Walsall Campus: top ten food, fitness and fun
If you’re going to be based at our Walsall Campus, you’ll discover it has the strong community and identity of a smaller campus. It’s only a mile and a half from the Walsall town centre so you’re within easy reach of all the essentials. You may think you need to head to Wolverhampton or Birmingham in search of entertainment, but you’ll soon find that Walsall and the surrounding area provide plenty to keep you busy!
1) Nights on Broadway
Looking to unwind but don’t want to venture far? You’ll be pleased to discover what’s on offer at the SU at Walsall Campus. It’s a great place to unwind between – and after – lectures. You can fuel your studies, your chores or your down-time with a coffee; grab a game of pool or do battle on Xbox; or get to know your new best-mates with karaoke and quizzes. You needn’t miss out on special events like open air cinema showings at City Campus either, as you can simply hop on to the free campus bus service to get you there and back for free.
2) When hunger strikes
Stomach rumbling? As a student, you now get 5% off the price at our campus catering outlets all year! But if you fancy a change of scenery, head to the Waterfront and you’ll find you can grab a bite to eat (don’t forget your student discount) at restaurants such as Chiquito, Brewers Fayre, Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Hungry Horse and TGI Friday’s, or there are student favourites Frankie & Benny’s and Nando’s at The Wharf Shopping Park.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for some pub grub or want to be quiz champion, a 15 minute walk will bring you to the door of The Bell pub from Ember Inns, or in the other direction, The Cambridge offers a traditional pub atmosphere with food, quizzes and somewhere to watch the latest sport.
3) Stretch that body
If you’re a sports lover, you’ll be well catered for at our Walsall Campus with our inspiring selection of sports and physical health courses supported by the latest facilities and equipment, not to mention inspiring and informed staff. From our 3G pitch and swimming pool, to the Judo Centre for Excellence, we’ve got all bases covered. Or if you fancy something more challenging, you can try your hand at sailing, windsurfing and canoeing with Walsall Outdoor Pursuits.
Why not let Olympic Medallist (and BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning student!) Kristian Thomas show you round our campus?
4) Are you a water baby?
Living at Walsall Campus has a great bonus, that you can take a dip in our campus swimming pool. You can also train as a lifeguard – as a student you might get a special discount, like that offered to our students during Career Development Week. Or if you’re really serious about your swimming, perhaps training for triathlon, it’s only half an hour to outdoor swimming at Netherton Open Water Swimming. Midlands Open Water Swim Centre and neighbouring West Midlands Open Water Swim at Cliff Lakes Water Park are also within easy reach.
5) Have a reel good time
There’s nothing quite like seeing your favourite films on the big screen. So when you’re feeling terrestrial tedium, streaming sadness, or Netflix negativity, head to Showcase Cinema on Bentley Mill Way or The Light cinema at the Waterfront. Don’t forget your student discount (or your Meerkat on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), or if you’re lucky enough to have a free morning, you can grab a showing for only £5.50 before noon Mondays to Fridays at the Light! We think that’s a pretty good way of catching up on the latest blockbusters at a knock-down price. Did you also know you can study film and media with us?
6) They say laughter is the best medicine
If concentrating on your studies leaves you in need of a good laugh, why not head to Forest Arts Centre? Only 15 minutes’ drive from campus, you needn’t break the bank for a taxi and night of entertainment from comedians including the likes of Chris Ramsey and Omid Djalili. Or, if you secretly long to be the star on stage yourself, perfect your own act with our performing arts courses.
7) Walking on sunshine
Malvern may have its Hills, Telford may have its Wrekin, but Walsall has the Barr Beacon, so get outside for some fresh air and amazing views! We were spoilt over the summer with great weather, but even if it’s not so sunny, getting outdoors and stretching your legs will do you, your health, and your studies, the world of good. So head out to nearby Palfrey Park or check out the gorgeous autumnal colour at Walsall Arboretum. If you’re a nature-lover, head to Park Lime Pits park and nature reserve – you never know what you might see and can get involved with events like bat walks and forage trails.
Stretch your legs – and mind – with one of our sports degrees.
8) A spot of culture
Need a break from your studies? Why not embrace the Black Country with a visit to Walsall Leather Museum? Or for something even more niche, explore a local industry of the past at the Locksmith’s House which is open for special events, including Heritage Open Days.
9) Footballs and glitter balls
If you can’t resist a tribute act, like to get dressed up, or perhaps like to hear from some inspiring names from the sporting world like Graeme Souness or Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, head down to Walsall Football Club The Venue to experience some of the eclectic entertainment they have on offer. Or what better way to spend your weekend than supporting your local team or rediscovering the love of playing sport? Whether you’re cheering on Walsall FC, Walsall Rugby Club or Willenhall Wanderers netball team, you’ll instantly find you belong to a new family.
10) The great escape
Is it time you had a digital detox? We all need to escape sometimes, and if you’re a fan of budget-friendly camping, why not pitch your tent somewhere for a few days? You might find the fresh air gives you a totally new perspective. And you needn’t go far, for instance, you can rest your gaze over the calm waters at Cliff Lakes only half an hour away for only £15 for up to four people. So gather up your new mates, pick up a packet of marshmallows for the BBQ, and rediscover the magic of conversation and constellations.