Living in Wrexham as a student
The largest town in the North Wales region is the town of Wrexham, 2 hours away from Birmingham by train. Situated between the Welsh Mountains and the Dee Valley, alongside the England border, Wrexham is home to over 61,000 residents. The town has one university, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, which teaches over 6,000 students.
Wrexham was a leather and heavy industry town during the Industrial Revolution, but currently the town is focused on high tech manufacturing, bio-technology, finance and professional services. The town has a number of retails shops and developments, which include large-scale departmental stores as well as traditional covered markets. Notable landmarks include the Parish Church of St. Giles, Acton Park, the Llwyn Isaf green area, as well as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Sorrows (also known as Wrexham Cathedral, or St. Mary’s Cathedral). The town is home to a large number of events, from the Wales Comic Con to the Focus Wales festival, to the National Eisteddfod (five times!). The Racecourse Ground Stadium has been the home of the Wrexham F.C, and it also doubles as a live music venue, with a number of acts performing there. Wrexham also has many other live music venues that tend to be located around town centre, and the town has a very strong local music scene, especially in rock, indie and alternative genres. Besides live music venues, Wrexham has an established nightlife scene, with a large number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University has two sites in the town; the main site at Plas Coch is 1.6km north-east of town centre, while the Regent Street site is nearer to town centre. Popular student areas and student accommodation choices tend to be linked to the campuses, and many choose to stay in halls of residence or around the campuses.