal at a restaurant: £13.00
A pint of beer: £4.00
A regular takeout coffee: £2.93
1L of milk: £1.50
A loaf of white bread: £1.17
Prices are about 5% higher than equivalent costs in Norwich, about 4% higher than Colchester and about 5% higher than Birmingham.
None of the campuses are more than 20-mins walk from the main shopping area and there are regular buses linking all of them to the town centre and each other. Stagecoach is the local service, and do discounts for university students. The local station is Cheltenham Spa, on the edge of town. Gloucester is 10-mins away, Bristol is 40-mins and London Paddington is 2-hrs.
A lot of restaurants…
A lot of restaurants and usually you can get good student deals.
Cheltenham is such a lovely town with great restaurants and things to do
Range of eating places…
Range of eating places, cheap and expensive.
Cheltenham is a…
Cheltenham is a reasonably priced place to live with lots of facilities for shopping eating and drinking.
There’s some decent shopping here. The Promenade is a bit posher, while the high street and the Beechwood and Regent Arcade shopping centres have some more familiar brands. If you go in the Regent Arcade, check out the Wishing Fish clock. It’s 45ft high, moves, and plays tunes as it ticks. There’s also the Brewery retail part which throws a gym, bingo hall, cinema and some restaurants all in together, and a regular farmer’s market for some tasty local produce.
Cheltenham has a festival for everything. Two of the most famous are the Cheltenham Races and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Then there are festivals for literature, science, and music that all take place in and around the town. Oh, and there’s a Cricket Festival too. Any students who choose to stick around over the holidays may find there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Galleries and Museums
The Wilson, formerly known as Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is mainly focused on the town’s history over the centuries, the museum has an Edwardian nursery and a working Victorian kitchen and laundry that will make you appreciate your washing machine so much more (and it has free entry too!).
Harry Potter fans hold on to your broomsticks. Gloucester Cathedral was featured in Harry Potter films and you can go on an actual Harry Potter tour! If you’re not an HP fan than the Cathedral is still an incredible place to explore as it’s one of Britain's finest medieval buildings.
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