The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and just to the north is the picturesque town of Cheltenham. The University of Gloucestershire has a campus in Cheltenham, with a range of courses aimed at students from the UK and further afield. Our Cheltenham student accommodation provides you with the perfect base from which to make the most of your time studying at the University of Gloucestershire.
Cheltenham is a wonderful town to live and work in, with plenty of green spaces, loads of art spaces, live music venues, cafés and restaurants, good pub crawls, and festivals throughout the year.
Our student accommodation in Cheltenham is designed to suit the needs of the modern student. They are built to be comfortable, with big beds, plenty of storage space and areas to study in, en suite bathrooms, and a range of apartments sized from spacious studios up to large shared apartments. We always choose locations that are as central as possible, ensuring that students have easy access to all the public transport links, and walkable to all the local amenities that the town has to offer.
Finding the right type of student accommodation in Cheltenham for your needs is a big weight off the shoulders, allowing you to have a comfortable place to stay, to sleep, to live, to meet new friends in the communal areas of the property, and be close enough to everything you need to get the most out of your time living in the town.
If you are moving to student accommodation in Cheltenha, you will be attending the University of Gloucestershire. The university has been inspiring students for as far back as 1847 and continues to offer an excellent level of learning across three campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. There are a broad range of courses for students to get their teeth stuck into, and it has a top-level of facilities that are rated as professional standard, and silver-rated teaching. Within the library provision are thousands of books, journals, and e-books, self-service kiosks, PCs, Macs, and laptops that students can loan, whilst there is a range of spaces across campus that can be used for private study or group work.
There are over 45 festivals in the county every single, year, and students from the University of Gloucestershire are seen at them all, volunteering, helping to pull events together behind the scenes and making the local town come alive with festivals celebrating poetry, music, comedy, sport, science, literature, and much more.
Alongside festival volunteering opportunities, there is also myriad other volunteering, work placement, and part time job posts made available within the SU and the town itself, offering flexible working patterns to students looking to gain invaluable experience, industry exposure, or just to earn a bit of cash alongside study.
Your Future Plan can be accessed through the SU to help students graduate in the most effective way. It helps with building a coherent long-term plan, with CV writing, placements and internships, and helps students begin to build networks of contacts that will stand them in good stead for their chosen career.
There are over 80 sports clubs and societies within the Students’ Union, and if you can’t find what you like you can even set up your own club! The annual Freshers’ Fayre is always exciting and was voted the best in the country as recently as 2018, whilst there are events all year round to enjoy, including many a fancy dress party, barbecues, the Freshers’ Ball, and the big SU Summer Ball with high calibre guests over the years like Radio 1s Greg James, Lily Allen, Chase & Status, and Jess Glyne, to name just a few.
Is there anything better than going out and getting a good feed? When you first move into your new student accommodation in Cheltenham, a good way to get to know your new friends is to go out for a meal; or you might wish to take your parents or friends out when they are visiting. Alongside the chain restaurants and cafés that can be found in Cheltenham, there are also many independent places where you can get some amazing grub not far from your new Cheltenham student accommodation.
Zizzi (St James Church) – Now, we all know what Zizzi is all about – great Italian food at a decent price. It’s a chain restaurant, but that’s ok – we love it. Expect pizza and calzone served up on little wooden boards, big hearty bowls of traditional pasta, but the best thing of all about this Cheltenham Zizzi, is that it is located inside the beautiful former church of St James. It’s well worth a visit.
School House Café (St. Paul’s Road) – This is a community café that provides a safe, warm, and welcoming setting for students, families, groups of friends, and anyone really, to come together for a bite to eat and to meet likeminded people. There are loads of great cakes on the counter to choose from, small bites for breakfast, lunch plates, and more.
Happy Garden (Lower High Street) – A Chinese restaurant which can be easily found close to all the international food shops and supermarkets in Cheltenham, utilising the best foodstuffs and the highest quality of cuisine. It is a fun place to go and eat with friends, where the food is super tasty, and the staff are really friendly. It is student-friendly, with prices for a main course a reasonable £5 - £10.
Curry Express (Lower High Street) - This isn’t a sit-down restaurant, but if you like Indian food Curry Express just has to be visited. Main courses are around the tenner mark, and there is something for all palates, whether you want a mild curry or the hottest dish that will blow your head off. For Indian takeaways and deliveries to your student accommodation in Cheltenham, you can easily split some dishes with friends as the portion sizes are pretty generous!
Shakes 2 Go (Grosvenor Street) – One of those places that you go to indulge as a treat, and it always delivers. Shakes 2 Go is a fast-paced place where you can pick up one of the wide variety of shakes on offer, including such delights as the Oreo shake. Basically, you can pick the chocolate bar of your choice and they’ll turn it into the shake of your dreams. There are a few seats whilst you wait for your drink to be prepared, but it is definitely better to take it with you and wander with your shake.
