Chester: A Brilliant Student Experience

20 May, 2020 • Michael Reilly • Student Life

The historical city of Chester began as a Roman fortress, famous for its stunning ancient sandstone city walls, amphitheatre and wonderful old buildings.

Chester offers an outstanding learning experience, not just about courses and degrees, but an all-encompassing experience of this vibrant city, where students are made welcome and their educational and social needs considered to be paramount.



The University of Chester is a modern, 21st Century University, offering over 300 courses which may be single or combined. Programmes and modules are constantly updated. The university prides itself on the endless opportunities offered, which include work-based learning and international partnerships.

Students can expect exceptional support; academic and personal, from staff / student partnerships and a very active Student Union.

On the Student Union website, students can ‘chat’ with current and former students through the ‘Ask a Student’ facility, giving first-hand feedback, information and advice.

The University of Chester supports equality and diversity, dignity and respect.

There are excellent rail and air links to Chester. Manchester and Liverpool airports are within 40 mins drive.

Some comments found on The Student Room….

‘Thoroughly enjoying my university and the social life it brings and everything within the university; very helpful and accessible’

‘So glad I chose to study at this university. It really has been great and has surprised me in many ways, making student life better than expected.’

Social Life

University life in Chester provides the opportunity to have fun and the chance to  form lifelong friendships, with a packed Freshers week, further events  throughout the year, campus bars, themed parties, Cirque du Soiree end of year ball and much, much more.

Student accommodations also organise events.

Clubs and Societies

The university recognises the importance of sport, fitness, health and social interaction. Rugby, Football, Lacrosse, Hockey, Rowing, Cricket, Netball, Athletics, Gymnastics teams are some of the 52 currently active. Of the 72 Societies, Archaeology, Criminology, Film, Wine, Science and Engineering are just a few!



Apart from the plethora of sports, campus activities and societies offered by the University, Chester offers an amazing experience to all students, with its remarkable history, sports and fitness facilities, affordable eating out, theatres, clubs, paved promenades down by the river, with cafes, restaurants, pubs and pedal boating aplenty.

‘The Rows’, an amazing two-tiered Medieval-style gallery of shops in the old city, comprises both the big high street names and one-off independents.

Get fit for the Marathon; enjoy the Regatta; place your bets at the world famous Chester Racecourse; experience the open air theatre in Grosvenor Park; take in a film at Midnight Movies outdoors, enjoy the amazing Food and Drink Festivals, laugh your head off at the Comedy Festival; stay up late at Chester’s clubs…’s all there!

A comment from a student: ‘I would give it 5 stars. It is a friendly and welcoming city with lots to do and see.’



For most students, their first year at college or university will be the first time they have lived independently from home. The university and Chester student accommodation landlords have a responsibility to make students’ stay in Chester happy, safe and memorable.

Finding the right student accommodation in Chester is crucial to the overall Chester experience.

Look for centrally positioned accommodation in order to take full advantage of what Chester has to offer in terms of studying and social life.

Seek accommodation where experienced landlords can illustrate their compliance with all safety procedures and guidance and an awareness of student needs.

Check that measures have been taken to ensure your safety and security, providing appropriate contact numbers in case of emergency.

The canal areas of Chester are popular. Waterside Court is a small student development, a short walk from the university and in a perfect setting alongside the canal. Chester’s famous Telford Warehouse is just across the bridge and an impressive place to meet for great music, food and drinks.

The en-suite rooms allow privacy and the common areas provide a backdrop to socialising with other students. Owners take student care very seriously. Cloud Student Homes work with owners to ensure that all measures are taken to ensure a happy time at Waterside Court Student Village in Chester. Many students have chosen to spend the whole three years of their degree there and have formed long term friendships.