10 ways student nights rock @ WLV
Wolves are nocturnal animals, so join the WLV pack and step out at night for a different kind of student experience. We’ve compiled an overview of the best things to see, do and get involved in when the sun goes down on Wolverhampton. (Howling at the moon optional.)
1. Get social with the SU
Your Students’ Union is here to make your experience at the University the best it can be. As well as help and advice for you to make the most of your studies, the SU offers a fantastic social calendar of events including organised nights out, karaoke and quiz nights at Walsall’s SU bar and special one-off events like last summer’s open air cinema in City Campus Courtyard. Find out what’s on.
Plus, don’t forget the range of societies you can join, each of which will offer opportunities for socialising outside of study time.
2. Treat your tastebuds
The secret’s out: Wolverhampton is a gastronome’s dream! With options to suit all budgets and occasions, the city is a hotspot for foodies looking to catch up with friends over a good plate of grub. We’ve got everything from Michelin rated restaurants to more casual gastropubs; worldwide flavours, from succulent sushi to exquisite Italian; and varied menus from independent gems like Café Maxsim and The Hungry Bistro.
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3. Check out what's on stage
Whether you're after theatre, comedy, music or dance, check out the line-up at the Grand Theatre (where you’ll be treading the boards for graduation), and our very own Arena Theatre and Performance Hub. They'll keep you entertained with shows to suit every theatrical taste. Check listings for the latest in toe-tapping musicals, show-stopping productions, thought-provoking plays and experimental originals.
Remember to check out what’s on at this year’s Artsfest, the University’s annual festival celebrating the creative and cultural life of our region.
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4. Lights, camera, cinema!
Film fans rejoice! As well as multiple multiplex options – including Cineworld at Bentley Bridge, The Light Cinema in Walsall and IMAX at Telford – Wolverhampton is the proud home of the Black Country’s only independent cinema. Light House screens an eclectic mix of Hollywood blockbusters, arthouse award-winners and international pictures if you want to be transported away from revision for a couple of hours.
The venue also offers an enticing programme of language cafes, jazz sessions, a monthly film and TV quiz and more – oh, and it has an art gallery too!
5. Turn up the volume
In 2016, Wolverhampton was ranked as one of the top 10 best live UK music scenes by entertainment listings site Ents24. Although the iconic Civic Hall is currently closed for renovation (take a look at the artist's impression of the new Civic below), music lovers can still get giggy with it at Slade Rooms, Newhampton Arts Centre and venues in and around Walsall and Telford.
Big names in stand-up regularly stop by to make Wulfrunians chuckle, too – don’t miss your chance to catch comedian Tom Stade at this summer’s Homecoming celebration in the Courtyard!
6. Dance the night away
When you need to let loose and take a break from the books, sometimes only a dancefloor will do. Choice bars and clubs, including The Bohemian (pictured), are just a short distance away from all three of our core campus locations, with many hosting fun events like the Science Objective’s regular scientific showcases at The Cuban Exchange.
Just on the outskirts of the city, you can dance all night at warehouse venue Starworks – as well as all-night parties, the eclectic line-up has included everything from live sets by PJ Harvey and Example to scrumptious cheese festivals.
7. Be proud
Keep your eye out for the rainbow flag: Wolverhampton is home to the popular Gorgeous nightclub, a welcoming late-night venue with an inclusive atmosphere appealing to anyone out for a good time. The city has never been prouder following Wolves Pride 2017, the biggest Pride event the city has ever seen, and you can keep up-to-date with all the latest events and social opportunities by signing up to the LGBT+ society.
8. Team up and play
Do you like to give your body a workout as much as your brain? Sign up for a student sports team! Meanwhile, the University Sports Zone, located next to Lomas Street Halls of Residence at City Campus, is open until 9pm Monday to Saturday (8pm on a Sunday) so you can round up some mates, grab a ball and swipe your ID card to enjoy some after-hours play. No booking, no fees, just fun!
You can also enjoy sport as a spectator – from speedway to horse racing, you’ll find a sport to get behind here in Wolverhampton. Why not show your support in the stands for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC? Molineux Stadium is a short walk away from either side of City Campus – and now is a good time to become a fan, following the team’s much-celebrated promotion to the Premier League!
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9. Hop on a night train
Night owls (or wolves) may want to discover what’s on offer after dark beyond Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford. The good news is great transport links mean you can get to Birmingham in under 20 minutes by train, while big cities like Manchester, Liverpool and London are just a few hours away. So, go on: explore!
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10. Study into the early hours
Of course, it’s all about balance. A rich social life and cultural experiences will mean you feel refreshed, fulfilled and ready to take on your studies – and the world! 24 hour library openings during key revision periods mean you can study at a time that’s convenient for you, even if that happens to be after midnight.
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