6 reasons to love Chelmsford

January 2020

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Writtle University College's peaceful village location is just two miles from the city of Chelmsford.

Chelmsford was named one of The Times' Best Places to Live in 2019 and boasts outstanding nightlife, shops, sport, culture and mouth-watering restaurants.

Essex's regular bus services or scenic cycle routes take you straight to the heart of bustling Chelmsford. Students who have bought their car to campus (taking advantage of our league-table-topping parking facilities) can make the trip in around ten minutes.


With plenty of bars, clubs and pubs, Chelmsford has all of the ingredients for a good night out. Take your pick from live music, big club anthems, cocktails and traditional pints. Student nights during the week offer discounted entry and drinks.


Spent all day studying? Take a break by cycling or walking by the beautiful river Can in Admirals Park. This sprawling green area is the perfect place for a picnic. Look forward to landscaped gardens, wild areas, tennis courts, cricket and football pitches.  


Get your bags at the ready! With two shopping centres plus the luxurious brands of Bond Street, Chelmsford has all the usual big-name brands, individual stores and more besides. You'll find delicious food and the latest fashions within the city centre. 


Chelmsford Train Station takes you straight to London, one of the world's busiest and most exciting capital cities, in around 35 minutes. Once there, you can access globally-famous shops, restaurants, nightlife and cultural facilities.


With two cinemas, theatres, a museum and plenty of galleries, Chelmsford is a cultural hot spot. Want to avoid the crowds? Head to The Stables, at the nearby Highlands Estate, to browse the work of resident artists.


If acres of parkland weren't enough, Chelmsford opened the Riverside Leisure Centre last summer. The state-of-the-art complex includes a 130-station gym, a high-spec 25m, 10 lane swimming pool, spin and exercise studios. Or, if winter sports are your thing, make the most of the ice skating rink.

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