Staffordshire: a Great Place to Live

I work with the University and the Students’ Union to help make this a safe environment for students. I believe that our campuses and halls of residence are among the safest in the country.

PC Keith Emery, Stoke Campus Liaison Officer

Right at the heart of the United Kingdom, the county of Staffordshire is located in an area known as the Midlands – a thriving, multicultural region with vibrant cities and towns and wonderful countryside.

Thanks to its central location, Staffordshire is a good base from which to explore Great Britain.

  • Convenient for all major UK airports
  • Manchester Airport approx. 40 minutes from Stoke campus
  • Birmingham Airport approx. 45 minutes from Stafford campus
  • London just one hour and twenty minutes away by train
  • Travel to Manchester or Birmingham by train in about forty minutes
  • Good, low-cost bus network and excellent road and rail links
  • Excellent sports facilities, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, historic buildings and nightlife
  • Close to the beautiful Peak District National Park - ideal for walking and cycling


A vibrant, multicultural city, Stoke-on-Trent is located approximately halfway between Manchester and Birmingham. Also known as the ‘The Potteries’ the area has been world famous for pottery and ceramics for over 300 years.

Excellent sports facilities are available locally. Premiership football team, Stoke City, play at the Britannia Stadium and Port Vale FC play at nearby Vale Park. The city’s theatres stage hit Broadway shows and big names from comedy and music. A short distance from campus, you will find good value supermarkets, as well as the Potteries Shopping Centre with over 90 top stores and an excellent indoor market.


The county town that gave Staffordshire its name, Stafford dates back to 700BC. The town centre has big name stores, well-established local shops and an indoor market. Stafford also has historic cobbled streets, good restaurants and a wide choice of cafés.

A wide range of sports and leisure facilities is available at the town’s leisure centre and the local theatre stages a selection of plays and productions. Stafford has beautiful parks and gardens and every July comes alive with street theatre. One of the finest Tudor houses in England can be found in the town and the annual ‘Shakespeare Under the Stars’ event takes place at Stafford’s 900-year-old castle.

Staffordshire - safe and getting safer

We know that wherever you choose for your studies, you’ll want to feel safe and secure.  Come to Staffordshire University and you’ll find that student safety and security is always top of the agenda.

We take our responsibility towards the safety and wellbeing of all our students extremely seriously. We also work to provide a caring environment - one where high standards of behaviour and respect for others are expected.  

 Here are just some of the ways we look after you:

  • Friendly, helpful University Police Officers on campus

  • ‘Immobilise’- a free secure service for registering the serial numbers of your valuables visit for more information

  • Student wardens in our halls of residence

  • Campus security staff available at night

  • Specialist immigration advice from our International Student Support Team

By international standards, the UK is a particularly safe country to live, work and study in. Great Britain has a tolerant society. The population is diverse and many religions and ethnic groups live here in harmony.

In the county of Staffordshire, crime is below the national average. Staffordshire Police works hard to cut crime across the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent areas and, as a result, overall crime has fallen significantly over recent years.