Living in Worcester as a student
Located within the West Midlands of Worcestershire, England, is the city of Worcester, an hour away from Birmingham by train. 163km west-northwest of London, Worcester is home to over 100,000 residents, of which more than one-tenth are students at the University of Worcester.
Worcester’s claim to fame would depend on the type of interest a person has. For food lovers, the city is indeed the makers of the traditional Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, which has been made and bottled locally since 1897. For history buffs, Worchester is well-known for being the site of The Battle of Worcester, the final battle of the English Civil War in 1651. The city was also the founding place of the British Medical Association (BMA), as well as a major glove-making centre during the Industrial Revolution. Notable landmarks in Worcester include the Anglican Worcester Cathedral, where the tomb of King John is situated, as well as The Hive, a joint public and university library and archive centre that has a golden rooftop. The city also has three main parks and two large woodlands, including the Fort Royal Park and Perry Wood. Worcester holds a number of festivals annually, from the Worcester Beer Festival that is held as part of the Worcester Festival, to the Worcester Music Festival and the CAMRA Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry Festival. As you can tell, Worcester isn’t afraid of having a good time; the city also has a lively bar and clubbing scene that students will like.
The University of Worcester has a number of campuses and sites across Worchester, from the main St. John’s Campus, 2km east of city centre, to the City Campus, a 6min walk from city centre. Students tend to choose accommodation places that are located near the campuses, with a number of halls of residence available as well.