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The University of Northampton is located in the town of Northampton, Northamptonshire. The institution was formed in the 1970s as Nene college and later became University College Northampton before achieving university status in 2005. It has two campuses, both in Northampton. Park Campus is in the suburbs while Avenue Campus is close to Northampton town centre. In total there are just over 14,000 students enrolled at the uni.


Libraries & IT

Both Park and Avenue Campus have modern and accessible library and IT facilities that include high speed internet access (including wireless connctions).

The libraries at The University of Northampton are open seven days a week during term time and the IT centres offer 24-hour access.

The libraries and IT Centres provide access to over 375,000 books, thousands of journals (in print and online), multimedia equipment, 500 PCs, 50 Apple Macs, laptop wireles internet access, discounted IT consumables and computer accessories, laser printing and specialist software including Dreamweaver, Sage and SPSS.

The University's experienced team of Academic Librarians will help you find the information you need quickly and efficiently. The libraries have an 'open door' policy, which means you can ask subject specialists for help whenever you need it - either in person or by email.

The IT Centres and Libraries on both campuses are home to dedicated helpdesks staffed by friendly, knowledgeable staff and there is also email and web-support.

University web pages include online information, self-guided tutorials and other essential materials. In addition, the University offers free IT training sessions on a full range of software.

Digital editing suites, studios and media equipment are also available to students, and are supported by technicians who can help you produce innovative and exciting work - anything from a presentation to a flim.

General Information
Northampton, UK
University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL
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The Matrix Accredited Student Services team work hard to ensure that the Universty's students receive all the support they need at every stage of their university life.

To achieve this they provide excellent information, advice, guidance, counselling and a range of other key services. they offer assistance in a variety of ways - from literature (such as fact sheets, tips and brochures) and computer based information, to more peronal group or one-to-one advice sessions.

The University's Access Ability team can help students by:

- Reserving accomodation and ensuring needs-based applications are prioritised

- Identifying and meeting extra study support needs

- Finding extra funding and liaising with the NHS and Local Authorities to support applications for Disabled Student Allowances

- Coordinating and advising on applications for special exam arrangements

- Assessing needs and advising staff about access and support


There is a GP on Park Campus and a GP close to Avenue Campus. There is also an hourly bus from from Park Campus (also goes close by Avenue Campus) going to Northampton General Hospital.


The shopping in Northampton leaves a lot to be desired but it is 15 mins on train to Milton Keynes and less than an hour to London at times, so it's not all bad. On campus there is a shop, so you can get the basics of what you need really easy and close to the halls and academic buildings.


There are restaurants at both Park and Avenue Campus with snacks and meals also available from the Students' Union.


There is now a brand new Santander Bank on Park Campus. There isn't a bank on Avenue Campus however there is a cash machine.


The university provides a free bus service between the 2 campuses. Bus service information: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/buses The buses are regular between campuses as well as to town and the railway station. Good transport locally. Northampton generally has good rail links with both Birmingham and London only just over an hour away.

Careers service

Northampton has a careers service at both Park Campus and Avenue Campus. They are available for one to one career meetings where they can advise you on CVs, applications, courses, general careers advice, jobs, graduation and any information you may require about your career.

They hold workshops such as CV clinics on a regular basis. There are also regular events such as careers fairs at Park Campus. They also provide full listings of part time jobs in the area as well as listings of graduate jobs in most sectors.

Part-time jobs

Part time jobs in the area are wide, and the Careers Service can provide listings and contacts.

Religious facilities

The University of Northampton has a team of part-time Chaplains appointed at the invitation of the Vice Chancellor in consultation with their respective faith bodies. They serve everyone at The University of Northampton and work together as a team, with each Chaplain having a special concern for members of their own faith or tradition.

Students are welcome to drop in at any time for a coffee, to meet others, to find a listening ear, or simply for a time of personal quiet. There are opportunities for reflection, prayer, discussion and worship.

Multi-faith prayer rooms with washing facilities are provided in the Chaplaincy Centres at both of the University's campuses.

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It's not half as bad as people make out nightlife wise, its one of those places where you can have as good a time as you want to. There are regular nights at places like Roadmender, The Racehorse and others for you rock fans and there is plenty for other tastes too.

Bars, Pubs and clubs

Student Union

Your Union isn't just about bars, events, food, sport and shops! No - it's a democratically run organisation designed to represent student views and provide for your welfare and well-being. Your Union is effectively a not-for-profit organisation - it runs commercial services such as bars, shops, diners, entertainment in order to

a. provide social infrastructure for the student and staff community, with the emphasis on value for money products in a SAFE and friendly environment, and

b. reinvest any surpluses that the commercial operations make back into the Union - to reinvest in refurbishment or development of services and activities and to support non-commercial operations such as advice and representation, training, clubs and societies, media and the website.

Every penny you spend in Union bars, shops or catering outlets, or on event tickets - goes back into the Union and benefits you and your friends and students still to come... not into the back pocket of some external corporation or company which takes your cash off campus and gives nothing back to make your college a better place to be and enjoy and grow in!The more you use it - the more it can develop and the more it can do for you and - because students run it - the more it can do with you!


