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Living in Carlisle as a student

Carlisle, also known as the Great Border City, is a city located in Cumbria, North West England. It is 90km west of Newcastle upon Tyne and three-and-a-half hours away from Lancaster by train. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the former Roman Settlement and military stronghold is home to over 75,000 residents who live, work, and study in the city. Carlisle has one university, the University of Cumbria, which has over 8,000 students.

Carlisle is a city that has historic significance, changing hands multiple times between Scotland in England, especially during the Middle Ages. Carlisle’s city centre includes landmarks such as the Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle, and The Citadel. Due to its military history, the city used to be home to the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, and hence has semi-intact city walls which are popular with tourists. The famed Hadrian’s Wall monument is also located here. Carlisle has beautiful parks that are great for a day out in the sun, and also has a host of sports facilities, such as a football pitch, a bowling green, and a golf course. Nightlife in Carlisle tends to be centered around Botchergate, near the city centre. For a day out, students can hop on the Carlisle-Settle Railway, built in 1876, as it runs through stunning upland scenery through the Eden Valley all the way to North Yorkshire.

The University of Cumbria has a number of campuses, with its headquarters in Carlisle. One campus at Fusehill Street is situated in the former Carlisle Union Workhouse, and is just a 10 min walk east from city centre. The Brampton Road campus is 2km north of city centre, and houses the university’s Institute of the Arts. Popular accommodation areas include Warwick Road, city centre, Lorne street, and near the university campuses at Fusehill street and Brampton Road.


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