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Cheese chasing, 3 vibrant campuses, over 45 festivals & guaranteed accommodation in our halls.

Best of both worlds

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Gloucestershire offers the best of both country and city living. From kayaking and exploring ancient forests to cafes, bars cinemas and over 45 festivals to choose from – the county is always alive with things to do.

View from Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham

The UK’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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Over 45 festivals each year

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“The town and city have this buzz that’s so energetic, but doesn’t make me feel lost or small! It’s the perfect balance, which is what I love about Gloucestershire.”

Luc Brown, TV Production student

Adventure on your doorstep

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Chase the cheese

Featured in the new Netflix series We Are the Champions, the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held near Gloucester. Participants race down the 200-yard-long hill after a nine-pound round of Double Gloucester cheese – another of Gloucestershire’s finest exports.

Students paddleboarding

Paddle-boarding

In the historic Gloucester Docks and along the UK’s longest river, the River Severn.

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Climbing

Once a Victorian warehouse – now transformed into an indoor climbing and caving centre.

Students at the dry ski slope

Ski & snowboard

Gloucester has its very own dry ski slope, for winter sports all year round.

Students at the lido swimming pool

Outdoor swimming

Cheltenham Lido is one of the UK’s largest outdoor swimming pools – plus they offer student discounts.

Students on a boat

Boating

A 2-minute walk from Pittville Student Village is Pittville Park. Hire a rowing boat, use the tennis court, go golfing or skating and simply relax in the beautiful grounds.

Students on bikes

Cycle through ancient forests

Take your own bike or hire one and explore the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean.

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Local & global giants

Amongst the beautiful hills and acres of green spaces, our students work with incredible local businesses that have a global reputation, including: Superdry, GE Aviation, Raytheon, Spirax-Sarco Engineering, SLG Beauty and Gullivers Sports Travel – to name a few.

As well as placements, our students benefit from guest lectures and live briefs, plus our very own Growth Hub partners students with local businesses to help them thrive.

Student Harry Potter

Home to Harry Potter

The cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral were used to film scenes at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, as was the nearby Forest of Dean which featured in the seventh movie and book. The county is also home to J. K. Rowling, who grew up and went to school in Tutshill.

Actor in costume

Famous faces

Gloucestershire is and has been home to many a celebrity including, J. K. Rowling, Simon Pegg, several members of the royal family, Fifty Shades… actor Jamie Dornan, singer FKA Twigs and is home to This Country actors Daisy May Cooper and her brother, Charlie.

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Home of the Haunted

The most haunted village in the UK, castles, prisons and old manor houses all offer ghost tours and evenings of terror to those brave enough. From sightings of charging headless horsemen and the watchful gaze of the churchyard monk, to the screams of royal murder – experience the county’s history first-hand.

A home away from home

Park Campus

Park Campus, Cheltenham

These beautiful grounds were originally laid out as a zoological garden. Now, they’re a creative hub for our art, media and technology students to collaborate and inspire each other. Set in the Montpellier district of the town, the campus has a real buzz surrounded by Georgian villas, botanical gardens, bars and boutiques.

Take a virtual tour of Park Campus

Francis Close Hall

Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham

Referred to as the ‘Hogwarts campus’ the ivy-clad, Gothic grounds sit alongside high-tech labs and bespoke studios. The buildings are Grade II listed and made of the famous Cotswold stone which gives the campus a bright glow all year round. A 5-minute walk from the town centre and beautiful parks, plus some of the best local bars and pubs.

Take a virtual tour of FCH campus.

Oxstalls Business School

Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester

This is a high-energy campus of forward-thinking and competitive students. Here, we train for the frontline of healthcare, perform and produce shows, work alongside elite athletes and make global business connections.

Located 15mins’ walk from Gloucester city centre and Kingsholm Rugby Stadium, you’ll have easy access to clubs, bars, shops and live sport.

Take a virtual tour of Oxstalls Campus

E-scooters on every campus

Zwing e-scooters are available on all our campuses. They’re a fun and sustainable way to do short journeys into Cheltenham and Gloucester or between campuses and accommodation.

It’s £1 to unlock a scooter, then 15p per minute. The scooters reach a top speed of 15mph and are geofenced to slowly stop if ridden outside the prescribed areas.

Please note that the use of other e-scooters remains illegal, and only these official scooters can be ridden legally in Cheltenham and Gloucester during this trial.

Guaranteed accommodation in halls

Moving away from home is an exciting step, but it can also feel a bit scary. Don’t worry, our accommodation guarantee takes the stress out of moving in, offering you a guaranteed place in halls of residence.

We also have plenty of other accommodation options. Whether you want support and a family away from home, freedom and independence – we have a place to suit everyone.

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Want to hear more?

Who Cares is our new podcast which delves into what new university students care about. Our students and team discuss everything from how you’ll fit in and be supported, to student life in Gloucestershire and whether going to university is really worth it. You can listen on the player below.