Why Study Locally

Why is Rotherham a Great Place to Study?

1 September 2022

Welcome to University Centre Rotherham! So, you’ve accepted your offer and are eager to get going with the year ahead. You can’t wait to get stuck in and seek out all of the opportunity our town has to offer. But what does Rotherham have to offer once you begin your studies?

Well, it has plenty to enjoy, whether that be bars, restaurants, cafes or live venues. Here are our top picks within Rotherham to get your University experience kick-started!


Cutlers Arms

The Cutlers Arms is a great place to visit if you are interested in craft ales and live music. The venue is proud to serve locally brewed ales, with the Rotherham based Chantry Arms brewery, located within Parkgate. Whether it’s a stout, a bitter, or a delicious soft drink you’re after, The Cutlers Arms will have you covered.

The Stag

Are you a sport fanatic? Well, The Stag is the perfect hang out spot for you! They serve lager on draft, cocktails and pitchers, as well as various soft drinks to enjoy whilst watching Premier League and Six Nations games. It has HD screens, free wi-fi and is cask marque approved.

Restaurants and cafes

Olive Lounge

Wanting to celebrate? The Olive Lounge is the perfect place for a special occasion. The menu offers various delicious tapas dishes, perfect for sharing with your new peers. If tapas is not your thing, they offer a range of steaks, hanging kebabs and pizzas. As well as tasty food, they offer a pretty impressive range of cocktails including a Zombie, Espresso Martini, and the iconic Bellini.

The Wharncliffe

Enjoy fresh local produce at affordable prices? The Wharncliffe, which is Rotherham College’s training restaurant, is certainly a place to try whilst studying at the University Centre Rotherham. The food and drink at the Wharncliffe are prepared by the Catering and Hospitality students at Rotherham College, whilst being assisted by their tutors.

Fitzwilliam and Hughes

Fancy a bite to eat in-between classes? Fitzwilliam and Hughes are the place to go! They offer a selection of paninis and bagels, as well as homemade cakes and frappe’s.  The café originated in Rotherham and has several other chains around South Yorkshire.

Day time activities

Parkgate Shopping Centre

If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, Rotherham has its own outdoor shopping complex full of restaurants and retailers. They have everything from H&M, to the Nike Factory Outlet, as well as Nando’s and Subway. So, whether you fancy a sit-down meal or a quick bite to eat, Parkgate has got you covered. There is also a Morrisons and a Wilko, making it a handy shopping spot to pick up all of your student essentials.

Clifton Park

Looking for somewhere to relax and eat lunch with your friends? Clifton Park is a beautiful space to do so. It has a museum where you can learn about Rotherham’s amazing heritage, as well as a fun park and splash zone for children. If you have a family, this would be a great place to visit in-between studying.



A massive part of a University experience is the nightlife, and going to events with your new peers. At night, Magna Science Adventure Centre opens up to host some of Yorkshire’s largest bassline events. Bassfest and Fearfest are hosted here every year, with acts including Chase and Status, Hybrid Minds and Central Cee. If you want to go to some of the largest music events in Yorkshire, check out Magna’s website for tickets.

Civic Theatre

If theatre and performing arts is your thing, The Civic Theatre is certainly somewhere to visit. They offer a fantastic range of music, drama and comedy performances to come and see. Our performance students often put on shows at the Civic, so what better way to support your fellow peers? Check out their website to have a look at their upcoming shows – it’s the perfect place to visit with the family.

So, there you have it! There is plenty to do in Rotherham and its surrounding areas to give you a fantastic student experience whilst studying at the University Centre Rotherham.

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