Copa (Regent Street_ - A pub that has exquisite décor and it always has a lovely atmosphere. Copa is a venue where you can go first thing in the morning for a quick cup of coffee and a chance to sit and prepare for the day, or go for a few drinks after university (or during your lunch break), or for big hearty British pub grub in the night. The staff are great, the portions sizes are big, and the prices decent for a student budget.
The Coconut Tree (St. Paul’s Road) – This Sri Lankan street food restaurant is a classic in the city, a cosy environment where you can sit with a beer or a cocktail and enjoy a few hours with friends. You can sink your teeth into a few generous portions of Sri Lankan cuisine, including plenty of vegan options.
As you can see, there are plenty of great food options to choose from when you are starting from our student accommodation in Cheltenham. Make sure you try everything on the list, before venturing out and finding even more – there is plenty to sample for sure.
Cheltenham has a big student population, and from your home at our student accommodation in Cheltenham, you’ll be right on the doorstep of some of the best clubs, pubs, and student nights the town has to offer. It is a quiet enough town to have some lovely, quirky, old-fashioned pubs, but also big student nights that are perfect to let your hair down after a hard day of studying. Bath Road, the Suffolks, and Montpellier, are all areas where there are plenty of bars open late at night, with Cheltenham being awarded a Purple Flag Town that highlights its reputation as one of the safest places to have a night out in the UK.
MooMoo (Regent Street) – Right in the heart of Cheltenham, MooMoo Clubrooms are famous for the £2.50 doubles that are on offer every Monday night. There are a few big student nights at MooMoo, including Blue and Blue Wednesdays, Propaganda on a Thursday evening, and many of the big uni clubs and societies nights out.
Café Rene (Southgate Street) – Loads of drinks on offer and free entry before 11pm, Café Rene does an amazing job of having that dual life of a bar that is a nice quiet place to meet friends earlier on in the evening, before turning into a wild night later on. There is always a choice of live music on offer, free gigs on Wednesday nights and Fridays, loads of bands playing, as well as a wide selection of genres playing in the Cellar Bar.
The Miller (Bath Road) – A Bavarian-themed bar with free entry, The Miller is like nowhere else in Cheltenham. Bierkeller’s are amazing fun, and there is loads to enjoy at The Miller. There’s a Quiz Night every Tuesday and 2-4-1 offers on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For students, there are loads of different themed nights and games where you can win free drinks throughout the night.
The Frog and Fiddle (High Street) – Beers, ciders, wines, spirits, and teapots filled with the cocktail of your choice, the Frog and Fiddle is a haven for students looking for good drinks at a great price! There’s also loads of live sport on the TVs, a pool table, table football, live music and just a great party every day of the week.
Fever (Regent Street) – You are only missing Tuesday and Sunday at Fever (it is open every other night of the week and it is always free entry!), and it is where students go for a big party. Three drinks for a fiver on a Monday night, four for a tenner on a Thursday, it’s a great chance to dance to cheesy music and sink a few doubles. You can even double your round with Flip it Fridays and the flip of a coin deciding your fate.
The 2 Pigs (Church Street) – 2 Pigs is part of the alternative Cheltenham scene, and if you are into your alternative music and want to get out of your Cheltenham student accommodation for the night, this is the place to go to see some live music from local bands. Every Friday and Saturday night the place comes alive, with cheap student entry, loads of cheap drinks (try the boozy slushies) and a place to head bang away to your favourite tunes!
Sport is a big part of many people’s lives, and from your new home at our comfortable Cheltenham student accommodation, you are in the perfect location to make the most of the sporting options in the town. Whether you are looking for a team sport to make new friends, to stay fit, or to see the natural beautiful landscape of the surrounding areas, Cheltenham has something to offer you.
Cheltenham Races – The racecourse is one of the most famous in the world, with the Cheltenham Festival highly regarded as one of the jewels in the race calendar. There are plenty of meetings throughout the year, and students can gain access to a Racepass that covers those aged between 18 and 24, with some racing events then available at half price.
Football in Cheltenham – Whaddon Road has a capacity of just over 7000 and is the home of Cheltenham Football Club. They play in League Two of the Football League, and the stadium always has a good, friendly atmosphere. Students are always welcomed and there is a student discount for tickets on certain occasions throughout the season due to a link up with the university, so keep an eye out if you are into the beautiful game.
University Sport – As with most universities, the University of Gloucestershire has a wide range of sports teams and competitive sport for you to take part in. For some students they want to just find a sport that they can do on their own, to keep fit and active. Other people want to find a sports team where they can compete, get fit, but can also make new friends. Other people have greater sporting ambitions and want to compete at a higher level. There are university sports leagues for sports teams such as rugby, football, hockey, and other sports.
Public Fitness in Gloucestershire – If you want to get out and about in the town and the surrounding areas from your Cheltenham student accommodation, there are loads of great things to get involved with. Whether you are looking to keep fit at one of the many fitness and leisure centres, go swimming in one of the outdoor pools in the warmer months, play tennis, or go for a run around the green, pretty parks that are found throughout Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. The surrounding areas are home to many a sporting activity, for single people or groups of friends, including rock climbing, horse riding, golf, clay pigeon shooting, and much more. There is something for everyone.
