Campus life at the University of Gloucestershire

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, library, IT helpdesk, teaching rooms and accommodation.

There’s a Students' 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.

Your 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. It's a great opportunity to meet other INTO students and start making new friends.

As part of your orientation week, we’ll also show you around the local town and all the best places to buy food for cooking at home.

Gloucestershire Students' Union

You'll automatically become a member of the Students' Union (SU), which actively campaigns on issues relevant to students and aims to improve university experiences and make student life fun! The SU provides a range of services including:

  • societies
  • sports clubs
  • freshers' week and summer ball
  • Tone, the student radio station

Joining an SU society is a great way to get involved in university life and meet like-minded people who share your passions and interests. With over 50 societies on offer, from Animation to Life Drawing and Sci-Fi to Film, you're bound to find something that suits you.

Sports and recreation

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. The Park campus has a sports field where you can play football, rugby and other outdoor sports.

A multi-faith community

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.

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.

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

Eating 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.