Living in Wolverhampton as a student
20 minutes northwest from Birmingham and less than 3 hours to London by train lies the city of Wolverhampton. Located within the West Midlands of England, between Staffordshire and Shropshire county, Wolverhampton is home to over 259,000 wulfrunians, of which over 19,500 residents are students at the University of Wolverhampton.
Originally known as a market town for wool, the city expanded during the Industrial Revolution due to its coal mining, steel production and automotive manufacturing capabilities. Currently, most of the city is still employed in manufacturing and engineering industries, as well as the service sector. However, Wolverhampton also has a rich cultural history, with many music venues and museums located within the city. From the Wolverhampton Civic Hall to the Wulfun Hall, Royal Air Force Museum to Chillington Hall and the beautiful Wolverhampton Central Library, opened in 1902, Wolverhampton has no lack of live music venues for students as well. There is a Creative Industries Quarter just off Broad Street that showcases the city’s culture through a number of art house cinemas, theatres, and galleries such as the Light House Media Centre, the Arena Theatre, and more. Notable landmarks include the St. Peter’s Collegiate Church, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, the statue of Prince Albert in Queen Square, which was unveiled with a visit from Queen Victoria in 1866. Wolverhampton is also represented in sports by its many sports teams, from the famed Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C (the “Wolves”), to the Wolverhampton Wheelers cycling club and the Wolverhampton Wolves speedway club.
The University of Wolverhampton’s main campus is situated directly in Wolverhampton city centre, next to the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Popular student areas tend to revolve around the campus, from the Whitmore Reams to Gorway Road.