Study abroad in Cheltenham

An inspiring place to study

When you think of studying in England, what do you imagine? If it includes traditional English scenery and culture, Cheltenham has everything you need. 

Stunning Regency architecture, wide avenues, green squares and parks fill the town. You'll be surrounded by beauty. And with plenty of activities and places to explore, it’s the perfect place to live and study in the UK.

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What makes Cheltenham unique?

  • It's located in the heart of the Cotswolds - a region of England famous for its outstanding natural beauty.
  • It's the most complete Regency town in England, with unique historical architecture.
  • You'll be able to do plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking and canoeing.
  • Cheltenham, and its neighbour Gloucestershire, are home to over 45 cultural festivals each year.

Cost of living

After a few weeks of living in Cheltenham, you’ll begin to have a better understanding of what things cost. This is the ideal time to look at your finances and create your budget so you can keep track of your money.

The below figures are an estimated monthly budget for the main expenses you’ll have, excluding tuition and accommodation fees. The actual amounts you spend may vary but this is a useful guide.

  • Food – £125
  • Entertainment and social activities – £120
  • Travel (local) – £45
  • Clothes and toiletries – £60
  • Other expenses e.g. haircut – £40

Food in Cheltenham

Cheltenham town centre provides something to suit every taste and budget. You’ll find chain restaurants and independent bistros using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You can sample some of the UK’s traditional foods such as award-winning fish and chips and the classic ‘cream tea’.

If you’re craving noodles, try Bar & Wok or Happy Garden on the High Street. Thai Family on Winchcombe Street serves authentic Thai food and offers special lunchtime discounts. For times when you want a light, inexpensive meal, Spencer’s Café is close to campus and popular with students.

The annual Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival is a great opportunity to try local delicacies. For the rest of the year, you’ll find two farmers’ markets selling everything from vegetables to fresh fish on The Promenade each month.

The European Market visits Cheltenham twice a year. The market sells fruits, vegetables, cheeses and hot take-away foods from all over Europe.

Looking for Szechuan peppercorns or halal meats? A selection of Halal shops and Chinese supermarkets is located on Lower High Street.

Life at the University of Gloucestershire

Transport in and around Cheltenham

Cheltenham is easy to get around on foot or using the frequent bus services, which run around the town and to neighbouring Gloucester city centre.

Take the bus to the historical city of Gloucester to visit the cathedral, famous for its appearances in the Harry Potter films. Fancy a day out in the capital? In just two hours you could be in London.

Cheltenham Spa railway station is close to campus and has frequent rail services to major cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. Which means you’ll easily be able to access their international airports.

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Festivals and events

In Cheltenham and Gloucester, you'll find theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, comedy events and live music. It's home to more than 45 festivals each year, including:

  • Cheltenham Literature Festival
  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • Cheltenham Science Festival
  • Cheltenham Music Festival
  • Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival 
  • 2000 Trees Festival
  • Underground Festival Gloucester

Sport in Cheltenham and Gloucester

With a strong sporting heritage here, you'll have the opportunity to take part in almost any sport you can imagine. Archery, clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, marital arts, motorsports, polo, and's all here.

If skiing or snowboarding is your passion, head to the Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre in the Matson District. For other indoor sports, there's the GL1 leisure centre. It has several swimming pools, a large sports hall, squash courts, gym and health spa.

Nightlife in Cheltenham

There are countless traditional pubs, many home to regular music or comedy gigs. Love plays and musicals? The town is well known for its theatres. And at the annual Cheltenham Festival, there’s always something different to enjoy – from literature to jazz, sports to science.

Employability in Cheltenham

There are plenty of thriving industries in the area, including finance, product design, aviation, sports, festivals and hospitality. You’ll find a whole host of national and multinational organisations on your doorstep. These include Dyson, Superdry, GE Aviation, Endsleigh Insurance, Ecotricity, Zurich and UCAS.