International Study Centre

Living in Huddersfield

About Huddersfield

Huddersfield is a historic market town close to beautiful countryside and exciting big cities. Home to 20,000 students, the town has a thriving student community. Whether you want to hang out with friends at a local café or go to live music venues and the local theatre, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Huddersfield.

Where is Huddersfield?

The University of Huddersfield is located in a West Yorkshire town called Huddersfield. It has a lively scene with cafés, bars and restaurants, while being close to stunning national parks where you can walk, cycle or ride horses. If you want a big city experience, the major cities of Leeds and Manchester are less than 30 minutes away by train. But there’s plenty to explore in Huddersfield, too. Check out ExploreHud to see what current students enjoy doing here.

History and culture

The town of Huddersfield has an industrial history, and you can still see traces of it today. For example, Taylor and Lodge, one of the oldest wool manufacturers around, is still producing high volumes of wool here in the town. The company even played a part in the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William by providing materials for their big day in 2011.


There’s plenty to keep you entertained as a student here. You won’t want to miss the annual Huddersfield food and drink festival, which offers food from around the world, musical entertainment and demonstrations from professional chefs. And if you’re a football fan, Huddersfield Town football club has a 30,000-seat stadium close to the University.

Student Central

On campus you’ll find a learning and leisure centre called Student Central. It’s the heart of the University, with cafés, restaurants and a state-of-the-art gym, as well as a library and computers. It has a real community feel, whether you want to enjoy pizza from the Pizza Bar, an espresso from Starbucks or try out a fitness class.


Natural beauty is everywhere in this part of the country. To the north you’ll find the stunning Yorkshire Dales, while in the south the Peak District awaits. Check out Whernside, the highest peak in the Dales, for spectacular views of England.

Things to do in Huddersfield

  • Check out the Queensgate open market on Monday to Saturday.
  • Visit two national parks – the Yorkshire Dales to the north and the Peak District in the south.
  • Explore big cities - Leeds, and Manchester are a 30-minute train ride away and London is less than three hours away.
  • Head to the Lawrence Batley Theatre for a night of culture and entertainment.
  • See historic Castle Hill, a Yorkshire landmark.

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Cherry from Pakistan

"Huddersfield is a beautiful place where all the people are very nice and very helpful as well. I really like that you can walk everywhere. You can go somewhere like Castle Hill just to sit and have a relaxed evening with your friends."

Cherry from Pakistan
Studied International Foundation Year in Creative Arts
Progressed to Architecture BA(Hons)