Group of students enjoying campus life

Campus life

Everything you need on campus

The University has three campuses – Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham and Oxstalls in Gloucester. The campus you’ll be based on depends on the subject you’re studying. Each campus has a refectory, bar, library, IT helpdesk, teaching rooms and accommodation.

There’s a Student’s Union bar on all three campuses where you can attend and run your own social events. You’ll find a chaplain and faith centre on each campus to support your wellbeing and provide a place for worship and prayer.

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or medical condition, the University’s disability support services can offer you personal support. You’ll find support staff available on each campus.

Orientation programme

Orientation programme

The orientation programme in your first week at the Centre will give you all the information you’ll need to help you settle into your new surroundings. You will find out more about:

  • Visas and collecting your biometric residency permit
  • Registering with the police
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with a doctor

The INTO social programme is a great way to meet new people and make friends, with great activities such as:

  • Chinese New Year celebrations
  • Cookery classes, quiz nights and treasure hunts
  • Trips to Gloucester Cathedral and the Wilson Museum
  • Excursions to UK cities including London, Bath and Manchester
Students' Union

Students' Union

You'll automatically become a member of the Students' Union, which actively campaigns on issues relevant to students and provides a range of services including:

  • Societies
  • Sports clubs
  • Freshers' week and summer ball
  • Tone, the student radio station
Faith space at the University of Gloucestershire

Faith space

Global faith support

All faiths are welcome at the University. On each campus, you’ll find a faith centre. They provide rooms for prayer and meditation, as well as quiet spaces for calm and reflection. The faith centres run events on campus from the faith centres including an interfaith celebration, Chinese student fellowship and charity events.

There are tea and coffee facilities available in the faith centres if you’d like to have a hot drink and speak to a chaplain. They provide confidential counselling and are there for you if you ever need to talk to someone. On the Park campus, a Muslim chaplain organises Friday prayers. There are also Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Baha’i associate chaplains available.

Major religious festivals are celebrated across the campuses. You’ll also find local churches, mosques, synagogues and temples in the local area.

Baskteball game at University of Gloucestershire

Over 35 sports clubs to join

Sport for everyone

There are over 35 sports clubs available to join and over 80 activities to try, including ballet, martial arts, basketball and American football. Whether you’re an accomplished athlete or a complete beginner, you’ll find a sport for you. It’s a great way to make new friends, too!

Passionate about sport? Why not join one of the University’s nationally successful sports teams? The University has over 150 years of sporting achievements, with some of its alumni going on to compete in the Olympics and Commonwealth games.

At the Oxstalls campus, you’ll find a gym, all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness studio. You’ll also have access to the facilities at Oxstalls Sports Park and Leisure @Cheltenham. The Park campus has a sports field where you can play football, rugby and other outdoor sports.

Wai Sze
"INTO organised activities like a Halloween party and trips to Bath’s Christmas market. It's a great chance to meet students and make lots of friends" Wai Sze

Where can I eat on campus?

On each of the University’s three campuses, you’ll find a Refectory. Here you’ll find light options such as fresh baguettes, paninis, sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

Missed breakfast? No problem, you can get a full breakfast at the Refectory. You’ll also find a salad bar, deli counter, jacket potatoes, soups, pasta, freshly baked pizzas and traditional homemade meals.

Vegetarian? No problem, you’ll find meat-free options in the refectories on campus.


Coffee with friends

There’s a Starbucks coffee bar on all three campuses serving cakes, snacks and pastries. The coffee bars are open Monday to Friday, from morning through to the late afternoon. If you’re studying late at Oxstalls campus, you can grab a coffee until late to keep you going.

Each campus also has a Starbucks coffee bar in the Refectory, where they serve hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches and cakes.