University of Chester

The college which would become the University of Chester was founded in 1839 by such pioneers as the 19th-century prime ministers William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby, and a future Archbishop of Canterbury.

Founded by the Church of England, we continue to be guided by Christian values and are justifiably proud of the open, inclusive and supportive environment that characterises the institution. Today, as the University of Chester, we welcome students and staff of all faiths or none.

We seek to provide all our students and staff with the education, skills, support and motivation to enable them to develop as confident world citizens and successfully to serve and improve the global communities within which they live and work.

This Mission, which has helped shape our development and diversification, continues to actively inform our future planning and enrichment as a University.

At the heart of the University’s vision is an unwavering commitment to ensuring an outstanding student learning experience, developing the expertise of staff, providing teaching excellence, and actively growing research and scholarship.

Through these actions, the University hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of students, staff, and the communities that it serves, enabling the institution to make a significant and growing contribution to the region, nationally and internationally.

In valuing and celebrating its long history and traditions, the University is committed to engendering a sense of pride and shared ownership in all that it does. It is dynamic and enterprising in its approach to developing new opportunities.

Education qualifications remain significant and are now a fraction of the 420 course combinations on offer. In the 20th Century, the institution steadily expanded its student numbers and the variety and nature of its courses, which range from Animation to Zoo Management.

As well as under graduate and post graduate degrees, a new range of foundation degrees and apprenticeship degrees combines conventional university study with learning at work.

Recent projects have included helping to develop England’s first ‘carbon neutral’ village, discovering a vitamin compound which reduces the risk of heart disease and dementia, translating the Bible into British Sign Language, and research into understanding the psychological impact of cancer to improve wellbeing and quality of life for patients and their families. Development of well-respected courses in Health and Social Care, Humanities, Business and Management, Arts and Media, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Sciences, and Education and Children’s Services has further extended the University’s work and connections with industry, commerce and the professions.



If Chester is your Firm choice, we’ll guarantee you a room in University or partnership accommodation - so that’s one less thing to worry about.

Our accommodation is conveniently located for getting the best out of your university experience. All University accommodation is located either on site or very close-by, putting you right at the heart of everything. Our click and collect service is great for when you just want to eat some food on the run or fancy a takeout, and if you’re a commuting student but need a room for a couple of nights, you can take advantage of our easy ‘Flexi-Resi’ scheme.

All University accommodation comes fully furnished and includes bills, cleaning and broadband at no extra cost – so you can focus on what matters. All you need to bring is your bedding and those little extras that will make you feel at home. If you are allocated partnership accommodation, please keep in mind that your contract will be with the partner and what’s included may be different to what is included with University accommodation.


University of Chester

Parkgate Road
CH1 4BJ Chester

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