University of Chester

Founded in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country. The university offers an extensive range of single and combined honours courses to over 20,000 students across a number of specialist sites.

In the last ten years the university has invested over £140 million in its campuses and sites to ensure students are taught in high quality learning facilities.

The university sites include:
Five sites in Chester
Warrington Campus
University Centre Shrewsbury
University Centre Reaseheath

The university was awarded a Silver rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) declaring it a high quality provider of higher education.

The university was praised by the Teaching Excellence Framework for its wide range of activities supporting the development of employability skills by students, with around two thirds taking part in the university’s innovative Work-Based Learning module.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: C55

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • All of our campuses have a library which house an extensive collection of books, e-books and e-journals, and bookable multi-media rooms.
  • Students are also supported by subject-specific librarians and additional support is available through our Disability Support Officers.
  • Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury campuses all have a 24/7 access area.

Student jobs

  • There are many opportunities to find part-time work in Chester, both in the city and on campus.
  • Our on campus job service, UniJob, is run by Careers & Employability which aims to advertise paid positions within the University.

Careers advice

  • The university’s dedicated careers team provides support from the moment students arrive and for three years after they graduate.
  • Chester can help students looking for a job or internship via the Careerhub portal
  • The university provide training and workshops to enhance your skills and students can work towards the Chester Difference Award which recognises skills developed through extra-curricular activities.

Health services

  • The Wellbeing and Mental Health team within Student Futures Support provides practical information, advice and guidance to all students at the University of Chester across all campuses.
  • The university can help with making the transition into university life, dedicated support for commuting students, international students, mature students, care leavers and young adult carers.
  • There is help available if you are suffering from homesickness, conflict with others, exam stress, financial problems and anything else that is causing you stress and anxiety.  
  • All students are encouraged to register with a local GP and there are plenty of practices nearby.

Counselling services

  • Student Counselling provides an opportunity to discuss any difficulties you may be experiencing in your life with a qualified person.
  • The University of Chester offer time and space for you, an opportunity to talk about any of your concerns, and an opportunity to build on and learn new skills to support yourself.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Inclusion team is available Monday to Friday, providing information, advice and guidance to disabled applicants and students. 
  • Disability and Inclusion provides confidential information, advice and guidance to disabled applicants and students. This includes students with specific learning differences, long standing health conditions, mental health conditions, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and sensory impairments. 

Other services and facilities

  • Students have access to an extensive range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities including a swimming pool, a floodlit 3G pitch, squash, tennis and netball courts, running track, sports hall and fitness suites.
  • Creative facilities include 4 large fully equipped rehearsal and performance studios, a large outdoor performance space, music rehearsal and recording facilities, plus sound and lighting equipment. Art facilities include art, printmaking, textiles, and photography facilities; a metal casting foundry; sound and video editing suites and digital workshops.
  • Media facilities include music and TV studios; radio production suites; a digital dark room; a large screen for film screenings and exhibitions and a new multimedia suite with sound booth recording space and a TV corner. The award-winning radio station The Cat Radio is based at Warrington where students and staff can broadcast locally over the internet.
  • Other specialist facilities include clinical skills laboratories; science laboratories; students can work with computerised mannequins in a simulated hospital ward or practice teaching in classroom settings.
  • Policing students have access to a mock crime scene house as part of their course. High-quality professional engineering software includes an extensive range of computer programming languages and authoring tools.
  • At Reaseheath, students have access to an industry leading food centre, a unique horticultural centre for plant production and research, an equestrian centre and an animal centre and zoo.
  • Student’s welfare benefits from the award-winning student support department and chaplaincy, plus personal academic tutor and student union academic representative schemes.

Students' Union

  • Chester Students’ Union’s overall aim is to enhance the student experience, so students can make the most of their time at Chester.
  • As a member of the CSU you can get access to a range of activities, including over 100 different Sports and Societies. All of the first sports team compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, giving students plenty of opportunities to engage in competitive sports.  


  • Founded in 1839 as the UK's first purpose-built teacher training college, it achieved full university status in 2005.
  • In 2014, acquisition of the former Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre led to the development of a new faculty of engineering; the same year, the University Centre Shrewsbury opened, followed in 2015 by the new Queen's Park Campus in Chester, home to the Faculty of Business and Management.
  • In development is the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, through a strategic alliance with University Centre Reaseheath; and the Institute of Medicine – aiming towards the formation of Chester Medical School.

Fascinating Fact

Students can study for a full academic year abroad with one of our exchange partners, a network of over 300 additional higher education institutions worldwide.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Alan Bleasdale – writer, best known for social realist drama serials based on the lives of ordinary people.
  • Rob Wotton – regular football presenter for Sky Sports and on Sky Sports News.
  • Matt Greenhalgh – screenwriter behind the BBC TV series Burn It and Channel 4 film Legless.
  • Dave 'Comedy Dave' Vitty – radio presenter known for his work alongside Chris Moyles.
  • Tracey Neville – former England netball player, playing in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.
  • Gillian Burns MBE – former England rugby union player from 1988–2002.
  • Roderick Hunt MBE – children's author whose series, The Magic Key (about Biff, Chip and Kipper), was part of the Oxford Reading Tree introduced in 1985, used to teach children in Primary schools to read.
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom CBE – the first manager of the England football team and FA Director of Coaching.
  • Professor Alan Emery FRSE – Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and Chief Scientific Advisor for the European Neuromuscular Centre.
  • The Singh Twins (Amrit and Rabindra Singh) – internationally-acclaimed postmodern artists.


University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester , CH1 4BJ