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unis with city and nature balance

i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
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I go to Glasgow and recommend it for city and nature balance. The uni itself is in the Glasgow Westend and surrounded by big parks, like the botanical gardens. Glasgow itself is a big city and the centre is only 10 min away by bus. One thing to consider though is that Scottish unis are an extra year 🥲
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Do you mean being within reach of countryside, or having a green campus or being close to green spaces within the city? Leeds and Sheffield unis are very much busy city locations with the odd park, but Leeds is within reach of the Yorkshire Dales NP and Sheffield the Peak District NP. If you clarify what you are looking for, you will get better suggestions. :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks


Hi there!

The University of Reading is a great option to consider if you are looking for a city and nature balance! As a student there currently, I am happy to share why I think it’s a great option for a great balance!

The University of Reading has an amazing green campus which has plenty of open spaces, lakes and gardens. This aspect of the campus provides a peaceful and relaxing environment which is perfect for studying, socialising or simply enjoying a walk.

We also have loads of wildlife at our campus! Including loads to spot around our Whiteknights lake! Our university is also committed to green initiatives to promote sustainability and reducing environmental impacts.

On the other hand, Reading has a great city centre which is around a 20 minute walk from campus. This offers a mix of shops, cafes, and entertainment options if you fancy a day out! There is always something happening in Reading which makes it a great mixture of nature and city life. Reading also has great transport links making travelling around the city easy and efficient so you don’t have to worry. It is a great university if you want the best of both worlds so I would 100% consider looking into studying with us!

If you do have anymore questions about studying, university life or general queries at Reading, then feel free to reach out!

All the best,

Millie :smile:
BSc International Development
Hi there!

The University of Reading is a great option to consider if you are looking for a city and nature balance! As a student there currently, I am happy to share why I think it’s a great option for a great balance!

The University of Reading has an amazing green campus which has plenty of open spaces, lakes and gardens. This aspect of the campus provides a peaceful and relaxing environment which is perfect for studying, socialising or simply enjoying a walk.

We also have loads of wildlife at our campus! Including loads to spot around our Whiteknights lake! Our university is also committed to green initiatives to promote sustainability and reducing environmental impacts.

On the other hand, Reading has a great city centre which is around a 20 minute walk from campus. This offers a mix of shops, cafes, and entertainment options if you fancy a day out! There is always something happening in Reading which makes it a great mixture of nature and city life. Reading also has great transport links making travelling around the city easy and efficient so you don’t have to worry. It is a great university if you want the best of both worlds so I would 100% consider looking into studying with us!

If you do have anymore questions about studying, university life or general queries at Reading, then feel free to reach out!

All the best,

Millie :smile:
BSc International Development
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hey there 😀

It is awesome that you are considering a balance of city life and nature for your uni experience. Sheffield, Leeds, and Leicester are great choices, and I can definitely vouch for Leicester, along with De Montfort University (DMU), as they offer a fantastic mix of both city and nature.

Leicester is a vibrant student city with a rich cultural scene, plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Despite being a bustling place, it has a surprising amount of large and beautiful parks and green spaces. Bradgate Park is a must-visit, with its stunning landscapes and wildlife. There are public transport options, such as buses, that can take you there, making it quite accessible for a day trip to enjoy some nature and take a proper break from studying or the city!

DMU is known for its modern campus and strong focus on employability. It is located right in the heart of the city, with easy access to both urban amenities and nearby nature spots. My personal favorites are the River Soar, with its lovely riverside walks and cycle paths, and Castle Gardens, which is perfect for a relaxing break between classes.

I hope it was helpful 💪 Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions 😉 You can also chat with me or other DMU students directly through The Ambassador Platform.

Take care,

Julia
Psychology student
De Montfort University
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i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks
Hello! You should definitely consider the University of Huddersfield, it’s got plenty of vast fields when you explore a little past the center, but lots of options for restaurants, pubs, entertainment and night life in the center to make sure you have plenty to do!

