Life in Stoke and Staffordshire

Find out about the great things that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has to offer!

Please note that the websites and businesses mentioned below are not in anyway affiliated with the University. We have merely provided information to help students get to know the local area. We recommend that if you have any queries or questions about the services offered that you contact the business directly.

Things to do in Stoke and Staffordshire

The Potteries

How could we talk about things to do and see without mentioning The Potteries?!

Pottery attractions include Middleport Pottery, Spode Works, and Emma Bridgewater Factory, but this is to name only a few! Take a look at the Visit Stoke website for lots more pottery attractions!


Oh, and did we mention the pottery shops to visit and factory tours available? No...? Well let's get started....

Shops include Churchill China Factory Shop, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton Outlet Store, and Royal Stafford, but there are so many more! Take a look at the Visit Stoke website to see a great list.

Factory tours can be booked at many sites, take a look here and find out more!



We have great places to shop in and around Stoke and Staffordshire, and we have listed a few great places to visit below:

Trentham Shopping Village

intu Potteries

Freeport Talke

Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre

Stafford Town Centre



Stoke and Staffordshire have some great fun activities for everyone! Take a look at some of these places to go and have fun!

Trentham Monkey Forest

Stoke Ski Centre

Aerial Extreme

Alton Towers Resort

Kiln Worx Climbing Centre

Escape Room Stoke


New Vic Theatre

The Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall


Homes and Gardens

In the midst of our cities and towns, Stoke and Staffordshire is also full of wonderful and beautiful homes and gardens to be explored!

The Trentham Estate

Biddulph Grange Gardens

Ford Green Hall

Westport Lake

City Centre Parks


Museums and Culture

Our city and county is so full of history and culture! Take a look at these wonderful places to visit.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Etruria Industrial Museum

The Bramptom Museum

Apedale Heritage Centre

Staffordshire Regiment Museum

Everyday Essentials

Food Shopping

Stoke and Staffordshire has many big supermarkets as well a smaller local convenience stores.

The closest supermarkets to the Stoke campus are Aldi UK, Sainsbury's, and a small Asda, however the city has lots of other supermarkets that are available a bus ride away.

Many of the supermarkets offer more than just food, selling items such as clothes and homeware also.

To find out more about these supermarkets, where they are, and what they can offer, take a look a their websites:

Tesco, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Asda, Lidl, The Co-op, Iceland


Stoke and Staffordshire also has lots of world food and delicacy stores. We have a listed a few below:

Emma Chuks Ltd - Supplier of African Caribbean Food and Hair Products

Euro Mini Market - European Mini Market / Convenience Store

Dwa Koty - Polish Delicatessen

Victoria European Food - Convenience Store

Cheerful Links - Sells Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Korean, Thai, Indian, Indonesian and Vietnamese groceries

Wing Lee - Sells Chinese, Thai, Philippian, Japanese and Korean groceries

Pak Food - Asian supermarket


Take Aways, Restaurants and Cafes

Afghan Palace - Afghan restaurant and take away

Carmen's Carribean Cuisine - Carribean take away

Hawasana Afghan Cuisine - Afghan restaurant and take away

Jamaican Dutchie - Jamaican restaurant and take away

La Favorita - Italian restaurant

Festive Thai - Thai restaurant

Miso - Japanese restaurant

Chiquito - Mexican restaurants

Coast to Coast - American restaurant

Planet Bollywood - Indian restaurant and take away

Sangam's 1 and Sangam's 2 - Indian restaurant and take away

Baby Russets -  Traditional English restaurant

Zest Café Bitro - Café / restaurant

The Sandwish Box - Lunch time take away

Uni Chip - Traditional fish and chips - Lunch time and evening take away

Subway - Sandwiches and Salads - Lunch time and evening take away

Sweet and Spice - Kebabs / Pizza / Chips - Lunch time and evening take away

Wrights - Sandwiches, soups, salad, pastry goods - Lunch time take away

Nafees Bakers and Sweets - Asian confectionery


To look for more local take aways, restaurants or cafes, you can use Trip Advisor or Google to search.



Shelton Pharmacy - Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RW

Lloyds Pharmacy - 25-27 Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2QW

Milton's Chemist - 15-19 Campbell Place, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1NH

Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury's - Minton House, London Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 7QD

Tesco Pharmacy - Clough Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LS

Boots - 3-5 Upper Huntbach Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1PZ

Superdrug - Intu Potteries Shopping Centre, Market Square, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1PS


Post Offices

Saint Jude's Post Office - 123 College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2EE

Stoke Post Office - 37 Church Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1AA

Hanley Post Office - Intu The Potteries Shopping Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1PS

Newcastle under Lyme Post Office - 43 High Street, Newcastle ST5 1PN

To look for more information on post offices and the services offered, please visit the post office website.


Citizens Advice Bureau

Can help those with problems with social security benefits, personal debt, or housing; employment disputes and immigration issues. They also offer specialist help to the victims of crime.

Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau, Cheapside, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1HL


Apartments, Hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts

If you need to find short term accommodation in the city, we have put together a useful list of local apartments, hotels, and bed and breakfasts (PDF, file size: 126KB) .