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Bolton City Guide

Bolton Guide For Students

Bolton, one of the UK’s biggest towns, brimming with big ambitions, great people, considerable talent, generous hospitality and vibrant energy. With an abundance of attractions, first-class shopping and surrounded by stunning countryside, Bolton is a great place to be a student.

Bolton has enough shops, sights, clubs, pubs, theatres, multi-screen cinema complexes and music venues to keep anyone busy and it's just half an hour from the cities of Liverpool and Manchester!

By night Bolton offers a dazzling array of international cuisine. From Chinese and Spanish to Turkish and Italian, all spiced up with an exotic blend of Indian for good measure. Add to that, a variety of quality bars and pubs, free live music events and regular student nights on offer at many venues and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic night out on the town.

Middlebrook Leisure Park, one of the largest leisure and retail parks in the North West, has a 12 screen multiplex cinema, ten-pin bowling, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and 24 hour supermarkets. The Valley entretainment leisure complex offers a similar range of facilities

The impressive £35million plus Reebok Stadium complex, one of the finest in Europe and undoubtedly one of the leading sport and leisure facilities in the UK, can be seen for miles around. Home of Bolton Wanderers football club, the structure and its design is very futuristic. You can tour the ground and go behind the scenes for very little cost (important for students).

The University of Bolton is one of Britain’s fastest-growing universities. It has over 13,000 students across all sites and courses, with 700 academic and professional staff. Around 70% of its students come from Bolton and the North West region. The cost of living in Bolton is generally lower than most other University cities/towns in Britain, and you will find that there is plenty of student accommodation available either owned and run by the University or by private landlords.

Apart from all the university's facilities, there are public football pitches, golf courses, riding schools, sports centres and public swimming pools as well as facilities for a wide range of other sports. Enough to keep anyone busy!

Bolton isn't stuck for culture either, the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery is one of the largest regional galleries in the North West. It houses collections of fine and decorative art, including examples of British sculpture and contemporary ceramics, egyptology, ethnography and local and natural history.
Admission: free.

The University actively supports the exciting professional Octagon Theatre which features plenty of new drama, great classics and comedies all at reasonable prices with a coffee house and bar.

 The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away.

Transport links between Bolton and the rest of the UK are exceptionally good.

By Road

Bolton lies at the heart of the UK's motorway network.

By Rail

Bolton is well served with direct inter city links to  Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester &  Manchester Airport and frequent connections via Manchester & Preston to the whole UK rail network.

By Air

Manchester Airport is less than 20 miles from Bolton - with a drive time of around 30 minutes.

Did you know?

  • Manchester is only 12 miles away.
  • West Pennine Moors, an area of 90 square miles of moorland scenery is on Boltons doorstep.
  • Bolton has its own Mountain Rescue Team.
  • Vernon Kay, Amir Khan and Peter Kay were all born in Bolton.
  • You can hear ghost stories in the town’s oldest pub, Old Man and Scythe, dating from 12th century and modernised as recently as 1636!
  • Bolton Arena is the first purpose built indoor tennis venue in the UK.

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