Great. Would recommend. Thinking of living here when I finish uni

By Jemima Morey On 1st July 20

Study in Chester

Chester is located in the North West of England, right on the border of England and Wales. The University of Chester occupies five campus sites in and around the city.

 

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University of Chester

Starting life as a college in 1839, the University of Chester is the fifth oldest university in England. Their reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Over 13,000 students are enrolled.

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Chester Student Life

Chester is a small city packed with charm, thanks to its long history which has been preserved. It’s perfect for students who want something a bit more low-key as it's more of a big town than a big city.

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10th March 20

Generally pricey…

Generally pricey unless it’s a student night
 

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10th March 20

Not meany cheap options…

Not meany cheap options food wise.

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4th December 19

Nice but expensive…

Chester is a nice but expensive place.

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great public transport and everything is in walking distance!

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Shopping

Chester has all the shopping that you will need with all the high street favourites. You can find independent gems, vintage shops and galleries when you stroll around the hidden cobbled streets of the city. Even if you hate shopping, you still need to visit The Rows which is a unique 13th Century building that has shops, cafes and restaurants. If you are after some great discounts, take a 15-minute drive outside the city to Cheshire Oaks which is the UK’s largest outlet shopping destination.

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s largest zoos. There are over 35,000 animals over 128 acres of zoological gardens and it's just a 10-minute drive from Chester. Look out for ‘Chester Zoo Lates’ where you can enjoy cocktails whilst seeing the animals at night.

 

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River Dee

The River Dee flows through the city and has a pretty promenade with cafes, restaurants and pubs. It is home to the oldest rowing regatta and you’ll often see sailers, rowers and canoeists on the water. A must-do activity is getting on the water yourself by hiring a pedalo!

 

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Peak District

From Chester, you can be at the Peak District National Park in just over an hour’s drive. So don your hiking boots, grab a backpack and breathe in that fresh mountain air! 

 

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Liverpool

If you are after some time in a bigger city, you can get to Liverpool in 45 minutes by train. Liverpool is a buzzing city with plenty to do. Whether you are looking for culture, restaurants, shopping or a night out, it's well worth a visit. 

 

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North Wales

Just across the Welsh border, there is lots to explore for a day trip or even longer. There is a stunning coastline, beautiful mountains and historical sites. Easily accessible by train, head to popular spots such as Llandudno, Snowdonia and Anglesey.

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Granary Studios 4.83 /5

Fully furnished room with quiet environment. Best for single type of occupancy. All bills included within rent. Free access to fast Internet (speed up...

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Abbeygate 4.35 /5

This is my fourth year at Abbeygate; it is my home. The destination is a perfect distance from town, the train station and the university. The staff a...

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Tudor Place 4.25 /5

I have loved living at Tudor Place during my first year at univeristy. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, I have made friends for life and built a...

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Tramways 4.17 /5

Great place to stay whilst studying at Chester uni. Loved being able to have the experience of sharing a student flat, without having to rent a studen...

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Sumner House 3.96 /5

Lovely accommodation, friendly staff...

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The Towpath 3.77 /5

I have lived here for 4 years and that’s because it is by far the best student accommodation in Chester! While it may be expensive it is certainly wor...

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Grosvenor House 3.73 /5

Grosvenor is great if you're looking to spend a bit more but have a fab room. Each room is En-suite with a queen size bed and kitchenette. The only pr...

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Astbury House 3.51 /5

Cleaners are lovely. Very social environment and you'll find that the common room will be a great place to go when you're bored as more often than not...

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Hollybank Court 3.39 /5

Made loads of new friends as its all open halls, have your own bathroom which is always handy, perfect location being opposite the uni entrance meanin...

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4th September 2021

Chester is a great city,...

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10th August 2021

Rent high compared to...

Rent high compared to more inspiring neighbouring cities. Get a very rough apartment for much more than a really nice one elsewhere. read more

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4th August 2021

Chester is a nice town...

Chester is a nice town for students, as it offers plenty of opportunities to shop, go out at night and socialize with friends. read more

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17th July 2021

Tesco is the closest...

