The University of Huddersfield is in Huddersfield, no surprises there then! Huddersfield is well placed between Leeds and Manchester so you’ve got access to all the facilities in Huddersfield (more detail later) and good rail links bring you to either of those large cities in about 40 minutes.
The University started life as the Huddersfield Science and Mechanic Institute way back in 1825 and was granted University status in 1992. In 2007 it was ranked as joint 1st of all the Yorkshire Universities. It has about 20,000 students at present with the majority of them based in and attending the main campus in Huddersfield. In recent years, two further campuses have been opened in Barnsley and Oldham. The current Chancellor is well-known actor Professor
Xavier Sir Patrick Stewart.
There is a main library on Huddersfield campus run by the Computing and Library Services (CLS). It is spread over several floors with areas for each school/dept. as well as quiet study areas and PC/Mac access. Books can be requested or renewed online. Access to the library and any lending facilities is by use of University ID/Swipe Card.
There is a smaller library at each of the Barnsley and Oldham campuses and a great facility for requesting and returning books from the main library at Huddersfield.
A very useful facility run by the CLS is ‘Summon’. This allows students fast and simple access to scholarly documentation at the University of Huddersfield.
If more relaxed tomes are needed to distract you from your studies then there is also a local council-run library 5 minutes off campus.
IT and Computing
Each school of the University has at least one IT facility, equipped with software from universal word processing tools to specialised software for each department. Some of these can be accessed 24 hours a day. There are over 300 PC’s in the Library and Computing Centre which are available to all but don’t have the more specialised programs. Access to the network is by the student ID that you receive on enrolment.
The key systems are email and Blackboard. No surprises with emails, they can be sent both internally and externally and are usually the main method of communication between lecturers and students. It’s worth checking email regularly as last-minute lecture cancellations or deadline changes can be sent here. Blackboard is an online learning resource where lecturers can post course content for download by the students.
A recent addition to the computing facilities is the ability for students to access their account from outside the university, 24/7, by using a secure log-in. A wireless network has also been established that covers all buildings and most of the spaces in between.
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The University sports facilities are based in the sports building located on Queensgate campus. There is a large sports hall which can be booked, a fitness centre/gym, two squash courts and a sparring/boxing area. There are loads of activities and classes that can be booked by anyone wishing to attend. A new Learning and Leisure Centre is being built at the University of Huddersfield. To view how this fantastic new facility is going to look go to http://www.hud.ac.uk/about/campus-life/learning-and-leisure-centre/gallery/
All sports clubs are run by the Students' Union - you can find out more about them on their website - www.huddersfield.su/hudunisport
Welfare is an integral part of the University of Huddersfield, and they ensure that students are completely at home with the environment they are studying in. Should students suffer problems, they offer a range of services, led by trained staff. It’s all confidential too, worth noting if you’ve got something you feel a bit embarrassed to talk about!
Student Support: This deals with a range of issues including disability, immigration, and other welfare issues. It is led by a team of friendly, experienced advisors who can offer support and guidance. A wide range of free literature is available at the Welfare and Immigration point in the Student Centre. One-to-one appointments are available. Information will be given during induction week.
They can be contacted by visiting the Student Information and Support Centre on Level 4 of the Central Services Building or by using the following alternative methods: Telephone: 01484 472675 E-mail(s): General Welfare issues - [email protected] Disability issues - [email protected] Immigration/Visa issues - [email protected]
The University Health Centre (UHC) can be found on the south side of the canal and is open during normal office hours. It’s Practice area covers the Halls of Residence and addresses within a 3-mile radius. Every student needs to be registered with a doctor and if you don’t fall within the UHC area, you need to find a local NHS doctor. For A&E and other more serious concerns, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is quite a distance away from the University itself. As such, walking it is not advisable! The 370, 371 and 372 buses from the town centre stop at the hospital. These buses also stop on Wakefield Road just by the canal.
Facing the main University campus is the Sainsbury's supermarket at Shorehead. There is also a Tesco a little further away, and a smaller Sainsbury's near the bus station. Next to the Tesco on the east side of the town is the Huddersfield market - partly covered and partly made up of stalls. Also, on the bus route to the Storthes Hall campus, there is a Morrisons supermarket. There is Lidl 10 minutes walk away in nearby Aspley. Also in Aspley there is Asda, Greggs and Iceland. Aside from supermarkets, Huddersfield has a wide variety of high-street stores ranging from clothes to your traditional stationery and book retailers, all within a few minutes walk of the University campus. Many of the main chain shops are in The Kingsgate Shopping Centre.
Huddersfield has lots of restaurants. Almost any type of cuisine you could want to eat is available within the town centre. Examples include Ciao Bella (Italian/Mediterranean), Nawaab (Indian), Jumbo (all-you-can-eat Chinese), Balooshai (Asian) and a whole range of others to suit your taste.
