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At the University of Bradford academic and industry experts are shaping the future of their sectors in world-class facilities. The university has invested millions of pounds in high-tech learning environments.

Their award winning virtual experience allows you to digitally visit their campus; immerse yourself in the 360° tour of their motion capture studio, Bloomberg Trading Room and active research labs.

The friendly and compact campus is within a five minute walk of the city centre, with accommodation and the SU all within its grounds.

Bradford prides itself on having one of the most multicultural campuses in the UK. There are students from 130 different nationalities at Bradford and more than 70 languages are spoken in the city itself.

As one of the largest cities in the UK, Bradford has a lot to offer; home to the National Science and Media Museum and a UNESCO city of film, there is lots to discover in the city centre and countryside beyond.

The city itself is one of the least expensive cities in the UK yet it is close to the popular cities of Leeds and Manchester.

Reviews from students were glowing with praise, and the university was awarded a Silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Very supportive and they give you lots of opportunities.”

“Enjoyable programme with a good induction and teaching processes.”

“Making friends, exploring new opportunities. It’s lovely.”

“Interesting and I feel like I've learnt a lot and developed useful life skills.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Bradford aims to ensure as many students as possible undertake placements and sandwich years as well as having exposure to industry-standard facilities. Most courses offer the option of a 12-month placement and each faculty has a placement tutor to help you find opportunities relevant to your career.

The Making Knowledge Work ethos of the university is apparent in the degrees themselves with many courses are created in partnership with employers in industry. The Career Development Services organises events and fairs, as well as offering one to one appointments for CV development and interview skills.

Student reviewers told us they’re particularly impressed with the number of careers fairs that the university holds throughout the year.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Provides skills to use in work place.”

“Lots of practical placement giving me experience.”

“Frequent career fairs.”

Graduates in job/further study
Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Bradford is one of the leading technology universities, with well-regarded courses in engineering, computing, pharmacy and many other areas. Many courses are created in partnership with industry, while tutors are often active researchers.

Student reviewers applaud the lecturers for their knowledge, dedication to student learning and overall helpfulness, while a number mentioned they appreciate the ‘hands-on’ nature of their courses.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Lecturers are on hand and helpful. Very direct and easy to talk to explain things well.”

“I like how the course is delivered, lots of learning material online.”

“Lecturers are often available and readily reply to emails.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The SU is based in the £8 million Student Central building in the middle of the city campus. It is home to Team Bradford, a community of students led by the SU who aim to improve the student experience.

They represent all clubs, societies, media and volunteers. They organise club nights, live music, comedy, film screenings and fresher’s week. 

Reviewers are incredibly impressed with the team and the events they organise.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Perfect, mix of everything and easy to access.”

“Useful to pass things onto and bring up things that need changing.”

“I feel like I can access the SU for advice etc.”



The Green is a self-catering student village at the heart of the city campus and a short walk away from the city centre, meaning from bed to class can be a matter of minutes.

The sustainable estate offers accommodation in six-bedroom apartments or 12-bedroom townhouses with plenty of social spaces and garden areas. Nearby facilities include an on-site laundrette and shared lounge area, and all first years are guaranteed accommodation.  Contracts last 42 weeks and rent is inclusive of bills and Wi-Fi.

Prices depend on the room and where you stay. A standard townhouse costs £4,627 a year and an en-suite apartment on the City Campus costs £5,006.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Halls- very good.”

“Accommodation is good and very close to the uni.”

“Really like the accommodation.”

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Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
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Bradford has invested £120 million in City campus and Emm Lane campus including:

  • A theatre, art gallery and music centre
  • Sports centre with gym, swimming pool and climbing wall
  • £40 million award-winning accommodation in the Green
  • The £6 million Norcroft Building for biochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical research.
  • One of the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the world.
  • Purpose-built cancer research building for tumour biology, cancer pharmacology and medicinal chemistry as well as commercial incubator units.

Students particularly praised the library and the university’s subject specific facilities.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Very good high-quality facilities.”

“There are a lot of places to work in the library.”

“Library is awesome and so are library staff. Labs are also well set up.”

City life
City life

City life

Bradford has a diverse population with an international airport, direct trains to London and the cities of Leeds and Manchester nearby.

As well as having a rich heritage and culture, with a thriving arts and music scene, Bradford is a great place to be if food and drink is your thing.

The Broadway is the city’s main Westfield shopping centre with more than 70 shops and restaurants. The city centre boasts no less than 3 cinemas and regularly holds community events at the centrally located City Park.

There are more than 35 public parks and the city has been named Curry Capital of Britain for six years in a row.

Although students are reasonably happy in Bradford, many of them say they go to Leeds for day trips or nights out. Many also comment on the cities affordability.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Great architecture, quiet social life.”

“Very good, lots to do.”

“Food places are good, variety of things to do.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2018

£2.50 - £3.50

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are 35 sports, more than 70 societies, plus a volunteering service to get involved with. From water polo to break dancing, fencing to debating, there is plenty to get involved with in the Team Bradford club.

Student reviewers praised the variety of clubs on offer, with sporting societies getting several mentions for their welcoming members and events throughout the year.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Good, a lot of clubs and societies to choose from.”

“Very welcoming and offer wide array of activities.”

“Really nice community feel.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

The My Bradford Student and Academic Skills Advice Services are on hand to help students in all areas of academic study and interpersonal skills. Students can take advantage of 1-2-1 sessions, group advice, workshops and clinics, as well as online study skills resources.

The University of Bradford supports students in their university journey with a variety of services:

The Personal Academic Tutor scheme means that throughout your time at university you’ll have regular meetings with an assigned member of academic staff to discuss your personal and professional progress.

The Student Union Student Advice Centre is another port of call for welfare and academic issues. It is run by the SU out of the Student Central building and is open weekdays all year round.

Student reviews often mention the range of support on offer, including academic and personal guidance, and many say they feel well supported by the university staff.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:


“Disability services is really good.”

“Academic tutors are good. Personal is also good - counselling service is great.”



UK Students per Year: £9,250.

International Students per Year: Ranges from £1,500 to £18,440 depending on the course and level of qualification.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The University of Bradford invests of £4m in scholarships each year, you can find out more on their website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

 As a technology university with 50 years’ experience, Bradford applies scientific knowledge to improve society, focusing on: Advanced Healthcare, Innovative Engineering and Sustainable Societies.

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Animation, Games and Visual Effects
  • Archaeology and Forensic Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biosciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Film and Television Production
  • Law
  • Management
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Optometry
  • Peace Studies and International Development
  • Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Work and Social Care
  • Sociology and Criminology
Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

125th / 126

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2019

61st / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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06 Feb 19

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Overall my experience at Bradford has been mixed - the social aspects have been great, it's a fun place to be and the people are lovely. The academic side has occasionally been frustrating and stressful, as staff are not always 100% organised and there have been issues with assignments and...
16 Jan 19

Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons)

overally im excited about the course im doing i have received all the support i needed. Im pleased to have chosen this University. gs From the tutors right to the site, the modern buildings .its all a fanatastic experience. Looking forward to complete my course successfully with all the support...


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