Living in Huddersfield as a student
With over 162,000 residents living and working in the town, Huddersfield is the 11th largest town in the United Kingdom. A quick half hour away from both Leeds and Manchester, Huddersfield is located at the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. The town has one university, the University of Huddersfield, which has over 18,000 students and is the largest employer in town.
During the Industrial Revolution, Huddersfield was known as a manufacturing town, with a number of textile, chemical and engineering companies located in town. The town was also known for its beautiful Victorian architecture, with landmarks such as the Victoria Tower, the Huddersfield Town Hall, and the historic Huddersfield railway station. Huddersfield has a long sporting history, especially in the realm of rugby, with the Rugby Football League created in Huddersfield under the name Northern Rugby Football Union back in 1895. The Huddersfield RUFC was also the first club in the country to organise junior and mini rugby teams. The town now has more than five rugby clubs which play in different leagues. Huddersfield also has a number of football teams, including the Huddersfield Town F.C, which was the first to win the League Championship three times in a row. Huddersfield has a number of festivals, especially when it comes to music, with the annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Marsden Jazz Festival, as well as the Huddersfield Festival of Light, which ends in a spectacular firework display, and the Huddersfield Literature Festival. The town has a number of pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants, with the oldest being the Parish pub, which has been trading since 1720.
The University of Huddersfield’s main campus is at Queensgate, less than a 10 minute walk southeast of Huddersfield town centre. Popular student accommodation areas include Aspley House, Kirkgate Residence, Kingsmill Studios, Broomfield House, and Castings House.