Just a few good reasons to study at the University of Wolverhampton!
The city has plenty of restaurants and cafés offering cuisine from around the world, including a traditional market that dates back to the 13th century.
The Museums, Galleries and Archives of Wolverhampton known as WAVE means you’re never short of things to do: Wolverhampton Art Gallery welcomes visitors to explore over 300 years of art and holds one of the largest Pop Art collections outside of London; Bilston Craft Gallery’s lively programme of changing exhibitions features the best of contemporary ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, metal, woodwork and more; Bantock House Museum is an urban oasis that offers a chance to explore life in an Edwardian home and discover the secrets of Wolverhampton’s rich history. Another great day out, Wightwick Manor is perhaps the best surviving example of a home furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Just down the road in Walsall, you can discover the history of a local industry at the Leather Museum; and the New Art Gallery regularly hosts international exhibitions and has the Garman Ryan collection on permanent display with works from artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Turner, Renoir and Constable. Telford, famous for its industrial heritage, boasts a World Heritage site at Ironbridge, the Severn Gorge and a fully working Victorian village at Blists Hill.
The Arena Theatre at City Campus is the University’s own theatre. It’s intimate and atmospheric, hosting plays and dance exhibitions from local and national companies, as well as our own students. Just a short walk away is The Grand Theatre, the place to go for opera, ballet and national touring productions, as well as the annual pantomime. A short bus journey from the city centre, Cineworld at Bentley Bridge offers 14 screens showing the latest releases and Bollywood screenings with discounts for students when you show your NUS card. But you don’t have to venture out of the city centre to see a film: Light House Media Centre, located in the historic Chubb building, shows the best blockbusters and art-house films in an intimate venue, and even has its own bar! The Oakengates Theatre at Telford gets you up close to stand-up performances by comedians such as Harry Hill, contemporary drama and appearances from television celebrities including hypnotist Paul McKenna. There is also a Showcase Cinema in Walsall and Odeon at Telford, which offer special rates for students.
At Wolverhampton’s Mander and Wulfrun shopping centres, you’ll find all the shops you’d expect and a few you’ll be delighted to find. Bargain hunters will also enjoy the indoor and outdoor markets on Salop Street that offer a range of goods from clothes and collectables to fruit and fresh fish. Telford has an impressive 150-store shopping centre, and you’re spoilt for choice for shopping in Walsall with the Saddlers and Old Square Centres and Crown Wharf. If that’s not enough, you’re not far from Birmingham, with its iconic Bullring, Mailbox, markets and arcades.
For the quieter side of life, you can go for a walk through Wolverhampton’s West Park, one of England’s finest Victorian parks, or a short journey can take you into the beautiful countryside that surrounds the region. A short train-ride can take you to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, where you can watch the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company perform in their home venue.
Next to the University’s Faculty of Arts building you’ll find Molineux Stadium, home to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. A short distance away, Dunstall Park is one of the busiest horse racecourses in the country, and you can catch greyhound racing and speedway action at Monmore Green stadium. Not only that, it’s an easy commute to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, an international test match venue.
Water babies can take a dip at Wolverhampton’s Central Baths, and Walsall Campus houses its own swimming pool. For something more extreme, try indoor climbing or caving at Wolverhampton’s Wolf Mountain, or Telford’s Snowboard and Ski Centre, or ice rink. You’ll also find fitness facilities at City, Walsall and Telford Campuses, including floodlit football pitches, sports courts/halls and gyms.
There’s plenty of nightlife on offer for the 23,000 students that study at the University including bars, nightclubs and music venues that play host to well-known British and international rock and pop artists.
As well as the regular BOOM bar crawls organised by the Students’ Union, there are plenty of clubs and pubs around the city offering an ever-changing mix of music and style. If indie and rock are your thing, check out the hugely popular Blast Off! every Saturday at The Civic, or head to The Planet, voted Club of the Week by Kerrang! on multiple occasions. For pre-drinks head to: The Royal London, which offers great deals for students; Yates’, Hogs Head; or, for something a bit different, try The Giffard Arms on Victoria Street or The Cuban Exchange. There are also regular student nights at Faces, Indi Bar and Walkabout.
The Civic and Wulfrun Halls are just 200 yards from the University’s City Campus. Almost every big name on the gig circuit regularly checks in, with the Slade Rooms playing host to new bands. What’s more, Birmingham venues such as the Birmingham Ballroom, HMV Institute, Symphony Hall and O2 Academy are only a 20-minute train ride away. And with V Festival just down the road, you won’t have to go far to hear the sounds of the summer.