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Student Accommodation

  • In general the university does not guarantee accommodation but provision within university or partner accommodation is good and a place may be available. Undergraduates based at the University Centre Reaseheath are guaranteed accommodation on site.
  • At Chester, accommodation is dispersed through the city, with the furthest being 1.1 miles 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 the University Centre Shrewsbury, partnership accommodation is at Mardol House, which is run by Shropshire Council. Just a 10-minute walk from Guildhall, this includes en-suite rooms and a 24-hour concierge service for all maintenance needs, as well as an onsite residential tutor providing welfare support. 
  • For other accommodation in Chester or Warrington, a register of private sector accommodation is maintained by the Residential Living Office; this manages the Student Stamp accreditation for landlords which ensures the quality of the accommodation.

Accommodation Costs

Chester Parkgate Road/Kingsway/Riverside/Queen's Park Campus'

Number of university/college beds 1,487
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,800–£5,300
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,100–£3,800

Thornton Campus

Number of university/college beds 1,487
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,800–£5,300
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,100–£3,800

Warrington Campus

Number of university/college beds 359
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,800–£4,400
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,700–£3,500

University Centre Shrewsbury

Number of university/college beds 85
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,900–£5,200
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,800–£5,200

Clatterbridge Hospital (Wirral)

Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,100–£3,800

Leighton Hospital (near Crewe)

Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,800–£4,900

Living Here

  • 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 vibrant modern town with a rich historical past and plenty of entertainment both day and night.
  • Shrewsbury is a beautiful medieval town, famous for its criss-crossing cobbled passages, timber-framed black-and-white buildings and curiously-named streets – all set within the loop of the River Severn.
  • Reaseheath is one of the leading land-based colleges in UK and is a self-contained site.

Getting Around

  • Chester is easily accessible by car and is just 45 minutes from Liverpool; Warrington is easily accessible by car and is just 30 minutes from Manchester. The 3 Chester-based sites are within walking distance of the city centre and it is a mere 7 minute walk from the Parkgate Road Campus. 
  • Reliable bus services run within Chester and Warrington centres and National Express coach services connect Chester to all major cities in the country.
  • Chester General Station provides fast train links to the rest of the UK. Liverpool can be reached in approximately 45 minutes, Manchester in an hour and London in 2 hours.
  • Transport links to Shrewsbury are easy by train, plane or bus. It is 1 hour from Birmingham and the Welsh coast, an 1 hour 30 minutes from Manchester and 2 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.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Chester has a vibrant music scene with DJs and live music at venues including Telford’s Warehouse, The Live Rooms and Alexander’s Live which also hosts a regular comedy night. The city also hosts many festivals including Chester Music Festival and Chester International Film Festival. A thriving arts scene includes performances at many theatres including the brand new theatre, Storyhouse, just 10 minutes from the Parkgate Road Campus, which also houses a library and cinema.
  • Chester Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the North West, and the town itself is a shopper’s paradise, with unique medieval shopping Rows, and the Grosvenor shopping centre with designer names, high-street favourites and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Outside the city, Chester Zoo has over 12,000 animals to discover. Chester FC and Chester Races are easily reached and several premiership football and rugby clubs are accessible in the region. 
  • In Warrington, the Pyramid & ParrHall hosts comedy nights, live music and theatre as well as alternative film screenings. Festivals include an annual music festival and the dance music event, Creamfields. The town is home to a range of shopping centres including Golden Square with high street favourites, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Sporting venues include the Halliwell Jones Stadium, home to Warrington Wolves.
  • Shrewsbury has many historic and architectural gems, including Shrewsbury Castle, the historic railway station and around 660 listed buildings in the town centre alone. The town enjoys an enviable cultural scene with live performances in dance, drama, world music, folk and comedy and a thriving indie scene and nightlife. Shrewsbury is surrounded by hills, follies and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and sporting venues include the Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre, Shrewsbury Town Football Club – and the River Severn, which provides opportunities for water sports.