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Huddersfield Life
Find out more about your town

Whether you are new to the town or you have lived around these parts all your life, there is always something new to discover about the town.

Transport

Huddersfield is located in the heart of Yorkshire.  Situated as it is on the M62 corridor, there is quick and easy access to the larger nearby cities of Leeds and Manchester.  There are excellent rail links to these cities and also Liverpool, Sheffield and York. 

With all the convenient and affordable transport, it is straightforward to travel from the bustling town centre to some of England’s most beautiful countryside.  In such an area of natural beauty you can enjoy many outdoor pursuits such as hiking, cycling, water sports, horse riding and wildlife watching. 

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Huddersfield Train Station

 

Culture

If you are interested in the history of the area, there are many local museums that are open all year. There are also art and architecture exhibitions held at many of the district’s Town Halls.  For more specific cultural curiosities, The National Coal Mining Museum is situated on the border between Wakefield and Huddersfield, easily accessible by bus.  The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is also within reach.  There, you can take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful grounds, dotted here and there with works by Henry Moore and other renowned artists. The Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs directly through the campus, perfect for relaxing beside. The Huddersfield Broad Canal links the Narrow Canal to the Calder and Hebble Navigation, along which you can explore miles and miles of beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Whatever your interests and your level of enthusiasm, there is something in the surrounding area to appeal to all. 

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Social

Huddersfield is famed for the number of bars it possesses in close proximity to the university campus. The main bar central is directly opposite the campus just off Queensgate.

There are however, a few more popular bars in the town centre, such as 'Revolution', 'The Camel Club', 'Tokyo' and 'Varsity'. The Student Union also has it's own bar, which offers cheap drinks; these are cheaper still if you purchase the Student Plus card during Induction week

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Clubs and Societies

The University of Huddersfield is home to many clubs and societies for you to get involved with during your time with us. From cricket to cheerleading, rugby to the rock and heavy metal society, we feel sure we will have something to suit everyone and if we don’t, you can always suggest something or start up your own club or society.

We have everything from the popular to the quirky and even if you don’t want to get involved and play a sport or join a society, it can always be fun to go and support your fellow students be it on the field, ice rink or playing a gig in a local pub or club. Our annual Varsity competition against Bradford University always brings out big crowds as we try to defeat them in every sporting discipline.

 

Ten random facts you may not know about Huddersfield

  1. Robin Hood is rumoured to be buried in the grounds of Kirklees Priory
  2. The Sex Pistols’ last ever gig was held in Ivanhoe’s bar in Huddersfield on Christmas Day in 1977
  3. The League of Gentlemen used Huddersfield area codes for its Psychoville telephone numbers. The show’s writers also received honorary doctorates from the University in 2003.
  4. 100 years ago there were more Rolls Royce cars per head of the population in Huddersfield than anywhere else in the world
  5. Eastenders actress Zoe Lucker is actually a West Yorkshire lass and was born in Huddersfield in 1974. Other famous faces from Huddersfield include poet and musician Simon Armitage, ex Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the Emeritus Chancellor, X-Men actor Patrick Stewart.
  6. In 1996 Bjork surprised audiences by attending the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for a Stockhausen concert.
  7. If you were under threat from the virus in 28 Days Later and followed the transmitted advice from the soldiers who claim to have the cure for the infection, you’d be heading to a blockade 27 miles north east of Manchester and actually end up in Huddersfield!
  8. A hotelier in Huddersfield converted an old red telephone box into a bar and claimed it was the smallest public bar in Britain.
  9. Huddersfield’s Barrington Douglas, head chef of Caribbean restaurant Discovery Bar, has cooked alongside Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes having appeared in The F Word and Rhodes Across the Caribbean.
  10. The most famous dog in Yorkshire, Huddersfield Ben, is believed to be the ‘foundation sire’ of the Yorkshire Terrier breed. Though he died at age six after being run over by a carriage, Ben’s body was preserved and displayed under glass for people to view for many years.

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