The University of Bolton is located in Bolton, Greater Manchester. It has approximately 11,000 students studying at it and has grown rapidly to this size since achieving university status a few years ago.
The Library is open six days a week with late night and vacation opening times posted on the library notice boards and web pages. Full printing and photocopying facilities are available along with a range of self-service facilities. Staff on the information and library desk can assist with any enquiries.
Social Learning Zone
The Social Learning Zone is a more chilled out version of a library. The newly opened £2.5 million development is packed with sofa seating and wireless networked so you can use a lap-top — or rent one from the university — grab books from the next-door library, maybe a coffee from the café and settle down to study in a relaxed atmosphere.
IT and Computing
There are internet facilities all over campus where students can go and do work including some rooms which are open 24/7. The University of Bolton can claim that they have one of the best workstation to student ratios in the UK. The University of Bolton has a campus wide wireless network which students can access. Each room in the halls of residence has the ability to connect to broadband internet if students have a PC or laptop.
There are sports facilities available for those who want to get involved at the sports centre which is found on the Deane Campus. There are fitness suites where you can do resistance exercises as well as cardio. There is an annual membership fee of £25 or you could pay as you go for just £1 per gym session.
There is also a multi-million pound development that has just been given the financial go ahead by the University, Bolton Council and NHS Bolton, to build a new leisure, fitness teaching and sports science facilities, as well as an urgent care health centre, diagnostic and treatment facilities, once plans have been approved.
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There is a lot of support available at Bolton for students who need it. Your first port of call if you have a problem are the student advisers who can give you information on a wide range of topics. You can find their offices in the Chancellors Mall on the Deane campus. Students may also feel that they would like to go to the student union for advice, and they also have a wide variety of services.
The proposed plans for the new £30 million sport and health complex will provide emergency care facilities and health services for members of the public. The University, through its students union also provides advice and support for students with health issues and concerns.
Bolton is one of the largest towns in the UK and has two shopping malls, one of which has recently been refurblished. But if you want a bigger choice of shops then the Trafford Centre, Manchester and Liverpool are just around the corner.
There are a number of places on the Deane campus where you can get food. A combination of hot and cold food is provided by cafes and restaurants. There is also a McDonalds, KFC and Subway within eye sight of the campus, or you may wish to take a walk into the town centre where you will be sure to find something more to your taste.
While there are no branches of banks on campus, there are branches of all main banks in the town centre.
Bolton has excellent road and rail links. Within 20 minutes you could be in the centre of Manchester, or you may choose to go to Liverpool or Blackpool for a day. But if the cities aren't for you then you could catch the train to the Lake District or Yorkshire in no time at all.
There is an active careers service at the University of Bolton. You can go and speak to them about part time work during your course. They also have a CV and careers advice service where you go to think about what you want to do when you graduate.
The university has a Job Shop, that has vacancies for students to apply for, if you are looking for part-time work. Student services, based in Chancellors Mall will be able to give you further details about the Job Shop.
Bolton has a multi-faith chaplaincy which provides support and religious advice to people from all backgrounds. There is also a room for people to quietly engage in prayer and meditation. There are chaplains available from the major religions for specific guidance.
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Bars, Pubs and clubs
Bolton is a very student oriented town and has a wide variety of clubs and bars which offer student discounts and student club nights. The newly built student bar, The Loft is on the Deane Campus and is a place where you can meet up with other students. The others bars/clubs around town are pretty cheap on student nights but you could always catch the train to Manchester or Liverpool for a night out.
Student events at Bolton are organised by the entertainment committee. Up and coming events information can be found here
Clubs and societies
There are many student societies for you to join at Bolton. Sports societies allow you to meet up and play sports such as badminton, basketball, cricket, football etc. There are also common interest groups for people who share interests, hobbies and cultural identities. The University of Bolton encourages people with relevant skills such as advertising and finances to get involved in societies to work with societies and in return have something for their cv.
The university owns and manages two modern, purpose built halls of residence, The Hollins and Orlando Village. Together they provide 700 single study bedrooms, each well furnished and containing carpet, curtains, bed, desk, wardrobe, storage space, easy chair and washbasin. All hall places are offered on a self-catering basis.
The university of Bolton has a number of halls of residence which between them have 700 single study bedrooms. The two halls are called Hollins and Orlando. Bother are well furnished with a bed, desk, wardrobe and sink. They are also both fully self catered.
This is located near what used to be the chadwick campus and has 318 single study bedroom. There are number of flats which have between 6-9 students. Each flat has a fully appointed kitchen with microwave, oven and fridge freezer and shared bath/shower room. There are internet facilities in each study bedrooms.
This is located ten minutes walk from the Deane Campus. It has 383 single study bedrooms. Each flat has a fully apointed kitchen with cooking, storing and bathroom facilities. There are internet facilities in each study bedrooms.
There are many houses which can be rented by students in Bolton. There is a list that you can get from the student advice service to help you find suitable properties.
The government's quality control agency for universities, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), has given us the highest level of recommendation possible in its recent institutional audit (published 2006). The University also has QAA 'excellent' ratings for subjects including biology, education, health studies, nursing, philosophy, psychology and textiles while our research in metallurgy and materials, English and philosophy is recognised as having national, and in some instances, international importance.
The University of Bolton is ranked top in the north-west for student satisfaction, according to The Times Good University Guide 2008. The guide ranks the University in the top 15 of all UK universities when it comes to student satisfaction.
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