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Francis Close Hall Campus

We’ve been training teachers at Francis Close Hall since 1847. Its historic and inspiring surroundings are also home to our humanities, science, arts and social work students. Our students use cutting-edge technologies while working with and being supported by published experts.

With us from the very beginning, Francis Close Hall has seen our legacy grow from strength to strength throughout our nearly 170 years in education.

Just a short walk away from Cheltenham town centre, you’ll have everything you need right on your door step, with easy access to Cheltenham’s lively bars, clubs, specialist shops and cafes.


Address: Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL50 4AZ

Food and drink

The campus’ refectory offers hot meals, snacks, fresh sandwiches, a salad bar and freshly baked cakes and pastries. There are vegan and vegetarian options available as well as vending machines and free water stations, so you can top up your bottle. The Student Union bar provides evening entertainment and drinks or, 5 mins’ walk from campus you’ll find the buzzing Brewery Quarter. This has a Nando’s, Five Guys, cocktail bars, a cinema, bowling alley and Tesco Express. 

The 94U bus connects all our campuses with Cheltenham town centre and Gloucester city centre. 

Green spaces

Students can be found hanging out on the campuses’ central green space or nearby is the beautiful Pittville Park which has a boating lake, tennis courts, aviary and ornamental garden. The campus’ best kept secret are the edible gardens and pond which attract birds, frogs and wildlife. This oasis for staff, students and the local community has a woodfired oven and LED lights for pizza parties all year-round.

Surrounding Cheltenham are the stunning Cotswold Hills. The Cotswolds are the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK.

Campus charm

Referred to as the ‘Hogwarts campus’, the ivy-clad, gothic grounds sit alongside modern structures and facilities. The buildings are Grade II listed and made of Cotswold stone which gives the campus a bright glow all year round. Close to the town centre and nearby parks, you’ll get the best of both country and city living – this is a rare and inspiring space to study and learn.


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