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Chester, University of

The University of Chester is one of the oldest providers of higher education in the UK.  Founded in 1839, they pre-date all but a handful of other English higher education providers.  Currently, they have over 19,000 students from over 140 countries and offer over 400 courses at undergraduate and graduate level.   

  • 95% of graduates secure employment or further education within six months of graduation (DLHE 2015)
  • Highest ranked university in the North West of the UK for students securing a graduate level job after completing their course (The Complete University Guide 2015)
  • They’re Careers and Employability Department has been declared “world class” and awarded 5 stars by British Quality Foundation
  • Work-based placements for undergraduate students
  • Undergraduate sandwich business courses have a one-year work placement
  • Student Union of the Year (North Educate Awards 2015)
  • 3rd in the region for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2015)


Chester is a modern and contemporary city, rich in history and culture.  One of eight world famous British Heritage cities, Chester welcomes over eight million tourists each year with a wide variety of attractions.  Ideally placed in the North West of England, it is less than an hour from Manchester and Liverpool, just a 2 hour direct train journey to London and close to both the beautiful Welsh coast and mountains.  The ancient Roman walls still surround Chester’s city center, which along with the renowned Cathedral, Eastgate Clock, and Roman Amphitheatre, demonstrate its 2000 year old heritage.

Enjoy a cruise on the river, a day at the races or our annual music festival. Visit the UK’s largest zoo, shark dive in the aquarium or celebrate festivities in the Christmas markets. Participate in a cycle race, marathon or parade.  See the unique Chester Rows galleries, home to some of the best shopping in Britain, or try one of Chester's many international and award winning restaurants. 


University of Chester campuses have excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities. These include state-of-the-art lecture theatres; open-access computer facilities; modern science, skills, language laboratories; modern libraries (which holds approximately 350,000 books); a virtual library with a collection of more than 15,000 electronic books and 13,000 electronic journals-accessible even off-campus via networked computers. Other facilities include numerous catering venues, 24-hour security, the Students’ Union Center and bar/club, bookshop, bank, ATM cash point and launderette.

Careers and Employability

The university’s dedicated Careers and Employability department helps students make informed career planning decisions through a variety of workshops, and various events throughout the academic year.

As soon as you enrol at the university, you will have access to a range of careers services (work shadowing placements, help with CVs and job applications, mock interviews) designed to help you find work while you study, or prepare you for a graduate career.

Chester Students’ Union

Chester Students' Union(CSU) is situated on each of the Warrington and Chester campuses and is the focal point for student representation, information, advice, entertainment and services. The CSU will give you the opportunity to make new friends and get to know the campus and the town. It runs over 70 clubs and societies, both sporting and non-sporting.  The Union also organizes big events, hosts comedy nights, karaoke, quiz nights, and live music.

If you like sports, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in cricket, rugby, football, swimming, hockey and netball, among others. Their campuses boast of a wide variety of sports facilities including: modern and fully equipped sports hall, gymnasium, fitness center, a two-lane 350-metre athletics track, 25 meter indoor swimming pool and all-weather artificial turf pitches/grass pitches.

Student Support

There is also a wide network of support services available to students:

  • Individual support for students who need assistance with English Language and study skills
  • The Student Advice Centre is open to all students, providing free, impartial, confidential advice and guidance to students on a range of issues, such as accommodation, health, budgeting, academic studies or anything else that students may face during their time at university
  • The International Student Advisory Service issues a ‘Welcome Guide’ to all international students on arrival, containing information about life on the Chester or Warrington campuses, and offering guidance on local services and facilities. They also organize events during the induction week (at the beginning of each academic year) to help new students feel at home in their new surroundings


University accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students whose accommodation application forms are received by the stated deadlines for the September intake. 

University accommodation facilities include:

  • Safety (24 hour, 7 days a week security team with CCTV cameras)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Includes utility bills, maintenance cleaning and insurance

There is plenty of university owned accommodation on and directly surrounding the campus, with a variety of locations and options depending on budget and preferences.

If you would like to find out more about studying at Chester University, please contact our Across The Pond Advisors today.

Student population: Approx. 19,000

Number of international students: Approx. 1,000

City population: Approx. 100,000

Location: City of Chester

Closest airports: Liverpool and Manchester

Date of establishment: 1839

Areas of expertise: 

  • Psychology
  • History
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • English
  • Geography

Cost of Tuition per year: From £11,800 per year (2017/18)

Accommodation cost: starting cost per week, on campus: £82-£138 per week

Notable alumni

  • Duffy
  • Sir Dave Brailsford
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom
  • Helen Jones MP

Partner Universities Support Across the Pond Scholarships

Across the Pond is very pleased to announce the Across the Pond Scholarships!

Twelve of our partner universities have very generously allocated funds for Across the Pond applicants, totaling over £130,000 worth of award money for Across the Pond students exclusively. Because these scholarships are exclusive to students using Across the Pond’s services, the chances of obtaining an award are quite high. We strongly encourage students to apply!

The participating universities are as follows:

Across The Pond Scholarship Now Open

Across The Pond has partnered with eight of its partner universities to offer Across The Pond students ONLY the chance to win a scholarship.

This isn’t your typical scholarship application, however.

While we are interested in understanding your financial need, we are more interested in your excitement about studying in the UK.  In other words, this is a fun application!

Show us why you deserve this scholarship in a way that uniquely reflects you as a student. Share your enthusiasm and excitement for this coming adventure in a creative, entertaining way. 

Scholarship Opportunities at Chester!

The University of Chester announces new funding opportunities for alumni and non-alumni applying to PGT or MBA courses, including the International Merit Scholarships for non-alumni (£1,000) and the International Merit Alumni Scholarship (from £1,000  to £2,000). Chester also has a new, comprehensive accommodation package for undergraduates applying to study at its Shrewsbury Centre.

To learn more about these opportunities, enquire here and speak to one of our expert Student Advisors.


Holden Koepke Romero

With the first year of university at the University of Chester now completed, I have to say that Across the Pond played a crucial role in helping me get into university in the UK.

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