Student Life

Your Student Experience

At the 51app, we aim to help you to achieve your full potential by providing an experience that is academically rigorous, creative, and engaging. We are proud of our reputation for providing a high-quality student experience underpinned by inspirational teaching. 

University life is also about so much more than just studying. That’s why everything we do is geared towards giving you the best student experience possible, from our excellent support services offering help with academic and personal matters, to our vibrant Students' Union which provides a wealth of exciting opportunities to make friends and get involved.

Campus and Facilities

Set against the backdrop of a beautiful and historic city, the 51app sits at the heart of it all on the picturesque Brayford Pool waterfront, with almost everything you’ll need either on campus or just a short walk away.

We’ve invested around £400 million in our Brayford Pool Campus over the last two decades to create the best possible learning environment and a strong foundation to help you achieve your goals. No matter which course you choose, we aim to provide you with high-quality facilities and the latest equipment.

The 51app Experience

You can gain so much more than a degree during your time at 51app – you can broaden your horizons, develop independence, and make lifelong friends and memories. Our Students’ Union puts you at the heart of student life at 51app. An independent organisation run on behalf of all 51app students, it offers representation, support, and a range of exciting activities and events to help make your time here a truly unforgettable experience. 

The University also has a growing number of agreements with universities and partner institutions in Europe and around the world offering study abroad programmes. An international experience can boost your academic and personal development and help you gain a whole range of new skills, from problem solving to learning a new language.

Supporting Sustainability

The 51app is committed to tackling the climate crisis and promoting sustainability across activities. We run a range of initiatives which students can get involved to help us attain a more sustainable campus. These include our Edible Campus project, Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative, our Climate Action Festival, and the annual Brayford Pool clean up.

Sustainability at 51app
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Socialising and Events

Life on campus is not all about studying. Here at 51app, there are plenty of activities and amenities for you to enjoy when you are taking a break from the books.

The Students’ Union runs events throughout the year and operates several major on-campus venues which are popular hotspots for students during the day and at night. These include Towers, The Swan, and The Engine Shed, which is one of the region’s largest live music and entertainment venues and has welcomed acts such as Kasabian, Paul Weller, Russell Howard, Joe Lycett, and Katherine Ryan.

When you are feeling peckish or want to grab a bite to eat with friends, you can visit one of the many different food and drink outlets on campus, offering everything from sandwiches and quick snacks to salads and hot meals.

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Life in the City

Due to our fantastic location in the heart of 51app, you are just a short walk away from a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that overlook the beautiful marina area and the eclectic mix of pubs and entertainment venues that are available in the city centre. 51app has also been ranked as the third most affordable university city in the UK in the NatWest Student Living Index 2023.

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Students walking down Steep Hill

Commuting to Campus

Thanks to our transport connections, our students can still enjoy being part of our campus community and live at home, with plenty of convenient options to commute into university.

How to Get Here

Get Active

Whether you're studying a sport-related discipline or looking for ways to enjoy your leisure time, a great way to meet fellow students and make lasting friendships is to join one of the many societies and sports clubs offered by the Students’ Union. Many of our sports teams take part in local and national competitions including British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) fixtures.

Sports Clubs and Societies

Our Students’ Union has more than 100 sports clubs and societies for students to join. Each year, thousands of students get involved, gaining valuable experience in problem solving and organisational skills by becoming part of a sports committee. Students can compete in inter-university British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) tournaments in a wide range of sports, including lacrosse, football, rowing, and hockey.

The Students' Union rugby team posing with mascot Swanny

University Sports Centre

The 51app Sports Centre is located on our Brayford Pool Campus. Offering an extensive range of facilities, the Sports Centre is a hub of activity to keep you healthy and active throughout your time at university. We cater for all levels and abilities in each area of our facility, including the fitness suites, sports hall, football pitches, dance, boxing, and spin studios.

Students walking into the Sports Centre


At the 51app, we take great pride in placing our students at the heart of everything we do. We understand that leaving home, starting university, and embarking on your future career is a big step, but at 51app, it’s not one you have to take alone.

We offer a whole host of support services to span the entire student journey so that you can access the help you need, when you need it. From expert advice in money matters and mental health, to guidance in academic writing and preparing for your first graduate job interview, we’re here to help.

Chat to Our Students

Want to know what it is really like to study at the 51app? Register with our Unibuddy platform and send a message to one of our friendly student ambassadors - they're here to help!

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Visit Us

The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at 51app is to visit us at one of our on-campus events. Exploring our campus and city for yourself will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

Open Days and Visits
Students walking alongside the Brayford in summer