Living in Keele as a student
Keele is a small village located within northern Straffordshire in England. It is 5km west of the university town Newcastle-under-Lyme, and just under an hour away from Birmingham and Manchester through the train station at Stoke-on-Trent, 8km away. Keele has a population of just over 4,000 residents who live and work in there, and many of them are students at the nearby Keele University, which has more than 10,000 students in total.
The village of Keele was mostly owned by the Sneyd family up until the 1940s, and there is a pub still popular with students called the Sneyd Arms, as well as a bar called Templar, named after the village’s association with the Knights Templar back in the middle ages. Much of the village of Keele was taken up by accommodations for Keele University, with the Hawthorns Hall closing in 2017 after over 50 years as an accommodation choice for students. Keele University is a self-contained campus, with a Students’ Union shop and post office, as well as bookshops, a 24-hour library, and a bank. The university also has a number of restaurants and cafes, as well as a farmer’s market. For sports fanatics, Keele University has 10 grass football pitches, 8 tennis courts, a number of squash courts, a bouldering wall, a fitness gym, and more. The beautiful Keele’s University Arboretum is well-known for its large collection of flowering cherry trees, and lunchtime walks are regularly scheduled for students and staff to see the collection grown by or donated to the university.
Keele University’s campus is situated about 1.2km east of the village of Keele, and accommodation options tend to be limited to the student halls provided by the university, which include Barnes Hall, Horwood Hall, Holly Cross and the Oaks, and Lindsay Hall. Other accommodation options include places in the neighbouring Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent.