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- In the last two years, the university has been able to offer accommodation to all first year students, either within the university's accommodations or in partnership accommodation.
- At Chester, accommodation is dispersed throughout the city, with the furthest provision being just over a mile from teaching sites. Options include full-board, semi-catered and self-catered. Warrington provides accommodation on campus with semi-catered and self-catered options, all close to teaching sites. At University Centre Shrewsbury, partnership, self-catered accommodation is at Mardol House, which is run by Shropshire Council. Just a ten-minute walk from the main teaching and research site at Guildhall, this includes en-suite rooms and a 24-hour concierge service. Accommodation is available at the Reaseheath Campus, in newly completed halls of residence, offering a range of catered and self-catered options for students.
- For other accommodation in Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury, a register of quality private sector accommodation is maintained by the Residential Living Office.
|Catered||from £125 to £164 per week|
|Self-Catered||from £86 to £149 per week|
- City Population: 120,622
- Student Population: 17,000
- Chester is a city like no other and an amazing place to live as a student. While it is undoubtedly beautiful and packed with history, it is also a bustling 21st-century city, balancing big-name shopping, eating and living with a thriving independent scene.
- The Warrington Campus is a self-contained site with excellent links to industrial parks and local attractions. Located in the heart of the North West, Warrington is a lively modern town with a rich historical past and plenty of entertainment both day and night. Warrington was judged the second best place to live in the country, according to Channel 4 (2017).
- Shrewsbury is a beautiful medieval town, famous for its criss-crossing cobbled passages, timber-framed black-and-white buildings and curiously-named streets, set within the loop of the River Severn.
- University Centre Reaseheath is one of the leading land-based colleges in UK and is a self-contained site in the Cheshire countryside, not far from the market town of Nantwich.
Culture and Nightlife
- Chester has a vibrant music scene with DJs and live performances at venues including Telford’s Warehouse, The Live Rooms and Alexander’s Live which also hosts a regular comedy night. The city has a thriving arts scene, with venues including the new Storyhouse, with theatres, a library, cinema and restaurant and has strong associations with the university. A number of arts festivals are also held. The ancient Chester Cathedral hosts the University’s graduation ceremonies. Sport includes Chester Football Club and the country’s oldest racecourse, the Roodee. Just outside the city is the famous Chester Zoo.
- In Warrington, the Pyramid & Parr Hall hosts comedy nights, live music and theatre. There is an annual music festival and the nearby, award-winning Creamfields Festival for dance music fans. Sporting venues include the Halliwell Jones Stadium, home to multiple Rugby League Championship and Challenge Cup winners Warrington Wolves (sponsored by the University.)
- Shrewsbury offers a broad range of nightlife options, and the famous annual Virgin V Festival is 45 minutes away at Weston Park, Staffordshire. Historic and architectural gems include Shrewsbury Castle and around 660 listed buildings in the town centre alone, while the surrounding area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Reaseheath is a self-contained site in the heart of rural Cheshire, with its own licensed zoo and professional equestrian facilities. Here, the bar and lounge are the focal point for socials, including DJs, live music, quiz nights, movie nights and games nights.
- All university sites are easily accessible by different forms of transport; Chester, Warrington, Shrewsbury and Reaseheath are well-served by local train stations and bus routes. Chester city centre is just seven minutes' walk from the Parkgate Road Campus. The university arranges weekday minibus services between Chester, Riverside, Warrington, Queen’s Park and Thornton Science Park. Chester Students’ Union additionally operates minibuses for events relating to sports and societies.
- Reliable bus services run within Chester, Shrewsbury and Warrington centres, and National Express coach services connect Chester to all major cities in the country.
- Chester railway station provides fast train links to the rest of the UK. Liverpool can be reached in approximately 40 minutes, Manchester and Shrewsbury in an hour and London in two hours.
- University Centre Shrewsbury is in the town centre. Transport links to Shrewsbury are easy by train, plane or bus. By train, it is one hour from Birmingham and the Welsh coast, one hour 30 minutes from Manchester and two hours 30 minutes from London.
- Reaseheath is accessed by Crewe and Nantwich railway stations and has good road links to North Wales, Chester and Shropshire, both by bus and car. The closest place is the market town of Nantwich, two miles away.