Living in Cheltenham

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.

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 and mountain biking.
  • Cheltenham, and its neighbour Gloucester, are home to over 45 cultural festivals each year.

Nightlife in Cheltenham and Gloucester

There are countless traditional pubs, many home to regular music or comedy gigs. Love plays and musicals? Head to the well-known Everyman Theatre. The many festivals in Cheltenham throughout the year provide entertainment from morning through to the evenings.

Food in Cheltenham and Gloucester

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.

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.

Cheltenham living costs

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 below figures are an example monthly budget for the main expenses you’ll have, excluding tuition and accommodation fees.

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

Please note that all costs are estimates, and are intended as an indicative guide only.

Travel 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.

Explore the UK from Cheltenham

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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