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Life in the UK

What is life like in the UK? 

The UK is a welcoming, safe and exciting country for international students. Studying in the UK is a great way to learn about modern British society and its many different communities.

Cultural diversity

The UK attracts visitors, professionals and students from all over the world because of its interesting culture, successful industries and beautiful landscapes. Those who have made it their home contribute to an amazing society made up of many different communities. Each one brings something unique to the UK’s food, music, film, literature and more.

Rich history

Learning about the UK’s rich history is all part of enjoying the fullest student experience at Keele University. Alongside the modern skyscrapers of the big cities, you will find ancient market towns and winding, cobbled streets to explore.

More than 5,000 castles still stand around the UK as symbols of the country's unique past. Open to the public, Windsor Castle is known for its architecture and is still a residence of the British Royal Family. In Derbyshire, you can see for yourself the fine interiors of beautiful Bolsover Castle, or take the train to Scotland to see the majestic Edinburgh Castle as you arrive into Waverley Station.

Discover the English countryside

The UK mainland may be small but it still manages to fit in 15 National Parks for you to explore. Discover the Peak District (close to Keele) in England, Snowdonia in Wales and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs in Scotland. You can explore beautiful stretches of rugged coastline with traditional fishing villages and seaside towns right around the UK. Discover surfing beaches in Cornwall and Devon, mountains to climb in Scotland, and the Jurassic Coast in Dorset – a location loved by fossil hunters.

What do our students say?

Keele ISC student sits in lecture theatre

"For me diversity, is one of the most exciting things about the UK. I’m a very curious person and I like knowing little bits about different people, and learning through that diversity. It’s something that I appreciate about England."

Anthea from Zambia studied International Year One in Business and Marketing

Now studying BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Why do students love Keele?

Christine from China studied International Year One in Business and Management

Now studying BA (Hons) Economics and International Business


Keele University is located in a region known as The Midlands. This area is at the heart of the country, meaning you will have a unique opportunity to easily access some of the UK’s major cities and beautiful spaces by car or train.

Popular attractions

The UK's main cultural hubs and countryside highlights are easily accessible by train. Take the train to London to see Buckingham Palace or Harry Potter's Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. Manchester, which is less than an hour’s train journey from Stoke-on-Trent, is the birthplace of some of the UK's most groundbreaking music. Or you could spend a weekend surrounded by the spectacular mountains of the Scottish Highlands.

Close to campus

Keele University’s closest town, Newcastle-under-Lyme, can be reached in 15 minutes by bus. It has a high street full of popular stores and a local market multiple times a week. Stoke-on-Trent, another nearby city, has a long reputation for producing high-quality ceramics. You will find plenty of places to shop for beautiful gifts, and you can visit World of Wedgwood for demonstrations and the chance to work with clay.

One of the UK's leading theme parks, Alton Towers, is less than an hour's drive from the Keele University campus. If you love rollercoasters, candy floss and log flumes, you are sure to have fun here.