Entertainment

A very social life

There's always something going on here, both on and off campus.

Hatfield and nearby St. Albans have loads of great clubs, bars and restaurants. And the Galleria shopping centre right next door offers a multiscreen cinema, a discount shopping outlet, and heaps of restaurants and cafes.

And of course, central London is just a 25 minute train journey away. So there really is no excuse to spend every night studying - as if you would!

On-campus social facilities

Both our campuses are home to bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes, perfect for meeting up with friends, day or night.

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 to help you chill out after a hard day in the LRC.


Our social spaces:

  • The Forum Hertfordshire - A nightclub and 3 bars means you can dance, catch a band or DJ set, or just grab a bite to eat.
  • The EleHouse - A relaxed student pub serving bar snacks and drinks. Drop in for a chilled drink after lectures or come for lunch and a game of pool.
  • Club de Havilland - Based on our de Havilland campus, it offers food, drinks and entertainment, and its large hall is used for everything from salsa lessons to gala dinners.
  • Cafes and restaurants - Our campuses are home to more than a dozen cafes and restaurants. Perfect if you don't fancy cooking.

The University's own arts association, UHArts, also runs a programme of comedy, dance, literature, music, theatre, and the visual arts – keep an eye out for flyers on campus.

Find out more about UHArts



Our resident orchestra, the Philharmonic at UH, may be an outlet for your own musical talents, or you may just choose to enjoy one of their performances.

Find out more about the Philharmonic at UH

And if it's theatre you're after, you might like to experience one of the stage productions at The Weston Auditorium, the University's own 460-seat theatre on the de Havilland Campus.

Off-campus fun

Bars: St Albans, just ten minutes on the University's bus service Uno, has some seriously cool bars and pubs. Try The Cross Keys or the Beehive for starters.

Cinemas: Catch all the latest films at the 10-screen multiplex cinema at the nearby Galleria. Or try Campus West in Welwyn Garden City, just a 5km bus ride away, for classics and foreign films.

Eating out: The Galleria shopping centre, just 10 minutes walk away, has burgers and pizzas galore, as well as oriental food and cocktails. In St Albans you can find anything from Japanese noodles at Wagamama to authentic Italian pizza at Zizzi's.

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 fancy saving up for the real thing, London's West End theatres are within easy reach.

Clubs: In addition to numerous club nights held on campus at the Forum Hertfordshire, the Students' Union also runs a bus service to the club at Batchwood Hall in St Albans. You can also take your pick of three clubs at the Stevenage leisure park, just 20 min drive away from campus.

Live music: 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, all within a bus or train ride of the campus.

Visit our pages about Hatfield and the surrounding area to find out more about what you can do when you aren't studying.