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Bolton is a historic town in Greater Manchester, renowned for its growing cultural scene. It is one of the UK's most vibrant towns and a great place to live during your time studying at university. Till the 16th century the town was famous for woollen textiles, but by the 18th-century cotton had replaced wool, and the production of yarns and fabrics became more common. Bolton is a nice place to live offering easy access to the beautiful countryside. From charming heritage to excellent entertainment and live sports events you are never far away from a plethora of choice in Bolton. With a jam-packed events calendar, offering some of the best North West events, including one of the country’s largest Food and Drink Festivals, the world’s biggest Ironkids and the Ironman UK Triathlon…you’re guaranteed an exceptional day out whatever the weather!
Due to a good education system and world-class institutions of higher education, a large number of international students flock to the city. These students either stay in on-campus halls of residence or in private student home located close to the campus. These private accommodations are commonly referred to as purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) as they are designed specifically for student living.
Bolton is a friendly town full of character and wonderful industrial heritage which is clearly visible all-around the borough and lives on through the canals, cotton, railways and of course people. Located at demolished Atlas mill, Bolton Steam Museum houses an amazing assortment of stationary steam engines, the largest collection in the UK that have been rescued from industrial facilities around Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and as far away as Wales. Visit the quintessential Victorian park which slopes down to the River Croal northwest of the town centre. Sit beside the lake or play tennis with friends in the available tennis courts. The most popular areas to live in Bolton as a student are dotted around the town to its west, north and east.
Things to do in Bolton
Bolton has a beautiful town hall, galleries, museums, as well as the famous Octagon Theatre. and the performance venue The Albert Halls- all of which are closeby to the student accommodation Bolton you are residing in. The Bolton town centre is very much party central on weekends and filled with students and townsfolk. There plenty of vibrant pubs and value for money Italian, Thai, Indian and other restaurants. The town is ideal for shopaholics as there are three shopping centres of varying sizes including plenty of big-store retail brands, a retail park on its edges, a regular street market in the heart as well as dozens of independent shops. The best part of living in Bolton is that it is just 17-minutes train ride away from Manchester which is one of the UK’s most multicultural and liveliest cities.
Universities in Bolton
It is home to the famous University of Bolton which gained its university status in 2005. It is a public university with around 7,000 students, mostly coming from Bolton and the North West region. The main campus of the university is located on an urban campus between Deane Road and Derby Street in Bolton. There are two halls of residence, although many students opt to live in private accommodation which offers a wide range of student room types such as student studio, shared and en-suite rooms, and apartments. All these rooms are fully-furnished with a double bed, study space, storage areas and wardrobe, and en-suite bathrooms. There are also plenty of onsite amenities available for a comfortable living experience.
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