Study with us – living and studying in the uk

The UK is a great place to live and study, and our Cheshire campus provides a safe and comfortable home for you as well as easy access to surrounding cities. There are a few things to bear in mind when coming to the UK to live and study, such as our learning styles, transport, and our climate.

Learning Styles in the UK

One of the best things about studying in the UK is that the learning styles practiced here are very well adapted to encourage students to develop new skills, generate ideas, and put forward opinions for discussion with fellow students and staff members.

Your course will be delivered through ‘integrated learning’. This means that your studying will be a combination of independent work and working in groups and with tutors. Tutorials will come in the form of small classes and seminar groups as well as large lectures and workshops.

The different methods of teaching include:

  • Workshops, laboratory or studio sessions – This will involve working in our highly equipped classrooms alongside staff members;
  • Tutorials – You will meet your tutor in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss and gain advice on assignments;
  • Independent study – This is time available for you to do further reading and research in the library or other study areas.

Through these tutorials, you will learn to take part in debates and discussions, and this will be where you will primarily learn the content of your course. Through your own independent learning you will have to manage your own time and prepare for examinations. Usually, universities tell students how many hours of independent study are required of them.

Climate and Clothing

Average daytime temperatures in the North West of England are on average 5ºC in winter and 19ºC in the summer, although this can fluctuate and have more extreme temperatures at any time of the year.

Daylight hours vary, from 8am to 4pm in the winter to 4am and 10:30pm in the summer.

There is a lot of rainfall all year round, and it is important to be prepared for this with waterproof coats, shoes, and a sturdy umbrella.

In the winter it is important to keep warm and to have enough jumpers, coats, as well as a hat, scarf and gloves. It is also worth bringing an extra blanket to have on your bed, as temperatures can drop at night and it can get cold in winter.

Transport around Cheshire

Public transport in the UK is generally reliable, of an adequate standard, and can be very affordable.

Buses are an extremely affordable way of travelling locally, and our campus is well-served with bus routes. Buses run regularly, arriving every few minutes and covering a large variety of routes, so getting around Cheshire is very easy.

You can buy bus passes and have discounts for students to make local travel easier.

There are taxi companies around Cheshire that can pick you up from stations or take you around, for reasonable prices.

Furthermore, there are many things to do in walking distance of our campus! For more information, see our ‘Local Area’ page.

Transport around the UK

Travelling around the UK from our campus is very easy, with Crewe train station being one of the oldest stations in England and provides easy access to many cities, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London.

While buses take you around local areas, The National Express provides coach travel all over the country and airport transfers. These are affordable coaches that can be pre-booked and can take you anywhere in the UK, as well as other countries such as Amsterdam or Paris.

Train travel in the UK is extremely easy, although if not booked in advance, longer journeys can be quite expensive. For information on train travel in the UK visit the Trainline.

For more information on things to do in the area, visit our ‘Local Area’ page.

Safety and Security

The UK is, overall, a safe place to live. Regardless, it is important to be aware of your own personal safety and support your housemates and friends.

For more information on how to remain safe and secure in the UK please visit our Student Safety page.