Teesside University

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Excellent, plenty to do, plenty of people to get to know, and the university facilities and staff are top class.

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Teaching Excellence Framework Award (TEF)

TEF Silver Award

Teesside University has been awarded a Silver rating in the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework.

What do the TEF Awards mean for you?


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Teesside University has a broad portfolio of courses with specialisms in science, technology and engineering, alongside creativity, enterprise and digital innovation. We offer study at many levels, full and part-time, on campus and through online, distance learning. We also offer short courses.

The University excels in health science and computing. It is ranked by 3D World as one of the top 20 places in the world to study animation and computer games design. And 100% of students studying accounting and finance, dental hygiene and therapy, and performing arts said they were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2017).

When you come to Teesside you discover that our focus is on your career path and the world ahead of you. Our courses provide a high level of academic education as well as helping you to develop a range of practical skills that employers look for.

Check out our courses here.


The Curve, Teesside University

Located in the centre of town, everything you need is on your doorstep at Teesside University. Recent investment in our campus includes a fully pedestrianised campus heart – a lovely, flexible, outdoor space popular with students for relaxing, and great for community markets and events.

Within the campus heart is our five-storey, £22m teaching building with a 200 seat lecture theatre and modern learning spaces – it’s called The Curve, it’s big and gold (coloured…not plated!) and it’s the first building you’ll see when you first arrive on campus.

The University’s 24-hour library has recently been refurbished, it now offers great views across campus through a new glass frontage. It also features colourful, comfortable learning spaces with lots of PCs, resources and study space to help you get the best out of your study time.

Recent investment also includes enhanced science and engineering facilities (have a look here) and a £2.75m health and fitness centre (check that out here). 

At Teesside we’re proud of our subject-specific facilities and know that good quality equipment helps you learn and gain practical skills. Facilities include a flight-simulation laboratory; an environmental chamber; broadcast news studios; a green screen; simulated practice labs for health subjects; a full-size ambulance; wood, metal, plastic, resin and glass workshops; video production studios; 3D printers; lie detector equipment; a crime scene house; and a hydrotherapy pool.

Find out more here.

Visit us

Student ambassadors at Teesside University's open day

If you're thinking about studying at Teesside, come and visit us - it's the best way to find out what it's like.

We think it's great here (obviously), but it's important to check the place out for yourself. At an open day you get the chance to:

  • chat to our staff and students about our courses
  • have a look around our lovely campus
  • meet Teesside students and ask lots of questions
  • check out our town-centre accommodation
  • see our facilities (the flight simulator and our hydrotherapy pool are pretty cool)
  • find out why our students' union wins so many awards
  • explore the local area 

Find out when the next open day is by visiting our open days page or checking out the open days calendar.

Where is Teesside?


Teesside University is in the centre of Middlesbrough, in North East England.

Our campus is easily accessible by car or train and is only a ten minute walk from Middlesbrough railway station. Durham Tees Valley Airport is 13 miles away. 

With excellent rail links it's easy to travel to Middlesbrough from the rest of the UK. Local train services and a frequent bus service also make it easy for you to explore the lovely towns, villages, coast and countryside around the region.

Visit our travel page for more details.

Our area

Colourful beach huts

Middlesbrough is one of the best value places to live in the UK and your money will go much further here than in lots of other university towns and cities. Just a few minutes’ walk from campus you’ll find quirky cafes, chilled out micro pubs, vintage clothes shops and an emerging collection of independent bars and retailers. The usual high street shops, museums, sports, restaurants, cinemas, clubs and parks are also close to hand.

Soak up some culture

There’s always something happening in the Boro – whether you’re up for a couple of craft beers at a local gig or a relaxing afternoon strolling around the modern art gallery, mima. There’s also a rock café, seasonal festivals, and some great theatre venues offering drama, live music, comedy and classical performances. Teesside's own Students' Union is a hive of activity - it's won an incredible 13 Best Bar None awards and offers massive club and theme nights, live comedy, live music and live appearances from huge celeb names.

Eat, drink, chill

Independent cafes, artisan and vegan-friendly bakeries, delicious cocktail bars, stylish charcuteries, cosy vintage teashops, locally sourced produce and a dry bar are all just around the corner from campus. You’ll also find plenty of international restaurants offering up flavours from around the globe. If you need a quick snack during the day you'll find the Students' Union shop stocked with treats - you can get lovely hot food and sarnies for lunch too. And check out The Smeltery, located inside Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – incredible, homely food packed with goodness, freshly squeezed juices, local gin and excellent coffee – tuck in and check out the art and shop when you’re there.

