Welcome to Carlisle!
With a bustling city centre, open surroundings and beautiful parks, Carlisle is a modern but spacious place to live and study. Our students love it for its small size, close community and friendly atmosphere. It's the ideal place for someone who wants to live in a city environment without being lost in a huge urban sprawl.
In a recent nationwide survey, Carlisle was named the happiest place to live in the UK.
Just outside the city centre in Carlisle, Brampton Road is a small, close-knit campus with just over 1000 full-time arts and humanities students. One of the first things you'll notice as you walk off campus is the big, beautiful park that sits opposite and the sheep grazing leisurely within. Only in Carlisle!
With a population of over 2000 full-time students, Fusehill Street is our second biggest campus. This campus has its own Sports Centre with a gym and sports hall, and a student bar where you can have a coffee in the afternoon or grab a cheeky pint in the evening.
Both campuses are within easy walking distance of the city. Travel links in the city are good, with plenty of bus services, taxi ranks and cycle lanes (bicycles are also available for hire). Carlisle is uniquely positioned on the west coast mainline, so you can take the train for a day out to the Lake District or Glasgow.
There are great opportunities to put your study into practice. In May 2011, BBC Radio One brought an array of pop-music chart sensations to the One Big Weekend festival. Our students interviewed DJs, in addition to volunteering with community project schemes.
The work of a thriving arts community, comprising of musicians, poets and artists can be discovered through the city's many galleries and café open-mic nights.
Real students, real opinions...
We asked some of our current students what they liked the most about living in Carlisle. This is what they had to say:
“Everything is within walking distance and easy to get to, so there’s no taxi fares at the end of the night. I feel very safe in Carlisle and the people here are extremely friendly” - Iona-Eve, Fusehill Street
“I love that the campus and the town are friendly, and the thought of lying in the sun in Rickerby park across the road.” – Sarah, Brampton Road
“It is very green. It’s nice to have so many parks, it makes it peaceful. The cathedral is nice too. It seems safe because it’s quite a small place” - Sophie, Fusehill Street