Living in Bolton as a student
Bolton is a town located in Greater Manchester, about 16 km away northwest of the city of Manchester in England. It has a population of approximately 139,000 people, with 11,000 of them being students at the local University of Bolton. The city is situated close to the West Pennine Moors, and is surrounded by several smaller towns and villages, which all together make up the 139 square kilometres of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton.
Bolton was a former mill town, and urbanised quickly during the Industrial Revolution thanks to its 216 cotton mills. The city has produced top DJs such as Sara Cox and Victoria Derbyshire, and is also the hometown of the actor Sir Ian McKellen. Currently, Bolton is known for tourist attractions in its 26 conservation areas, which include 700 listed buildings such as the Hall i’ th’ Wood museum, Smithills Hall, and the Market Hall of 1854. There are a few theatres in Bolton, including the Octagon. One interesting fact: Le Mans Crescent, the central area that contains the central library, museum, art gallery, and town hall, has stood in for London in the television series Peaky Blinders! As for the nightlife, students can find anything from free pool games to a £3.25 meal in one of UK’s friendliest towns.
The University of Bolton’s campus is located between Deane Road and Derby Street, slightly to the west of city centre. It is walking distance from the main rail station and city centre, allowing for easy travel in and out of the town, with many students taking trips to Manchester on a weekend. Most students tend to stay near the university, with accommodation areas such as the Orlando Village or The Cube, since it is also near to the pubs, museums, and food areas.