Why Chester?

Established in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country, we offer a warm welcome to applicants from all parts of the world.


The University of Chester now has over 18,000 students, drawn from over 130 countries all over the world. You can study at the University of Chester as a 'Study Abroad' student for a semester, for a year, or for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree. But, whatever you choose, you will find that we uphold the highest professional standards and are committed to meeting the needs of our students and international partner organisations with sensitivity and care.

1.  Location


Our students love studying in Chester, and it’s not hard to see why. Voted Best Place to Live (Hot Housing Index 2015), fifth prettiest city in Europe (USA Today 2013), and sixth best city in the UK (Telegraph Travel Awards 2014), the city of Chester is at the heart of our Students’ University experience! Chester is also ranked second safest city-based University in the region (The Complete University Guide 2015).

Although Chester is considered small compared to some other British cities, it offers a wide range of culture, architecture, shopping and dining in a compact setting, allowing international students to feel instantly secure in their beautiful and cosmopolitan surroundings. Chester’s booming tourism is a testament to its popularity as it attracts over 8 million visitors each year.

Chester is also the gateway to the coast and mountains of North Wales, the beaches and parks of the Wirral Peninsula, and the neighbouring cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Chester is also home to the UK’s best Zoo!

2.  Guaranteed Student Accommodation


University student accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students whose accommodation applications are received by the stated deadlines.* We have a wide range of student accommodation available to suit individual needs and budgets.

All University owned accommodation is either on campus or a short walk away and no more than a 20 minute walk from the city centre, and facilities include:

  1. Safety: 24 hour, 7 days a week security team (with CCTV cameras)
  2. Free Wi-Fi
  3. Utility bills, maintenance, cleaning and insurance at no extra cost.

* September intake only, full-time students who commence their courses in January or May should contact the Accommodation Office to find out more about the availability of private accommodation

3.  Work Based Learning

Work based learning

The University of Chester has a national reputation for the innovative Work Based Learning (WBL) module, which Undergraduates have the opportunity to undertake during any course.

During Year 2 (Level 5) of any undergraduate degree programme, students have the chance to spend five weeks working for a host organisation.

Work Based Learning prepares students for employment by giving them the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies required in the workplace. 

The University has links with a wide variety of organisations that offer a broad range of interesting placement opportunities and WBL could give students the chance to work with some of the most prestigious and innovative companies in their field.

4.  95% Graduate Employability

Graduate Employability

The University of Chester is one of the best performing universities in the North West for employability, with 95.1% of its graduates in work or further study (DLHE 2015).  The Careers and Employability Team at the University of Chester attach the utmost importance to securing excellent employment prospects for our graduates.  We will provide students with a superb range of opportunities to help them gain the experience, skills and knowledge that they need to succeed during their time at university and beyond. Students are also supported by information, advice and guidance services which have been nationally commended.

Career boosting opportunities include the Graduate Head Start Programme which equips students with everything they need to get their foot firmly on the job ladder, and the Chester Difference Award which recognises all the hard work students do in addition to their academic studies.

5.   Student Satisfaction/Academic Excellence

Student Satisfaction

The University of Chester ranks highly for student satisfaction, scoring 88% in the latest national survey, and our Student Support and Guidance team has been presented with the British Quality Foundation’s UK Excellence Award which recognises the commitment of our staff to ensuring the provision of an exceptional student experience.

In the 2015 Times Higher Education Awards, the University was shortlisted for the second time in four years for having the ‘most improved student experience’, a category voted for by the students themselves. For this award, students are asked to rate a number of aspects, which includes academic reputation, teaching quality, social life and facilities.

6.   Student Union

Student Union

The Students’ Union represents every student at the University of Chester and is at the centre of all extracurricular activities.  The SU provides a base for students to relax and refresh themselves between lectures and after hours, and gives students a chance to meet new friends and enjoy the social aspect of university life.  The SU provides lots of opportunities for students to engage with the local community and feel a part of the Chester life, such as engaging in charity events, fundraising projects or volunteering activities.

Our SU has been rated the best in the North West for the third year running (National Student Survey 2015) and also recently won the Educate North’s ‘Student Union of the Year’ award (2015).

7.   Cathedral Graduation

Graduation day is a huge event in any student’s life; it is the culmination of years of hard work and a cause for considerable celebration. At The University of Chester we are lucky enough to be able to hold our graduation ceremonies at Chester Cathedral. The Cathedral’s interiors include the finest medieval choir stalls in the UK, and offers a spectacular backdrop for students to receive their degree certificates. The Cathedral is situated right in the city centre of Chester and provides fantastic photo opportunities for all of our graduates on their big day.  Students are also fortunate that The University of Chester is one of the few institutions that does not charge for Graduation and Awards Ceremonies. 

8.   Multi Campus Structure

Multi Campus

The Parkgate Road campus is considered the heart of the University, as it is the original foundation of the institution, dating back to1842. Currently, the University consists of seven campuses, the four sites in Chester include Parkgate Road, Riverside, Kingsway and Queen’s Park, plus additional campuses in nearby Warrington, Shrewsbury and Ellesmere Port (Thornton Science Park). Each campus has a different focus, with Warrington and Queens Park attracting business students, Thornton Science Park serving students belonging to the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kingsway housing the Arts and Media Faculty and Riverside providing a base for students within the Faculties of Education & Children’s Services and Health & Social Care. Parkgate Road covers the rest of the faculties, while Shrewsbury is focused on fostering entrepreneurship. Each campus has state of the art facilities which serve the campuses’ area of specialisation.     

9.   Rankings


Chester ranks highly in the league tables for a number of popular courses and maintains high student satisfaction ratings in the annual national survey.  Some of these include:

  • Tourism and Hospitality – 11th  (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Sports and Exercise Science – Top 20 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Business and Management – Top 50 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Archaeology and Forensic Science – Top 20 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Accounting and Finance – Top 30 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Drama and Dance – Top 50 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Art and Design – Top 40 (Complete University Guide 2016)
  • Law – 3rd overall in student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • Theology and Religious Studies – 1st overall in student satisfaction (NSS 2015)

The following courses also achieved 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2015): BSc Criminology, BA Events Management, BA History, BA Marketing Studies and BSc Sociology.


10.   Fees & Scholarships

Fees and Scholarships

We understand the cost of studying overseas may appear overwhelming, however, we provide our international students with a number of resources to make it more affordable.  In addition we offer some of the most competitive tuition fees for UG, PG and PhD programmes in the UK. 

Fixed Fees – The undergraduate tuition fees are fixed at the entry amount for the duration of the course.  As such, they will not increase year on year like many other institutions.

Payment Plans – Our students have options when it comes to paying fees.  Those students who wish to pay the full tuition fees prior to enrolment receive a £250 discount as an early payment award.  Otherwise, students can take advantage of our payment plan which allows them to pay 50% of the post deposit balance by enrolment, and the remaining amount at a later date.


As an international student, you will be automatically considered for the University of Chester International Scholarship when you submit your application. The scholarship amount ranges from £500 - £2,000 per student, and is awarded for each year of study at the University.

We also participate in a number of other scholarship programmes and more details can be found here: http://chester.ac.uk/international/fees/bursaries