There are no shortage of bars, pubs and clubs in Northampton. The region has over 20 nightclubs if you fancy a dance and you'll find top DJs at a variety of venues catering for all tastes.

Northampton has a great live music scene with gigs at the New Roadmender most nights. Artisits that have played in Northampton include Kate Nash, Razorlight, Jack Penate, The Futureheads and Scissor Sisters. For massive outdoor concerts, the National Bowl is just 15 minutes away by train in Milton Keynes. Gigs held there include Green Day, Robbie williams and Bon Jovi.

Clubs and societies

Aerobics African Caribbean Society Avenue Entertainment Badminton Society Cheerleaders Society Christian Union Greek Society International Students Society Islamic Society Jitsu Society Law Society Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Society Music Society Oxfam Society Poker Society RAG Society RSPCA Society Ski & Snowboard Society Socialist Students Society The Indian Society The International Hat Society the penny society UNICEF Society Yoga with Meditation


Living on campus at either Avenue or Park is a great way of being close to your study, making new friends and being able to use University facilities.

Both University campuses are attractive, safe, supportive and pleasant environments to live in with on-campus shops and Students' Union facilities available to help you relax after a hard day's study.

Accommodation policy

Follow the link below for the University's accomodation policies:



Halls of Residence are still the most popular choice of accommodation among first year students and international students in particular. Not only are Halls the perfect environment in which to make new friends, they also provide the ultimate in convenience — for academic studies in the library, chilling out and enjoying a few drinks in the campus bar and avoiding the worry of household bills.

In total, The University of Northampton has 1,632 bed-spaces in it's Halls of Residence. There are a selection of seven different room types allowing individuals to select accommodation that best suits their budget. And with two campuses — Avenue and Park, offering either a more scenic environment or the added convenience of living closer to town, students can choose which site best meets their individual living needs.

Follow the link below for more on the University's Halls of Residence:


Private sector

Safe, affordable and good quality accommodation is an important component of an enjoyable student experience.

The University's Accommodation Services are able to provide a range of services to assist those students who wish to live in the private rented sector in Northampton.

To assist students in finding good quality accommodation, the Accommodation Services team maintain a database of those properties which landlords would like to advertise to students. They do not recommend particular properties or landlords, but try to ensure that all properties on the University's lists meet a minimum standard.

They can also offer advice on rental contracts, when to start looking and everything you need to know about rents and deposits.

Please follow the link below for more information private sector accomodation:


Student Union

The University of Northampton Students' Union aims to provide each student with advice and guidance for any issue they may have as well as being there to represent the views of the student body to the University.

It also provides an active and quality events programme with opportunities to join the University's sports, social or religious groups to enhance the student experience.

The Union events and activities programme is designed to reflect the rich and diverse student body at the University. These range from nightclub events with big name acts to formal balls, quizzes and karaoke, foam parties to theme nights, comedy clubs and live bands. The bars and catering outlets provide some of the best brands at great value prices.

Union Facilities

- Two separate central Union buildings spread over two campuses

- Four on-site bars including two at Park Campus, one at Avenue Campus and the famous Pavilion Bar

- Three well-stocked restaurants in the Union buildings over both campuses

- Two nightclub venues at Avenue and Park Campuses offering varied and exciting entertainment

- Two Union shops providing students with all required produce including newspapers, stationery, groceries and more

Leisure, Sports and Societies

Operated through the office of the Vice President for Sports and Student Development, the university offers a wide array of opportunities for participation and representation including more than 30 sports clubs which represent the University at national level. More than 20 societies cover a broad range of interests from the law society to extreme sports society and all manner of religious societies. It is these clubs and societies, which provide the University with its great leisure and social scene.

The facilities open to students include a fully furnished gym, sports hall equipped for exercise, 5-a-side soccer, basketball, netball and badminton. The dance studio holds various classes such as yoga and martial arts and there is a massive outdoor sports pitch space where the University’s representative teams play.



If fine architecture is what you're after, Northampton will disappoint. The university itself is modern, low-rise and functional, yet hardly beautiful, and the town itself is not much better, although the Victorian Guildhall in the centre of town is striking. Greyfriars bus station, on the other hand, designed in the Seventies, is an appalling example of public building gone wrong: dingy and dirty, it was recently featured in the TV series Demolition.

Local area

It's an alright area with little crime, and fairly low living costs. There's not a lot to do in the town itself in terms of nightlife or culture, but Milton Keynes is only a very short train or bus journey and there is more on offer there. London is also accessible on the train. The town is situated in a fairly rural environment: plenty of picturesque villages if you fancy a day out.

Teaching quality

In the Guardian League Tables 2008, the University's Business School is ranked joint sixth place for value added and eighth place for the percentage of students who are satisfied with the teaching they have received.

93% of graduates who completed their degree studying full time at The University of Northampton found employment or went onto further study within 6 months of finishing their qualification.

In the National Student Survey 2008, 90% of respondents studying a business qualification at The University of Northampton agreed with the statement 'Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course.'

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