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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.

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By member1046407
On 4th March 20

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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.

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By member1046407
On 4th March 20

Living in Chester

Chester is a little town that’s almost on top of the English/Welsh border. As well as being an up-to-date place to live with some great city connections, students at the University of Chester will find there’s a lot of character to the place that comes out of it’s long history.

Rather than just being another ‘clone town’ Chester has worked to preserve and use many of its older buildings, giving the place a very distinctive look.  The best and fastest way to get an idea of this is to walk round the old Roman and medieval wall. The whole thing is only a two mile circuit but at some points you’ll be able to see right across the town to some of it’s bigger landmarks, like the cathedral, and get an idea for where everything is. The campus is close to the town centre too, so you might even be able to see your house from there!

While you’re in town, you should probably go shopping. There’s Cheshire market for local produce and some good bargains on your groceries, all the standard high street shops and supermarkets, and the bigger Forum and Grosvenor shopping centres for the popular brands. A lot of things here are called Grosvenor (after a wealthy family who used to live here) - there’s a museum called Grosvenor, which covers the city’s history including two Roman-themed exhibits and a gallery that particularly features local art, and a park called Grosvenor which is the biggest one in the town and a good place to chill out with a book, ball or ice cream after lectures.

Even if you hate shopping, you still need to visit The Rows. This is a unique street of double-floored building with covered walkways between them. They are used as shops but still have their old black and white timber exteriors. The rest of the time there’s a lot of pubs to visit, and a couple of clubs too with RB’s, Cruise and Destiny being the student favourites. There are some pretty good local events through the year, but the most notable ones happen in the summer, including music events and a literature festival. If you’re in luck you might catch the Chester Mystery Plays (worth checking out if you’ve not seen one before) because they only take place once every five years.

There’s a lot of sport to get behind, as Chester has (in no particular order) football, golf, rugby, American football, handball, gold, rowing and canoeing on the River Dee, horse racing at Chester Racecourse, and professional basketball and wheelchair basketball teams. Most of these are pretty successful.

No lectures today. What should I do?

  • Chester Swimming Baths: There’s a chance you’ll walk right past it because the old fashioned exterior looks nothing like the kind of building you’d normally expect to find a swimming pool in, but we promise it’s in there.
  • Zoo! Chester Zoo has over 400 different species, so we’re pretty sure there’s something in there you’ll enjoy. If you prefer things that swim the Blue Planet Aquarium in nearby Ellesmere Port has Europe’s largest collection of sharks.
  • Peak District: You’re right on the edge of the Western Peaks, and not that far from Snowdonia either. So don your hiking boots, grab a backpack, and get out there!

Good to know

  • Car?: Nah. The campus is a 10min walk from town, and only 20mins from the train station. You won’t have any trouble getting around.
  • Train: Warrington is close enough for a day - or night!- out, and there’s also a regular bus service that goes here. You can also get to Liverpool in 40mins by train and Manchester in 1hr.
  • Bicycle: Definitely. Chester is big on cycling, with dedicated route and cycle bridges to help make it more than just a way of getting from A to B.


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Student Review: 4 /5
By member551856 On 31st October 20

all good thats why I chose here

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member551229 On 19th September 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1251180 On 17th September 20

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!

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1350145 On 30th July 20

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By ziyad993 On 28th July 20

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Jemima Morey On 1st July 20

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

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member646660 On 10th March 20

Not meany cheap options food wise.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member946654 On 10th March 20

Chester is a lovely town with plenty of activities to do

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member646650 On 10th March 20

Generally pricey unless it’s a student night

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1346514 On 6th March 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member746510 On 6th March 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1046407 On 4th March 20

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member746397 On 4th March 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member846390 On 4th March 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1146384 On 4th March 20

Nice city to live in, bad for parking tho.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member946382 On 4th March 20

Chester is a lovely place, clean and lively.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member646380 On 4th March 20

great public transport and everything is in walking distance!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member546381 On 4th March 20

Lovely city and with good views

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member544204 On 4th December 19

Chester is a nice but expensive place.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Jess McGlinchey On 26th November 19

Chester is beautiful and always has something going on.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Lea1234 On 22nd November 19

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member943099 On 2nd November 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Loz_Foster On 9th September 19

Love this city!! Staying here after uni 100%

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1011330 On 17th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member711324 On 16th July 15

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member129161 On 13th June 15

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.

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