Where to live in Bradford

Many students in Bradford live close to the university and college, student accommodation however is available all over Bradford. Though in some cases students choose to live close to their institution in other cases many students choose the location of the property for its amenities and favourable location rather than its proximity to their place of study.

Find out below about the various areas of Bradford.  The descriptions will give you information on travel times to the city centre, amenities and the £ sign will indicate typical rental costs ranging from £ to ££

This map is intended to give you an overview of where there is rented property and students living so that you can make an informed decision about where to live.

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Living in Bradford

Bradford is home to the University of Bradford and Bradford College and boats a large student population. There are approximately 42,000 students studying at The University of Bradford (both the City Campus and the School of Management Campus) and Bradford College. However, it is important to remember that  there are only around 6,000 students with a residential need. 

Bradford has the fastest growing population outside London with an estimated population of 522,452 it is the fourth largest metropolitan district after Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield.

Choosing your area

Students live in a variety of areas with many choosing to live close to their respective campus, in some cases however students choose amenities and favourable locations rather than proximity to the institution at which they study.  Some of the most popular areas in Bradford being University, City Centre, Great Horton and Frizinghall. Students also venture further away from their institutions to areas such as Little Germany, Manningham, Heaton and Clayton . Many of the areas in Bradford benefit from local supermarkets and are usually within close proximity to other local amenities. Bradford also benefits from a fantastic infrastructure with two train stations and regular busses to a variety of destinations.

Think lifestyle and budget

When choosing a place to live in Bradford, it is important to remember that you are not just looking to find a roof over your head it is deciding on what type of lifestyle you would like to live. There are plenty of options available in Bradford for accommodation, spread out amongst many areas, so there should be something to suit you.

It is also important to think about budget and also whether you want to live with any friends that you may have made. Once you have done this the try thinking about other things that may be just as important to you, everyone is different but  some of the most popular things to consider are: location, the local amenities on offer and the social environment that you want.

Most of the areas mentioned are close to local amenities and in come cases closer to large supermarkets. It is much better to check the area out first and see if the amenities you require are close to the area where you want to live. It is easy in Bradford to live away from the university and college and commute to them.

Until properties have been let, rent levels cannot be accurately predicted. The price code used here is indicative of the difference found between areas with £ being the cheapest and ££ being the most expensive. Check the Unipol website for average rent levels for a shared student house. Remember there is a surplus of accommodation for students so you should be able to find accommodation that matches your budget.

Bradford has a good bus transport network with frequent buses and in certain areas railway stations too. Local transport is overseen by the local transport authority, West Yorkshire Metro. The city centre has a Free City Bus connecting the unievrsity and college with the main city centre shopping areas, bus station and both city centre railway stations

If you choose to not live within walking distance of your place of study make sure that you build transport costs into your budget and look at this together with rent levels. Visit the Metro website for information about student travel cards or alternatively check with local transport operators such as First or Transdev for information on their travel passes. When looking at travel times by public transport, compare this to how long it would take you to walk or cycle – it can often be the same as a bus journey especially in rush hour traffic.