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University of Bolton

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 where it was established as the Bolton Mechanics Institute, which was set up to support the towns need to engineers during the industrial revolution. In 1991 it was given the right to grant taught degrees and in 1995 the right to award research degrees. It was not until 2004 that it gained official university status. The university has over 6,000 students, studying a range of courses.

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University of Bolton

The overview

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

  • Rankings

    The University of Bolton is ranked by the Guardian as 30th out of universities in the UK for 2024.

  • Employability

    Three student midwives from the University of Bolton won a top award in 2023 at an event aimed at inspiring women across the world. Alisha Doherty, Maryam Ghorbani and Helen Rose scooped Student Start Up Business of the Year for their pioneering company, Integrated Maternity.

  • Fees

    For UK students the tuition fees are £9,250. For international student the fees begin at £13,500 and raise depending on the course type. More information can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    A range of bursaries and scholarships are offered by the University of Bolton to students from a range of different backgrounds, find out more information here.


The University of Bolton has one accommodations site, Orlando village. This accommodation site provides a total of 381 bedrooms that are self-catered and a 10-minute walk away from the university campus. Rooms range from £139 per week to £169 per week, depending on the type of package that students pay for. Students may either opt for a Bronze or Silver package and they can find out more here. Many second and third year students choose to live in private accommodation, they often use accommodation for students to support their search.

Students' Union

When students join the University of Bolton, they automatically become part of the Students’ Union. It is the aim of the Students Union to enhance students’ university experience and to support them in anyway they may need. There is a strong community at the University of Bolton, and the university has many societies that students are encouraged to join.

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University of Bolton Students' Union
University of Bolton Students' Union

Famous for

The Times commends the University of Bolton for its work in engineering, architecture, social work and social policy, stating that’ although the university is not research driven […] it contained some ‘world-leading research.’


The university has substantially increased its university rankings in the annual Guardian university rankings. It has been ranked 50th out of 121 universities in the UK, jumping a total of 36 places from last year’s assessment. This is a great achievement for the university, and academics are delighted.

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"There are two main types of accommodation on offer – the halls of residence and the private sector – each have their advantages and disadvantages"

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