If you enjoy fast-food takeaway, Huddersfield town centre possesses a KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King, Wimpy and a number of Subways.
Banks & Building Societies
Huddersfield's town centre has branches of several high-street banks; including HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Halifax, Alliance & Leicester, Nationwide, Santander, Yorkshire Bank and NatWest; amongst others. There are cash machines available on campus if you don’t want or don’t have the time to get into the town centre. From September a Santander branch will be available within the Student Union.
Huddersfield has excellent links to Leeds and Manchester, along with services to Sheffield, Bradford, York, Newcastle, Hull, Scarborough and Liverpool. Connections to London are available via Leeds or Wakefield Westgate, or a much slower route via Manchester.
Huddersfield has the busiest bus station in West Yorkshire. It runs many local services, as well as regional services to nearby cities and some national coach services. The town's Public Transport Executive is West Yorkshire Metro.
The 398 bus service connects the town centre with the Storthes Hall student campus. The stop to the student halls can be found outside the main University reception on the dual-carriageway. This is also the main drop off point from Storthes Hall campus. http://www.wymetro.com/BusTravel/bustimetables/Bustimetable/399/
The Ashenhurst bus stop can be found on the opposite side of the carriageway outside the bar called 'Rhubarb' http://www.wymetro.com/BusTravel/bustimetables/Bustimetable/358/
Taxis are readily available all over the town centre, however for students, the taxis opposite the bar called 'Revolution' are the cheapest with the fare costing just £5 to Storthes Hall Student Village.
The University has a comprehensive Careers Advisory Service which is available to students and also to graduates for up to three years after graduating. There is a job shop on the University website that’s really useful for both current students and graduates with links to full-time jobs, internships and part-time positions. Huddersfield has a Connexions branch on the corner of Market Street; which offers careers advice to students of any age. It is worth noting that the University policy is that students do not work more than 15 hours during term-time.
There is a Job Centre in the town centre near the bus station. This can be used to find short- and medium-term jobs, in places such as supermarkets, restaurants, cafés and shops. If voluntary work is required for a course, there is a Volunteer Centre at 8 Upperhead Row - located in the bus station building.
Huddersfield has several churches, many in outlying villages. It also has mosques, synagogues and a Sikh Gurdwara just above the bus station. Other religions will also find places of worship.
The University also offers a variety of groups and societies relating to particular religious sects, giving new and old students the chance to meet up. Prayer Rooms are available on campus.
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Bars, Pubs and clubs
Huddersfield is famed for the number of bars it possesses in close proximity to the university campus. The main bar central is directly opposite the campus just off Queensgate.
There are however, a few more popular bars in the town centre, such as 'Revolution', 'The Camel Club', 'Tokyo' and 'Varsity' (shut down) However there is now FIVE bar which is great for pre drinks.
The Students' Union no longer has its own bar since the new student central was built however "Rhubarb" the pub across the road from uni is now the partner bar for the Students' Union, offering discounts and events. The addition of student central caused some controversy over the loss of the SU bar but the new building now has many coffee and food outlets, a gym and of course the students' union shop.
If you want to sample the night-life then these are the clubs/bars for you:
Tokyo's: Situated on Queen Street [if you head out onto Queensgate and head towards the Piazza Shopping Centre, turning right towards the town centre, you will stumble across Tokyo's, which is THE most popular club in Huddersfield. Most popular night is Wednesday night, aka student night, this three-storey club is perfect for people who want to dance the night away, chill out to music, and socialise with new friends from University and Halls of Residence.
The Camel Club: Offers different themes for different nights: On Monday you have 'funday monday' where you get to pick your own songs and they occasionally have acts on usually 90's bands like five and step- it's a cheesy night out. Wednesdays are hosted by student party legends 'Let's get Funked' and the theme for the night is House party - house music all night and the DJ also takes requests one of the most popular nights out a nice change of scenery from Tokyo and friendlier atmosphere definitely not a night out to be missed. Friday is 'Bedlam' for all the rock/metal/indie lovers and Saturday is 90's night another popular night. It is situated within Byram Court, on John William Street.
Varsity: Unfortunately shut down.
Warehouse: Situated further along Zetland St is Warehouse. This is one of your traditional pubs, but has a 'club' feeling. It possesses four pool tables, and offers traditional pub grub as well as most alcoholic drinks. Has a texting machine, a DJ on a Monday and Karaoke on other nights. It is also popular for major sporting events with a big screen.
Revolution: Another popular ‘chain’ bar, situated near the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, and specialising in flavoured vodkas. Best night to go is on a Tuesday, again hosted by Let's get funked. Rev's is a pub/restaurant by day and on a Tuesday a club by night, 50% off all drinks on a Tuesday and it has a great outdoor terrace for when you want a rest from the dance floor. There is a DJ inside and outside on the terrace.
