University of Bolton

The University of Bolton traces its history back to the foundation in 1825, of the Bolton Mechanics' Institute, one of the first to be established in the UK. Throughout its history and in its various incarnations, this institution's primary purpose has been to provide educational opportunities for those who wish to better their situation and their prospects. 

The University of Bolton continues to offer programmes with a strong vocational, professionally focused orientation and it has a strong vocational, professionally focused, orientation and it has a strong applied research profile, which informs teaching. 

Our mission is to be a distinctive teaching intensive and research informed university known for the quality of our staff, our facilities and our links to employment sectors. 

As a teaching intensive, research informed higher education institution, we aim to provide, excellence in teaching, supporting our students' learning and in our assessment practices. Through the process of teaching and assessment, we will facilitate students'  personal and professional development to help them achieve their goals and enjoy successful careers. 

We offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere and small class sizes to enhance your learning, plus a great living experience, with a vibrant local cultural scene and a range of leisure activities on and off campus. There’s plenty in Bolton to keep you busy, at work and at play.


Programs Location
Leisure and Sport Specialisms (Research) Bolton
Leisure and Sport Specialisms (Research) Bolton
Leisure and Sport Specialisms (Research) Bolton
Leisure and Sport Specialisms (Research) Bolton

Student services & facilities

We boast a multi-use four-court sports hall available for hire for a range of activities, such as badminton, table tennis, 5-a-side football, volleyball and much more.

We also have social sport activities, fitness classes and a 50ft climbing wall with many sessions FREE for University of Bolton students.

If you are a little more serious about your sport and fancy having the opportunity to compete for the university in competitive leagues this can be done by joining a club at the University Sports Centre Reception.

Whether you want to compete, engage in sport for fun, or make new friends, come and try us out.

Remember sport welcomes all!

Student lifestyle

Thanks to the living costs in Bolton being significantly lower than other major cities, our students can spend their money and time enjoying what the town has to offer. Alongside retail shops, bars, restaurants and the Octagon Theatre Bolton in town. students also have social opportunities on campus.


Orlando Village is the preferred and only Halls of Residence recommended by the University of Bolton. The facility provides 381 single study, self-catering bedrooms and are popular with international students. It is a 10-minute walk away from our campus, close to both bus and rail links. 

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.

Our Students' Union Office can advise you of how to search for private accommodation and what to look for when entering into a contract with a private landlord. Organising private accommodation would mean contacting the landlord of the property to make arrangements. You may wish to look at the UKCISA site for information and advice for international students finding accommodation in the UK.


University of Bolton

Deane Road
BL3 5AB Bolton

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