Tesco is the closest for me to do a food shop which isn’t the cheapest. Aldi is within walking distance but have to get a taxi back if I have a lot of shopping. read more

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22nd June 2021

Great city but small....

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27th May 2021

Great city, lots to do,...

Great city, lots to do, friendly people read more

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27th May 2021

Lovely, small town with...

Lovely, small town with lots to do. Nights out are expensive tho as not many student places read more

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27th May 2021

Chester is a beautiful...

Chester is a beautiful city, so nice to have a walk around and has lots of things available for students to do! read more

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27th May 2021

Great place to live lots...

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26th May 2021

I love the city and there...

I love the city and there are a lot of nice attractions. read more

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26th May 2021

the city is stunning,...

the city is stunning, the architecture is beautiful and the people are lovely from what i’ve experienced so far. There is still so much of chester I can’t wait to explore once things fully open read more

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26th May 2021

Perfect location for...

Perfect location for university and town read more

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4th May 2021

Great location lots of...

Great location lots of shops and restaurants with great travel links to other areas read more

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30th April 2021

A little expensive depending...

A little expensive depending on where you go read more

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29th April 2021

Chester is good for a...

Chester is good for a day out but living here for the last 3 years has been extremely boring as there is very little to do considering the city is an over sized town and can be walked across in just over 10 minutes. A lot of restaurants, shops and bars are very expensive and I don’t feel the city and it’s people are very keen on students. There is only one club worth going to and that is a stretch so the nightlife is underwhelming. read more

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28th April 2021

Chester is quite mundane...

Chester is quite mundane in comparison to other Cities hosting Universities. The city itself is fairly small. There aren't many student events and there isn't a lot of choice for nights out. Its fun exploring the roman walls, amphitheatre and Roman Gardens but it soon gets old. Perfect for students who aren't as bothered about the social aspects of Uni, however for social butterflies it's probably not the best. There are a lot of restaurants to try however. If you have the money that is. read more

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27th April 2021

A quaint city but has...

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27th April 2021

Great city for students...

Great city for students and also for a scenic 3 years. read more

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27th April 2021

There is lots to do round...

There is lots to do round chester however it can be expensive read more

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27th April 2021

Great amenities and nightlife...

Great amenities and nightlife (precovid) read more

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19th April 2021

Chester is absolutely...

Chester is absolutely beautiful. Although it’s a city, it’s not intimating. It’s a perfect move up from a small welsh town! read more

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16th April 2021

Haven’t used public transport...

Haven’t used public transport but see it often! Eating out has been good and social life is also good read more

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16th April 2021

Chester is a beautiful...

Chester is a beautiful city with a lot of things to do. Plenty of activities and nightlife in Chester for students to enjoy their time at Uni. read more

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16th April 2021

Easy to get in and out...

Easy to get in and out of. Nights out are good but can be pricey. Food shopping is good and the town is really very nice to walk around read more

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14th April 2021

Fab city, chilled atmosphere,...

Fab city, chilled atmosphere, lots of pubs and bars to enjoy read more

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14th April 2021

Historical city with...

Historical city with its wonders. Everything is available and in cheap price. Cost of living is not expensive at all. Multiple side jobs are available if someone wants to work. Multiple shops and malls are open for a weekend shopping. read more

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13th April 2021

Chester city centre is...

Chester city centre is excellent, a good variety of things to do and places to go. And all within walking distance. read more

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13th April 2021

expensive but worth it...

expensive but worth it such a great city to live in read more

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13th April 2021

A beautiful city with...

A beautiful city with many places to go with friends read more

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13th April 2021

I think Chester is a...

I think Chester is a beautiful city and there is a lot of stuff to do especially for students. Only one train away if you want to hop to Liverpool for shopping or a day away in wales. read more

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13th April 2021

Large selection of stores,...

Large selection of stores, cafes and pubs read more

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13th April 2021

Although it can be pricey,...

Although it can be pricey, Chester is an excellent living atmosphere. With amazing shops, restaurants and plenty of clubs and bars to visit in the evenings, there is always something to keep you busy read more

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30th March 2021

The city of Chester is...

