Reasons to Study in Bolton


Reasons to Study in Bolton

Nestled in the heart of Greater Manchester, Bolton is a town steeped in history, brimming with character, and offering a fantastic environment for students seeking a great educational experience. It is the largest town in the UK and is multicultural and friendly! 

Known for its strong values of community, Bolton has evolved into a thriving destination for learning. In this blog, we'll explore the top reasons for studying in Bolton. 


One of the largest economic issues right now is the current cost-of-living crisis. We know many students have become hesitant about starting their university journey because they are concerned about whether they can afford it or not. 

Of course, prices have risen everywhere, but the great thing about Bolton is that you won’t have to pay sky-high prices that you would expect to see if you were studying in a city such as Birmingham or London. 

The town is affordable. We also have a bunch of resources available to help you if this is a main concern of yours. Click here for more. 

Closeness to Manchester: 

Bolton's location is just a short distance from the vibrant city of Manchester, this being a significant advantage for students. With the city being a 20-minute train journey, you can switch to city life whenever you please. 

Manchester is a multi-cultural and economic hub, known for its music scene, shopping districts, international dining options, and thriving nightlife. By studying in Bolton, you'll have easy access to all that Manchester has to offer while enjoying the charm of the Bolton close-knit community. 

You can expect:

- Great entertainment places such as the AO Arena which hosts live comedy shows as well as musicians and more! 

- Something to satisfy your interests whether it’s art or history, there are plenty of exhibitions and museums to explore 

- A large sports culture; Manchester is home to two of the largest football teams in the world  

- Loads more! 

Learning Excellence: 

Home to our wonderful University, Bolton is a great place to study. We are known for our supportive learning, dedicated staff, and strong ties to local industry. The University of Bolton offers a diverse range of courses to suit various interests.  

Whether you're pursuing a degree in business, health sciences, engineering, or the arts, you'll find an environment that helps both academic excellence and personal growth. 

We can offer: 

- A friendly, diverse and supportive campus, we take pride in being ranked number one for *Student Satisfaction and *Teaching Quality  

- The #UniAsItShouldBe learning experience, where our students and their needs are put first! 

- Many state-of-the-art facilities to increase your learning quality, including our £13 million National Centre for Motorsport Engineering which is the only one in the UK. Find out more about our investments by clicking here 

- A supportive learning approach as tutors and lecturers can form a better relationship with students due to our small class sizes 

And there is so much more to enjoy when studying with us. 


Historic Significance and Culture: 

From its origins as a textile manufacturing powerhouse during the Industrial Revolution to its present-day status as a vibrant cultural centre, the town has embraced change while preserving its heritage.  

You can explore stunning historic landmarks, wander through quaint streets filled with history, and enjoy the arts and culture scene that Bolton has to offer. 

If you’re a fan of history, take this fun fact: The "Bolton Museum and Art Gallery" houses one of the most extensive collections of Egyptian artefacts in the UK, providing a fascinating glimpse into ancient civilisations. 

Strong Community Values: 

The community and values in the area that you decide to study are important. Bolton's values are deeply rooted in community spirit, collaboration, and support for one another. As a student in Bolton, you'll become part of this warm and welcoming community. Local businesses and residents often engage with students, offering valuable networking opportunities and a sense of belonging that enhances your overall university experience. 

As you take a step towards this adventure, you'll not only gain a quality education but also create cherished memories, lasting friendships, and appreciation for the town. The #UniAsItShouldBe experience is waiting for you, to find out more about what we have to offer, follow the link here. 

If you are looking to apply to the University of Bolton via Clearing, follow this page linked here to find out all the information you need to know on how to successfully be prepared. If you are unsure of what direction to head in, you will also find our quiz that helps to identify your strengths and what areas you are likely to excel in! 

Still got some unanswered questions? For general enquiries feel free to contact us at or call us on 01204 903903. 

*Complete University Guide – Student Satisfaction – Northwest – 2019-2023   

*The Times and Sunday Times – Teaching Quality – Northwest - 2023 


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