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.

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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

Accommodation

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: £288/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

Nights Out

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.

Public Transport

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. 

Eating Out

Shopping

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. 

Days Out

 

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Hatfield House

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.

 

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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!

 

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Ellenbrook Fields

Situated next to the de Havilland Campus is Ellenbrook Fields, a large nature reserve. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and joggers and it’s where they hold a Park Run each Saturday. 

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de Havilland 3.45 /5

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15th January 2021

Hatfield is quite expensive...

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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29th November 2020

Good transport into London...

Good transport into London so you can get out but the town itself is run down and boring. read more

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22nd August 2020

Town is a dump. No where...

Town is a dump. No where close is interesting. Just campus for this uni read more

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17th August 2020

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Train station near by, galleria is convenient read more

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5th August 2020

First year at this uni,...

First year at this uni, during the pandemic has been somewhat kind of a nightmare. Before the pandemic hit, the on campus accommodation that I lived in had many technical issues! One of those was the vacuum that was already broken before me and my housemates had moved in. When Covid hit, I had to leave my contract early, and the university withheld my security deposit within any actual reason and enforced a damage fee on my household individually which was very heartbreaking. At one point they still wanted students to pay for a full term even if you decided to leave the university and head back home! We have been very vocal on our disappointment on how they have handled their students this year, hopefully they’ll do something about this and comeback with better grace for the following year. I have emailed just recently in regards to receiving my security deposit back as the pandemic has hit myself and family hard and employment is becoming hard to find. I’m due to just transferring! read more

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6th July 2020

The town is very boring...

The town is very boring and there isn’t much to do. Thank god that London is close read more

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5th March 2020

Galleria and 20 mins...

Galleria and 20 mins train ride from London read more

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member945634
13th February 2020

Depressing, nothing to...

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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12th January 2020

Great shopping mall and...

Great shopping mall and plenty of nightlife read more

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28th April 2015
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28th April 2015

Good variety of restaurants...

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

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27th April 2015
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