There are a variety of things you worry about when moving to a new location for university; one of the main concerns is whether the place you are heading to is the right one for you. Huddersfield is a nice place to live and this article gives an overview of what it has to offer.

Picture of the Harold Wilson statue outside the Huddersfield train station. Harold Wilson's statue at Huddersfield Train Station.

Huddersfield landmarks

The West Yorkshire town has something for everyone. With Greenhead Park being a short walk from campus, Castle Hill overlooking an array of coffee shops, and Beaumont Park juxtaposing the busy-feel of Kingsgate Shopping Centre; the town has the perfect balance of rural and urban. There is even a canal that runs through the university’s ground. Callum, another student, has created a video about Huddersfield's landmarks.

One thing I love is how friendly the local residents are, a smile or nod from a stranger can easily make a new place feel like home.

On top of this, the town’s diverse range of restaurants, from Bar Maroc, serving up its vegetarian and vegan-friendly pizza, to Thai Sakon, who offer a divine cultural experience, alongside a service that is beyond great value. Ox and Bone is also a restaurant I would highly recommend, and it is just around the corner from campus!

A picture of burger and chips from the Ox and Bone "I highly recommend Ox and Bone, just around the corner from campus" - Kerri Wynter

Huddersfield’s Queensgate Indoor Market, and the Open Market, offer a unique shopping experience, with independent stalls selling a variety of goods. This is a perfect place to shop when looking for something unique, whilst also sticking to a student budget.

A picture of Byram Arcade, looking down from the top floor balcony. The Byram Arcade is another great place to find unique shops.

The John Smith Stadium is down the road from the University of Huddersfield’s campus, meaning that any football fans can get their fix of premiere league football, with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool coming to town.

Music-wise, Vinyl Tap offer a selection of old and new records, and put on shows in the basement of their store. The Parish also offer regular gigs, and are the town’s hotspot for up-and-coming talent. If music is not your thing, the Huddersfield Art Gallery, and Tolson Museum offer a touch of culture and history. 

Living in Huddersfield offers peace of mind, with the majority of student accommodation being near the University grounds, which are monitored 24/7 by campus security.

The town’s location is also a mere 20-minute commute to Leeds, and around 45 minutes to Manchester. So, if you ever miss the city, take down yourself to the train station and keep an eye out for Felix, the Railway Cat! 

Overall, the town of Huddersfield has enough to keep you exploring for the course of your degree; picturesque parks, a range of restaurants, and entertainment in the form of sports, music, and more.  So, if you are thinking about studying at the University of Huddersfield, have faith that the town will become a place that you can proudly call your home.

To catch a glimpse of Huddersfield’s beauty, view the short video below which captures the scenery from Beaumont Park. Keep an eye out for Castle Hill too!

The scenery from Beaumont Park.

Kerri Wynter

Music Journalism BA(Hons) – Third Year

Hi I’m Kerri. I am a creative and outgoing person, with a love for attending concerts, eating vegan junk food, and binge-watching Netflix. Studying at the University of Huddersfield has allowed me to excel as an individual and transform my passion into an exciting career prospect. I am currently on a placement year, working alongside a professional marketing team to create audio-visual and social media content.

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