University Guide

University of Bedfordshire

Previously known as the Luton College of Education, the University of Bedfordshire dates back to 1882. It was not until 1992 that the University gained official status and was named the University of Luton. In 2006, the University changed its name to the University of Bedfordshire. The university has 6 campuses across Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and offers courses in a range of disciplines. There are over 13,000 students studying at Bedfordshire and the current Chancellor of the university is John Bercow, the former Speaker of the House of Commons.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Bedfordshire.

  • Rankings

    The internationally renowned league table has placed Bedfordshire in the 601 to 800 category of best universities in the world as well as ranking the University as 67 out of 130 universities in the UK. THE World University Rankings judges research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. In the category of international outlook Bedfordshire ranked in the second decile, placing it among the top 200 universities ranked in the league table on this measure.

  • Employability

    The University of Bedfordshire has a 92% employment rate, after 6 months of graduating.

  • Fees

    For UK and EU students, the tuition fees are £9,250. For international students the fees begin at £15,500 and increase to £17,000.

  • Bursaries

    The University has an array of scholarship and bursaries available for undergraduates.


The university has student villages in Luton, Bedford and Bedford Park. In the Luton Student Village, prices begin at £138.50 per week and increase to £229.95 per week for studio rooms. In the Bedford Student Village, prices begin at £114 per week and increase to £125 er week, for either standard or en-suite rooms. Once students have received and confirmed their offer at the University of Bedfordshire, they will be welcomed to apply for accommodation. Accommodation is offered on a first come first served basis. Those who are in second and third year may choose to live in private accommodation and use accommodation for students to accompany their search.

Students' Union

The University of Bedfordshire Students’ Union is the student hub of the university. Its mission statement is ‘Be heard, Be involved, Be entertained and Be Supported’. The work of the Students’ Union is the carry out this mission statement, and to support all students throughout their time at university. The University of Bedfordshire Students’ Union is home to many societies, and there are many opportunities for students to socialise and get to know one another through SU events.

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University of Bedfordshire Students' Union

Famous for

The University of Bedfordshire has been awarded many prestigious awards throughout its history, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their work in international trade, the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards for outstanding finance teams and the Gold award awarded by Investors in People.


The University of Bedfordshire is pleased to announce an expansion of its partnership with Bedford Blues to become the Official Higher Education Partner of the Club. This renewed commitment between the two institutions will see a range of educational and career development opportunities for students, including the chance to undertake work experience at the Rugby Club, and an annual student prize awarded to those excelling in their studies.

AFS says

"After a hard week in lectures and studying, Luton is a great place to be a student and relax."

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