Our student accommodation in Stoke-on-Trent leaves you at the very heart of the action, within walking distance from Staffordshire University and within easy reach of great public transport links to the surrounding areas and Keele University campus. All round, you’ll find a warm and welcoming environment to start your new life as a student in Stoke-on-Trent.
Our Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation has been designed with the modern student in mind. Stoke Railway Station is just a short walk away and there is a regular and reliable bus service that runs from the very front of our accommodation. There is a thriving student scene within touching distance of your comfortable Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation, with Course Satisfaction and Student Experience rated highly on a national level for both universities. This convenient location is close to all the bars, restaurants, and clubs you’ll want to frequent, and just 10-minutes away is Hanley town centre with a range of independent restaurants and shops. Alton Towers is also close by, with student discounts making it a great day out.
Each student is provided with a comfortable en-suite room, with a large bed, private bathroom, ample storage solutions and study area. It is your home away from home at a time when you are looking to settle into a new environment.
Our Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation is in the perfect location for two prestigious universities in the area. Staffordshire University is the closer of the two universities to our student accommodation in Stoke-on-Trent. Its aim has always been to deliver a solid link between students, academic partners, business and society. The campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent and is blessed with fantastic transport links, great facilities for students, and an innovative and inspiring array of social spaces. There are also Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Students at the university are encouraged to build digital skills and there is a keen focus on apprentices through the university.
The main library is open 24 hours a day, with workshops, video conferencing, and market research reports, and a plethora of online training tools to assist students in maximising their potential. Students have access to a digital app; with a Chabot programme that provides personalised information about timetables, dialogue with personal tutors and access to all sorts of campus facility and support service information.
Unitemps is the specialist on-campus recruitment service, sourcing interesting part-time work on and off campus, with many links to local businesses, and internship opportunities. 250 students work in the Students’ Union each year, in many different types of roles. The SU is a passionate place, with an exciting and safe nightlife, shops, and cafés. Staffordshire University has over 100 years of heritage as an education provider, and its continued approach to innovation can be seen not only in the digital apps and connectivity with students, but also in the fact it offered the first BA (Hons) E-sports degree in the country.
Keele University is set on a beautiful 600-acre campus in the countryside, just a short ride on public transport from your student accommodation in Stoke-on-Trent. It is a university that prides itself on providing a rich research-led environment, with innovation at the core of teaching and learning. It offers gold-standard teaching. Students are encouraged to engage with cutting-edge research. The campus is pretty big in size, but works as a welcoming, tight-knit community that is home to many a bright student from different backgrounds and cultures.
You would expect the library to offer top-quality facilities as a gold-standard teaching environment, and you will not be let down by the 24-hour Keele University library, which includes off-campus access. The campus library, and off-campus health library offers plentiful study spaces, free Wi-Fi access and excellent print and online resources in a wide range of study subjects and for a wide range of learning requirements. The Careers and Employability Department is at the forefront of helping students to find part-time work whilst studying, whilst also pointing them in the right direction to gain internships that will further careers. The Jobshop is a free service that advertises part-time, temporary, and graduate jobs, whilst there is also a great paid student ambassador scheme that allows students to represent the university at various events through flexible working hours to fit around study.
At the heart of the campus students will find a large, purpose-built nursery for those students with children, whilst you’ll also find plenty of shops to help you easily pick up groceries, snacks, gifts, and other student supplies. The SU has a wide range of events throughout the year, including the Freshers’ Fair, Halloween Ball, Christmas Markets, and WoodStoke (the annual summer party). Through the Students’ Union you can access entry to a large number of societies and clubs (over 200 in total), whilst the SU was named overall regional winner of ‘Best Bar None’ Gold award in both 2016 and 2017.
Keele University was founded in 1949 and the principles it was guided by to provide a community and flexible interdisciplinary study environment for a new kind of educational society still stand to this day. The Smart Energy Network Demonstration (SEND) will be the first at-scale ‘living laboratory’ in Europe, looking at ways to test and develop new energy-efficient technologies in an environment that replicates the real world. It is the largest campus university in the UK, and with that in mind you’ll find everything you need on campus.
Eating out as student in Stoke-on-Trent is exciting, as there are plenty of options open to you, both on campus at Staffordshire and Keele universities but also in any one of the many different areas that make up Stoke. One of the best places to head to as a student looking for some tasty treats is to the beautiful market town of Newcastle under Lyme, there are many cracking eateries and bars just off its main square, and it is just a short ride away on public transport from your Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation.
