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University of Bolton

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The University of Bolton is in a strong position to capitalise on the challenges and opportunities of the current and future higher education environment. The University has implemented major academic initiatives and made recent investments in infrastructure development, including the £31m Bolton One building.


The University of Bolton traces its history back to the foundation in 1825, of the Bolton Mechanics' Institute, one of the first to be established in the UK. Throughout its history and in its various incarnations, this institution's primary purpose has been to provide educational opportunities for those who wish to better their situation and their prospects. 


As a teaching intensive, research informed higher education institution, we aim to provide, excellence in teaching, supporting our students' learning and in our assessment practices. Through the process of teaching and assessment, we will facilitate students'  personal and professional development to help them achieve their goals and enjoy successful careers. 


We aim to help our staff, through development, training and continuous dialogue on best practice to be outstanding professionals in support of excellent learning, teaching and applied research.


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At the University of Bolton, we offer you more than just careers advice.  We want you to achieve career success and we will help you every step of the way, providing you with employability experiences that will enhance your CV and boost your skills.

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Student services

Our Customer Service Excellence Award-winning student services team are here to support you from the moment you enrol and throughout your time at University. They are here to help you with day-to-day matters; our specialist support services include:

  • Disability Service
  • Student Funding and Finance including Budgeting Advice
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • Bursaries, Scholarships and the Student Support Fund
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing including, Mental Health Advisors, Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based in the Life Lounge
  • Multi-faith chaplaincy
  • Pets as Therapy
  • Academic Advice including complaints, mitigating circumstances, appeals and timetables
  • Accommodation advice (via Orlando Village team)

Housing services

Orlando Village is the preferred and only Halls of Residence recommend by the University of Bolton. The facility provides 381 single study, self-catering bedrooms and are popular with international students. It is a 10-minute walk away from our campus, close to both bus and rail links. For the full breakdown of what is included in the Halls of Residence, contract, methods and how to apply, please visit

Our Students' Union Office can advise you of how to search for private accommodation and what to look for when entering into a contract with a private landlord. Organising private accommodation would mean contacting the landlord of the property to make arrangements. 

Library services

As you would expect, there are plenty of print books, ebooks and electronic resources available in our library. The dedicated Customer Service Excellence Award-winning team library team are also here to advise you on getting the most from the resources available to you. 

ICT services

All our students are allocated a Personal Tutor to discuss academic and non-academic matters with. In addition you’ll have access to peer-assisted study sessions, our online academic support platform LEAP Online and our virtual learning environment, Moodle to support your studies.

Campus life

Orlando village is in a fantastic location, being only approximately a 10 minute walk away from both the main campus and the town centre. The halls are also close to the bus and rail station, and are within easy reach of a range of supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Morrision’s and Aldi.

Sports facilities

We boast a multi-use four-court sports hall available for hire for a range of activities, such as badminton, table tennis, 5-a-side football, volleyball and much more.

We also have social sport activities, fitness classes and a 50ft climbing wall with many sessions FREE for University of Bolton students.

If you are a little more serious about your sport and fancy having the opportunity to compete for the university in competitive leagues this can be done by joining a club at the University Sports Centre Reception.

Whether you want to compete, engage in sport for fun, or make new friends, come and try us out.

Student clubs

There is the Students' Union which makes sure that all Bolton University students enjoy their student life. There is also an Alumni Association which is part of the Directorate of Institutional Advancement. This is a great way of remaining involved with the University and ensuring a great relationship with it.

This year we have our Mechanical Engineering Degrees were re-accredited by the IMechE for a further 5 years The IMechE expressed confidence in our programmes giving several commendations about our course, facilities and staff.

Bolton, England, United Kingdom

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