The University of Chester is currently celebrating its 180th year of teaching, making us one of the oldest higher education providers in the UK. With 15,000 students from 130 countries worldwide, Chester provides a diverse, vibrant and safe location for international students.


Life in Chester

Our students love the city and it's not hard to see why. Chester is consistently ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in the UK.

Ideally placed in the North West of England, Chester is close to the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool, a two-hour direct train ride from London and is bordered by the beautiful coast of Wales. 

As a beautiful and compact city, you'll be able to explore Chester's historic and cultural surroundings by foot with all campuses just a short stroll away.


Careers and Employability 

With hundreds of single and combined courses at bachelor's, master's, and research level, we are confident you will find a program to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. All our courses have an emphasis on practical learning which will provide you with the skills and experience employers are looking for. 

Every bachelor's degree includes a Work-Based Learning Module where students complete a five-week work placement at a professional organization. You will have the opportunity to complete your placement at businesses across the world.


Why International Students Love Chester 

  • 200+ courses across 30 subject areas
  • International and merit-based scholarships
  • Top 10 in the UK for postgraduate research
  • Guaranteed accommodation for international students
  • 15,000 students from 130 countries worldwide
  • Second most student-friendly city in the UK
  • Safest city-based university in North West England
  • Top ten city in the UK


If you would like to find out more about studying at the University of Chester, please contact our Across the Pond Advisors today.

Student population: Approx. 15,000

Number of international students: Approx. 1,200

City population: Approx. 120,000

Location: City of Chester

Closest airports: Liverpool and Manchester

Date of establishment: 1839

Areas of expertise: 

  • Psychology
  • History
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • English
  • Geography

Cost of Tuition per year: From £12,750 (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: starting cost per week, on campus: £80-£155 per week

Notable alumni

  • Duffy
  • Sir Dave Brailsford
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom
  • Helen Jones MP


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.



The University of Chester is offering a scholarship of £2000 exclusively to a North American student who applies with Across the Pond. The deadline is May 1, 2023. More information here.


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