Living in the UK

Big Ben

Life in the UK may be quite different to your experience in your home country. The information below should help you to prepare for the different climate and give you information on organisations that can provide information on things to do and places to meet new people.


The University of Hertfordshire is situated in the town of Hatfield, which is just 20 minutes away from the centre of London – Kings Cross Station. Hatfield is a modern town, but still maintains a village and community feel.

Hatfield Town Centre is very close by and provides a range of shopping and leisure facilities. The Galleria is a shopping centre, which is right on our doorstep and features many types of shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema all under one roof. There are a number of supermarkets within easy reach of the University including Asda and Tesco.

Hatfield House is the childhood residence of Queen Elizabeth I and is now home to the descendants of Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years. It is a country house which is open to the public. It has beautiful gardens, a restaurant, a farm, and hosts various events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Getting around

It's very easy to travel around with our UNO university buses, and Hatfield train station is also close by and will take you straight into the centre of London.

On campus

Students shopping

The Forum Hertfordshire is situated on campus and includes 3 bars, a club, a restaurant and a student shop. The Students Union is dedicated to organising social events and activities for students. We have a wide range of societies catering for almost every interest and hobby. You can join UHSU on Facebook and Twitter (@uhsutweets)

The Hertfordshire Sports Village offers a wide range of classes, sports clubs and state-of-the-art training facilities.

Local Area

St Albans is a historic city and offers a variety of things to do from going to museums, theatres and cathedrals to street markets, shopping, bars and restaurants. It is located 5 miles from the University and it takes 15 minutes to get there by road.

Welwyn Garden City, founded in 1920, combines an energetic and active town lifestyle with all the benefits and beauty of the countryside. There is a shopping centre in the centre, beautiful parks and gardens to visit and plenty of  pubs and restaurants. Welwyn Garden City is 5 miles away from Hatfield and takes 10 minutes by road.

Watford features parks and open spaces of an award winning standard. It's a great place for shopping, nightlife, entertainment and activities such as bowling and skating. It is just 12 miles away from campus and takes 20 minutes to travel there by road.

London is less than half an hour away by train, so you'll be within easy reach of world-famous attractions including:

UK Weather

St Albans Cathedral

The climate in the UK can be very changeable even in the height of summer and you may experience sudden changes such as rain showers and high winds. It always pays to be prepared, keep a telescopic umbrella, sweater or waterproof coat with a hood with you when you go out.

Arriving in September

September is the start of Autumn. You should expect cold weather through to December. During these seasons you are likely to experience significant amounts of rain and possibly snow. Waterproof clothes and shoes are essential.

Arriving in January

Expect very cold weather in January and February, which may include snow and ice. Warm jumpers, coats, scarves, hats and gloves are all suitable clothing at this time of year and can be purchased quite cheaply in the winter season.

Spring and Summer

From March things usually start to warm up a bit but be prepared for regular rain showers and strong winds. Warmer days at this time of year might reach 20 degrees Celsius. Summer begins around June and the weather tends to be sunnier and much warmer with highs of 27-28 degrees Celsius – it still pays to be prepared for the occasional rain shower though.

University Term Dates

If you are planning an excursion or a trip home you may want to consider the University's term dates so that you can fit your plans around your studies.