Good variety of restaurants nearby at the galleria that are affordable on a student budget. Majority of nights out are spent at the forum but there are opportunities to get a bus to Oceania from college lane campus. Galleria also have good shops. Public transport isn't brilliant, uno buses arnt very reliable and the shuttle bus is often full.
By mbentley95 On 28th April 2015
Study in Hatfield
The University of Hertfordshire is in Hatfield, just outside the Greater London area. There are 2 sites, College Lane and de Havilland, and they are just a few kilometres apart from each other and well connected by bus, pathways and cycle routes.
University of Hertfordshire
The teaching at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognised with a gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). There are over 800 courses to choose from that range from psychology and mathematics, to economics and creative writing. The university offers students fantastic state-of-the-art facilities which includes a new science building one of the most impressive law school buildings in the world.
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Hatfield Student Life
The A1, one of the UK’s busiest motorways, runs through the town but despite this, Hatfield is surprisingly quiet and unbothered by the rush of London. It could be a good location if you know you’d be easily distracted by the big city, but don’t want to be too far away from it either.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs in Hatfield range from £100 - £230 per week; the average is £161 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Luton: £132/week, Colchester: £144/week, London: £287/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
There’s a modest nightlife with most of the clubbing being based at the Student Union itself at the nightclub ‘The Forum’, which puts on a whole host of nights during the week. For a chilled night out with mates there’s an Odeon cinema in the town.
The University has its own bus company called Uno which serves not only students but the also members of the general public, although students get discounted rates. To get into central London it’s an easy 25-minute journey to London King’s Cross.
Hatfield itself contains all the facilities you’d expect; there are the usual high street shops and supermarkets, and also the expansive Galleria Shopping Centre with outlet shops. If you are looking for more options and a change of scenery then you can hop on a bus to nearby St Albans, Stevenage or Watford.
Hatfield House, and the massive grounds of Hatfield Park that belong to it, are within walking distance from the campus. As well as having big open spaces for walking, jogging, and general playing about, the House also opens its grounds for public fairs, seasonal events, show and concerts.
Welwyn Garden City
Just five minutes up the road by bus is Welwyn Garden City, where you’ll find some great facilities. The Gosling Sports Park, with the Stadium beside it is a great place to start. There’s a tennis court, a golf range, football pitches, a velodrome, athletics track and, finally, a dry slope for skiing and snowboarding. You could easily spend all day there!
Mill Green Museum & Working Mill
Why not visit the Mill Green Museum & Working Mill on your day off! You get to learn the history of the mill and River Lea as well as some fresh air in the gardens. Did we mention, they also hold beginners bread making workshop!
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Hatfield is quite expensive for what it is. The university makes the town, it is the only source of nightlife other than a Wetherspoons. The university has a couple of bars and a nightclub on campus. Hatfield does have the galleria which is a large shopping centre and it has very good train links with London so you can easily go for the day. There are some nice restaurtants in Hatfield but just not a huge selection of independant ones. read more
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Depressing, nothing to do and very overpriced. Walking alone in Hatfield makes you feel quite unsafe due to quite a lot of dodgy characters in the area and close to the university. Public transport used to be pretty decent but the bus service (UNO) has had some budget cuts recently, therefore making transport more expensive and less frequent. On the plus side, you are about 25-30 minutes away from London (so that's something I guess!) read more
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Good variety of restaurants nearby at the galleria that are affordable on a student budget. Majority of nights out are spent at the forum but there are opportunities to get a bus to Oceania from college lane campus. Galleria also have good shops. Public transport isn't brilliant, uno buses arnt very reliable and the shuttle bus is often full. read more