Bradford College is located in the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire in the the north of England.
The University College’s three libraries are situated on the main city centre campus. Each library offers more than just books. You will be able to access e-journals, databases, e-books, subject gateways and study facilities. On-line systems allow you to search, reserve and renew books and check your library record.
The libraries offer dedicated areas for quiet study and also there are rooms for private and group study.
IT and Computing
The main computer base is located on the Westbrook Building. This can be accessed at any time that the University Centre is open and only requires you have a University ID card (to gain access to the building) and login details (given to you in you first IT lesson). These computers have internet access and standard applications like MS Office and Adobe reader.
Dedicated computer suites provide access to course specific applications. Students have internal and external access to a dedicated intranet. The Bradford School of Art whose alumni include David Hockney has suites of computers dedicated to art, fashion design, graphic design and multimedia.
The University Centre issues all students with an e-mail address for internal communications and external use. You’ll have access to the internet from anywhere on campus. Wireless hotspots are available in key buildings.
As policy, the University Centre adopts industry standard IT equipment so you won’t be in for any surprises in the future workplace.
A new, £20 million state-of-the-art building will welcome students from September 2008. The Trinity Green building will provide modern workshops; staff and student break-out areas; Wi-Fi technology; extensive learning resource areas; and student services. New sporting facilities will include a 1000m² sports hall; sports and fitness laboratories; a fitness testing suite; a dedicated sport theory room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with fully sprung wooden floor; multi-use games area; 2 basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches; and a full size football pitch that will be made available for community use.
The University Centre’s new sports facility now features in the London Organising Committee Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for the Olympics in 2012.
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The University Centre has a reputation for offering outstanding support to our students in all areas of academic life. It is a welcoming and friendly place to study and prides itself on providing you with help, advice and guidance.
Research published in October 2007 revealed that Bradford is the cheapest place for students to live and study. The survey, carried out by Push, found that Bradford was the most inexpensive place to live at 73% of the national average.
The city is home to known high street stores and independent specialists. The local supermarkets are great places to get shopping and household items. If you can get out of the city to the bigger supermarkets you will save a lot of money.
You can also jump on a train to Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield to extend your shopping options.
The city has a wide choice of low cost restaurants that cater for all tastes.
Branches of all major high street banks can be found in the city centre.
The city enjoys good regional, national and international links. It is serviced by a local airport that offers flights to European destinations and beyond. Two main transport hubs, The Interchange (bus, coach and train) and Forster Square (train) provide public transport links while the local motorway network ensures accessibility by road to the major cities and towns in Yorkshire and the North. A limited number of daily trains run direct from Forster Square to Kings Cross station in London.
Travel within the city is reliable and cheap. A day rider for the whole of West Yorkshire is available for 'First' buses, for only £3.40. Taxi ranks and cabs are available all hours that the stations run at. Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap. A £5 fare will cover the journey from The Interchange or Forster Square to the college.
Bradford is home to the headquarters and regional offices of major financial institutions. Part-time employment opportunites exist in the local financial services, retail and service industries.
The University Centre is a secular institution, but has connections with a wide variety of faiths and denominations within the local community. Representatives, advisor's and chaplains appointed by their denominations are people who staff and students can approach to discuss difficulties and share success and joy - whether faith related or not. They’re skilled in offering advice, both practical and spiritual.
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The University Centre has an exciting programme of student activities which will give you the opportunity to extend your skills.
All the activities we offer have been picked to be enjoyable for you and to give you the opportunity to expand your existing skills, try out new pursuits and enjoy a range of recreational and intellectual hobbies. If there is something you would like to do in your spare time that is not included on the programme, call in and have a chat with an organiser and your suggestion will be given consideration.
Bars, Pubs and clubs
The lively night life is prominent in the city’s ‘West End’, a vibrant array of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, close to the University Centre campus at the heart of the city.
You can also jump on a train to Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield to extend your options.
Clubs and societies
The Student Accommodation Service provide a professional service so that students benefit from living in quality, comfortable and secure accommodation while studying at the University Centre and living in Bradford.
Priority to students in Halls of Residence is given to first and final year students.
We have two hundred and sixty bedrooms that we allocate. All these bedrooms are ensuite (own bathroom). Sixty bedrooms are at Doris Birdsall Hall and two hundred bedrooms are at Arkwright Hall. Both locations are situated close to the city centre campuses. We also arrange Home-stay accommodation.
Bradford is a student friendly city. It has a large student community and the private sector offers a wide range of affordable accommodation. You can get help with finding a place and loads more info from Unipol.
Unipol is a charity supported by Bradford College and University to help students find accommodation in Bradford and surrounding areas, either via student houses or Wardley House, which has a block of 290 ensuite bedrooms.
Forster Hall is new purpose built student accommodation with 495 ensuite bedrooms in flats of 5 or 6. All rooms come with broadband connection, IP telephone, IP TV, safe deposit box and free use of the gym on site.
Arkwright Hall has 600 ensuite bedrooms in addition to those allocated by the College.
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Bradford is a unique, fast-moving city with a transforming city centre and a booming economy being recently named by OMIS as one of the top six cities in the UK for potential economic growth.
The city is currently being revitalised through an ongoing programme of investment and renewal.
The surrounding areas offer some of the most picturesque scenery in the country including the nearby districts of Howarth, Ilkley, Saltaire the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines.
No matter what your taste in entertainment, it will be well catered for in Bradford. There are student bars, cafés, a wealth of clubs, many offering student nights and discounts, and an abundance of live music venues.
The city is home to the National Media Museum (formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television) which is now one of the most popular museums in the United Kingdom outside London, with 615,431 visiting in 2005. The University College is a partner of the museum which houses the world’s largest photo library, something of particular interest to photography students.
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