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The University of Worcester is situated in the city of Worcester. While it is a relatively new university having only gaining the status in 2005 it has a long history dating back to 1946 in providing education in the Worcester area.


The university has a range of courses covering 6 academic departments:

  • Institute of Education
  • Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
  • Institute of Health and Society
  • Institute of Science and the Environment
  • Institute of Sports and Exercise Science
  • Worcester Business School



The library is situated at the Hive, in the City centre, a joint venture with the Worcestershire County Council. It is a fully integrated public and university library with adult, children's and academic sections, the Worcestershire Record Office, the Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service, and the Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre. The Hive is a £60 million building which has over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, 250 computers along with access to printers, WIFI and laptop points. The brand new facilities also include a studio theatre, exhibition spaces and meeting rooms. The Hive’s dedicated history floor offers access to information on Worcestershire and beyond dating back to the last Ice Age, all brought to life with the latest technology. The Hive also gives access to electronic information, including databases, e-journals and e-books that are available from any computer with an Internet connection.

The building is open seven days a week, from 8.30am until 10pm, throughout the year, apart from Bank Holidays.

IT and Computing


Sporting facilities available at the St John's campus include a new 3G AstroTurf, a sand-filled hockey AstroTurf (both floodlit) and a sports centre with a six-court sports hall, dance studio, gymnasium and fully equipped fitness suite. The Sports Hall is marked out for 3 volleyball courts, 3 basketball courts, 6 badminton courts, 2 cricket nets, indoor football and futsal court, 1 netball court. It has retractable seating and a viewing gallery. On St John's Campus there is also a 3G floodlit full size football pitch, a sand filled hockey astroturf, air conditioned aerobics/CV and weight training fitness suite, a Gymnasium - fully equipped for primary and secondary gymnastics, a Dance Studio, Coaching resource centre and a Sports injury clinic. Other sports resources include Sports Performance Centre: Sports Science and performance support linked to UK Sports Insitute and BASES and the English Basketball Association approved Basketball Centre.

In April 2013, the University opened the University of Worcester Arena, a 2000 seat facility which caters for disability by design and enables true inclusion. It serves as the home ground for the Worcester Wolves basketball team and the training base for GB Men's Wheelchair Basketball team, and as a venue for a wide range of sporting events.

Sport is very important at Worcester and the University makes the most of its facilities to make links beyond the university at local, regional and national level. The university also offers sports scholarships to students with a proven ability.


The uni offers a welfare advice service to all students. It is a drop in service and you can just turn up for advice. This covers a range of issues including helping people who are struggling financially.

For those with perhaps more confidential or serious needs you might want to make an appointment to see one of the counsellors. This service is available free of charge.

General Information
2005 (gained university status)
Worcester, UK
The University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ
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You should to follow the Department of Health's advice and register with a local GP, as the university doesn't have it's own health centre. You'll have to look for one of the local GP surgeries and register there.

If you need help on campus though, you can phone through to the team of first aiders to get assistance.


Near the campus there's one co-op two minutes walk away in either direction and then a larger Sainbury's supermarket in St John's (about 10 minutes walk away). There are a couple of small newsagents close by too. When it comes to the city centre, it's got all the main High Street stores and a few smaller/independant stores; overall a reasonable mix. With an NUS Extra discount card you can get discounts across many of the high street retailers. On campus you just have the SU shop which offers basic provisions and stationery etc.


On campus food can be bought in the newly refurbished Dining Hall or Costa Coffee. There is also the SU run Berry's Sandwich Bar in the SU building, and a Starbucks in the SU building too.

In Worcester there is a range of places to eat like you'd expect in any city. Student discounts with an NUS extra card are offered in Pizza Express, Zizzi's and many other restaurants.


There are no banks on campus but you'll find a branch of pretty much every bank and building society in Worcester itself.

Thankfully, the campus does offer a choice of 2 cash machines, and you can get cash back at the SU shop too, so you won't be stuck without money if you need it!


During the weekdays the campus is well served with the number 31 bus service from the city centre bus station running every 9 minutes. This is limited to every half hour in the evenings. Sundays are a bit more of a problem with the service only being every hour, although the bus station is a 15 minute walk away.

Worcester is reasonably well connected to the train network. Two train stations are within easy walking distance from campus. Worcester Foregate Street has links to Birmingham, Cardiff and London while Worcester Shrub Hill has links to Cheltenham, Bristol and London Paddington.

Careers service

The Careers advisory service offers one on one chats with qualified advisers and offers a wide range or information and events that will help you look at career options and find jobs. The service liaises well with the academic departments and employers to bring you the most relevant and up-to-date information.

As well as current students you might be pleased to hear that recent graduates can also benefit form the full range of services for up to three years after graduation. Another level to the service is the 'pre-entry' service to assist those who are considering taking up a HE course.

Part-time jobs

The usual bunch of supermarkets, restaurants, DIY stores and high street stores are always looking for evening, weekend and casual staff.

Religious facilities

The University has a coordinating Chaplain from the Church of England and has links with all major faith groups across the region. The chaplaincy is there for the use of all students of any faith or none.

On campus there is multi-faith room for use by all students too. In the immediate area most Christian Churches have contacts as do many other religions. The wider area has a community for most major religions, though for some, such as Judaism and Hinduism the nearest dedicated place of worship will be in Birmingham.

