Whether you’re living in halls or student housing in the popular Kingsholm, St Oswald or Quays areas, there is plenty to do and discover as you start your new and exciting student life in Gloucester. 


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Eating out 

Before a busy day of lectures be sure to stop by Farmhouse Deli for a breakfast sandwich or sit in at Guru Coffee House if you have more time to fuel before starting your day of study. 

Gloucester Grill is a popular place for lunch with great value meal deals to takeaway as well as Knobbly Cob if you’re craving something warm and comforting. Hubble Bubble is a great café if you’re looking for somewhere quirky have a catch up brunch with friends or visit Hooker and Eight for a delicious sourdough pizza.

If it’s Friday, you’ll be lucky enough to have a variety of lunch options at the Farmers Market located at The Historic Cross in the centre of town. Here, you’ll typically find lots to choose from including freshly made falafels, Thai or Caribbean street food, and even donuts for afters! 



Gloucester city is jam packed full of shops, bars and restaurant including 3 main shopping centre complexes, Kings Walk, Eastgate and Gloucester Quays. The centres house the likes of Primark, Greggs, Costa, Superdrug, H&M, WHSmith and many more!

If it’s designer labels you’re looking for head to the Quays for discounts of up to 70% off on major brands where you will find Nike, Adidas, Jack Wills and Calvin Klein to name a few. The city centre also has many discount and food stores where you can buy all the essentials being newly of student status including Savers, Iceland, B&M, Wilko’s and Oaksey’s for well-priced fruit and veg (Go at 5pm for their £1 mixed bags).  

Night Life 

The heart of Gloucester’s night life is located on Eastgate Street with ATIK, Butler’s and Fever to choose from, there is something for all music tastes. Jax is the place for dance music just a short walk away, located on Brunswick Street. If you’re looking for a late-night snack after all that dancing, there are plenty of stop offs nearby including Diamond Kebab and Pizza and Tennessee Chicken. 

Fancy more of a chilled atmosphere? Head to Tigers Eye or Café Rene for a relaxed, easy-going evening out. 


Getting Active 

There are plenty of choices when it comes to keeping active in Gloucester. Join the The Gym at Gloucester Quays for plenty of classes and 24/7 access with no contract. If swimming is more your thing GL1 Leisure Centre boasts a pool and gym classes with student memberships available. Feeling adventurous? and hit the slopes at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre or climb the walls of Gloucester Warehouse Climbing Centre for a challenging workout. 


Gloucester Rugby 

Gloucester is a rugby city through and through, with the famous club situated in the heart of Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium. The club play in England’s top division and compete on a European level, as well as holding the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Gloucester is the most passionate rugby team in England (maybe we’re bias), hear the roar from the shed and absorb the rumbling atmosphere at a home game. Come along and support the cherry and whites; your new local team, as they compete throughout the season. 18-25 ticket starting at as little as £16. 


What to do with Parents 

Impress the parents on their visit to you, showcasing your new home through exploring all that makes Gloucester great and tour them around major attractions of the city. 

Gloucester Cathedral 

Visit the Cathedral and see if Mum and Dad can recognise scene settings of major movies and TV Programmes such as Harry Potter, Mary Queen of Scots and Dr Who. Discover the magnificent stained-glass windows and picturesque architecture dating back to nearly 1000 years ago. 


Explore the Quays and Gloucester's Historic Docks 

Stopping for a spot of lunch? Take a break at the Docks where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from including Greek on the Docks where you’ll experience a taste of Mediterranean dining or head to Tank for craft ale and a pizza. 

Impress the rents with a trip to visit the Waterways Museum formally used as a grain warehouse. Discover the history and heritage of the Docks with interactive exhibits and boat trips.  

If shopping is what they want, Gloucester Quays shopping outlet houses a variety of designer brands. 


Why not book onto a Civic Trust Tour to familiarise yourself with the city or use the free walking tour app if you prefer to go at your own pace. 

Getting Around 


It’s easy to get around as a student in Gloucester with regular buses running from Gloucester’s Oxstalls Campus to the city centre (94/94U) and night buses, if you’re heading out to experience the mid-week nightlife. 

Electric Scooters 

If you’re carbon conscious, the Zwings scooters are a great option for getting around the city quickly. From 15p per minute the scooters are brilliant for getting from A to B whilst being a carbon neutral mode of transport. 


Gloucester train station is located just a few minutes from town which means it’s no trouble to pop back home, visit friends and generally get around the UK. With an 18-25 railcard you’ll be able to get a discount off your rail travel. 




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