A big town with a big university

Huddersfield is a big town that benefits greatly from being home of the University of Huddersfield - the town's the largest employer. Most of the university's 22,340 students attend classes at the Huddersfield campus. This is located just on the outside of the ring road that defines the town centre.

Huddersfield is in West Yorkshire about halfway between Leeds and Manchester - 190 miles north of London and 10 miles south of Bradford, the nearest city. The town is conveniently placed for accessing all the major centres in the north of England, being in the middle of rail and motorway networks.

Huddersfield is a manufacturing town, despite the university being the largest single employer. It has plants and offices of textile, chemical and engineering companies.

The town is also replete with Victorian architecture and has the third-highest number of listed buildings of any town or city in the UK. Another feature of its history is sport. It is recognised as the birthplace of rugby league and this sport, along with football, remains a strong element of the town's culture.

University of Huddersfield

Art, Design and Architecture is one of the schools of the University of Huddersfield and is located in the swish Creative Arts Building.Creative Arts Building, University of HuddersfieldThe University of Huddersfield launched in 1992 when Huddersfield Polytechnic gained university status and changed its name.

The university's main campus is Queensgate near the Huddersfield town centre. Huddersfield University also awards degrees for study courses that are managed by Oldham College and Barnsley College.

Being close to the centre of a large town, students have easy access to a broad range of cultural, social and sporting facilities and services. They can also use the Creative Arts Building (pictured) located on the campus. It has a recital hall, electro-acoustic research studio, art and design studios and live recording facilities.

The university is organised into academic schools: Applied Sciences; Art, Design and Architecture; Computing and Engineering; Education and Professional Development; Business; Human and Health Sciences; and Music, Humanities and Media.

The university endorses some accommodation but does not provide student accommodation itself, instead relying on the town's private housing market. The Students' Union is more active however and runs a bar, cafe and student shop. Course satisfaction for the university is right on average, with a 2.5 rating.

  Huddersfield is an industrial town despite the university and the students it brings being the biggest employer.



RegionPopulationNearest cityUniversityEngland (Yorkshire)146,234Bradford (10 miles)University of Huddersfield