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University of Bradford

The University of Bradford dates back 1832, when the university was part of the Industrial West Yorkshire town’s Mechanics Institute. It was not until 1966 that the University of Bradford gained university status and received its royal charter, making it the 40th university to be established in Britain. The University of Bradford has over 13,000 students, with mature students defining over a third of the student population.

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University of Bradford

The overview

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


The University of Bradford accommodation, named the Green, has two accommodation options at either the Green Village or Townhouses at the Green. Flats in the Green Village have six-bedrooms, with each bedroom having en-suite facilities and a three-quarter bed. Townhouse accommodation is comprised of blocks of English townhouses, usually with 12 occupants per block. Prices at the University of Bradford accommodation range from £78 per week to £98 per week, depending on accommodation type and contract length. Find out more here. Second and Third year students often opt for private accommodation and use accommodation for students to support their search.

Students' Union

The University of Bradford’s Students’ Union is at the heart of the student community. It is run by 4 sabbatical officers, and 9 non-sabbatical officers. All students are represented by the Students’ Union and are welcome to join societies and come along to Students’ Union managed events.

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Famous for

The University of Bradford was the first university, outside of London to offer part-time degrees. As well as this, it was the first British university to establish a Department of Peace Studies, and is currently the world’s largest university for the study of peace and conflict.


The University of Bradford has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Captain Sir Tom Moore who was a national inspiration due to his charitable work and service to the community during the COVID_19 pandemic. He is the first honorary graduate to be announced by the university in 2020.

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"Bradford is a great place to live and study. Although it is one of the ten largest cities in Britain, it is small enough to be friendly, compact enough to be easily manageable, and yet large enough to have all the facilities of a thriving, modern city".

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