Coast, countryside and the great outdoors

Teesside is an amazing place if you love being outside. Whether you want a lazy day in the country, a stroll along the beach or an adventure on one of the largest expanses of moorland in the UK – it’s all on your doorstep as a Teesside student.

Middlesbrough is a gateway to top surf, pretty coastal towns, wild expanses of moorland and the amazing Cleveland Way. Think ice cream, paddling in the sea, fish and chips, BBQs on the beach, wellies and pub lunches. If you like adventure, check out the Tees Barrage and enjoy some white water rafting on the River Tees (look out for friendly seals).

There’s so much to do as a student in Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley and we hope you enjoy reading about the area in this guide.

Find out more and start ticking things off your Teesside bucket list by checking out our top Teesside experiences

You can also download the Mini Rough Guide to Middlesbrough to get a bit of insider knowledge.

Students’ Union

Three students sit in Teesside Univesity's Students' Union LOVE IT lounge

As well as the great mix of places and activities around the Tees Valley, Teesside University’s Students’ Union is a big part of student life at Teesside - and it's right on your doorstep.

The SU is a hive of activity, events and fun. It’s led by students for students and it’s twice been awarded NUS' Students' Union of the Year and achieved gold for the third time in the 2016 Best Bar None awards (we’re really happy about this!). The Union is also ranked in the top three in the world by international students (International Student Barometer Autumn 2015).

It offers places to eat and drink, support, advice, social spaces, and a shop. It also provides a fantastic range of sports clubs and special interest societies including archery, futsal, climbing and cheerleading, as well as music, LGBT, airsoft, literature, Dr Who and battle re-enactment. There's also a job service to help you find part-time work.

Oh and the SU also puts on an incredible end of year party called Final Fling! Don’t miss it. 2017’s event featured a fairground in the centre of campus and an appearance from S Club Party and Wheatus.

Check out Teesside University's Students' Union here.

Student support

Students chatting

Whatever your needs when you’re at uni, you can access our support services for advice – we can help out with careers, grants, loans and benefits, as well as health and wellbeing, academic guidance and disability support.

We can also help you get quick access to counselling or mental health advice, and we have a multi-faith chaplaincy which is open to everyone.

At Teesside you can also get specialist international advice, and there’s entrepreneurial support too – really useful you’d like to set up your own business.

Find out more.


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At Teesside we have accommodation options whatever your budget or need. We’ll guarantee you a place in accommodation on campus if you firmly accept a course offer and apply for accommodation by 30 April.

We’ve got 1,100 rooms on campus and 230 in the private sector. Free internet, heating and lighting is included, and we offer 40-week rental contracts (meaning you don’t have to pay for your accommodation when you’re not here). There’s 24/7 campus security and live-in wardens to keep you safe, and we also provide free contents insurance. Get to know your neighbours with communal kitchens and dayrooms, and get your washing done in our onsite laundries.

Check out our accommodation.

Sport and fitness

A Teesside University student enjoys her yoga class

With 100 acres of quiet green space just a stone’s throw from campus, check out Albert Park for a quick jog – there’s a free 5km parkrun there every Saturday morning. Middlesbrough Sports Village is just down the road too – there’s an outdoor track, a skatepark, sports courts, 4G pitches and a velodrome.

Our beloved Middlesbrough Football Club is super close to campus – go see a game and check out the famous Temenos sculpture and Middlehaven Dock while you’re there.

If you want to play sport you’ll find tons of sports clubs to join at the Students’ Union – clubs include basketball, pole fitness, taekwondo, trampolining, running, rugby, snowsports… and if there isn’t one you fancy you can start a new one up.

The University’s gym is brand new and it’s amazing value – access everything for £2.60 a week! Following a £2.75m development, the gym includes cardiovascular and resistance fitness and free weights areas, a sprint track, multi-purpose studios and a specialist treatment area. You can also take part in daily classes as part of your membership – yoga, spinning, metafit, Pilates and boxercise are all included. Our awesome climbing wall and free access to the local pool also part of the package. 

Check out the gym.

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Contact us

Sandcastle on nearby Saltburn beach

Give us a call on +44 (0)1642 218121

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