There’s big parks for you to lounge about in, and regular buses to allow you to travel about easily across the town.

I hope this helps!

Estelle
Third Year University
University of Huddersfield
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hiya,

If you are looking for a university with city life and nature, then Sheffield would be perfect. It was the nature aspect of the city that convinced me to choose it and I have not regretted the decision! There are 2 parks right next to university buildings that are perfect for a break during exams or to hang out with friends and the Peaks is right on the doorstep with just a short bus drive away. As the city itself is very student oriented, there are a lot of cafes and independent shops that are a short distance away from uni buildings too.

If you have any more questions about Sheffield, let me know!
Jivanthika
I'd definitely second Glasgow as a location (although I'm biased!) 🙂 Glasgow translates from Gaelic in to 'Dear Green Place' - we have tons of lovely parks and green space. You can also escape in to the highlands really easily - Loch Lomond, Fort William, Cairngorms - and bus travel is free for students so you've got access to lots of gorgeous spaces and scenery really easily.

You've got a big city and a few unis to choose from as well so there's lots of choice! The University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and ourselves (Strathclyde) are all here in the centre, as well as the RCS and Glasgow School of Art so it's a big student city 👋

Happy to chat about studying in Scotland if it helps!

Caitlin 🎓️
Official University of Strathclyde Rep
Newcastle/Northumbria. Massive open spaces (you might find cows in the meadow next to your city, close to campus accommodation) Kittiwakes at the quayside, quick Metro to the coast.
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hi! This is also something that I was looking for when I was researching universities and I can say that Lancaster Uni definitely fits the specification. The campus is surrounded by woodlands and there is a lot of green space throughout, including wild spots where the grass doesn't get mowed so that widlflowers can grow. There is a woodland trail that goes around campus that is absolutely stunning in the spring and summertime. The city also has a lot of green space, notably Williamson Park which is a huge park with woodland, flowers, ponds, and even a mini creature zoo and butterfly house. It is also not too far from the Lake District, I know a lot of people who have gone for day trips or weekend trips in the Lakes whilst studying here.
I would recommend visiting universities you're interested in if you can, or if you can't you can find them on google maps and look at the satellite images!
Good luck with your applications.
-Kat (2nd Year Psychology Undergraduate @ Lancaster Uni)
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hi there,

Those are all great choices. I also think that Cardiff is noteworthy for its size and access as a city as well as access to nature. I have quite a few friends that have moved here for that reason. Firstly, as the capital of Wales, Cardiff is home to the Welsh government, and many big companies e.g. BBC, ITV, Admiral etc. On the other hand, the Brecon Beacons is just an hour's drive away, with public transport access, and the rest of Wales' beauty and its miles of natural beaches.

I hope that gives you something to think about!

All the best,
Jaz
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hi Anon,
I'd recommend Lancaster university. Its located in the Northwest and the city is lovely and historic but not too big. The university itself is 3 miles away from the city and is a really green campus and is surrounded by the countryside with the canal also being a short walk from campus. Further, it is also close to the lake district which is only 40 minutes by train.
Hope this helps!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Leeds and leicester are very much city unis. We went on the open days. They have their parks and green spaces if thats what you mean. You might want a campus uni based in the countryside, but has transport links to the city when you need it.

Lancaster, Reading, York I would suggest. Lancaster has a woodland walk which goes all the way round, and a canal path which you can walk to the city which takes around 50 mins. Also has lake carter. Or you can bus it in 20 mins to the city centre. Reading, thats got a huge lake and theres some accommodation right out in the countryside, but yet still on campus. York is away from the city, and quite like the lake as well and heslington east which is a short bus journey away but has campus accommodation.
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hi there

The University of Kent has a good mix of greenery and city feel. 🙂 The Canterbury campus consists of modern facilities and lots of green spaces. All buildings and outdoor areas are well kept and beautiful, so students will be able to find any sorts of activities they enjoy. Whether that be outdoors or indoors sports, or any activities hosted by student societies. (One thing I really like about our campus, is the cinema and theatre located next to the library- which are available to students and the public!🙂 )

It is also located close to the city centre (either 30 minutes by foot, or 10 minutes by bus). Canterbury has the benefit of being close to London- there is a direct train which takes you straight there (approximately 50 minutes), which makes it really convenient for commuting students too. If you get a chance to, you may like to have a look at our open day events: Canterbury Open Day - What's on - University of Kent. It is also a good idea to attend other Universities' open days as it will give you a good idea of which environment and courses you will like.

I hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hi,

I think Kingston has a great balance of nature and city, this is something I was surprised by and one of the things that attracted me to Kingston. So I though I would share some insight on what Kingston is like.

Firstly when it comes to the nature surrounding Kingston, it is right on the Thames so has rivers running through the town the accommodation (Middle Mill) and campus (Knights Park) that I am based at have rivers running right by them which creates a really nice atmosphere, I could hear the river running and the ducks from my accommodation. Many people sit by the Thames and for food and drinks and we have a sailing club, many water sports take place there like rowing etc.

There are also lots of parks and green spaces, such as small ones within Kingston like Fairfield and then a few bigger ones close by such as Hampton Wick, Richmond Park and Wimbledon and Putney Commons. I have also visited Kew gardens which is not too far on public transport, which I loved. Lots of people also get around Kingston on bikes. Overall there are lots of outdoor spaces to spend you time at.

Then of course being outside the centre of London you can be in the city centre within 25 minutes on the train. So there is always lots going on, lots of shops, places to eat, events and museums. This is why I chose Kingston as I felt it had the best of both.

I have also recently visited a friend in Edinburgh and I was surprised by how much nature there was, lots of hills right in the city that students often go up and spend time there. I went up two hills while I was there to watch the sunset and spend time with my friends.

I would say the best thing to do is visit open days to get a feel for what the place is really like, this helped me a lot when making a decision. The next open day for Kingston is Saturday 6 July.

I hope this helps and good luck making your decision :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Exeter - the campus is beautiful.
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hi there,

I go to the University of Chester, and I love the city and nature balance here.

While the main university campus is fairly small, we still have a few green spaces to enjoy, and are involved in caring for the wildlife here. Keep an eye out for our hedgehog houses! Outside of campus, the city and surrounding area is filled with many beautiful parks, the River Dee, gardens, wetlands, and meadows. I find there to be endless choices of where to go next, which I absolutely love.

We are also situated close to Wales, with easy access to beautiful nature areas if you have some form of transport. If not, the Wales Coastal Path (and other walks) is a beautiful walk you can take to get a taste of the areas outside of the city. There are also countless nature reserves, forests, and hikes just outside of the city, some of which are easy to access by train.

Aside from the beautiful nature you can experience, Chester is also rich in history. It houses the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, an incredible Cathedral, and the largest Roman Amphitheater in Britain! There is a lot of history to learn, and a lot of shopping to be done in the Rows too!

I hope this helps, and definitely reach out to me or other students through our Chat to a Student page if you have any more questions about student life here in Chester.

Isabella
Third-year Geography with a Year Abroad Student
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Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

HI there!

I'm from UCLan so I'm probably a little biased! We have a nice smaller city which has lots of green space around campus! We have parks really close by and are also close to major cities like Manchester and Liverpool but also the Lake District if you want a bit of countryside! I've linked our website here if you want to have a look!

I hope this helps,
Rebecca
Original post by Anonymous
i’m thinking about what unis i want to go to, and a thing i value is a nice balance of city and nature/countryside. i’m considering sheffield leeds and leicester. does anyone have anymore recommendations
thanks

Hey there,

De Montfort University is located in a very beautiful spot in Leicester. While only 5 minutes away from city centre, it is also very close to some beautiful parks and meadows, such as Castle Gardens for example. It is also right next to the river and therefore you can always see swans and other wildlife. Come and visit us for an Open Day and see for yourself :smile:

Take care,
Ilya

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