Pittville Student Village
Pittville Student Village is a hub of student activity with around 800 rooms near the town centre.
Hardwick is a thriving hub of creativity with a café and a range of creative facilities and spaces including galleries, photography and fine art studios.
Hardwick is home to the Centre for Art and Photography which sees students explore their creativity in dedicated studio spaces including a dark room, a processing room, a Mac suite, dedicated fine art studios and a sculpture yard, all packed with industry-standard equipment.
The on-campus Hardwick Gallery also offers a diverse programme of public exhibitions, talks and discussions supported by practising artists, photographers and creative directors.
Hardwick Campus, St Paul’s Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4BS
Our car parks are pay and display, and you can pay by credit/debit card or using the JustPark app.
If you’re visiting us for an open day or a similar event, parking is usually free*. You can also park at Hardwick campus and take the short walk to Francis Close Hall campus.
Please search for the University of Gloucestershire, Hardwick using any smart phone navigation app.
*You will be provided with specific parking information before the event.
The closest rail station is Cheltenham Spa – around 20 minutes’ walk from the campus (directions from the station to Francis Close Hall).
Students and staff can travel around Cheltenham and Gloucester using Stagecoach bus services.
Benefit from reduced ticket prices by purchasing a UniRider ticket, either online or when you travel. UniRider tickets are available to anyone with a University of Gloucestershire ID card.
Park and Ride
Cheltenham has two Park and Ride facilities.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Francis Close Hall Campus is a thriving hub of creativity for our fine art and photography students at Hardwick Campus.
It offers year-round exhibitions in the gallery, including our own third-year degree Show, where students showcase their work to visiting artists and the public.
With large ceilings and open spaces, our art studios offer a blank canvas for fine art students to get creative and push the boundaries. You’ll have your own dedicated space to experiment, with access to a range of facilities including 3D printers, printmaking, sculpting workshops and digital suites.
There’s also light and dark photography studios which offer students the opportunity to play with natural and controlled lighting options. A dark room, processing space, digital suites and equipment booth accompany the studios so students can develop skills in a range of photography styles.
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.