The Bradford Guide for Prospective Students 

Being a prospective student can be both exciting and stressful, especially when you are about to move to a different city or even country.  Not only do you not know much about the area, but it can also be quite difficult to find information about it, thats relevant to students. But help is at hand! We have created  a Bradford guide for prospective students, which will tell you everything you need to know about the city.

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Transport: 

  • In Bradford the most used and affordable means of transportation is the Free City Bus. And as the name says, it is free- for everyone. There are bus stations for it all around Bradford city centre, where it stops every ten minutes. The University of Bradford is one of the stations, for those who live far from it.

Free city bus map

  • Also, the students from School of Management don`t have to worry about their transport there because the university provides a bus, leaving every 30 minutes from the University gym, which is at the top of the main campus.
  • If you want to take a trip to the surrounding areas, you have two choices: the train or the bus. In Bradford there are two train stations: Forster Square and Interchange and the tickets can be purchased on the National Rail website.
  • Buses that go to the surrounding areas of Bradford, you can look them up here: Metro Bus
  • For long distance travels, you can either go by train or use one of the cheap coach services. These are National Express and Megabus.
  • For short-distance travelling, you can use one of the local taxi companies. The fares usually start at £2.50 a mile and the most you will pay to get across the city centre is £5.  Its always best to call a cab rather than flag one down as they are normally cheaper!

Shopping: 

  • Bradford might not be a huge shopping city, but there are a few options you can choose from. If you want to go shopping for food, the places you might consider are ASDA , Tesco, Sainsburys , Morrisons  Lidl and Aldi. All of which are on the free city bus route.
  • Boots and Superdrug  are for health, beauty, skincare and hair products, pharmacy and prescriptions they are situated in the main shopping centre of the city.
  • For clothing, Bradford has all the main staples (like a primark and newlook) in the Kirgate Shopping Centre, but a new shopping mall is being built in Bradford, with plans for completion in December 2015 with even more options.
  • There is also a brand new development called Sunbridgewells Tunnels which is planned underground market right in the heart of Bradford’s historic trading quarter.
  • If all else fails hop on a train and head to Leeds for more shops than you could ever need!

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Night life & Takeaways:

  • Bradford doesn’t have a huge range of nightclubs, but they are friendly and the relaxed atmosphere definitely compensates for it. The most popular nightclubs for students in Bradford are: Tokyo, Flares & Reflex, Love Apple and Tequila. Nor forgetting the Student Union Bar and nightclub. Wednesdays are fridays are the main student nights to go out, with drink offers tailored just for you!
  • If that isn’t enough for you there is the clubbing mecca that is Leeds, where there are literally 100’s of bars and clubs. A train to leeds is cheap enough and the first train back is about 5am in the morning (but if you can’t hack clubbing all night long a taxi costs about £25, which is pretty cheap when split between 4 people)
  • Chinese, Indian, Italian, Pakistani and even Greek- there is a takeaway for every taste (and every night of the week). Most of them have a delivery option, and the best place to find them is Just-Eat. However, a quick Google Search will show every takeaway in your area.

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Leisure& Travel :

  • If you want to relax, there are plenty of things to do in Bradford; Cineworld Cinema, the Hollywood Bowl, the Ice Arena and the National Media Museum are just a few places you can go.
  • Bradford also has an IMAX cinema located at the National Media Museum  they do a lot of midnight showings and all the latest IMAX blockbusters.
  • Bradford has a thriving Independent quarter (around North parade at the top end of the city shopping area) with many quirky shops, bars and restaurants its a great place to meet people and hang out.

  • Still, being in Bradford for three or more years requires more than the aforementioned, so if you feel adventurous, feel free to visit the most popular surrounding areas. Some of these are: Saltaire, Ilkley,  Airedale, Keighley, Bingley which are only few minutes away by train.  If these are not enough, you might want to visit some of the bigger cities such as Leeds, Manchester, York or Sheffield. All of which are only an hour or so away via train or bus!