The city of Chester is absolutely lovely to wander around and it is not even needed to use the public transportation to go to the nice shops or even the campus. read more

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9th March 2021

It's a small town so...

It's a small town so the train and bus stations are always near, and what Chester lacks in nights out and shopping, you can always travel to Liverpool or Cheshire Oaks to get that experience. Chester is a beautiful city with great views and atmosphere and if you're from a small town like myself, you'll feel much more comfortable here than in a bustling big city read more

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31st October 2020

all good thats why...

all good thats why I chose here read more

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19th September 2020

Great city, lovely place...

Great city, lovely place to live in, shame the University is a s******* read more

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17th September 2020

Chester is the perfect...

Chester is the perfect city, with or without a vehicle. Its small enough to walk everywhere in town but also big enough it does not feel small and everyone is ontop of eachother! read more

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30th July 2020

public transport is highly...

public transport is highly rated as it can get me out of Chester quicker than the speed of light. eating out: there are a few good places to eat out but some of them (opera grill) are way too overpriced for microwaved food. Shopping: only in first year did I use the town centre for shopping but now that the town centre is practically dead, Cheshire oaks and the Trafford centre in Manchester are the nearest decent shopping areas. read more

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28th July 2020

Cheser is a lovely city,...

Cheser is a lovely city, especially when it comes to shopping. the cost of living here isn't that high as it's an affordable city. read more

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1st July 2020

Great. Would recommend....

Great. Would recommend. Thinking of living here when I finish uni read more

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10th March 2020

Not meany cheap options...

Not meany cheap options food wise. read more

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10th March 2020

Chester is a lovely town...

Chester is a lovely town with plenty of activities to do read more

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10th March 2020

Generally pricey unless...

Generally pricey unless it’s a student night read more

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6th March 2020

Chester is a beautiful...

Chester is a beautiful city, not too big, not too small! Love it! read more

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6th March 2020

Love chester, it may...

Love chester, it may be small but it packs a punch read more

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4th March 2020

Chester is a beautiful...

Chester is a beautiful city. Not too small, not too big. Everything is within walking distance, perfect for those who aren’t able to travel via car. read more

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4th March 2020

I think Chester is a...

I think Chester is a lovely city for students who are looking for something a little more lowkey as it’s more of a big town than a city read more

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4th March 2020

Good facilities all round...

Good facilities all round and great retail park nearby. Outlet with games/cinema read more

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4th March 2020

Nice city to live in,...

Nice city to live in, bad for parking tho. read more

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4th March 2020

Chester is a lovely place,...

Chester is a lovely place, clean and lively. read more

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4th March 2020

great public transport...

great public transport and everything is in walking distance! read more

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4th March 2020

Lovely city and with...

Lovely city and with good views read more

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4th December 2019

Chester is a nice but...

Chester is a nice but expensive place. read more

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26th November 2019

Chester is beautiful...

Chester is beautiful and always has something going on. read more

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22nd November 2019

Everyone is friendly....

Everyone is friendly. Good range of shops, eating out facilities. read more

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2nd November 2019

Small city but with Liverpool...

Small city but with Liverpool nearby this is never a problem. Safe feeling environment. Plenty of restaurants and bars with dance floors despite there only being 2 nightclubs read more

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9th September 2019

Love this city!! Staying...

Love this city!! Staying here after uni 100% read more

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17th July 2015

A beautiful city with...

A beautiful city with a good range of shops and restaurants. Not a huge variety of clubs but still is a good night out in the main nightclubs and bars. read more

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16th July 2015

A beautiful city with...

A beautiful city with a really good nightlife and a good variety of places to eat and shop, don't forget the Zoo! read more

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13th June 2015

Chester is a beautiful...

Chester is a beautiful city and I feel proud to live there! The uni is right near the city centre, the shops are great and the bars/restaurants are wonderful and there is so much to choose from. Nightlife isn't the most exciting but it's a quaint place with a really friendly feel - there's always something to do. read more

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