City of Worcester

Worcester offers a friendly, safe, small town atmosphere combined with city sophistication 

Worcester is located in one of the most attractive parts of England. It is situated between two areas of outstanding natural beauty - the undulating countryside of the Malvern Hills and the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds. It's near to Birmingham, and London is only two hours away by road or rail.

Worcester is a great city for student life. Students make up a good proportion of the local community, so you'll find plenty of places to go with friends and meet new people. Students from all over the world choose to study here, providing a rich, cultural, social and educational mix.

I wanted to go to a nice, beautiful and traditional city - exactly what Worcester is. The perfect location only adds to its charm. Dayana Todorova Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations student

Worcester has an energetic and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities, heritage attractions, beautiful parks and lots of places to eat and drink. with the University located so close to everything, it is easy to get around.


Worcester's compact city centre is largely pedestrianised and offers a unique, traffic-free ambience.

You can find all the leading shops on the high street as well as designer labels, independent boutiques, retro and second hand stores - all within easy walking distance from the campus.

Eating and drinking

Whether you fancy a quiet drink, a lazy lunch with friends or dancing into the small hours, Worcester has the right venue for you. With 100 or more places to eat and drink in the town centre, including restaurants, ancient pubs and modern coffee shops, there’s plenty of choice for a study break.

Worcester’s clubs and drinking places cater for every taste, from student haunts and trendy wine and cocktail bars to friendly traditional pubs. The city centre has lots of clubs with everything from soul funk nights to dance, indie and hip-hop.

City of sport

Worcester is a brilliant city for sports, for both spectators and competitors. Worcester teams compete at the country's highest level in basketball, rugby union and cricket. The University's men's basketball team is one of Britain's best and the University of Worcester Arena has been designed to host elite level disability sport with start-of-the-art facilities. Premier League football is close by in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Stage and screen

Film enthusiasts can watch the latest blockbusters at the Vue or Odeon cinemas, while the Splendid Cinema features a more avant-garde offering.

if you enjoy something more theatrical, the local Swan and Malvern theatres offer a programme of national and local drama. the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre is in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.

One of the happiest places in the UK

A recent survey found that Worcester was the eighth happiest place to live in the UK. The survey, conducted by property website Rightmove, took into account a number of factors, including safety, recreational facilities and the friendliness of neighbours. Read the report in the Worcester News to find out more.