Very affordable. A great option for foreign students. Many people online claim it’s a bad place to live in. WRONG. It is a pretty place. If it was cleaner it would be even better.
By member533998 On 3rd October 2018
Study in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough is situated in North East England, and in the heart of the town is Teesside University’s main campus.
Teesside University has almost 19,000 students and five departments, which include Art and Design, Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, Health, Social Sciences, Humanities & Law and a Business School. They have invested over £270 million in their town campus which is in the heart of Middlesbrough.
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Middlesbrough Student Life
Middlesbrough is a town with an impressive industrial heritage. Recently it has seen a lot of redevelopment and is home to the famous Riverside Stadium where the Boro play. Students of Teesside University can expect to be well catered for.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs range from £64 - £148 per week; the average is £107 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Newcastle: £149/week, Hull: £121/week, Bradford: £96/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: £8.95
A pint of beer: £3.30
A regular takeout coffee: £2.20
1L of milk: £0.85
A loaf of white bread: £0.75
Prices are about the same as equivalent costs in Newcastle, about 6% higher than Bradford but 4% lower than Birmingham.
You’ll find that pretty much everything is within walking distance but there are also Stagecoach buses that run, and the no. 36 runs around central Teesside. You won’t need a car unless you want to explore the surrounding area. To get out of town, Middlesbrough is well connected by road and rail. Middlesbrough is 30 minutes from Darlington Station, which operates direct services to London and Edinburgh. The TransPennine Express runs between Middlesbrough and Newcastle, York, Leeds, Manchester, Manchester Airport and Liverpool.
Right next to campus, there are supermarkets and three shopping centres, making shopping for necessities incredibly convenient. Aside from the high street chains, Middlesbrough offers fantastic homegrown and independent retailers. Baker Street has been named as the cool independent quarter, whilst Linthorpe Central Road is where to head if you fancy some window shopping at designer boutiques.
MIMA (Middlesborough Insititute of Modern Art) is part of Teesside University, and aims to bring the community together by connecting people and art. The gallery has changing exhibitions and collection displays addressing current issues in politics, economy and culture.
ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, is a superb venue that puts on comedy, drama, dance, visual arts, music, poetry and exhibitions. They also host workshops and creative activities so it's well worth keeping an eye on their upcoming events programme. Student discounts are widely available too!
The Dorman Museum is a local and social museum located in Linthorpe Road right in the heart of Middlesbrough. It has 8 exhibition areas and 3 gallery spaces and has free admission! One of Middlesbrough’s most famous residents is explorer Captain Cook. You can find out about his life and adventures at The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.
Theatre and Cinema
Middlesbrough Theatre puts on a varied and exciting programme of productions all year round, from drama and amateur performances to comedy and pantomimes. If catching a film is more up your street, then you are in luck as there are 3 cinemas within walking distance of the campus!
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Getting around in Middlesbrough...
Getting around in Middlesbrough is great, brilliant prices, amazing nights out, but not for the weak of heart. It can be a rough town, but once you're in with a good group, you're bound to have a good time around the place read more
This town is dumpster...
This town is dumpster fire. It full of crime and misery all under a nice blanket of smoke thanks to the industrial nightmare in the outskirts. It's probably the ugliest place I've ever been other than the University the town looks like it's stuck in timeloop to the 1980s and not the cool way the depressing awful way. There isn't much for students to do but go to the mall and the lame pubs but hey if you're into tabletop games there's like 3 shops dedicated to it, if you're not too bad. read more
It's cheap because it's...
It's cheap because it's a dump. Renting houses is cheap but make sure you have contents insurance and something to fight off rats. Middlesbrough is awful, full of scumbags and druggies, can't go out alone. Albert park is well known for the number of rapes that occur there. Nowhere to go and nothing to do unless you have a car or want to spend loads on transport. Buses are expensive, trains never run on time/show up at all. Loads of pubs and clubs so at least you can drink until you no longer regret choosing this uni. read more
Very affordable. A great...
Very affordable. A great option for foreign students. Many people online claim it’s a bad place to live in. WRONG. It is a pretty place. If it was cleaner it would be even better. read more
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The most depressing place i've ever had to live, cant wait to finish uni to get away from the miserable street covered in rubbish and dog poo with drug addicts constantly asking you for money and the grim ugly post industrial landscape, its like chernobyl with kebab shops everywhere. read more
Housing is a little pricy...
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everything is close together...
everything is close together and taxis cost next to nothing. Good is amazing and their is something to do every night in terms of partying and social life. read more
it can get a little rough and if you're not street wise then become it! Ha
For a student there are...
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Everyone slags Middlesbrough off like there is no tomorrow. "Full of druggies.." It's really not, but it will never really shake the label that it has been given. Just like everywhere there are people that will take drugs and those that won't. I'm not saying it's perfect. It does look a little run down in places. Ok I'm being kind there. Dilapidated and derelict may be more accurate terms - bug like anywhere it's not all like that....