With all the benefits of a big city, but with the friendly atmosphere of a small town, Worcester is the perfect place to live and learn. From vibrant city streets to peaceful river-side walks, whatever your interests, there’s a Worcester for you.

And when you want to take a break, the idyllic Worcestershire countryside is within easy reach.

A Student City

A picture of two women entering a cafe, one of many things to do in Worcester.

One in ten people who live in Worcester are students, giving the city a real student feel. 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.

But 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 the railway arches, and pub gardens on the riverbank. There’s also a lively street market every Saturday that offers hidden treasures in everything from artisan foods to vintage goods.

Worcester has 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.

An Innovative City

Worcester provides a great environment for students to make their mark.

There are excellent opportunities for placements, volunteering, and work experience in a variety of fields, from healthcare to business, and sport to education. And if what you want doesn’t yet exist, perhaps you could create it.

A Historic City

The Historic Quarter in the city stretches from the Cathedral, through Friar Street, and on to New Street and the Corn Market. Here you will find many historic gems, 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 these historic buildings serve a modern purpose, housing a vibrant array of bars, restaurants, and independent shops.

Breathing new life in to its rich history is a Worcester speciality.

A Sporting City

A sunny path by the side of the river

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.

Rail links, already comprehensive, will be strengthened by the opening of the new Worcestershire Parkway station, connecting the city with a whole host of new destinations.

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