Living in the heart of England
Nestled in the heart of England, Northampton benefits from the perfect combination of bustling urban life and rolling countryside.
Historic home to the shoemaking industry, the town is the base for a mix of small, medium and national employers, many with links to the University.
Just an hour by train from London and Birmingham, the town also enjoys a convenient proximity to the M1 and M6 motorways, plus the A14.
Northampton lies within the Cambridge–Oxford Corridor, a major centre of the UK’s high tech manufacturing and research industries. The Corridor is one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the UK, and has the fastest growing population of any of the similar regions within the UK. The National Infrastructure Commission projects that by 2050, the Corridor will become host to major hi- tech industrial developments and will be the site to one million new homes.
Read more about Northampton on our Northamptonshire pages.
Heritage and Culture.
As part of our Changemaker Challenge on Heritage and Culture, the University was involved in creating the Surprise Northamptonshire brand and website. This contains a wealth of information about the county’s cultural and heritage highlights.
There are numerous historic homes, gardens and churches nearby. In town, the Cultural Quarter is home to the Royal and Derngate Theatre, an award-winning theatre with a diverse programme of productions and events, and its sister venue, the Northampton Filmhouse which combines art-house and mainstream films.
Northampton’s role as an important medieval town and castle can be seen through historic buildings such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Grade I listed round church dating from 1100. From medieval times, Northampton was known as a major centre of shoemaking and other leather-related industries. Some specialist shoemaking companies still produce shoes in the town centre. There are a number of former Victorian shoe factories, now largely converted into flats, and often surrounded by terraced houses built for factory workers.
Sport and Leisure.
The University is a proud sponsor of Northampton Town Football Club. We’ve been official partners with the Cobblers since 2013 – you might have noticed our name is emblazoned across the players’ shirts – and work closely with the club through community and education projects and student initiatives.
Northampton is also home to the Saints, one of the country’s leading top-flight rugby union sides that’s packed with international talent. Northamptonshire County Cricket Club also play in the town and often host high-profile international sides.
Silverstone, home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, is also on the doorstep, along with Towcester Racecourse and plenty of places to enjoy watersports, including a white water centre just downstream from our campus.
Northampton benefits from a thriving arts scene, with Waterside campus being just a short walk from Northampton’s Cultural Quarter with its theatres, museums and galleries.
There’s also an enviable selection of green open spaces, including the magnificent Abington Park, with its ornamental gardens, lakes and historic follies and the beautiful Delapre Abbey, which lies a short walk from Waterside campus. Northamptonshire’s rolling countryside with also within easy reach, from the town’s fringes.
Northampton hosts an annual free music festival, which is supported by the University and our students, a town festival and a carnival. In keeping with all major towns, there’s also plenty of places to eat and drink, including independent pubs, bars, coffee shops and restaurants.