Huddersfield also has two Wetherspoons - one close to the train station (The Cherry Tree), and one on King St (The Lord Wilson). Both offer traditional drinks, as well as a range of beers from Europe. They also offer meals at affordable prices. The most popular is their 'beer and a burger' offer.
There are numerous other bars in Huddersfield. Each has different positives and negatives, with most appealing to people who enjoy different types of music genres.
Clubs and societies
There are a wide variety of clubs and societies available at Huddersfield Uni. The official list can be found on the Students' Union website, but features:
- Afro Carribean Society
- Christian Union
- Drama Society
- English Society
- Gaming Society (FRAG)
- Hindu Society
- Historia Normannis Society
- Islamic Society
- LGBT Society
- Marketing Society
- Motorcycling Society
- Photographic Society (HUPS)
- Pharmacy Society
- Poker Society
- Postgraduate Society
- Redeemed Student Fellowship
- SAMEEM Society
- Socialist Students Society
- Transport and Logistic Society
- WTF Society
- American Football (Huddersfield Hawks)
- Boardriding (HUBA)
- Cheerleading (HHC)
- Climbing and Mountaineering
- Football (Ladies)
- Football (Men's)
- Gaelic Football (Men's)
- Hockey (Ladies)
- Hockey (Men's)
- Ice Hockey (Ice Hawks)
- Jiu jitsu
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Snow Sports(HUSSI)
- Wing Chun
Aspley and Little Aspley
- Is a popular choice for many 2nd and 3rd year students
- The rent is from £110 per week for a standard en-suite room, room prices for standard plus en-suite, deluxe en-suite, super deluxe en-suite and premium en-suite can be found here. The deposit is £250
- 100MB broadband and wi-fi throughout both sites
- there is a car park, but it's decided by lottery who gets a permit.
- All inclusive bills - though have to pay for washing which is around £2.20 and £1 for the dryer
- On-site gym for residents to use - free (sadly they have gotten rid of the pool)
- Close to the university ~5 minute walk
- Car parking - this has to be paid for, but can be included within the rent instalments
- Is a popular choice for many 2nd and 3rd year students
- Within walking distance to the university ~20 minutes, though a bus also does run. This bus pass costs £15 and can be purchased on arrival week
- The rent is £77 per week for the basic room, room prices for the standard and semester rooms can be found here
- 12MB broadband and wi-fi throughout
- Shared bathrooms, 2 toilets per house
- All inclusive bills - though have to pay for washing, £2.40 for use of the washing machine and £1.10 for the dryer
- £200 deposit, £50 of this is non-returnable. The other £150 is returned at the end of the year dependant on the condition of your house. Price list for damage is normally included within your welcome pack
- Parking is available for only 50 cars, this comes at the cost of £100 for the year
- Is a popular choice for 1st and 2nd year students
- Within walking distance to the university ~2 minutes
- The rent is £107 per week for the classic en-suite room, and from £112 for the premium en-suite room
- £250 deposit and is returned at the end of the year depending on the condition of your flat
- All inclusive bills - though have to pay for washing
- 20MB broadband and wi-fi
- Parking is available
- Is brand new accommodation for September 14/15
- Within walking distance to the university ~2 minutes
- The rent is £106 per week for the classic en-suite, room prices for the other rooms can be found here
- Is a popular choice for 1st year students
- The rent is £100 for a standard en-suite room, room prices for standard plus and double can be found here
- All rooms are en-suite
- Quite far from town, but a bus service runs every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday. The bus pass costs £15 and can be purchased in arrival week. You have to pay £1.20 if you want to go into town after 10pm.
- On-site bar that offers themed nights every month
- All Inclusive bills - though have to pay for washing, £2.40 for use of the washing machine and £1.10 for the dryer
- Car parking is available, is on first come first served basis. Costs £100 for the year
- Shop on-site, though this can be expensive, so try to only use in emergencies
- On-site gym - have to pay extra for this
- £200 deposit, £50 of this is non-returnable. The other £150 is returned at the end of the year dependant on the condition of your flat. Price list for damage is normally included within your welcome pack
Private sector accommodation can be found all over the town, but be prepared to spend a premium due to landlords looking for profit. Prices are often at £80 per week or so, not including utilities.
The quaint Victorian architecture of the town is appealing. Many shops are housed in these buildings and can be seen on streets such as Kingsgate, Westgate and Queensgate. The train station and town hall are also fine examples of pleasing architecture.
Huddersfield is a very diverse place. To the north, there is a lot of housing, as far as the M62. Most of the villages have become merged over the years and the whole area is basically residential, with some open park areas. To the south, there is a lot of Green Belt land with smaller villages and larger houses; including the famous small town of Holmfirth - renowned for its appearance in Last of the Summer Wine, which is where the popular TV series was filmed. Slaithwaite, to the west, is where the popular ITV Drama 'Where The Heart Is', was filmed.
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