Worcester offers all the benefits of a big city combined with the community spirit and safety of a smaller town and when you want to take a break, idyllic Worcestershire countryside and the Malvern Hills are within easy reach.
A Student City
One in ten people who live in Worcester is a student. This means the city is primed for engaging activities, student discounts and innovative places to socialise. Renowned for its captivating history and colourful culture, the city centre is brimming with riverside cafes, stylish shops, and a host of theatres and entertainment venues.
What really sets Worcester apart are the independent businesses in stunning locations that you can’t find in every city, from bars in 16th century Tudor houses, to burger joints under railway arches, and pub gardens on the riverbank. Worcester is home to a host of live music venues, weekly open air markets, a retro gaming and pinball arcade and an indoor climbing centre. These vibrant venues are combined with the everyday staples and shops that everyone needs, including ample supermarkets, restaurants and cinemas.
Worcester has previously been voted the happiest city in the UK, as well as finishing in the top three for both safety and friendliness, making it an ideal city in which to make your home.
A Vibrant City
Worcester provides a great environment for students to make their mark.
With a rich variety of industry, arts, sports venues and entertainment there are excellent opportunities for placements, volunteering, and work experience in a variety of fields. Worcester is constantly updating and renewing its opportunities with new possibilities each year.
A Historic City
The Historic Quarter of Worcester stretches from the Cathedral, through Friar Street, and on to New Street and the Corn Market. Here you will find many buildings and locations steeped in past culture and stories, from the tomb of King John in the Cathedral, to the famous Commandery, which dates back to around 1085, and the cobbled Tudor magic of Friar Street.
Today, many of the buildings of the past serve a modern purpose, housing a vibrant array of bars, restaurants, and independent shops.
A Sporting City
From the top flight to the grass roots, Worcester is a sporting community through and through.
The city is home to the Worcester Warriors RFC, as well as Worcestershire County Cricket Club, whose New Road ground is widely regarded to be the most picturesque in the country.
The Worcester Wolves BBL basketball club and Severn Stars Netball Super League side are both either owned or co-owned by the University, and match nights at the University Arena are a regular fixture in the social as well as the sporting calendar.
A Connected City
Centrally located with excellent road, rail, and air links Worcester is easy to reach from anywhere in the UK, and the world.
Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff are all within easy reach, as are Herefordshire, Shropshire, and the Black Country.
The city rail links are excellent and were recently improved by the opening of the new Worcester Parkway station which strengthened connections to Nottingham, Cardiff and London.
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