Royal faces and famous races; the changing times of Cheltenham life

  • Notable Residents

    (past & present)

    Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (Skier)
    Brian Jones (Musician)
    Richard O'Brien (Actor)

  • Population: 115,732

    • About Cheltenham

      Home to three of the University of Gloucestershire’s four campuses, Cheltenham is well known for race days and its royal ties.

      Back in the 18th century King George III came along and had a dip in the spa waters, creating a trend amongst the famous and fashionable of the day to follow suit. Cheltenham can boast glowing tributes from famous big hitters like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen back in the day. Instead, Cheltenham is home to thousands of undergraduates, following courses from across the academic spectrum. 

      The main ‘Park Campus’ student village is a short walk from the town, and the arty community of Pittville and Francis Close Hall make up the university’s campuses. Students have a dedicated Student’s Union who thrive on arranging events and nights to keep the you dancing, and whilst Cheltenham and Gloucester aren’t famed for their nightlife, they both have ample supply of pubs and bars for student mischief. Happily, the uni provide a free bus service between all four campuses, lending the spread-out institution a communal air.

      Points of Interest

      Map Key

      • City Centre
      • University of Gloucestershire


      Student Accomodation in Cheltenham

      Nearby Universities

      Interesting Facts

      • Cheltenhams motto is ‘Salubritas et Eruditio’ ('Health and Education')

      • Cheltenham was once a famous resort for the rich and royal, with kings, lords and dukes all frequenting the local spa

      • The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most anticipated horse racing events on the sporting calendar!