Why Bradford is a great student city
‘Broad Ford’, now known as Bradford, was first settled in Saxon times and by the Middle Ages had become a small town made up of Ivegate, Kirkgate and Westgate. Bradford is now one of the largest cities in the UK, a young, enterprising hub of over half a million people. It is a great student city – it’s friendly, affordable and there is always something to do. Your pathway to the university of […]
‘Broad Ford’, now known as Bradford, was first settled in Saxon times and by the Middle Ages had become a small town made up of Ivegate, Kirkgate and Westgate. Bradford is now one of the largest cities in the UK, a young, enterprising hub of over half a million people. It is a great student city – it’s friendly, affordable and there is always something to do.
Your pathway to the university of Bradford
Situated in the city centre is the University of Bradford, a technology university with over 50 years of pioneering research experience.
The university combines academic teaching with industry expertise to create a learning environment and culture that fosters innovation and excellence. This approach helps you to develop skills and gain practical experience that future employers highly value. The university was even recently ranked #1 in the country for improving students’ life chances, according to the English Social Mobility Index, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).
The University of Bradford has four academic faculties, each covering a broad range of specialisms:
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
Faculty of Health Studies
Faculty of Life Sciences
The Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences
By choosing to study at the University of Bradford, you’ll be welcomed into an incredible, multicultural student community and experience the best of what living and studying in the UK has to offer. The university has a global community of over 130 different nationalities.
The University of Bradford International College (UBIC) is a new embedded college located in the centre of the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. UBIC offers pathway programmes for international students to prepare them for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the UK.
Read more about the International College here: https://www.oxfordinternationaleducationgroup.com/university-pathways/university-of-bradford/.
Bradford has 30 public libraries, including City Library in Bradford city centre. You can also find a Local Studies and Archives Library elsewhere in the City Centre.
The university also has a library at the heart of the campus, where you can borrow laptops, books, do printing and photocopying and book a quiet study space. For students away from campus or who are studying online, the digital library services are available 24/7, so you can use online resources, reserve print books, or make an online appointment with your knowledgeable subject librarian whenever works for you.
Living in Bradford
There is plenty of student accommodation available in Bradford. ‘The Green’ is the accommodation recommended by the university to their students. The Green is very central, just a few minutes away from the Students’ Union, the library and other university buildings, and the city centre.
The accommodation team organise social events, trips, competitions and games– giving you the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. Rooms here start from £76pp/pw. Facilities include:
Fully fitted, well-equipped kitchen/dining area
Shared or en-suite shower room
Well-furnished study bedroom
There are also houses and apartments within walking distance of the city campus that you can rent privately. Compared to many other university cities, accommodation rates are inexpensive in Bradford, with average weekly rates of £50-£55 (excluding bills).
Things to do
Like most cities, Bradford is home to several theatres, museums, and parks that are perfect for a fun day out. Bradford Industrial Museum and the National Science and Media Museum are two of the most popular attractions in the city.
There is also a vibrant pub, bar and restaurant scene, with both independent retailers and well-known chains dotted across the city for you to explore.
Bradford was also named the world’s first UNESCO City of Film due to the city’s long history with film. The city has 34 commercial screens in 4 venues, including one of the biggest 3D screens in the world. You can also enjoy world-class film-related events and a growing number of community cinemas across the Bradford district.
Although there is plenty to do in the city, when you fancy a day trip or weekend away, Bradford is very well connected to other parts of the country.
Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange stations both have great connections to the rest of the UK.
London in under 3 hours
Manchester in 1 hour
Birmingham in around 2.5hours
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is just 8 miles from the city centre.
Bradford is easily reached by car, with connections to the M1 and M6.
Megabus, easyBus, and National Express all run services to Bradford from other major UK cities. There are also local public buses that run in and around the city.