So, what can you expect when going to Newcastle as a student? First, think about going out on a Thursday night. Student night is on a Thursday here, and after a relaunch in recent times you can expect to find access to a wide variety of offers and promotions at various bars and restaurants. It is a strong collaboration between the bars and restaurants in the town, so you can find really cheap drinks promotions, but also access to deals such as ‘Oatcake and a brew’ if you’re looking for something a little calmer during the early evening. The Old Brown Jug is another popular haunt for students, as it offers a great beer garden, big tables to sit around with friends, and a wide choice of student meal deals, including pizzas at £2.50!
Other favourites for students in Stoke-on-Trent include RAWR Juice & Superfood Bar, a café bar and kitchen that is home to an outstanding menu – whether you are looking for a hearty brunch, lunch, or dinner, either eat in or takeaway. Rare Lounge Bar & Steakhouse can be found in the old Rectory Chambers in Newcastle, and you can get some delicious lunch offers for under a fiver, and some outstanding steaks for a little bit more.
If you are at Keele University you’ll find that there is a great shop and café in the SU, but on Keele High Street itself you can find a Costa Coffee and a Blackwell’s bookshop. Not only that, but every week during term time the farmers’ market turns up outside the SU, allowing you to buy fresh fruit and vegetable on campus, helping you to eat healthy during the day. There are a range of restaurants and cafes on campus, including On the Square, which is the healthy fast food outlet for students to enjoy.
If you are moving to Staffordshire from other parts of the country or from a different country entirely you might not be aware that there is some famous cuisine from this area. The oatcake is an institution and from your Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation you must make it a priority to sample an oatcake as soon as possible. It is like a savoury pancake that is made from flour, yeast, and oatmeal and has been a local delicacy in Staffordshire since the 18th century, helping to fuel the workforces of the potteries. They are versatile and can be eaten with bacon and cheese as a breakfast meal, or with some jam at 11am for a tea break. You’ll find plenty of oatcake shops in the area, so be sure to find your favourite (many say that Foley’s on King Street is the best, for others it’s High Lane Oatcakes in Burslem).
For Keele University students, as with much else for student life there, you’ll find most of what you need for a night out in the SU and on campus. There are two big venues on campus at Keele, The Ballroom and k2. Each plays host to plenty of society and sports club nights, different types of events, theatre, gigs, and much more throughout the year. Blueprint is the place to go for some great cocktails, whilst The Scruffy Squirrel is more of a traditional pub, where you can go with friends after a lecture for a quiet and cheap pint, maybe pick up some good pub grub whilst you’re at it.
As with eating out as a student living in Stoke-on-Trent, many of the better nightlife options can be found over in Newcastle, and it won’t disappoint. The Kiln and Bar Social are both worth visiting on The Square, with a range of good pubs providing a great night out with a relaxed vibe between students and locals. Other places for a good selection of pre-drinks before the action really starts include Yates, with a cheap student night on a Thursday and cheap drinks all the time. Revolution is the place to go for late-night dancing, with great DJs playing a wide range of musical styles and genres Tuesday through Saturday each week, whilst The Foyer is the most popular Newcastle club (with it’s vodka mixer for under £2 every Wednesday and Thursday!).
Over in nearby Hanley The Exchange Bar and Kitchen is starting to become one of the most popular haunts for students living in Stoke-on-Trent. It doesn’t look like your traditional student hangout, but trust us, you’ll get some fantastic food including juicy burgers and starter sharing platters, and that’ll just help you prepare for a night of drinking and dancing. The basement room here is a regular host of dance music nights, and over at The Sugarmill on Brunswick Street you’ll find a regular array of live music acts in a great compact live music venue that’ll get you bouncing. Electric Friday at The Sugarmill is a great Friday night club night that offers the best indie & alternative night in town, and every first Friday of the month is Hip-Hop night.
There is more to sport at Staffordshire University than just the sports field. TeamStaffs provides students with the chance to utilise some stunning indoor and outdoor sports facilities at the Stanley Matthews Sports Centre. If you are interested in joining a team to keep fit, for a laugh and to make new friends, or to compete at a high level, you can do so here. You can join a sports team that competes against other universities nationally, and there is also a Scholarship programme aimed at helping elite athletes maximise their potential whilst studying at university.
Similarly, at Keele University you can find access to over 200 sports clubs and societies. Whatever it is you want to get involved with you can do, from football and rugby, to tennis, badminton, athletics, swimming, and many other individual sports. It’s important as a student living in your new Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation that you have the option to take on sports if you wish. Keeping fit and healthy is obviously a major benefit to doing so, but it is also a fantastic way to meet new people, to work within a team, and to set individual targets and goals and learn how to work towards them effectively. Sports facilities at Keele University include 10 grass football pitches, a bouldering wall and fitness gym, studios for spinning and dance, 8 tennis courts and 6 squash courts. There is also a 3G pitch and a beach volleyball court!
