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University of Bolton

With a student body of around 11,000 you will get the best of all worlds at Bolton. You will be based on a modern, compact campus where no-one feels anonymous and, with small teaching groups on many courses, you can be sure you are a name, not just a number. Bolton itself is a friendly, thriving town close to the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (41)
Business & Management (39)
Engineering & Technology (31)



The University of Bolton is a modern university with a distinguished history and has a long and proud heritage that goes back to 1825. Through the years, our institution has evolved, always allowing for the special emphasis on theory and practice that was developed in the 19th century, enhanced in the 20th century, and still sits firmly at the heart of our unique university today.


The teaching quality has consistently won the highest ratings possible from the Government's quality control agency and the University has professional accreditation for more than 25 of the teaching programmes.


The University of Bolton is a public resource for professional knowledge and learning, working with and on behalf of people and organisations to solve practical problems. This institution is driven by the belief that learning is fundamental to the transformation of individuals and society. The traditional role and achievements of scholars and universities are respected, while seeking to create a model of higher education which is focused on professionalism, innovation and application. Variety and value difference are two highly-regarded aspects at the University of Bolton, as it is proven by the existing diversity among the staff, students and partner organisations.


The University strives to be a local resource, a regional asset and a national and international centre of excellence as well as a byword for exemplary vocationally focused undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered in Bolton and across the world. Where appropriate, the students will study in an environment which reflects as closely as possible, the working environment which they are likely to enter, with industry standard equipment. All students will be offered work-based learning through placements, internships or ‘sandwich’ gap years.

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Student services

The team of Student Advisors offer information, advice and guidance on a wide range of student support issues.
These include Accommodation, Hardship Fund, Chaplaincy, Life Lounge, Disclosure and Barring Service, Disability Service, Immigration and Welfare Service, Student Finance, and Student Liaison Officers.
They can also refer you and make appointments for you to see specialist staff. Private interview room facilities are available on request. An induction loop facility for the deaf and hard of hearing is also available.

Housing services

Orlando Village is a purpose-built, gated halls of residence, arranged in groups of flats. The Halls are split into eight blocks, each containing eight flats of six bedrooms. Orlando also has a common room available for student use.

When you live in our halls of residence you’ll have a private bedroom, and you and your new flatmates will share a kitchen, bathroom, and dining area. All our student accommodation also has full internet access, laundry rooms, round-the-clock security, and free parking.

Most flats are all-women or all-men, but there are also some mixed-sex flats. Let us know when you apply if you don’t want to be placed in a mixed-sex flat.

Library services

The Peter Marsh Library is a modern library designed to help you learn in whatever way suits you best. If you’re a night owl you’ll benefit from the 24/7 opening hours during the first and second semesters. If you learn best by discussing ideas, you can book the group study rooms. And if you prefer to just get your head down and work undisturbed, head to the silent study areas.

Student Life

Campus life

Orlando village is in a fantastic location, being only approximately a 10 minute walk away from both the main campus and the town centre. The halls are also close to the bus and rail station, and are within easy reach of a range of supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Morrision’s and Aldi.

The address to Orlando Village is below and we recommend that you book an appointment to take a look round in person before signing your contract.

Sports facilities

Students, staff and the wider community are all welcome at the University of Bolton Sport and Recreation Service. Whether you want to compete in leagues, play for fun, get fit, or just de-stress in a relaxed atmosphere, there is something for you in the sports centre. Trained staff can show you how to use the indoor courts and the climbing wall. There are lunchtime classes in everything from Boxercise to Trampolining. If you prefer the great outdoors, there's a whole host of clubs to join and activities to try - from snowboarding to watersports. The beautiful Pennine Moors that surround Bolton are the perfect venue for walking, kayaking and horse riding.

Student clubs

There is the Students' Union which makes sure that all Bolton University students enjoy their student life. There is also an Alumni Association which is part of the Directorate of Institutional Advancement. This is a great way of remaining involved with the University and ensuring a great relationship with it.

Student Reviews

A day in Bolton University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Excellent practical and theoretical knowledge gained throughout my studies. Support was highly provided by tutors.

some one who will fight for dreams
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

overall it was a good experience

Review of Education Degree
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It allowed me to understanding the theory behind education as well as undertake practical elements that embedded the theory. The title of the degree isn't clear and so could cause confusion even though it mirrors the main primary education degree. The teaching was good and well supported whilst also being flexible enough to allow for developing knowledge and academic...

Bolton, England, United Kingdom

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