This is Hull

A place that's inspired achievers from JRR Tolkien to Luke Campbell to extraordinary feats. So whether you’re a fan of arts or sports, or you just want to express yourself, come to Hull and let your light shine.

Lots to see, loads to do

Hull's become one of the UK’s most talked-about destinations. It’s not hard to see why: there’s so much to do in Hull that you’ll do well to tick everything off in your years studying here.

In the city centre alone, you'll find a brand-new concert venue, the Ferens Art Gallery and five fantastic free museums. That's as well as all the shops you’d expect in a large city, plus cinemas and a trampoline park. And of course, there’s our famous submarium, The Deep. So you’ll never be stuck for things to do or places to take your friends and family when they visit.

Oh, and we’re also UK City of Culture. 2017 was Hull’s year in the spotlight, but we hold the title until 2021, which means there’s loads more excitement still to come.


For a variety of tastes originating from around the world, there's Thai House, Marrakech, The Greek and Lucca all on Princes Ave. While in the town centre, you'll find 1884 Tapas, Tapasya and Kardomah94.

Hitchcock's in the Old Town, and Zoo Café on Newland Ave, are favourite haunts for vegetarians and vegans. For burger lovers, KerbEdge, Head of Steam, Dope Burger and Shoot The Bull are all must-do's. As is Bob Carver's fish and chips. And his patties.

And every Hull student knows you can't graduate without trying our famous chip spice. Rules are rules, and all that.


If you just want to turn up and play for fun, we have a campus sport programme to fit the bill. If you want something more competitive, we have around 50 student-run clubs for everything from American Football to Wheelchair Basketball. And if you're looking to excel, we have our Sporting Excellence Clubs and Talented Athlete Programme to support you.

We also have some of the most extensive on-campus sports facilities in the country. Like 3G pitches, a new £3.5 million football hub, a 12-court sports hall, a dedicated strength and conditioning suite, a 120-station fitness facility, and three bespoke exercise class spaces.


The Avenues are buzzing with bars like Pave, Larkin's and The Boardroom: all stock a long list of draft, craft and trappist beers. Then in town, there's proper ye olde pubs like White Harte, Black Boy and Blue Bell. Plus new bars like The Brain Jar, Head of Steam and Furley & Co. Thieving Harry's, Butler Whites and Minerva in the Fruit Market are well worth a jaunt, too.

Gin and cocktails more your thing? Humber Street Distillery serves around 100 gins, plus cocktails and spirits you've never heard of. Closer to home, there's Roots Rum Shack on Newland Ave, and Lucca on Princes Ave.

As for nightclubs, you've got Piper on a Monday, Asylum on a Wednesday, Thursdays at Welly, and the famous Spiders on a Saturday.


The Adelphi club is prestigious. This unassuming little place plays host to big name bands and up-and-coming artists every other night. Radiohead, The Housemartins, Jarvis Cocker, Oasis, Bert Jansch, My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, Jesca Hoop, First Aid Kit and Green Day have all played there.

The legendary Tuesday Sesh at the Polar Bear puts on local and out-of-town bands every week. Or if you love jazz, Pave on Princes Ave runs a jazz jam every Tuesday night. For acoustic sessions, Speak Easy regularly hosts open mic events around the Avenues and in town. And keep your ear to the ground for secret gigs from Sofar Sounds…

Then there’s the big festivals – the biggest being Humber Street Sesh. Every August, over 200 bands and acts play across 14 stages spread over the Fruit Market and Marina.


Whether you’re a regular theatregoer, or you just enjoy the odd show, you’ll find plenty on at Hull Truck and Hull New Theatre. You’ll also have our very own Donald Roy Theatre on your doorstep.

If you’re a poet, writer or performer, you’ll have plenty to be getting on with. Like the regular plays, shows, readings, book launches, drama groups and stand-up comedy run by groups such as Absolutely Cultured, BBC’s Contains Strong Language and HUWriters.

You’ll find fellow art lovers at the Ferens Art Gallery where, in 2017, the Turner Prize was held and four of Francis Bacon’s Screaming Popes were exhibited. Humber Street Gallery presents contemporary visual art, design, film and photography over three floors. And in nearby Artlink, you can browse an ever-changing collection of local art.

And, of course, we have Freedom Fest. A whole weekend dedicated to art, dance, music and theatre.


Not far from the uni, you’ll find the independent clothing boutiques of the Avenues: Tessies, Zebra, Little Bird, Bed, Bob Greens and more. And when you need to set your shopping bags down, there are plenty of bars, delis, restaurants and coffee shops nearby.

Looking for vintage one-offs? Try Beasley’s in Hepworth’s Arcade, Chinese Laundry on Saville Street, and Poorboy Boutique on Humber Street.

And for big-name brands, St Stephen’s, Princess Quay and Prospect shopping centres have everything you need in one place. Or if you’re in the mood for a wander, Whitefriargate and the high streets off Queen Victoria Square are some of the best shopping spots in Hull.

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