Cheltenham, UK, is a small city with natural beauty and picturesque surroundings. The only university in the city draws many international students from over sixty countries. With over one hundred academic courses to choose from, by studying in Cheltenham you will benefit of quality teaching and a full academic support in becoming an expert in your chosen field of study. Study in a town with a rich festival scene and one of the safest places in the United Kingdom that will give you plenty of opportunities to focus on your very important higher education. Cheltenham is a city located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the South-West region of England. The small River Chelt flows under and through the town.
Cheltenham has a sustainable local economy, having as major sectors: food processing, aerospace, electronics and tourism.
Companies with headquarters or local offices in Cheltenham include: HSBC, Vertex Data Science, GE-Aviation, Chelsea Building Society, Endsleigh Insurance, Archant, Nelson Thornes, UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), Kohler Mira, Barnett Waddingham LLP, Zürich Financial Services, Badham Pharmacy Limited, Spirax-Sarco Engineering, SuperGroup plc.
International students can find several internship opportunities within local companies in a wide range of fields.
While living in Cheltenham you will have many interesting places to visit, admire the beautiful surroundings and enjoy plenty of leisure activities.
Cheltenham is famous for its Regency architecture and it is referred to as "the most complete regency town in England".
Check out the main attractions:
See a play at Everyman Theatre or if you like climbing, go to Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds. You can also practice sports or watch football, rugby, cricket sport events and the most famous in Cheltenham is the Cheltenham horse racecourse.
In Cheltenham, you can find many nice places for shopping. The Promenade gives a great classic shopping experience and the Montpellier and Suffolks area have distinctive individual shops selling everything from antiques to gifts and homewares. For a pleasant night out, you will find many restaurants, pubs and bars offering local as well as international dishes.
If you ever feel the need to change the scenery, London, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol are conveniently available via train or bus.
For the most part, the international crowd is formed of the international students that come from over sixty countries, such as: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Poland etc. The small number of immigrants that have settled in Cheltenham are Asian and Irish.
Mingle with other international students and form long lasting friendships and future business contact.
As with the rest of the British Isles, Cheltenham experiences cool summers and mild winters. November is the wettest and April is the driest month. Average temperatures in December – January are 6 – 7 °C (42 – 43°F). During summer, you will experience temperatures of around 25 – 26 °C (77 – 78 °F). In all four seasons, the weather is pretty unpredictable so you might have to often carry an umbrella with you.
Here is a list with the accommodation options available in Cheltenham:
1. Student residence halls – rooms are fully furbished and equipped with modern amenities. The rent ranges from 380 to 720 GBP, depending on facilities and includes all utility bills.
2. Private apartment – you can choose to stay in a private apartment, whether by yourself or by sharing it with your peers. The average rate is 280 GBP/month for one bedroom apartment and usually it does not include utilities, which would cost you another 100 GBP/month.
3. Home stay (host family) – living with a host family is ideal if you want to totally immerse in English and also get to know the English lifestyle. The average price for home stay is 135 GBP/week for standard option, or 150 GBP/week with full board included.
4. Guest house or hostel –although not so many in Cheltenham, you can find a decent hostel or guest house, at affordable rates, starting from 25 GPB/night.
Cheltenham is not an expensive city, in fact, it is one of the least expensive cities in UK, with low living costs. An average monthly budget of around 750 GBP/month should be enough for all your expenses (including accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation pass).