The University of Bedfordshire was founded in 2006, following a merger between the University of Luton and De Montfort University’s Bedford campus. As such, it’s a modern uni but has roots that date back further. It now has around 20,000 students from a diverse range of countries, giving the campuses a welcoming and inclusive feel.
The uni’s spread over five campuses, in Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Putteridge Bury. The Luton site is located in the town of Luton and is home to the Media Arts Centre and science labs and workshops, while the Bedford campus is a leafy site, a 20-minute walk from Bedford’s town centre. The Milton Keynes campus is also conveniently located near the centre of MK, while Putteridge Bury is an old country mansion and Aylesbury is next to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Each campus is lively and unique, with plenty of social and sporting entertainment and activities nearby. Purpose-built gyms are on both the Luton and Bedford sites and students get affordable memberships, as well as access to the Get Active scheme which provides health and sports sessions for a small yearly fee. There’s also a wide range of clubs and societies to join, as well as counselling and wellbeing services that can be used.
Wherever you’re based, you can get to London within an hour by train, and access to other major towns and cities is good. The nearest airport is Luton Airport, which can be reached directly by train from the Luton and Bedford campuses.
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