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Bars, Pubs and clubs

Worcester is not a big place so does not have a huge number of very large bars and clubs. It does however have it's fair share and seems to have something for everyone one. There are plenty of bars, student nights in nightclubs, plenty of live music venues and also a good number of pubs where you can enjoy a pint of real ale.

The Students' Union runs The Pear Tree bar - a place only for students. They have a popular weekly karaoke night and a regular quiz night.


Every christmas there's a 4 day Victorian fair which can be well worth sticking around for. There's also an annual Worcester festival which is a mix of the arts over the course of a month or so in the summer, as well as the world famous Three Counties Choir Festival.

Clubs and societies


The University has around 1300 rooms in it's halls of residences across two campuses so chances are, if you want uni accommodation in your first year, there is a good chance you'll get it!

Accommodation policy

So how do you best make sure you get a place in uni accommodation? Be quick. That's how. You can only apply for accommodation once you have chosen Worcester as you're first choice uni, but don't worry about accommodation until towards the end of May. At that time you'll be sent an info pack which includes an accommodation application form. Fill this in and return it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Accommodation is given out on a first come first served basis and delaying sending it back will seriously lower your chances of getting a place. I'd even advise sending it back registered post so you know it gets there.

If you are a postgraduate student, the university will not be able to offer to a place in Halls, but can assist you finding a local place in privately rented accommodation.


All accommodation is self-catered (it'll help you learn to cook and make you feel like you're in the real world!). You are expected to clean your own bedrooms and clean your own pots and pans, but the communal areas will be cleaned regularly for you.

Some accommodation is en-suite and all is non-smoking.

Laundry facilities are in two laundries located around the accommodation areas.


Abberley, Ankerdine, Berrow, Malvern, Severn, Teme, Windrush & Wulfstan Halls

  • Flats of 4 or 6 students
  • Two shared shower rooms
  • Hob, double oven, fridge, freezer, kettle, irons and ironing board
  • Internet access available

Chandler Hall

  • Most rooms have private study area. Some have shared study area+
  • Kitchens shared between 8-10 students.
  • 2 bathrooms and 2 toilets shared between 8-10 students
  • Hob, double oven, fridge, freezer, kettle, irons and ironing board
  • Internet access available
  • Students of the same sex are allocated bedrooms with an adjoining shared study.
  • This is the cheapest Hall.
  • Communal space in Chandler Hall is limited, but there is a large shared common area available just for residents of Chandler.
  • The Hall is the oldest of all the halls.

Edward Elgar & William Morris Halls

  • Flats of 6 or 7 students
  • En-suite
  • Shared kitchens/lounges
  • Hob, double oven, fridge, freezer, kettle, irons and ironing board
  • Internet access available

Wyvern Hall

  • Flats of 4 or 6 students
  • Shared bathroom, shower and toilet room and a separate toilet in each flat
  • Hob, double oven, fridge, freezer, kettle, irons and ironing board
  • Internet access available

Private sector

The uni offers a private accommodation search facility on their website. It's useful for if you've not got/are not wanting a halls place in your first year or if you're looking for somewhere to live beyond the first year.

For independence, a house or flat share is the perfect choice. Worcester has plenty of good, reasonably priced accommodation which is close to the University. As a student off campus your son or daughter will still have access to the same facilities and the support of the Accommodation Team and Student Experience Team to help with any queries that might arise.

The University works closely with private landlords and Worcester City Council to ensure all student shared houses are accredited and offer good standards. They also offer advice on housing matters such as tenancy agreements and questions to ask landlords with regard to safety and fire precautions, so students are supported at every step of the way.

Some First Year students will be allocated accommodation in privately rented accommodation, usually sharing with other First Year students. All of the accommodation will have been inspected both by the University and by Worcester City Council and will usually be located close to the University campus. Where this is the case the tenancy contract will be negotiated between the student and the landlord directly and students will pay accommodation fees to the landlord but the University will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

University Managed Accommodation

1, Sansome Hall

This all en-suite Hall is self-catering accommodation located within the centre of Worcester, approximately 20-25 minutes walk from the campus and very close to Foregate Street railway station.

  • Arranged over 10 flats, 5 floors, of which half have lift access. All rooms have high-speed Internet connection.
  • Halls are protected by CCTV and there is storage for bicycles.
  • Shared kitchen/lounge area.
  • Equipped with a hob, double oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine/dryer, kettle, iron, ironing board and a basic supply of cooking utensils and crockery.

Fern Court For mature students

This development consists of three 5-bedroomed houses and one 3-bedroomed house with off-road parking adjacent to the campus and just 10-15 minutes walk from the University.

  • Newly built
  • One en-suite room per property.
  • Remaining rooms are of standard size.
  • All study bedrooms have high-speed Internet connections.
  • Shared bathroom, separate toilet and shower.
  • Fully fitted kitchen/dining room.

Students' Union

The Students Union houses a Berry's Sandwich Bar which is open during semester times. The SU also runs a shop which sells basic grocery items, stationery and branded clothing. There is also the SU run Pear Tree Bar.


It's claimed the prices are good at all times when compared to those at other SU bars around the country.



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Applying to Worcester

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