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Chester, University of

Established in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education providers in the UK.

Throughout our 180-year history, we have always been proud of our traditions and of our concern for the individual, as well as our ability to keep pace with the demands of a constantly changing world. 

As an outward and forward-looking institution, our desire to recruit ambitious and talented international students is as strong as ever. We are home to more than 20,000 students from 130 countries worldwide and based on the reviews of international students; we are ranked in the top ten UK universities (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017).

The University was recently awarded silver status by the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework confirming our high-quality teaching and learning standards.

There are many reasons to study at the University of Chester: 

  • Ranked as the safest city-based University in the North West of England three years in a row (Complete University Guide 2016)
  • 95.6% graduate employment rate (DLHE 2017)
  • International and Merit Based Scholarships available to international students
  • Ranked in the top ten for academic experience and top 15 for overall student experience (Times Higher Education 2017)
  • Courses accredited by professional bodies
  • Associations with multinational businesses
  • Work Based Learning module for undergraduate students
  • Guaranteed accommodation for international students*
  • Campuses walking distance from Chester city centre
  • Chester voted 5th prettiest city in Europe (USA Today 2016)
  • Chester voted 5th best place to live in Britain (Sunday Times 2016)
  • Conveniently located within one hour of Manchester and Liverpool.

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Chester is a modern and contemporary city, rich in history and culture.  One of eight world famous British Heritage cities, Chester welcomes over eight million tourists each year with a wide variety of attractions.  Ideally placed in the North West of England, it is less than an hour from Manchester and Liverpool, just a 2 hour direct train journey to London and close to both the beautiful Welsh coast and mountains.  The ancient Roman walls still surround Chester’s city center, which along with the renowned Cathedral, Eastgate Clock, and Roman Amphitheatre, demonstrate its 2000 year old heritage.

Enjoy a cruise on the river, a day at the races or our annual music festival. Visit the UK’s largest zoo, shark dive in the aquarium or celebrate festivities in the Christmas markets. Participate in a cycle race, marathon or parade.  See the unique Chester Rows galleries, home to some of the best shopping in Britain, or try one of our many international and award winning restaurants. 


University of Chester campuses have excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities. These include state-of-the-art lecture theatres; open-access computer facilities; modern science, skills, language laboratories; modern libraries (which holds approximately 350,000 books); a virtual library with a collection of more than 15,000 electronic books and 13,000 electronic journals-accessible even off-campus via networked computers. Other facilities include numerous catering venues, 24-hour security, the Students’ Union Center and bar/club, bookshop, bank, ATM cash point and launderette.

Careers and Employability

The university’s dedicated Careers and Employability department helps students make informed career planning decisions through a variety of workshops, and various events throughout the academic year.

As soon as you enrol at the university, you will have access to a range of careers services (work shadowing placements, help with CVs and job applications, mock interviews) designed to help you find work while you study, or prepare you for a graduate career.

Chester Students’ Union

Chester Students' Union(CSU) is situated on each of the Warrington and Chester campuses and is the focal point for student representation, information, advice, entertainment and services. The CSU will give you the opportunity to make new friends and get to know the campus and the town. It runs over 70 clubs and societies, both sporting and non-sporting.  The Union also organizes big events, hosts comedy nights, karaoke, quiz nights, and live music.

If you like sports, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in cricket, rugby, football, swimming, hockey and netball, among others. Their campuses boast of a wide variety of sports facilities including: modern and fully equipped sports hall, gymnasium, fitness center, a two-lane 350-metre athletics track, 25 meter indoor swimming pool and all-weather artificial turf pitches/grass pitches.

Student Support

There is also a wide network of support services available to students:

  • Individual support for students who need assistance with English Language and study skills.
  • The Student Advice Centre is open to all students, providing free, impartial, confidential advice and guidance to students on a range of issues, such as accommodation, health, budgeting, academic studies or anything else that students may face during their time at university
  • The International Student Advisory Service issues a ‘Welcome Guide’ to all international students on arrival, containing information about life on the Chester or Warrington campuses, and offering guidance on local services and facilities. They also organize events during the induction week (at the beginning of each academic year) to help new students feel at home in their new surroundings


University accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students whose accommodation application forms are received by the stated deadlines for the September intake. 

University accommodation facilities include:

  • Safety (24 hour, 7 days a week security team with CCTV cameras)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Includes utility bills, maintenance cleaning and insurance

There is plenty of university owned accommodation on and directly surrounding the campus, with a variety of locations and options depending on budget and preferences.

If you would like to find out more about studying at Chester University, please contact our Across The Pond Advisors today.

Student population: Approx. 20,000

Number of international students: Approx. 1,000

City population: Approx. 100,000

Location: City of Chester

Closest airports: Liverpool and Manchester

Date of establishment: 1839

Areas of expertise: 

  • Psychology
  • History
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • English
  • Geography

Cost of Tuition per year: From £11,950 per year (2019/20)

Accommodation cost: starting cost per week, on campus: £78-£156 per week

Notable alumni

  • Duffy
  • Sir Dave Brailsford
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom
  • Helen Jones MP

Scholarship Opportunities at Chester!

The University of Chester announces new funding opportunities for alumni and non-alumni applying to PGT or MBA courses, including the International Merit Scholarships for non-alumni (£1,000) and the International Merit Alumni Scholarship (from £1,000  to £2,000). Chester also has a new, comprehensive accommodation package for undergraduates applying to study at its Shrewsbury Centre.

To learn more about these opportunities, enquire here and speak to one of our expert Student Advisors.


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