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The University of Northampton

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Located in an ancient market town steeped in social, political and industrial history of the nation, the University of Northampton is actually one of the UK’s youngest universities. 

Since its establishment, it’s been rapidly building a reputation for its innovative teaching and learning style that has ‘de-formalised’ and personalised the higher education experience for its students. So much so, that in the UK government’s recent Teaching Excellence Framework exercise, the only official ranking of UK universities, the University of Northampton received the highest possible award, TEF Gold

Having harnessed novel technologies that injects interest and introduces flexibility into the theoretical practices of learning, students are able to study and work wherever they want, whenever they want, with whoever they want. This gives students a deeper, more meaningful relationship with lecturers and professors, more time to explore, challenge and question, whilst leaving space and time for individual support, advice and guidance.

With that, the University of Northampton is proud to offer a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs across four faculties: Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, Faculty of Health and Society, and Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Discover more about international student life at the University of Northampton by visiting the university’s international students’ blog, and dedicated international students’ Facebook page.

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To facilitate the university’s new style of learning, it has a brand new, purpose-built, high-tech campus, offering the best of both worlds. The Waterside campus is self-contained with everything students need by way of modern, spacious teaching and learning facilities, libraries, shops, food and drinks outlets, accommodation and recreational facilities all on a compact single campus. 

The Creative Hub brings together creative and science disciplines in a flexible learning space on the banks of the River Nene, and is home to the university’s creative, workshop and laboratory specialist teaching spaces.

The Learning Hub houses 24/7 library facilities, superb social, eating and learning spaces and is designed to allow students and staff from different disciplines to work together and take learning out of the traditional classroom environment.

The Engine Shed is a superbly and sympathetically restored railway engine maintenance workshop, that has become the home of the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union continues to offer all sports and societies free of charge, so you can join in all the fun, without having to worry about the cost. The Students’ Union also operates the university’s town centre nightclub, café, bar and performance venue, The Platform.

The Sports Dome, Pavilion and multi-sport all-weather pitches are used for teaching purposes on the university’s sports and exercise degree programs, but also offer superb facilities for students to take part in team sports, whether it’s just for fun or to represent the university in one of the many sports clubs. 


The Sports Labs is home to the university’s specialist sports performance laboratories and teaching rooms for sports students.

The International Leather Centre, due for completion in 2020, will be the base for the university’s world-renowned Institute for Creative Leather Technology. It will also be home to Europe’s only on-campus working tannery, ground-breaking research and highly specialised teaching in this in-demand subject discipline.

Snack bars, cafés and restaurants can be found throughout the campus, but for those wanting to grab and go, there’s also a mini-market and Subway.

When it comes to moving abroad and adjusting to university life, the quality and ease of access to student support services is crucial. From the simplest of questions to the most serious of issues, the university’s dedicated Student Support Help Desk is always on hand to help. You can find out more about student services and support by clicking here

Northampton offers easy access to the picturesque countryside for those who want to relax in the great outdoors without the hassle of time-consuming journeys. And for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Cambridge and Oxford are all reachable in under an hour, and are served by five international airports, offering budget and scheduled flights to all corners of the globe.

What’s more, is that Northampton’s Cultural Quarter and town centre are within easy walking distance from the university campus. Having been officially awarded ‘Purple Flag’ rating for its ‘entertaining’, ‘diverse’, and most importantly, ‘safe’ nightlife, the town of Northampton is also where you can find all the restaurants, bars, cafés, museums, theatres, cinemas and supermarkets you will ever need to make the most of your spare time as a student. 

When it comes to student life beyond academics, the University of Northampton encourages students to find their own work-life balance. With free societies, clubs and sports at the university, it’s easy to join in the fun and find something that’s perfectly suited for you. 

Considering the university is home to over 1,000 international students, representing 60 nations from around the world, you’ll be sure to find like-minded fellow students for those moments of nostalgia for home or for sharing the enjoyment of common cultural experiences and festivals.

The A-Z of extra-curricular activities is huge, from American Football to weightlifting, cricket to trampolining, from the Advertising Students’ Society to the Warhammer Society, debating to meditating, there’s something for everyone.  

Many nationalities have specific societies for students to join where they often share the differences and excitement of their own cultures, cuisines and festivals with events around campus.

And if the sports club or society you would like to join doesn’t exist, all you have to do is find five like-minded friends and the university will give you a budget to get the idea up and running!

Student accommodation

Compared to life in the big cities, students find accommodation and living costs much more affordable in Northampton, with the university itself offering some of the least expensive student accommodation in the UK. 

The university’s Waterside Student Village allows some 550 students to live just a few short steps from all the facilities offered on campus. Over 400 places are in four-storey town houses, the remainder made up of en-suite rooms in shared apartments and some single studio apartments. 

Just a 10 minutes’ walk away on the edge of Northampton’s town centre is the St. John’s Hall of Residence, which offers 437 single en-suite, and some single and dual occupancy studios. 

The university’s third student accommodation is located on the outskirts of Northampton, connected to the main campus by free bus services, and offers approximately 1,000 twin and single accommodation spaces. 

Across all of the university’s halls of residence, the cost of rent includes all utility bills, wi-fi and cleaning service in the communal areas.

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The University of Northampton welcomes applications from all over the world, with country-specific application guidance available on the university’s website

There is no application fee, and students who wish to apply to study at the University of Northampton should do so via the application form (either online, via an in-country representative, or via UCAS). You will also need to submit a copy of the photo page of your passport, and evidence of your academic qualifications achieved to date. 

As a UK university, the medium of instruction is English, so international students will need to provide evidence of English proficiency. If you require additional English tuition to prepare you for your course, the university offers Pre-Sessional English Programmes to help develop the skills you need to progress.

Additional funding and scholarships are also available to help with tuition fees and living costs. The University of Northampton’s International Scholarship scheme automatically allocates a tuition fee discount of up to 30 percent for students with high levels of academic achievement. These scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, are unlimited in number and apply for all years of your on-campus tuition. 

The University of Northampton is committed to developing graduates who are not only qualified to get their first graduate job, but who have also developed the skills and attributes necessary to progress as their career develops. 

The Changemaker Hub works with students before, during and after their studies to develop and enhance employability prospects. Experiential learning is an important and valuable part of students’ development. Whilst, the university works with students to equip them with the skills and mind-set for employment, time spent working in a business or community environment provides the practical element of the students’ skills and personal development. 

Through the University of Northampton’s extensive network of relationships with business and community organisations, students are offered guidance, advice and support to secure work placements with blue chip companies such as Burberry, Ted Baker, Mercedes, Walt Disney, Microsoft, and Aston Martin to name but a few. 

So, it’s no surprise that the university’s Employability Service has won a national accolade as ‘Overall Winner for Developing Employability’ whilst boasting an outstanding record of at least 94 percent employability for 10 years running. 


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