University Centre St Helens students have the advantage of a small, town centre campus offering easy access to two of the UK’s best cities as well as some of Britain’s best countryside.

St Helens

Rich in history, steeped in character

St Helens RLFCLocated midway between Liverpool and Manchester, St Helens is an excellent base offering the opportunity to explore the whole of the Northwest and beyond. Sports enthusiasts can experience the excitement of premier year-round horse racing at Haydock Park Racecourse or enjoy action-packed rugby at the home of the most successful side in Super League history, Saints. Discover the borough’s unique heritage at the multi-award winning attraction The World of Glass, or visit the fascinating North West Museum of Road Transport with its extensive collection of vintage road vehicles.

Dream, a 20-metre-high sculpture visible from the M62 motorway, draws visitors to the site of the former Sutton Manor colliery. Those looking for a more cultural experience can take in a performance at the Theatre Royal or visit the Citadel Arts Centre, voted by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 10 jazz and blues venues. In St Helens town centre, special events take place throughout the year. The town centre benefits from a range of high street stores and independent shops, restaurants, pubs and bars.


Liverpool WebLive in a global city and study at a local University. Lying just 20-minutes from St Helens by train, lies the city of Liverpool. Built on an illustrious heritage that stretches back 800 years, Liverpool has a global reputation that was recognised in 2008 as the Capital of Culture. More recently, Liverpool has been named the third top city in the world after Rio De Janeiro and Sarajevo to visit in 2014 by Rough Guides. Whether you’re interested in art, theatre, music or sport, Liverpool has a wealth of places for you to visit. If you’re looking to shop until you drop, grab a bite to eat and finish your day by relaxing in a bar then there’s plenty of places available in Liverpool One and there’s lots of nightclubs around the city if you fancy a night of partying.


ManchesterSlightly further than Liverpool is the city of Manchester. Approximately 50 minutes by train from St Helens, Manchester is a world-class city which offers people a great place to live, work and visit. Manchester has an incredible talent pool of people; its airport and transport infrastructure competes on a global level and it boasts a diverse and high quality portfolio of businesses based there. Food wise, few places in the UK can match Manchester. From Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional home cooked pub food, Manchester has it all. From the designer boutiques of King Street or the high street chains around the Arndale Centre and St Ann’s Square, to the bohemian and vintage offering of Affleck’s Palace, Manchester‘s shopping options are countless.

Map of Northwest England


  1. Liverpool Attractions: Albert Dock, Anglican Cathedral, Empire Theatre, Everyman Playhouse, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre, Liverpool & Everton Football Clubs, Liverpool One Shopping, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Mersey Ferries, Mersey Maritime Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, St George's Hall, Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, World Museum Liverpool
  2. Spaceport & U-boat Story
  3. Royal Liverpool Golf Course
  4. Lady Lever Art Gallery & Port Sunlight
  5. Cheshire Oaks Outlet Mall & Blue Planet Aquarium
  6. Chester Zoo
  7. Chester Attractions: Chester Racecourse, Roman ruins/walled city
  8. Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
  9. Aintree Racecourse
  10. Anthony Gormley's "Another Place" on Crosby beach
  11. Royal Birkdale Golf Course
  12. Southport Attractions: Southport Theatre & Floral Hall, Splash World, Southport Pier, Lord Street
  13. Wigan Pier, Wigan Football Club & Wigan Rugby League Club
  14. Manchester & Salford Attractions: Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Science & Industry Museum, Manchester United & City Football Clubs, Manchester Arena, Museum of Science and Industry, Palace Theatre & Opera House, Printworks, The Lowry, Urbis Centre
  15. The Trafford Centre
  16. Bolton Wanderers Football Club
  17. Blackburn Rovers Football Club
  18. National Football Museum
  19. Blackpool Tower Attractions
  20. St Helens Attractions: Fair Tree Farm, St Helens Rugby League Club, World of Glass, Smithy Heritage Centre, The Citadel Arts Centre, Haydock Park Racecourse, St Helens Theatre Royal, Darkstar Laser, Northwest Museum of Road Transport, Inglenook Farm, Jaume Plensa's Dream sculpture