Founded in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country. We are proud of our strong learning tradition, our ability to move with the times, and our energetic student community. Our concern for each individual encourages diverse personalities, qualities and interests to flourish inside and outside the classroom. We value a wide range of approaches to learning, and are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience in training, studying and research for the real world.
Our Mission, Values
The University of Chester, while celebrating and benefiting from our long history and traditions, is a modern, dynamic, and enterprising institution, whose activities are underpinned by a series of core values that help to define our mission and our identity.
The University was originally established in 1839 by the Church of England, and provides:
This mission, which has helped shape our development and diversification, continues to inform our future planning.
At the heart of our vision is our commitment to:
In continuing expression of the University's Christian foundation, we are committed to:
The University of Chester has over 12,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across our two campuses at Chester and Warrington. The University is compact enough to create that all-important community feeling, but big enough to give you the space to discover and develop the true you.
Since opening in 1839, the Chester Campus has grown and changed radically to become the modern 21st century campus that you see today.
While we are still proud of the heritage on which the University is built, and the original buildings that sit at the heart of the campus, we are excited about the continued investment in new facilities that create today's modern university environment.
What are we doing?
Recent investment has seen the development of a brand new purpose-built students' union facility, as well as a refurbishment of our learning resources centre to include podcasting facilities, a smartboard system and media viewing room.
Our Faculty of Health and Social Care's new £4 million headquarters includes state-of-the-art lecture theatres, clinical skills laboratories, and its very own cafe serving healthy food.
The recently-acquired Kingsway Buildings are home to the Faculty of Arts and Media, which offers the latest courses and facilities for our creative and performing arts students.
What's on offer?
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of Chester Campus life. On-campus sports facilities include squash courts, a fitness and leisure centre, swimming pool, sports hall and floodlit all-weather pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus benfits from various cafes and dining halls, and a launderette.
Only a short walk from Chester city, this modern campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
The Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with up-to-the-minute modern developments.
What's on offer?
At Warrington, the University provides innovative, forward-looking courses with specific focus in two main areas: Public Sector and Creative Industries as well as excellent teaching, social and recreational facilities.
The Warrington campus enjoys multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships within both the public sector and the media world. The campus embraces the unique nature of this provision and as a result, students are often able to combine two subject areas that correspond more closely to their career ambitions - such as Advertising and Marketing, TV Production and Commercial Music Production, Sport Development, or Journalism and Film Studies.
The campus boasts a brand new Students' Union bar, and newly-built learning resource and business buildings. All student accommodation is located on campus, and catering outlets for all students include The Garden Dining Room and Terrace Cafe Bar.
Cat 1251 AM, Warrington campus' own radio station, is presented, produced and run by students, and broadcasts locally as well as over the internet.
Self Catered Residences
Self catered residences are mainly on or very close to campus, although the University does own accommodation closer to the city centre. Self catering accommodation usually houses six students sharing a kitchen, bathroom and dining area. Most bedrooms are single and have their own washbasin.
Communal areas are normally cleaned once a week. The University also owns a purpose-built block of 50 en-suite study bedrooms (Hollybank Housing) adjacent to the main campus entrance.
In self catered residences, meals are not provided. However, students who wish to eat in the main dining room may join the meal scheme or purchase meals at any of the catering outlets around the campus. Residents are not required to vacate during Christmas or Easter holidays.
Semi Catered Residences
Semi catered residences are either on the border of the main campus or just a short walk away. Semi catered residences normally accommodate between 10 and 40 students. Kitchens and communal areas are provided. Most bedrooms are single and a small number have their own toilet and en-suite facilities.
Residents are not required to vacate during Christmas or Easter holidays. Communal areas are normally cleaned once a week.
In semi catered accommodation lunch and evening meals are provided in the appropriate dining room from Monday to Friday during term time.
Full Board Residences
Full board residences are mainly on campus and range from Victorian houses to purpose built units. Rooms are single and many have en-suite facilities whilst the remainder have washbasins and shared communal bathrooms.
In most cases common areas are also provided where students can make hot drinks and wash crockery and utensils. Irons and ironing boards are provided for residents to use.
Residents are required to vacate their rooms during the Christmas and Easter holidays. Rooms are normally cleaned once a week.
With full board accommodation breakfast, lunch and evening meals are provided each day in the appropriate dining room.
The University has a number of properties that have been designated as a 'quiet accommodation' where students can expect to be able to live and study in a peaceful environment.
The University has a limited number of temporary rooms available in accommodation. This takes the form of a shared room in a University property for the first few weeks of the term. This option helps students to feel part of the campus community during their first few weeks away from home, and often results in new friendships being made while giving students the time to familiarise themselves with the accommodation available near to campus.
Students in temporary accommodation will then be offered accommodation that becomes vacant during the first term. Pease note that temporary accommodation is allocated during the main allocation process and can therefore not be applied for.
Self Catered Residences
All of our self catered properties are on campus and students share a kitchen, bathroom and any other communal areas. Most bedrooms are single and include a washbasin. Students are not required to vacate during Christmas and Easter holidays.
Accommodation is normally cleaned once a week. Meals are not provided, however, students who wish to eat in the main dining room can join the meal scheme or purchase meals at any of the catering outlets around the campus.
Semi Catered Residences
Situated at the heart of the campus, our semi catered residence comprises a recently refurbished hall with 44 en-suite study bedrooms. Rooms are single and a kitchen/diner is provided on each floor. Students are not required to vacate during Christmas and Easter holidays. Accommodation is normally cleaned once a week.
Lunch and evening meals are provided in the Terrace Dining Room, Monday-Friday, during term time only.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the support that we provide for our students. Student Support and Guidance (SSG) has offices on both the Chester and Warrington campuses where we are on hand to offer information, advice and guidance to all students on every aspect of their life whilst at university.
Our aim is to ensure that everyone is able to experience an enjoyable and enriching student experience.
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