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Northampton is the ideal combination of urban activity and rural tranquilly. Outside of the city, there are a great deal of green landscapes to explore outside the town. Students should try to explore these wonders within the town.
By member1172309 On 11th October 2022
Study in Northampton
Sitting in quite a rural part of the East Midlands, Northampton is a thriving town and it's here you will find the University of Northampton.
University of Northampton
University of Northampton has been ranked with a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). It may be one of the youngest universities in the UK but they pride themselves on leading the way in adding value to society and want to ensure their students graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world. In 2018 the University opened its £330 million Waterside Campus which has state-of-the-art facilities whilst being sensitive to the surroundings and a sustainable low-carbon campus.
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Northampton Student Life
Northampton may not be the biggest town but it does a good job of accommodating a modern lifestyle while still keeping its heritage in mind.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs in Northampton range from £77 - £165 per week; the average is £132 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Derby: £136/week, Nottingham: £166/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: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.84
1L of milk: £0.96
A loaf of white bread: £1.04
Live Music Venues
The music scene in the area is pretty decent, with The Roadmender being the largest local venue for live gigs. For even bigger concerts the National Bowl in nearby Milton Keynes has a history of drawing international acts.
Head into town!
With over twenty nightclubs in town, you won’t be short of places to go for a big night out. The university’s SU club ‘The Platform’ is also a popular spot, hosting all types of nights from silent disco’s to international DJ’s.
A good range of stage shows, music, and drama can be found at the Royal & Derngate theatre and for movie nights, there are two mainstream cinemas in the town, as well as the independent Forum cinema.
The university bus, The Uno, runs between the campus and main bus centre and other locations around town. If you have a car it could be useful for getting home or exploring further afield as Northampton town is just off the M1. This makes it easy to get around the country whether you’re going up to Birmingham for some shopping or down south to London for a big day out. Both locations are about an hour away.
Just a 15 minute walk away is Turtle Bay. They are best known for their Caribbean cuisine and bottomless brunch - where you get a main meal and free flowing supply of cocktails, who doesn't like that!
Oriental Garden Restaurants is a Chinese restaurant in the centre of town. It has an ‘Eat All You Like’ buffet menu which suits students perfectly! The ideal place to go after some shopping or before you hit the bars.
For those with a sweet tooth, Kaspas is for you. You can expect delicious sweet treats like ice sundaes, waffles, gelatos, crepes, milkshakes and so much more!
There are several shopping locations here, the biggest being the Grosvenor Centre and the Weston Favell Centre. There’s also a market held twice a week in the market square for picking up some veg and treats on the cheap.
Like it loud? Rugby is a big deal here. The local team, the ‘Northampton Saints’ play at Franklin Gardens. It’s really worth getting into the spirit and going to watch a match to support your local team.
Like it quiet? There are several country estates nestled away between the rolling hills of the East Midlands. One is the home of the late Princess Diana at Althorp, where she is also buried.
Like it fast? For those who want to escape the quiet life every so often, the world-famous Silverstone racetrack is down the road.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Like it cultured? Northampton was built up around the business of making shoes, and the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery have its main exhibition on shoes throughout history.
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