Chester is regarded as one of the most student friendly cities in the UK, with a plethora of fun places to see and things to do. With Collegiate, most of them are just a short walk away from your Chester student accommodation too.

When it comes to staying home, the social spaces at our Chester accommodations offer a relaxing, safe space to unwind with friends. The cinema and games room are hot spots in Tudor House and can be accessed 24 hours a day. It’s perfectly placed for the University of Chester, but when you’re ready to explore what else this great historic city has to offer, you’ll benefit from a truly prime location, attractions, bars and restaurants. If you fancy trying something a little bit different, then check out our round up of unusual places to visit in Chester.

Chester Racecourse 

Established in 1539, Chester is the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world and a great day out for all, Chester Racecourse is a regular fixture on the social calendar from May to September, where you will not only find top class racing but a great social event with a reason to dress up for you and your new founded University friends. Even better its walking distance from your city centre Chester student accommodation.

Chester Northgate

Chester Northgate is a development of open streets, parades and plazas that will integrate seamlessly with the surrounding parts of Chester City Centre, including: A six-screen cinema Picture house, suave Cafés, bars and restaurants and a new, indoor market, see more here. On the doorsteps of Granary studios, this makes for a fantastic lifestyle while studying at the University of Chester. 

Chester Zoo

A short journey away is the amazing Chester Zoo, there are over 20,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens to explore. It is the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain, and was named as the best zoo in the UK and third in the world by TripAdvisor. It has inspired so many to study Zoology at the University of Chester, however, can offer a well needed distraction from hard study time for many students. 

The River Dee 

Chester’s answer to the Thames is the river Dee, not to be confused with the River Lea in Ireland from the Adele song. The river Dee leads all the way from Chester to Snowdonia, offering a lovely place for calming evening strolls during those stressful exam periods. Or for fun, visitors can now take to the river Dee for an exciting water sports excursion.

The Chester Roman Trail

Chester was one of Britain’s most important Roman towns. The amphitheatre is the largest so far uncovered in Britain, and dates from the 1st century. This short walk explores why the Romans settled here – and how they still shape our lives today. Even better Chester is the first British city to win the coveted European Access City Award for its commitment to ensuring that the historic city continues to become more accessible for all. So, you can leave your accessible accommodation and enjoy one of world’s most accessible historic cities. Try the trail: The Chester Roman Trail.

We hope our fun facts have helped you unearth a quirkier side to Chester and inspired you to try something different the next time you’re out exploring this great city.

Student Accommodation in Chester

The beautiful town of Chester is a mix of old and new – its stunning Roman walls blending with modern architecture. This backdrop in the city centre provides students with a great mix of pubs, bars and restaurants for socialising with friends, as well as plenty of high street shops for some retail therapy in between studying.

It’s all within easy reach of our two Chester properties (Tudor Place and Granary Studios) – both offering stylish and modern en suite accommodation in a mix of room and studio sizes to suit all budgets. And if you feel like staying in rather than heading out to see everything Chester has to offer, you can enjoy the onsite facilities such as cozy social spaces, gym, courtyard gardens and more!