I love it here! I’m originally from Stoke but moved away when I was 2 years old. I returned for university. This city is full of amazing places to go!
By member548523 On 20th May 2020
Study in Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire University has one of its campuses in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, which is famously known for its history in pottery.
Staffordshire University has four campuses with its main campus located in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The university has strong industry connections and emphasis on experience to make students among some of the most employable after graduating. It is a leading university for digital technologies, they have a strong computing heritage and reputation for computer games courses.
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Stoke-on-Trent Student Life
Situated about halfway between Birmingham and Manchester, Stoke is a modern place that still has a lot of older buildings from its days in the pottery trade, which gives it character. It’s a good size for a town, big enough to hold all the facilities that a growing student needs.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs in Stoke-on-Trent range from £80 - £157 per week; the average is £116 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Wolverhampton: £127/week, Worcester: £142/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: £11
A pint of beer: £3
A regular takeout coffee: £2.79
1L of milk: £0.96
A loaf of white bread: £1.06
Prices are about 2% lower than equivalent costs in Worcester and about 3% lower than Birmingham.
There’s a decent nightlife, although many students will taxi the short distance over to Hanley which has a few more clubs aimed at students. For the culture vultures, there are several theatres to pick from, the biggest being the Regent Theatre and the Victoria Concert Hall is just down the road. There’s an Odeon at Festival Park or you can try the independent art-house Stoke-On-Trent Film Theatre for subtitled, classic and post-release movies.
The Stoke-On-Trent campus has two sites which are just a few minutes walk apart from each other. To get around Stoke it’s easy by bus which links the city centre to the wider area. To get out of the city there is a good rail network, Manchester is just a 35-minute journey, Birmingham is 45-minutes and London 90-minutes.
shops and restaurants all very close…
shops and restaurants all very close to uni and accommodation
The town has anything you need…
The town has anything you need from many corner shops to a big mall such as intu Potteries.
Hanley is mainly outdoor shopping centre…
There some many places to explore from parks to the shopping center. Hanley is mainly outdoor shopping center where you can find anything you need for a reasonable price.
Many shops to look around…
So many places to eat out and order from and many shops to look around.
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Nothing says “I’ve just received my student loan” like a party on a boat. The Trent and Mersey canal system runs through Stoke and is over 90 miles long. There are often day trips you can do, and some companies will let you rent out a boat for the day, although you might have to pull in an adult guarantor to help convince them you won’t crash it.
National Cycle Network
There are nearly 80 miles of off-road cycle paths that run through Stoke to explore. We can’t think of a better way to clear your head after a hard week of studying!
It’s ten miles away. You could hike that if you had to. You won’t though, because there’s a bus that goes from Stoke Rail Station.
Trentham Estate is a stately home and beautiful gardens, where you can find peace and quiet. There are trails and barefoot walks as well as a Monkey Forest. Yes, that’s right, a forest full of actual monkeys. They just wander around and are used to people so they’ll come pretty close.
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Stoke has been a pretty...
Stoke has been a pretty good place for the past two years. Accommodation and general costs are quite cheap. There's easy access to campus/shops etc as everything is quite close, and there's a range of different supermarkets/shop to choose from. Having the Potteries close to campus/accommodation is also nice, as there's things to do with friends. read more
Nights out are not the...
Nights out are not the greatest but they are fine, there is a big shopping mall in a 20 minute walk that has everything, and if you do not want to walk you can just take a bus directly there. read more
I've not really had the...
I've not really had the chance to do half the stuff so I can't really rate it but cost of living is alright and I've gone round the shops a few times they've got something for everyone. read more
The buses are great and...
The buses are great and run often. I haven’t been able to experience the nightlife fully but from what I’ve seen the pubs and bars are great - shame I haven’t seen the nightclubs read more
Not much to do, only...
Not much to do, only place to go apart from Hanley shopping center is the Park.. short trip to Birmingham by train tho. However since we can't travel due to covid, being in stoke made it 10x more boring read more
Hanley (city center)...
Hanley (city center) has the potteries shopping center. This is a great place for shopping as it has pretty much whatever you'll want. It is about 25 mins walking distance from the uni. Lots of grocery shopping options pretty close to the uni too. read more
In stoke on trent there...
In stoke on trent there is a lot of clubs you can go to on nights out as a student and a lot of places to out eat and go shoppinh such as the potteries shopping centre. read more
Not the best night outs,...
Not the best night outs, pretty dead imo I'm I'm normally very sociable so a little disappointed. Houses are good and there's a couple of places to eat but pretty much all large chain restaurants read more
Stoke is very confusing...
Stoke is very confusing to drive around but as soon as you’ve spent a couple of weeks here driving about it is fine. Public transport runs down the roads where the university is based and there is a big bus station near the Tesco, fire and police stations are in Hanley read more
everywhere is very easy...
everywhere is very easy to get to within walking distance and Hanley park is a very nice area for walks in the day! very updated shopping area for all students! read more
Hanley is A good Place...
Hanley is A good Place So many places to eat out - Shopping for Clothes Now Thou There Are No Clothes Shops Around Hanley Anymore you used to go up & they'd be 2/3/5 Lady's fashionable little clothes shops all around & they were Great ..and Now there's None..at All ( there's Only Primark & M&S which isn't everybody's cup of tea) ...Nights Out Alot places There just full of kids .now..But night life is ok read more
Tons of places to go...
Tons of places to go in Hanley during the weekend, The Hive at Intu Potteries is amazing for eating out and the cinema is right next to the restaurants. The Hanley park is very huge and relaxing to walk through. Except there are tons of geese and I’m scared of walking around them, but they’ve never attacked so far. read more
Stoke on trent is a interesting...
Stoke on trent is a interesting place to live.There some many places to explore from parks to the shopping center. Hanley is mainly outdoor shopping center where you can find anything you need for a reasonable price. I haven't been out in the night to experience "nights out" but there is a choice of two cinemas, a bowling alley and close by is alton towers. The public transport isn't very good as the buses are ether very full and busy or the bus drivers are a bit rude. (personal experience). Not to mention the high price for usage. I walk everywhere, better scenery, especially in the mornings. read more
I have nothing to complain...
I have nothing to complain about apart from how bad the nights out are here it’s really worth drinking at home in student accommodation because student union is bad and so is hanley. Public transport I only use trains and they are usually late (stoke-manchester). Cost of living seems decent especially in student accommodation. read more
The town is not very...
The town is not very big which is very good because less traffic, less crimes, and very quite. The town has anything you need from many corner shops to a big mall such as intu Potteries. You can find anything here and there’s lots of activities to do. read more
Set aside a fair amount...
Set aside a fair amount of money for my weekly food shop and I’ve never spent more than half of it. So many places to eat out and order from and many shops to look around. read more
Great place, generally...
Great place, generally nice chatty people, an entertaining and unique accent.. Still a bit of a s**thole. Some locals are quite chavy and a bit gobby which really brings the atmosphere down, especially with their lowered cars and stupid revving engines at 3am. read more