In the northwest of England is Chester, a Roman fortress city known for its rich history and impressive architecture. Walk along its famous Roman walls and learn about the varied history of this iconic town which was once occupied by the Vikings, Danes, Saxons, Scots, and Normans. Check out what this charming city has to offer with our student accommodation in Chester.

Chester student accommodation at a glance

For modern student accommodation in Chester that is close to campus, take a look at Tudor Place. This stylish accommodation offers a range of ensuite rooms and studios, as well as an on-site gym, a TV lounge, a private outdoor courtyard, and comfortable communal areas to hang out with friends. The best part? It’s right near the city centre and only a 7-minute walk to the University of Chester.

If you’re after contemporary student studios in Chester, check out Granary Studios. This well-designed student accommodation is right in the centre of the city just inside of the Chester City Walls. It offers a range of modern studio accommodation as well as social spaces, quiet study areas, and a great social calendar. Location-wise, you’re only a 12-minute walk to the University of Chester. And remember, if a space doesn’t look entirely your style, there are lots of different and affordable ways to make your room feel like home.

If canal-side student flats in Chester sound like something you’d be interested in, then The Towpath might be for you. This accommodation offers both studio and ensuite student rooms and has great social spaces for chilling with friends, as well as an on-site gym and a quiet study area for when you need to hit the books. It’s also only a 5-minute walk to the city centre or a 12-minute walk to the University of Chester.

When looking for private student accommodation in Chester, make sure you put Fontessa House on your must-see list. This contemporary student flats in Chester offers both studios and ensuite rooms and has lots of great communal spaces, plus bike storage and on-site laundry facilities. Located just outside of the Chester City Walls, this modern accommodation is only a 6-minute walk to the University of Chester.

Chester student life

  • Chester is home to higher educational establishments such as the University of Chester which is centrally located with great Chester university student accommodation options nearby.
  • Explore Chester’s diverse history with a fascinating walking tour, walk the Chester City Walls, or visit the Chester Cathedral, and see all the iconic Tudor architecture that’s on offer.
  • One of the main attractions in the area is the popular Chester Zoo. With over 20,000 animals across 128 acres, there’s so much to see and explore.
  • For an authentic Cheshire experience, head to the Chester Rows. The Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above street level. No one knows why they were built this way, but it’s a unique part of Chester not found anywhere else in the world.
  • Head on down to the River Dee for some water or riverside activities. Rent a kayak or pedalo, or enjoy a walk along the water’s edge and grab a pint at The Ship Inn.
  • Throw on your glad rags and enjoy a day at the Chester Racecourse. Chester is the oldest racecourse in the world and has an active calendar of social events for you to choose from.
  • Step out from your Chester student flats to explore the Roman Gardens. These Roman-style gardens are the perfect way to take a break from the books and get amongst nature.
  • Chester has great museums and galleries for you to explore. Take an afternoon to walk through the Grosvenor Museum, Cheshire Military Museum, or the Watergate Street Gallery.
  • Shake off the studying cobwebs and go trampolining at Flip Out. This trampoline park is the perfect way to distract yourself from assignments and exams. It’s also great for your mental health, which is important to keep on top of when living away at university.

Student travel in Chester

As a relatively small city, it’s easy to get around when travelling from your student accommodation in Chester to lectures or social activities. The main way to get around the city is by bus, but there are great train connections for when you want to visit places outside of the area. Check out the Cheshire West and Chester website for tickets and timetables.

By Bus

The University of Chester is right in the city centre and as a result, is where most Chester student accommodation is located, so generally, there isn’t a need to take public transport to and from lectures. However, the bus service around the city is great for when you need to cross town. There are frequent services and easy connections which means you’re never far from where you need to go. There is also a free bus connection that takes you from the Chester Train Station into the city, which is about a 15-minute ride.

By Train

Chester Train Station is in the northeast of the city and has great connections to the rest of the country such as London Euston, Liverpool, Manchester, and Wales. For timetables and ticket times, click here.

Featured neighbourhoods around student accommodation in Chester

City Centre

For those who want their Chester student accommodation right in the middle of the action, the city centre is the best place for you. With everything you need on your doorstep, including the University of Chester campus, you’ll never be bored. Fill your days exploring the historic landmarks, museums and galleries on your doorstep, and then hit the many clubs and pubs in the evening to experience that authentic student culture. Hit up Rosies, a popular student nightclub in the city, or grab a pint at the George and Dragon hotel. There are also some great cheap eats close by, our favourites include Burger Shed 41 and The Brewery Tap.

Boughton

East of the city centre is Boughton, and it’s one of the cheapest parts of Cheshire to live as a student. You might not be in the buzz of the city, but just across the river is Chester Meadows, a great day out in nature and one of the most beautiful places in Chester. While there isn’t an abundance of pubs and restaurants nearby to choose from, there is a range of supermarkets in the area, and you’re not far from the city when a night out calls. Concerning campus, you’re about a 30-minute walk away or a short bus ride.

Hoole

Stepping slightly out of the city centre is Hoole, a popular area for student accommodation in Chester. One of the best parts about Hoole is the green spaces. Head to the Hoole Narrows Community Park for those warm days that should be spent in the sunshine. It’s only a 10-minute walk to Chester Train Station or about a 30-minute walk to the University of Chester campus, so while you’re not right in the centre of things you’re never far from where you need to be. It has a few local pubs and restaurants – check out the Sticky Walnut for a delicious feed – but you’re not far from the city centre where the main action is.

Chester student accommodation FAQs

Is Chester good for students?

Chester is a good place for students due to its small population, rich history, and accredited university. The University of Chester is regarded highly for its Work-Based Learning module and according to the Complete University Guide 2018 is the safest city-based University in the North West of England.

How much rent does a student pay for accommodation in Chester?

The cost of student accommodation in Chester depends on your location and type of accommodation. Accommodation starts from around £111.00 per week up to £159.00 per week.

When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Chester?

October is considered a good month when looking for Chester student accommodation. However, first-year and international students can start the hunt anywhere from January onwards, as accommodation is available all year round. Check out our guide for more information on finding student accommodation.

Which off-campus accommodation is closest to University of Chester?

The closest student accommodation to the University of Chester is Tudor Place, a desirable student accommodation option that’s just a 7 minute walk from campus. Student accommodation at Chester’s Tudor Place costs between £148 and £215 a week, depending on your room choice.

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