If you’re thinking of choosing Huddersfield as your first choice University, you’re in the right place! I’m Olivia, I’m part of the Media team at DIGS and I studied a BA Broadcast Journalism at Huddersfield for 3 years, graduating in 2020. I am also from Huddersfield so I consider myself a low key local expert in all things Huddersfield. This is why I chose Huddersfield as my place of study.
Huddersfield is a friendly northern town in Yorkshire. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, giving you the perfect balance between retreat and study. With a population of around 150,000 people, it is very diverse so you’re never short of new experiences and people to meet! Home to over 20,000 students, it boasts a vibrant international and U.K student community, making it the perfect student-friendly location to start your journey at University.
Studying at the School of Communication and Humanities in Huddersfield, my course leaders and lecturers were incredibly supportive throughout my time at The University of Huddersfield. Whilst I was on a large course, there was a lot of 1-1 opportunities with my course leaders for advice and feedback on assignments. Also, the BA Broadcast Journalism course is Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) approved, so you can enter the world of employment after your studies being backed by an accredited course. I had time to pursue work experience around my studies, despite not choosing a sandwich course. The flexibility of my university timetable enabled me to do this to get the most out of my studies.
Facilities at Uni
The Library is amazing and has 6 floors with plenty of group and solo study spaces for you to get your head down. The computer suite is 24/7, this is a bright space for you to bang out last minute assignments and reach your deadlines. When it comes to food options, there is the Student Union shop that stocks everything from meal deals, to coffee on the go and merchandise. The Jo Cox More In Common Centre is the Universities multi-faith centre with prayer and community rooms for student use. This is a nice place to practice your faith with open spaces and wudu facilities. Campus also has large gym and a studio for fitness classes like zumba and spinning so you can fit your fitness around your studies. Click the link for a full tour of facilities in Huddersfield.
Huddersfield is a very student friendly town with great transport links to other U.K cities like Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. It is easy to navigate if you’re new to the town, with shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues all situated right in the centre. If you’re making Huddersfield your new home as an international student, major U.K airports are nearby, so when you touch down you will be able to arrive in Huddersfield and settle in right away. The University campus in Huddersfield is all together, so you really do feel part of student life in a uni community.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Huddersfield compared to other U.K towns and cities is much cheaper. If you’re living at DIGS Storthes Hall Park in student accommodation, rooms are from £91 per week with all bills included, so you have more money spend on your everyday student lifestyle. You can expect to pay around £3.20 for a pint of beer, £1.20 for a pint of milk and roughly £35 a week on your weekly shop. There are plenty of budget supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl and B&M to grab your essentials. If you’re struggling with the cost of living, the University offers bursaries and scholarships for students eligible for further financial support during your studies.
In addition, the town has a great social scene from day to night. If you’re into a night out or two, you can start your night out at Wetherspoons, which is cheap and cheerful, then head to Revolution for 2-for-1 on cocktails and finish at Camel Club or Maverick’s for endless tunes into the early hours. For a more low key night, grab some snacks at B&M and head to the Odeon Cinema to watch the latest film releases with a Tango Iceblast to hand. When it comes to social activities at Huddersfield University, they have their own Students Union which has lots of clubs and societies you can join. From cultural societies like the Islamic Society, Indian Society to sports and social societies like Football, Hockey etc, there is so much you can enjoy.
For more information about student life as a Fresher in Huddersfield, click here to read Aimee’s experience.
If Huddersfield is your first choice Uni, you can book your room at DIGS Storthes Hall Park for 2023/24. With nothing to pay until August, you can relax knowing you have room sorted.