The Great Outdoors – From your base at our comfortable student accommodation in Cheltenham, you’ll have easy access to one of the most beautiful parts of the country, in The Cotswolds. It’s just to the south of Cheltenham, and it is the perfect place to go if you are trying to get away from the stresses of everyday life and university deadlines. There are loads of fantastic walking and cycle paths, including off-road mountain biking routes for those of you looking for a little bit more of a daredevil lifestyle.
When you first move into your new Cheltenham student accommodation, you’ll want to quickly become acquainted with the shopping in the town. It is comforting to know that you will find all of the big brand shops and supermarkets that you know from back home, and this definitely allows you to have the confidence to stock up your cupboards and fridge and at least not go hungry.
High Street Shopping – In recent years Cheltenham has seen some regeneration around the High Street area, with the Regent Arcade the undercover shopping option that joins two of the main shopping streets. You’ll find all of the best brand name stores that you know and love, as well as a wide range of independent shops and boutiques.
Markets in Cheltenham - After that, it is a quirky town with plenty of independent shopping and shopping centres that makes for an interesting day out shopping. Due to Gloucestershire being one of the best parts of the country for fresh produce, it is no surprise that Cheltenham is home to a few different markets and farmer’s markets that provide access to the highest quality of local produce.
Vintage Shopping – The traditional architecture throughout Cheltenham makes it a very pretty place to shop. The Regency Buildings is home to big name brands and independents, whilst The Promenade in Montpellier has been voted one of the best shopping streets in the whole of the UK and is home to one of the oldest purpose-built shopping arcades in the whole of the country at The Montpellier Arcade. The Regent Arcade is the only shopping destination in the town that is completely undercover and links The Promenade and the High Street. There are over 60 stores, a range of cafés and restaurants, and has the iconic Wishing Fish Clock as pride of place.
Scarramouch (High Street) – This alternative gem that is easy to find in Cheltenham is a haven for those looking for all things unique and hippy. Scarramouch is well-known around town for being a place that offers dream catchers, tapestries and throws, Buddhas, Ganesh statues, essential oils and incense sticks, as well as crystals and a range of silver jewellery. It is also a store that offers a body piercing and body jewellery service.
Badlands (St George’s Place) – Home to a Bruce Springsteen fan club, Badlands is home to everything ‘Classic Rock’. If you are into your music, this is definitely a place you have to visit. There’s plenty of clothing, books and magazines, and classic rock music for sale.
Gloucester Quays – Just a short drive or journey on public transport, there is another beautiful shopping experience in Gloucester. Gloucester Quays is a stunning transformation along a waterside location that is home to an undercover shopping centre that is home to high street brand names, designer brand outlet stores with discounted prices, bars and restaurants, the Waterways Museum, and a big cinema complex.
In a town such as Cheltenham, where there is a big arts scene, it is no surprise that there is always some big festival, event, or an attraction to go take part in, to explore, and to enjoy. There are so many different festivals throughout the year in fact, and from your base at our comfortable Cheltenham student accommodation, you’ll be right in the heart of the action. Whether you are interested in Cheltenham Jaz Festival, Cheltenham Race Festival, live music festivals, or festivals celebrating science and literature, there is something for every taste when living in Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival – In May every year, one of the leading festivals of its kind, Cheltenham Jazz Festival descends on the city for a few days. It takes place during the annual festival season, where there are also leading festivals dedicated to science, music, and literature. Cheltenham becomes a hub of activity during this time, with art and cultural events, exhibitions, and talks by leading exponents of each field in some of the finest buildings around town.
Everyman Theatre – One of the finest venues for live entertainment in the region, The Everyman Theatre has a calendar that is packed full of drama, dance, ballet, opera, live music, comedy, and the annual pantomime for family-fun. In the very centre of the town, on Regent Street, the main auditorium is considered a masterpiece of architecture, designed by Frank Matcham, and inspiring generation after generation of stage performers since 1891. Not only can you visit for some of the many live acts and events, but you can also go to one of the backstage tours of the theatre, hearing about all the glitz and glamour, as well as the ghost stories that accompany the venue.
Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf – The Brewery Quarter is an exciting part of Cheltenham town centre, and Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf is a place that many people who are living at our Cheltenham student accommodation enjoy. It is an indoor adventure golf course that is a great, fun day out with your new friends. Even better, you can get student entry for just £7.95 per game.
Cheltenham Racecourse – 360 acres of beautiful racecourse within the Cotswold hills, Cheltenham Racecourse is home to one of the most famous jump courses in the sport. Every year there are some of the most prestigious races and meetings held here, especially during Cheltenham Festival, where hundreds of thousands of fans flock to experience the thrill of racing.
There is always some sort of big event or festival on in Cheltenham and the surrounding Gloucestershire area. From your student accommodation in Cheltenham, you’ll have no excuses not to get involved and see what the area has to offer.