Living in Chester as a student
Have you seen a walled city before? Chester in Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain, with the full circuit measuring nearly 3km in length. Located on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales, Chester is less than an hour away from Liverpool by train. Chester has over 118,000 residents living within its boundaries, and is home to the University of Chester, which has over 14,000 students.
Founded as a Roman Fort and one of the last cities in England to fall to the Normans in history, Chester embraces its history with beautiful medieval black-and-white buildings lining many streets. In fact, many pubs, nightclubs and bars are located within these medieval cities, making for an interesting experience for a night out on the town. The Chester Rows, consisting of buildings with shops on the lowest two stories, which can be entered by descending a flight of steps, are another unique Chester feature, famous around the world. The Chester Zoo is a popular tourist destination as well, with over 1.9 million visitors a year viewing its 15,000 animals. The Chester Cathedral is a well-known historical landmark, with architecture dating back to the Norman era, and is the site of the university graduation ceremony every year.
The University of Chester, awarded a Silver rating in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), has six campuses, which also include Victorian buildings. For example, Parkgate Road Campus is just north of the City Walls, and includes the original College building built in the 1800s, as well as new facilities such as a fitness centre and swimming pool. Other campuses include the Riverside campus. Many students choose to stay near campus, or in areas such as Hoole and Handbridge, or along Trafford Street.