If you are interested in taking in a spectator sport then you are lucky in Stoke-on-Trent as there are two professional football clubs in town. The most famous is Stoke City FC, playing in The Championship at the bet365 Stadium. The club has a rich history and tradition (they were home to one of the best footballers to ever live – Sir Stanley Matthews who played on until he was well into his 50s!). Port Vale play in League Two, with their home ground being Vale Park. At the SU for both universities in town you can usually find cheap student-discounted tickets to both football clubs home matches, with shuttle busses provided to take students from campus to the stadium on matchday.
If you are an outdoors type then the surrounding areas close to your Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation is full of possibilities. There is a Heritage Canoe Trail in the town itself, and plenty of cycling and walking pathways in the surrounding areas. If you like trampolining you’ll find Flip Out Stoke, located in Stone, whilst there is Waterworld for those looking for a splashing good time at a water park!
Moving to your new digs at our Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation you’ll want to get as quickly settled as possible and work out the best places to go shopping (for both groceries and for your pleasure). There is plenty to be found in Stoke itself, as well as in the surrounding areas. You’ll have access to some of the biggest brand names and high street stores that you recognise from home, plenty of the staple supermarkets and shops to buy your food each week, but you’ll also have access to some fantastic markets and independent stores.
Newcastle-under-Lyme is one of the main areas close to Keele University campus and is a 17th century market town, making it the perfect place to explore as a student. There are plenty of high street stores on offer, as well as a wide range of independent stores and boutiques selling everything from vintage clothing to antiques, gifts, and jewellery. In Stoke there is also a big shopping centre with all the big brand names, which can be found at intu Potteries on Quadrant Road. The Shopping Village at Trentham is another great shopping centre, with 78 timber lodges playing host to some incredible shops, cafés, and restaurants in a comforting and friendly atmosphere.
Living in the Potteries gives you access to some of the finest ceramics in the world, with an exciting collection of ceramic factory shops where you can get your hands on some of the finest china, table and cookware, jugs, tiles, mugs, and jewellery. Perfect if you are looking to buy a gift for a loved on, or if you fancy pointing your parents in the direction of something to do when visiting you.
There are a few indoor and outdoor markets in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas too. Both Newcastle and Leek have regular markets from crafts and collectable markets, to antiques, and the usual farmers and food markets. Rode Hall is home to a big farmers’ market on the first Saturday of every month selling some of the finest local produce from over 60 suppliers.
With such a rich history and tradition in the Potteries, and the fact that from your Stoke-on-Trent student accommodation you can access events at various towns and villages within a small radius, it is no surprise that there is always something to see and do when living here as a student. One of the biggest attractions in the area is, of course, Alton Towers. It is the most well-known theme park in the whole of the UK, and can be found just a short drive away from Stoke-on-Trent. You’ll have a thrill a minute, and as a student you can gain access to the biggest theme park in the UK with a student discount. Make the most of the fun during your time living in Stoke and head on over to the rollercoasters and rides with your new friends.
Waterworld at Festival Park is another thrill-seekers paradise, and is really close to the student action in Stoke. It is a large indoor, tropical aqua park and is home to the first water rollercoaster in the world! As a student you’ll most probably also be able to go there at off-peak times, missing the big crowds at weekends and school holidays and you can enjoy the place for you and your friends alone! Monkey Forest, close to Keele City, is another great attraction, with around 140 monkeys roaming free in the woodland.
The May Bank Holidays in the area are fantastic, harking back to the traditions of the past and the hardworking people of the Potteries, who would let their hair down over these weekends. Newcastle Jazz & Blues Festival is a particular highlight, as is The Lymelight Festival. Other festivals of note throughout the year include Middleport Pottery and Gladstone Pottery Museum both hosting an annual beer festival in April and July respectively, and The Stone Food & Drink Festival in October has over 100 stalls, cookery workshops and presentations to delight the crowds.
Brampton Museum is a cultural gem, exploring over 2000 years of history in the area, whilst in Stoke-on-Trent you’ll find both The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Gladstone Pottery Museum. The New Vic Theatre is host to plenty of dramas, concerts, and comedy stand-up shows, alongside The Regent Theatre in Hanley that is slightly bigger and experiences visiting West-End tours of big productions throughout the year, as well as the annual pantomimes!