Living in Northampton as a student
Located in the centre of England is the town of Northampton, in the East Midlands. It is about 97km north-west of London and one hour away from Birmingham by train. The town has a population of over 225,000 residents, and is home to the current University of Northampton, which has over 12,000 students at its campuses.
Originally an important strategic town in the 12th century, the town’s Northampton Castle has been the home of King Henry I, King Richard II, King John, and has also hosted 32 parliaments. Other landmarks include one of the largest round churches in England, The Holy Sepulchre, as well as the All Saints’ Church, Northampton Cathedral, the National Lift Tower, and St. Andrew’s Hospital. Northampton is also the base for a number of shoemaking companies (such as Church’s and Barker), with boots produced as far back as World War I. The town has a large and historic market square, which is connected to a number of shopping areas. In addition to the 170 parks and open spaces within Northampton, the town also has many entertainment options, from events, to theatres, to nightlife. For example, annual events in the town include Northampton Carnival, the Delapre Beer Festival, and St. Crispins Fair. The Royal & Derngate Theatre and The Deco are popular theatres, and town is home to a number of nightclubs, pubs, bars and restaurants, especially along the Wellingborough Road stretch. If you’re a fan of snooker clubs and bowling alleys, Northampton also has a number of those.
The University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus is located at University Drive, on the banks of the River Nene, slightly under 2km south of city centre. Previously, students lived near the university’s Park Campus and Avenue Campus, but that will change with the shift to the new campus.