Location, location, location.

Beautiful countryside, independent shops, big nightlife, sporting legends… they’re all on your doorstep when you’re living in Huddersfield.

And did we mention the people? This has to be one of the friendliest places on earth. Also, Lonely Planet has voted our county of Yorkshire one of the world’s top destinations*. View the Lonely Planet Guide to Huddersfield.

Is Huddersfield a nice place to live?

There are a variety of things to think about when choosing a location for university, especially what it's like to live there. 

Huddersfield is proud to be a part of the country's friendliest county. And we're proud to get great feedback from visitors to campus, such as "everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly".

Welcome to friendly Huddersfield!

Where is Huddersfield?

Huddersfield is in a great central location in the UK. It’s around three and a half hours north of London by car. Leeds and Manchester are both just a quick train ride away.

And good connections to the M62 and M1 mean it’s easy to reach the rest of the UK by car or bus. So travelling to see your family or friends for a weekend should be a doddle.


Map showing where Huddersfield is in relation to Leeds and Manchester.

Our students' views on Huddersfield

Looking for things to do and places to visit? Or to find out what living or visiting Huddersfield is really like? When you’re not studying, Huddersfield has some great places to hang out. From partying all night to enjoying the amazing countryside, we've got it all. Our students blog regularly about their time in Huddersfield, you can read the blogs here.

Here’s a little taster:


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Why Huddersfield is a nice place to live

by Kerri Wynter

Thinking about where to study? There are lots of things to consider when moving to a new location for university.

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My favourite places in Huddersfield

by Rachel Heap

What I love most about Huddersfield is that everything is close by and within walking distance - perfect for students!

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Why I Chose Huddersfield

by Sanjida Karim

Are you considering studying in Huddersfield? Here's why I chose to come here.

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Huddersfield has a strong cultural heritage, from the Grade I listed buildings to long running cultural events including Huddersfield Literature Festival and the acclaimed Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Get your fix of culture at the Lawrence Batley Theatre right across the road from the University. You’ll find a diverse line up of entertainment, comedy, dance, live music, theatre and cabaret.

Looking for something creative to do? Creative Kirklees is a free guide to arts and creative events, news and opportunities in the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire. 

Sports and outdoor activities

Enjoy the active life? Huddersfield and the surrounding areas offer no end of opportunities to stay in shape. Hiking, cycling and climbing are all popular outdoor pastimes in and around the Pennine Hills.

Huddersfield also has a proud rugby and football heritage. Rugby League was born in Huddersfield in 1895 and the Huddersfield Giants Super League team plays regularly at the John Smith’s stadium. The stadium is also home to Huddersfield Town AFC, who were promoted to the Premier League in 2017. Both teams have a loyal fan base in the town. It also hosts non-sporting events and concerts, recent performers include Little Mix and Take That.


A perfect day around town

Wish you were here? So do we. Explore fantastic locations – inspired by Lonely Planet’s student guide to Huddersfield.

Keep it casual with a coffee with friends before checking out the shops and events in the town centre. You won’t have to go far to grab a bite to eat later on. And if you're still looking for things to do in Huddersfield and places to visit we’ve created a whole page dedicated to things you can do as a student.


*2014 'Best in Travel' list