5 Little-Known British Cities With Good Universities

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Here's a few small cities in the UK with interesting universities. If you're not a fan of big, crowded cities, then one of these might just be for you.

1. Bangor


Bangor is a small city on the North Wales coast. It's just 20 minutes drive from Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and the 2nd tallest in the UK by relative height.

If you like to be in the country, this may be a good choice for you. It can often be rainy here, but when the sun does come out, you can look forward to great outdoor activities such as fish and chips on the beach, having afternoon tea on the pier, or trekking in Snowdonia.

It takes about an hour and a half to Liverpool, the nearest big city, but if you want to go to London, it is 3 and a half hours by train, and a lengthy 5-and-a-half-hour drive.

The University of Bangor


The university offers a wide range of courses and is highly ranked for Celtic Studies and Medical Technology. Notable alumni include Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, and inventor of IVF treatment Sir Robert Edwards. It is consistently ranked among the best in terms of student satisfaction.

2. Lincoln


Lincoln is a small historic English city in the East Midlands. The city’s cathedral is a stunning example of medieval gothic architecture, which is considered to have once been the tallest building in the world. The city also has a castle and many other historic buildings.

The University of Lincoln


The University of Lincoln was previously known as the University of Humberside until 1996, and the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside until 2001. The university is ranked 3rd in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry, and 6th for student satisfaction.

3. Cheltenham


Cheltenham is a town in Gloucestershire close to the border between England and Wales. The town is best known for its horse racing festival, the Cheltenham Festival, held in March every year.

If you’ve never encountered horse racing before you may find it an interesting experience to visit and take in the absurdity of it all. If that’s not your shtick, the beautiful rolling hills and quaint medieval villages of the Cotswolds are not far away, as well as the historic city of Bath. The vibrant city of Bristol is also just 40 minutes away by train.

The University of Gloucester


The University of Gloucester, which has campuses in Cheltenham, is excellent for hospitality and leisure studies. If you fancy a career running a hotel or working in events hosting, this would be a great place for you to learn.

4. Huddersfield


Huddersfield is a large town in the North of England, halfway between the cities of Leeds and Manchester.

Although rugby league is the number one sport here, the football team of Huddersfield just got promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, so if you’re a football fan you could go to watch some Premier League football there now.

Furthermore, Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium in Manchester are only 1 hour away, so there’s plenty on offer for football fans.

Aside from sport, the scenic hills of the peak district, and the rich heritage of the city of York, are less than an hour away.

The University of Huddersfield


The University of Huddersfield is a very good university for Education, ranked 13th by thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk. It is also ranked highly for Social Work, Sport Science, Occupational Therapy, and Hospitality & Leisure. It has a high level of student satisfaction and received a Gold TEF award for teaching quality.

5. Northampton


Just 1 hour from London, right in the heart of the Midlands is the town of Northampton. The town is best known for its rugby union side, Northampton Saints, which is one of the best in the country. As well as being close to London, the town is also close to the UK’s second largest city Birmingham, and Luton Airport which has lots of cheap flights to Europe. Northampton’s market square is one of the largest and oldest in the UK dating back to the 13th century, with lots of gems and bargains to be found.

The University of Northampton


The University of Northampton has one of the highest spending on facilities in the UK, so you can expect to find good quality academic and leisure facilities there. The university is not ranked as highly as those listed above, but it does have a Gold award for TEF and is good for Art, Nursing, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy.

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