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The city of Hull

Welcome to a city where student life isn't like anywhere else.

It’s more than the bars and clubs that bring Hull to life at night. It’s more than the live music, plays and comedians. It’s the culture and attitude of a city that lets you be yourself. That lets you meet people you can really connect with.

Hull is a city where difference is celebrated. Why have red telephone boxes? Ours are cream. We’ve got a proud history of free spirits and maverick thinkers. Add in our down-to-earth humour and you’ve got a place where to conform is not the norm.


UK City of Culture 2017

As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice we’ve got a spring in our step. In 2017, the eyes of the nation will be on Hull as we host the UK’s next big cultural event. We’re the UK City of Culture, so it will be a year (and more) of culture, events, exhibitions, fresh ideas and new thinking. And you can be part of the story.

Freedom Festival - Friday-180Humber Quays from Waterfront

Where people want to be

Rough Guides named us as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2016. And we’re rated among the UK’s best destinations by the Daily Telegraph. Naturally, we agree.

Close to campus, there’s a vibrant University Quarter where the leafy Avenues residential area borders an eclectic selection of bars, coffee shops, eateries and boutiques. Popular with our student community, it’s a quirky, bohemian part of town, full of interesting shops and interesting people.

Away from campus, Hull’s lively city centre is a hotbed of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, theatres and attractions. St Stephen’s shopping centre is the place to go for your favourite high-street names, with the likes of Superdry, H&M, Zara, River Island, Topshop, Next and New Look. You’ll also find restaurants and cafes, plus a cinema on the second floor.

You can take a stroll along the picturesque marina down to the retro Fruit Market. It’s home to various creative and cultural venues, with art galleries, live music, boutique markets and fine dining. And it’s currently undergoing a major revamp to underline its position as Hull’s art and culture quarter.

Hull is also home to The Deep, one of the world’s most spectacular aquariums. With 3,500 specimens including sharks, rays, turtles and penguins, it tells the story of the world’s oceans through stunning marine life, interactives and audiovisual presentations.

Go to Visit Hull and East Yorkshire to find out more about what Hull has to offer.

A surprising history

Hull is a city full of history. The cobbled streets of the Old Town take you on a fascinating journey to years gone by. It’s a hidden treasure trove, full of ancient buildings and a collection of museums including theStreetlife Museum and the Hull and East Riding Museum.

You might discover the pub that played a key role in the outbreak of the English Civil War. There’s also Wilberforce House: the birthplace of William Wilberforce, the Hull-born MP who famously campaigned against the slave trade.


Home to sporting heroes

Sports fans are well catered for here, with top-flight action most weekends. The KCOM Stadium is the home ofHull City Football Club and Hull FC Rugby League Club, while the Lightstream Stadium is the base of Hull Kingston Rovers.

If you enjoy playing as well as watching, become part of the #WeAreHull Family. The Athletic Union is a key part of university life for more than 2,500 students, with 50+ sports clubs to choose from. There’s also a Sports and Fitness Centre on campus, with excellent facilities and a range of classes and teams for people of all fitness levels and abilities.