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University of Chester

4.2 out of 5 (28 ratings / 20 reviews) Chester, England, United Kingdom
The University, a Church of England institution founded in 1839, continues to be guided by Christian values and is justifiably proud of the open, inclusive and supportive environment that characterises the institution. The University seeks to provide all its students and staff with the education, skills, support and motivation to enable them to develop as confident world citizens.

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Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The University of Chester has been making history since 1839, when it was founded by such pioneers as the great 19th-century prime ministers, William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1842, Gladstone opened the College's original buildings for its first intake of 10 male student teachers on the Parkgate Road site, just outside the City Walls.


Our academic departments are grouped into seven distinct faculties, along with a Graduate School and faculty-based research centres, for those wishing to gain a qualification by research. 

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Management
  • Education and Children's Services
  • Health and Social Care
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
  • Science and Engineering
  • Social Science


The University of Chester is committed to the continued development of excellence in research and innovation. Our research strengths range across the arts and humanities, business, leadership and management, education, health and social care, and the natural and social sciences.

Our portfolio contains both work that is at the leading edge of its subject discipline and research which brings about changes to policy, practice and services which benefit the economic, social and cultural well-being of our region and the wider community.


We are committed to providing an efficient and professional recruitment service and to ensuring that the process is a positive experience for everyone.  We currently employ around 1400 staff in academic, support and research roles. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all, and our diversity and equality policies.

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Housing services

For many, starting university means living away from home for the first time. That’s why our helpful accommodation team are here to help you every step of the way.  

Our accommodation is conveniently located for getting the most out of your student life at the University of Chester. Most University-owned and partnership accommodation is located either on or very close to our Parkgate Road Campus (Chester) or Warrington Campus.

We offer a range of accommodation types, from self-catered through to full board, and in different styles, from small self-contained houses, to large, traditional halls of residence.

Library services

  • The University of Chester has nine libraries across its different campuses and all staff and students of the University are welcome to use any of the libraries.
  • In addition to books, journals and other resources, all libraries have computers, study areas and bookable study rooms. Subject-specialist staff are available at all sites to support learning.

ICT services

Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.

Medical services

  • All students who don’t already live locally are advised to register with a local GP and Dental Practice to ensure that they have health support whilst living away from home, should it be required. 
  • There are a number of GP Practices and Dentists within close proximity to the University, and you can find the one most convenient to where you will be living .

Student Life

Campus life

  • Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
  • Creative Campus, Kingsway is located on the outskirts of the city centre, a 20-minute walk from Parkgate Road Campus. Across 6,920 square metres this specially developed creative arts campus offers a range of modern facilities and equipment to bring learning to life.
  • The Riverside Campus provides specialist teaching facilities for most students in the Chester-based Faculties of Education and Children’s Services, and Health and Social Care. 

Sports facilities

  • Students at our Chester campuses can enjoy a variety of facilities at Parkgate Road and Thornton Science Park.
  • The Fitness Suite is staffed by friendly, approachable and qualified fitness instructors on hand to provide you with as much support and guidance as you need.
  • A popular sport facility; our floodlit MUGA pitch provides a fantastic surface to play a wide range of sports on, including football, rugby and American football.

Student clubs

Whether you've just graduated or have been away from us for a while, the Alumni Network aims to keep you updated with all the latest University and alumni news, enabling you to stay connected to the institution long after you leave. 

Chester, England, United Kingdom