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Living in Bradford as a student

Located 14km west of Leeds is the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. The former wool capital (and current multicultural Curry Capital of Britain!) lies at the foothills of the Pennines, and is one hour away from Manchester by train. Bradford has a population of 530,000 residents, of which over 10,000 are students that go to the lone university, the University of Bradford.

Bradford is the first UNESCO City of Film, and has a long history of movie and TV productions being filmed in the city. Examples include The Railway Children, Yanks, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. Bradford has many theatres and cinemas, from The Theatre in the Mill, to The Bradford Playhouse, to the popular Odeon Leeds-Bradford cinema as well as The University of Bradford’s own student-run cinema. The famed National Science and Media Museum, one of the most popular museums in the country, is also located in Bradford. The city has a strong sporting heritage, especially in rugby: The Bradford Bulls (formerly Bradford Northern) are seven-time winners of the Rugby Football League Championship, and the city has a large number of stadiums and sports facilities that cater to their numerous sports clubs. Nightlife in Bradford has been gradually improving and expanding, from the original pubs and clubs on Manor Row, to the West End of Bradford as well as North Parade in the Independent Quarter in particular.

The University of Bradford has two campuses: the main City Campus is located just minutes away from city centre on Richmond Road, while the Emm Lane Campus is located 2.7km north of city centre, near Lister Park. Bradford has some of the lowest living costs in the UK, and affordable accommodation can be found in areas such as Clayton, Heaton, or even nearer city centre and Little Germany.

 

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