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"One of my favourite places to go must be the Quarry which is a big green park in the heart of Shrewsbury. It is super close to the Centre, the town centre and the student accommodation where I live. The park is a great space for a walk or a run to take some time off the studies and just do something completely different."

Åse
Biotechnology

"Nerdy Cafe is located in Shrewsbury's town centre just a few minutes' walk from accommodation. Not only does it have great coffee, milkshakes, and cakes, it doubles as a board game cafe. They offer many dairy and gluten free options which is great if you're coeliac like me as their coffee syrups are gluten free!"

Aidia
Musical Theatre

"My favourite thing to do in Shrewsbury is to go out with my friends to the local restaurants and bars for food and drinks on the weekends. These include a range of independent businesses such as The Alb, which does unique cocktails!"

Jade
Business Management

Students in Shrewsbury

History

As you make your way around the town, you will find an array of historical and architectural discoveries, with around 660 listed buildings in the centre alone! What’s more, as the birthplace of Charles Darwin, you can find various monuments in Shrewsbury dedicated to his early life.

Statue in Shrewsbury

Food and Drink

Alongside high-street shopping, Shrewsbury has a thriving café culture and independent scene, packed with plenty of places to sample delicious foodie finds. With choice to suit every taste and pocket, you can enjoy everything from breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner!

People in a restaurant

Scenic Spots

Set within the loop of the River Severn, and with open spaces and beautiful parks, there's several scenic spots dotted throughout Shrewsbury where you can relax, catch up with friends or study in peace.

People in a field

Festivals and Events

Shrewsbury enjoys a vibrant cultural scene and hosts several music festivals throughout the year, including the celebrated Shrewsbury Folk Festival and The Big Busk, as well as the International Cartoon Festival, Shrewsbury Food Festival and the Winter Festival.

Festival seen from the air

Sport

If you love the great outdoors, Shrewsbury is on the doorstep of the Shropshire Hills, providing a host of hiking, cycling and climbing opportunities. Shrewsbury is also a Cycling Town, as chosen by Cycling England, and for those who like to race, the three-day Giro Del Mon race is a key date in the cycling social calendar. In addition to further sporting facilities within Shrewsbury itself, there's also rowing and kayaking opportunities along the River Severn.

River seen from above

Social

When it comes to nights out, in 2019, Shrewsbury was awarded the coveted ‘Purple Flag’ status in recognition of its night-time economy for the fourth year running. So whether you’re after cocktails and craft beers, a night to dance away, or a more relaxed night with friends, Shrewsbury provides an array of venues to enjoy.

As a student of University Centre Shrewsbury, you are automatically a member of Students' Union Shrewsbury. Students' Union Shrewsbury operates to enhance your student experience. This is done through social, sporting and non-sporting activities and through representation of all of our students – locally and nationally. All Students’ Union facilities are provided by the Chester Students’ Union, and are built on many years of providing a fantastic student experience.

Person seen playing pool