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The Shrewsbury Virtual Experience

Experience University Centre Shrewsbury from wherever you are in the world.

"Shrewsbury is a unique town full of character. It really does have something for everyone, and you’ll quickly make friends that you can explore the town with and experience it to the fullest."

Amy Lloyd, Graduate

Why Shrewsbury?


For 2020 we're offering guaranteed accommodation for all first-year students. Our convenient town-centre located accommodation at Mardol House and The Tannery is just a short walk from the University Centre.

Living in Our Partnership Accommodation

Find out more about our partnership accommodation and get a taste of what you can get up to whilst living in Shrewsbury town centre.

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Life in Mardol House

Find out what it's like to live in student accommodation here in Shrewsbury directly from one of our Shrewdents!

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Student Life

Hear from Shrewsbury Students' Union Vice-President Courteney Ayre

As a student at University Centre Shrewsbury, you will automatically receive free membership to Chester Students' Union, and its UCS dedicated Shrewsbury Students' Union. CSU is a charitable, independent organisation dedicated to improving the student experience for all students. We offer a wide range of services, including free, impartial and confidential advice, academic representation through Student Experience Reps and Student Council, facilitating student groups in the form of student-led societies and year-round events and volunteering opportunities for all.

We put students at the heart of their university experience, with many opportunities to get involved and help grow the Students' Union, from joining our events committee, to helping plan what SSU does throughout the academic year, to running for a position on the Student Council to help make important decisions and changes to the union as an organisation that will benefit yourself and your fellow students!

Societies are another great way to get involved, try something new and meet people with shared interests. Shrewsbury Students’ Union currently supports a student-led International Students Society, and we’re always willing to work with students to create more! We also love engaging with local businesses and often run SU events at external venues to introduce you to the wider Shrewsbury Town Centre. There are so many student-friendly locations in town and if you ask, you may even get a lovely student discount at certain places!

Love Your Library!

Looking for that perfect place to study? Or maybe to even put your feet up and catch up with some friends? Second year English student, Hayley, tells us why our library is the place to be!

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University of Chester Careers and Employability

Talking Openly About Mental Health

On World Mental Health Day, David Clarke, Academic Quality and Student Support Coordinator at University Centre Shrewsbury, tells us more about the support UCS offers students, both during and beyond their time here.

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Stand Out with University Centre Shrewsbury

Your CV will be doing all the talking for you when it comes to securing a job interview, so university is the ideal place to make it as impressive as possible.

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Chat to a student

Chat to our friendly online student ambassadors, ask them any questions you may have and discover why our students love Shrewsbury so much.

Your questions answered

If you're unable to visit Shrewsbury yourself, don't worry! We’ve answered a lot of our most commonly asked questions below. If there's anything you're still unsure about feel free to email us at

Is there any support in place to help me as a student

UCS is a small, supportive community but students also have access to all of the support you would expect from a large institution – including mental health and wellbeing, disability & inclusion, study skills, financial support and more. If you have any questions you can reach the support team at

What financial support is in place, and when and how do I apply?

Yes, going to university doesn’t come cheap, but that doesn’t mean it’s not affordable. With loans and grants available, as well as University of Chester specific bursaries, there’s lots of financial support in place to help you along on your university journey.  

Did you know:

  • Student finance applications are open? Why not use your time wisely and start your application now! 
  • There are lots of grants available – this is money you don’t pay back. 
  • As of April, you won’t start repayments unless you’re earning over £26,000 a year.

The Student Finance pages on our website contain lots of information about the various student finance and funding options available, as well as how to apply and repay. But if you have any specific questions feel free to email our very own experts:

How and when do I apply for accommodation?

The safe and secure halls of residence at Mardol House and The Tannery are in a prime location in Shrewsbury town centre. They are just a short walk from the lecture halls and library at Guildhall, close to all major public transport services, plus just a few steps away from Shrewsbury's shops, restaurants and amenities.

Applications for accommodation open from 30th March. The deadline for priority allocation is 22nd June. If you've selected Shrewsbury as your Firm or Insurance choice, look out for a copy of our Accommodation Guide which contains a step-by-step guide to how and when to apply.

Did you know:

  • You should still apply for University Centre Shrewsbury accommodation even if Shrewsbury is your Insurance choice.
  • We offer guaranteed accommodation to all first year students at our partnership accommodation.

If you have any questions about accommodation at Shrewsbury you can email

What is the learning experience like? 

We don't have any big style lecture theatres that you may see at other universities. We teach in much smaller classes and the major benefit of this is you’ll get to know your lecturers really well. Every student that comes here is assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, which means you’ll have a member of staff from your course on-hand that you can regularly meet with to talk through how things are going or look for advice.

Many of our lecturers here are research active and bring real world experience to their teaching. It's important that we ensure that our students get real world experience as well and studying a course at UCS involves a whole host of unique opportunities.

Did you know:

  • Our Work Based Learning module is nationally renowned and available for the majority of our undergraduate degrees.
  • Study Abroad opportunities are available in over 300 institutions around the world.
  • Find out what Musical Theatre student Shannon had to say about studying at UCS.

What is Shrewsbury like as a town?

Residing in the loop of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is a beautiful, friendly and lively medieval town in Shropshire. It’s an enigmatic mix of classic and contemporary, with heritage buildings sitting side by side with quirky cafes and vibrant bars. It won’t take you long to feel at home, especially when there’s something for everyone - find out more in our blog.