Culture and entertainment

At Herts, we’re surrounded by culture and entertainment to suit all tastes and interests! Whether you want to see a concert or play in London or want to watch a game at one of the London stadiums, there's always something going on, both on and off campus.

Music and theatre

The nearby towns of Hertford and Stevenage both have their own theatres that offer quality without West End prices. There are also modern plays, classics and adaptations at the Palace Theatre in Watford. If you want to real West End experience, London's West End theatres are within easy reach and regularly have offers for discounted tickets.

There's a vibrant live music scene in Hertfordshire, with indie and rock at The Horn in St Albans, rock, metal and punk at the Hertford Marquee and live music at The Green Room in Welwyn – and loads more within a short bus or train ride of the campus. Not forgetting some of the best music venues in the country in London such as the O2 Arena, Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace.

If you don’t want to leave campus, our Students' Union work hard to provide a lively programme of events and entertainment. Whether you like clubbing, live music, comedy, or just a quiet night out with your mates, there's always something going on at the Forum Hertfordshire or Café Ambition to help you chill out after a hard day in the Learning Resources Centre. If you’re a budding musician or singer, you can even participate in regular open mic nights.

Food and drinks

In Hatfield the Galleria shopping centre has a wide variety of options suitable for all tastes including burgers, pizzas, Asian food, burritos and cocktails.

The nearby town of St Albans also has a wide variety of independent restaurants and bars for you to explore, as well as well-known chains. Popular choices for current students include the ‘The Cross Keys’, the ‘Beehive’ and the ‘Pudding Stop’.

The Capital is also home to world-class restaurants and bars, as well as independent eateries to suit all budgets and tastes. For a student budget ‘Patty and Bun’ and ‘The Diner’ are popular choices, with ‘Sky Garden’ and ‘The Shard’ providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for special occasions.

On campus we've made sure that you're never far away from something delicious to eat or drink. No matter your tastes or dietary requirements, there's something for everyone. Alongside our two restaurants, we have 11 on campus coffee shops including a Starbucks and a Subway.

Our on-campus eateries serve a large range of hot and cold halal items, a range of kosher bagels, hot and cold vegetarian and vegan options as well as an extensive gluten free range.

To see opening times for outlets, please visit the food and catering page.

Food and drink on-campus

Museum and Galleries

Hertfordshire and London offer a wide variety of museums and galleries to visit during your studies. Although some of these attractions do charge an entrance fee, many of them are free or offer discounts if you show a valid student ID.

Situated in St Albans, there is the Verulamium Museum, a museum focussed around the wonders of Roman life and is home to some of the finest mosaics outside of the Mediterranean. For the aviation enthusiasts, you can visit the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, which is only a few miles from home or go a bit further afield to the Imperial War Museum's RAF Duxford to see the wonders of civilian and military aviation.

London is also home to many other museums including the world-famous Science Museum and National History Museums which are both free to visit.

Again in St Albans, you can visit the St Albans Museum + Gallery which spans over three floors showcasing over 2,000 years of priceless heritage and display contemporary artworks The museum and gallery utilises historic spaces such as the old courtroom and cells to display pieces of art in innovative ways.

UH Arts + Culture

UH Arts + Culture is our very own contemporary, on campus arts centre bringing you a mix of vibrant exhibitions, immersive theatre, creative workshops, music, and much more. If you want to enhance your time at Herts, this is the right place for you!

Need a break? Explore our College Lane Campus Art + Design Gallery to see stunning exhibitions, sign up to outdoor sculpture walks, visit the Chapman Gallery to view part of the University’s extensive art collection, and watch excellent theatre and dance at the Weston Auditorium on de Havilland Campus.

You can also stream a choice of theatre and musical performance online and browse through a collection of fun activities to bring out your creative side. Visit the UH Arts website to find out more.

Get involved

You can volunteer with UH Arts + Culture! It’ll gain you great experience working in the arts while also contribute to your Go Herts Award too.

Find out how to volunteer

Live Sport

There are a wide range of areas nearby the University of Hertfordshire with fantastic sports stadiums and facilities for many different sports.

If you’re a football fan, the nearest premier league club to us is Watford FC, who play at a stadium called Vicarage Road. The local football team, St Albans City Football Club, is only a 10-minute drive away if travel is an issue. There are a huge number of stadiums you can go and see in the capital, including, The Emirates Stadium (Arsenal), The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur), Stamford Bridge (Chelsea), London Stadium (West Ham), Craven Cottage (Fulham) and many more.

London is also home to many other sports venues. At the Olympic park, you’re rarely far away from the action, with an athletics stadium, a velodrome, an aquatics arena, the copper box arena and of course the Orbit, where you can ride the slide to the bottom.

Other venues include, Twickenham Stadium where the national rugby team play their matches, Lords where the national cricket team play their matches, Wimbledon where you can catch some tennis, Kempton Park for some horse racing and finally Wembley Stadium where the national football team play their games, but you can often find boxing and other sporting events occurring at Wembley.

On campus, our Hertfordshire Sports Village provides a variety of sport teams that you can join and play for. It occasionally acts as host for many other sporting events including netball games covered by Sky Sports.

Outside spaces and parks

If you need some fresh air, the University is surrounded by parks, recreational areas and stunning countryside for you to explore.

Within Hatfield there’s the famous Hatfield House, a short bus journey away from campus. Hatfield House is a country house set in the Great Park on the eastern side of the town. Surrounded by large fields, sculptured gardens and covered walkways, the park is a great place to enjoy the sunshine. It plays host to many arts festivals throughout the year.

Further afield London plays host to many famous parks including Hype, Greenwich and Regent’s park.

On campus the College green is the ideal space to grab some sunshine in-between your classes. Take in the 12 outdoor sculptures or simply relax in the sunshine. Ellenbrook Fields, directly next to our de Havilland campus, plays host to a weekly ParkRun and is home to lots of natural wildlife.

Outside spaces on-campus

Connect Common Reading Experience

The University of Hertfordshire Connect Common Reading Experience is a University of Hertfordshire-wide reading programme focused on first-year students.

Students and staff read the same book and participate in discussions, activities and events that relate to the themes of the book.

Connect provides an informal and enjoyable opportunity to get to know other students and share a learning experience together. It will tap into your curiosity and help you develop your critical thinking and oral discussion skills. It will also give you the opportunity to explore the themes of the book from different perspectives and through multiple lenses which can help you develop a deeper interdisciplinary understanding.

You can read more about the Connect Common Reading programme on our website.