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.

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Study in Cheltenham

The University of Gloucestershire is spread across three campuses in Cheltenham and one in nearby Gloucester.  

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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. 

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Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £108 - £202 per week; the average is £150 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Norwich: £150/week, Colchester: £144/week, Birmingham: £173/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: £12
A pint of beer: £4
A regular takeout coffee: £2.92
1L of milk: £1.05
A loaf of white bread: £1

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Public Transport

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.

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10th March 2020

A lot of restaurants…

A lot of restaurants and usually you can get good student deals. 

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3rd January 2020

Great restaurants…

Cheltenham is such a lovely town with great restaurants and things to do

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14th October 2019

Range of eating places…

Range of eating places, cheap and expensive.

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11th September 2019

Cheltenham is a…

Cheltenham is a reasonably priced place to live with lots of facilities for shopping eating and drinking.

 

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Shopping

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.

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Festivals 

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.

 

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Theatre

The Everyman Theatre, Playhouse Theatre, and Town Hall all run a range of plays, musicals, comedy, operas, talks and music events all through the year. Check their websites for the upcoming schedules.

 

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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!).

 

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Gloucester Cathedral 

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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17th May 2021

public transport can...

public transport can be expensive in cheltenham without a student ID, however it is relatively cheap and you are able to eat out at nice places for not too muc read more

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Cheltenham is gorgeous....

Cheltenham is gorgeous. Few clubs and lots of bars and places to go. Really lovely area and lots of events happen regularly read more

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16th October 2020

Lovely city, perhaps...

Lovely city, perhaps one of my favourites read more

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23rd July 2020

Not much to do boring,...

Not much to do boring, university life sucks to be honest, shops close early read more

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13th July 2020

Nice place to live, nice...

Nice place to live, nice people. I like livin next to the park at pittville. read more

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20th March 2020

Cheltenham is very expensive...

Cheltenham is very expensive and offers very little for students on a budget. It has shops and things to do none of them are near pittville campus though. Public transport is shocking, it’s 50/50 whether the bus will show up or not. You wont really have much money to go out that much after paying for the extreme rent. read more

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11th March 2020

Cheltenham is a expensive...

Cheltenham is a expensive area, so dont expect to be going to nice pubs every week, expect to be in spoons or mcdonalds alot. For food shopping its great as you basically have every supermarket available across the town. Public transport is great with subsidies bus tickets, and frequent buses mean there is no worry about getting from point a to b. Moo Moos, the only club worth going to is great, but more good options would be nice. read more

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10th March 2020

Buses are £1.60 to anywhere...

Buses are £1.60 to anywhere in gloucestershire which is great. Everything you need shopping wise, good selection of supermarkets for food too. A lot of restaurants and usually you can get good student deals. Housing after first year shouldn’t cost you more than £100 a week inc. bills. read more

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25th February 2020

No jobs, everything In...

No jobs, everything In chelts ham is so expensive read more

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22nd February 2020

I really like Cheltenham...

I really like Cheltenham and the things it has to offer read more

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11th February 2020

Cheltenham is a brilliant...

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. read more

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5th January 2020

Cheltenham is a lovely...

Cheltenham is a lovely area with plenty of shops, clubs and dining establishments. read more

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3rd January 2020

Cheltenham is such a...

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28th December 2019

Good location and transport...

Good location and transport links, but expensive for buses. read more

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18th December 2019

Nice town full of rude...

Nice town full of rude ppl and very expensive read more

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19th November 2019

Amazing town, smaller...

Amazing town, smaller than other unis. But I never want to leave kno I’ve lived here. Bristol, Brum and Cdiff just a quick train away read more

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9th November 2019

Cost of living is a little...

Cost of living is a little pricy and so is eating out but a treat every now and again isnt too bad! Shops are lovely alot of variety. I wish the bus if cheaper for students or even free I know for a fact other unis get free bus passes for atleast their first year so that would honestly make a big difference. But there is enough transport just too pricey x read more

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3rd November 2019

Cheltenham - Good nightlife...

Cheltenham - Good nightlife for a town, easy trains to Bristol and brum. Overall a beautiful town read more

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member642840
20th October 2019

Living close to town...

Living close to town is great as there is SO much to do. It's big too! read more

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16th October 2019

There’s a lot to do in...

There’s a lot to do in Cheltenham and it’s quite a nice town. There’s lots of shops, restaurants and things to do. There’s a handful of clubs and lots of pubs/bars and the train station is really easy to get to read more

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14th October 2019

Expensive rent but range...

Expensive rent but range of eating places, cheap and expensive. Nights out are fairly cheap especially when you read the deals beforehand. Student buses cover the whole of Cheltenham and are only £1.60 read more

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8th October 2019

Living in Cheltenham...

Living in Cheltenham is very good, the shops are very close by to campus and the whole town is dedicated to helping students get the best for their money with multiple offers and discounts to help students budget. The stagecoach buses are extremely helpful with their bus pass discount and university bus route makes it much easier for people to get around! read more

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7th October 2019

Student hub. Amazing...

Student hub. Amazing places to eat, both chains and small independents. Night life is amazing read more

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member1342582
6th October 2019

The cost of living is...

The cost of living is reasonable for those with a full loan and grant/ a part time job. However, despite the cheapness of day trips and the like, the night life is lacking. There are no alternative bars and no spaces for LGBTQ people. Overall, Gloucestershire doesnt feel friendly to LGBTQ people. But that's by-the-by. Public transport is infrequent, but reliable. read more

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30th September 2019

Transport is a bit slow...

Transport is a bit slow and you can only get around by bus or car, but since the town itself is not so big it is quite easy to walk everywhere. read more

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member1242343
22nd September 2019

smaller than you think,...

smaller than you think, only a couple of clubs and nice places to eat. its nice and clean, but the smell of sewage in hot weather is unavoidable :( read more

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21st September 2019

Cheltenham is a great...

Cheltenham is a great town with lots to do and plenty of places to eat and drink read more

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20th September 2019

I can't complain about...

I can't complain about anything at all read more

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15th September 2019

For me Cheltenham is...

For me Cheltenham is perfect, I don't like to live in a city but there is definitely enough in the town to keep you busy and excited! read more

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15th September 2019

Everything's great, but...

Everything's great, but I can't say anything about the nights out since I'm far from a social butterfly read more

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14th September 2019

Cheltenham is like home...

Cheltenham is like home now, it’s a beautiful town with a great social life read more

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member1242097
11th September 2019

Cheltenham is a brilliant...

Cheltenham is a brilliant town to live in read more

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Cheltenham is a brilliant...

Cheltenham is a brilliant town to live in read more

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11th September 2019

Cheltenham is a reasonably...

Cheltenham is a reasonably priced place to live with lots of facilities for shopping eating and drinking. The night life does not offer a wide range of clubs but there’s always something to offer every night of the week in Cheltenham. The nightlife is what you make of it. read more

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9th September 2019

Cheltenham as a town...

Cheltenham as a town is great. It’s massive and there are so many things to do and places to eat, club and socialise read more

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