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Northampton is a historic British city that’s right in the heart of the East-Midlands. Northampton is known for its fascinating history and its cultural heritage. There’s plenty to see and do here, especially for students.
If you’re new to the city, our Northampton city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Getting around Northampton is relatively straightforward. The city is quite compact and is easy to navigate by bus.
The University of Northampton has three separate campuses. To get to the Park campus, you’ll need to take a short bus ride from the city centre. The Avenue campus is about a mile out of the city centre but is also easily accessible by bus. The uni’s Innovation Centre is conveniently located in the city centre and is within close walking distance.
If you need to get a taxi, there are taxi ranks in the city centre. Uber is also available in Northampton.
Northampton is an ancient British city and had loads of things to see and experience. On top of that, there are also loads of great bars and clubs for you to check out.
Going to the iconic Northampton Guildhall is a good way to start exploring. It’s got an amazing, gothic exterior and a hauntingly beautiful interior. It was built the 18th century and is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.
One amazing building to have a look at is Althorp House. This stately home is owned by the Spencer’s, the ancestors of Princess Diana. It’s also the final resting place of Princess Diana. It’s a stunning home to look at and tours are available year-round.
Want to go for something a little more energetic? Check out Pinnacle Climbing Centre! They’ve got loads of great climbing walls for you to have a go on. They even have mock ‘cave’ climbing walls, if you’re feeling brave!
Any fans of lovely, green open spaces will love Northampton. Northampton has tons of parks and green spaces for you to explore. For a big, uncluttered park, visit Hunsbury Hill Country Park. It’s got loads of room to play footy in or chill out on a sunny day. Pop along to Beckets Park if you want to have a long walk and see the river Nene, which runs through it. Looking for a little adventure, go to Abingdon Park. It’s got lakes to explore, as well as a museum and is situated in an old medieval village! One other great park to explore is Victoria Park.
If you’re looking to wet your whistle in Northampton, there’s plenty of places to go! Looking for something fancy? Head to Sazerac for delicious cocktails and stylish décor! Borjia is another great place to check out. It’s a classy venue with lots of lovely drinks for you to try!
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If you’re looking for a big night out, you’ve got a few options in Northampton. For something to get the night going, head over to NB’s. This place isn’t as big as some clubs, but it’s got great DJs and great drink deals (including fishbowl cocktails if you’re looking to relive your summer in Magaluf!). If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, check out Elysium. They’ve got unbelievable drinks deals, CO2 confetti cannons and they’re open till 5:30AM! If that doesn’t sound like a club that’s perfect for students, I don’t know what does Fever and Boutique is another great club to check out as well.
Want the best coffee Northampton has to offer? Pop into Dreams Coffee Lounge for a nice sit-down and an even lovelier coffee! Bartellas Coffee House is another great place to have a cuppa. Tea more your thing? Pop over to the Number 50 Tea Room for a tasty brew!
Sports fans will be pleased to hear that Northampton has a talented football team to go and watch Northampton Town football club. They play in the third tier of English football and are managed by ex-Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink The best games tend to be with their bitter rivals, Oxford United as well as the MK Dons.
Northampton is a fairly big city, so you’ll be able to find all of the main restaurant chains here.
If you’re a big meat-eater, check out The Smoke Pit. Here, they serve up delicious BBQ dishes as well as gorgeous pulled pork meals. Looking for some international? Head to La Terraza tapas bar. It’s got lots of delicious tapas for you to enjoy with some mates!
For vegans and vegetarians, go to Karmana for some delicious meat-free grub! It’s got an extensive vegan and veggie menu for you to choose from.
Northampton has got loads of great shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!
The Grosvenor shopping centre is the main shopping centre in Northampton. Other good shopping centres are the Weston Favell Shopping Centre and Market Wall shopping centre. These centres contain a mix of independent shops as well as high street brands. You’ll be able to find most of what you need here!
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There are plenty of other shops to explore on the high street as well. The high street is right in the city centre and easy to find.
If you’re looking to pick up some vintage clothes, Bohemian Finds is a cool place to check out. If you’re looking for clothes in a 50’s and 60’s style, go to the Most Marvellous Emporium. It’s a great place to check out if you’re looking for some classy vintage kit!
Northampton has a handful of different areas that students tend to live in. These are Kingsthorpe, Kingsthorpe Village, Semilong, Mounts, Kingsley and Abingdon.
Kingsthorpe is one of the most popular areas for students in Northampton. The uni is only a 10-minute walk away and there are loads of shops right on your doorstep. Rents tend to be a little higher here though, so if you’re looking to save money, maybe look elsewhere. One downside of Kingsthorpe is that it’s not very close to the city centre. This isn’t a big problem in the day when the Uno bus service is available, but at night you may have to spend a little more on taxis.
Kingsthorpe Village is close to Kingsthorpe. The village is in a convenient location for getting to uni, as it only takes around 5 minutes to walk there. Again, it is quite far from the town centre, so getting back from a night out will be more expensive if you choose to live here.
Semilong is also a very popular student area. It’s only a short bus ride away from either university campus, which is perfect for any students with friends in both campuses. Getting a taxi to Semilong won’t be too expensive either, as it’ll only take the cabbie 5 minutes to get there from the centre of town.
The Mounts is in a great location for getting to uni. It’s a short walk to either campus. If you’re into fitness, another plus is that it’s very close to the Trilogy Gym, which even has its own swimming pool! One downside though is that this area is quite far from big supermarkets.
Kingsley is another student area to look at. Kingsley’s location isn’t perfect. You’ll have to get a bus to either uni and it’s a 15-minute taxi ride to the centre of town. It’s still a popular area though and perfect for any students with cars.
Abingdon is a slightly more expensive area to live in Northampton. You get your money’s worth though, as crime is generally lower here and the houses are of higher quality than the houses in the other student areas. It’s also close to the city centre, so perfect for anyone wanting to have lots of big nights out!
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