West Suffolk College

Bury St Edmunds

  • Location: Town, Rural

Student life

Becoming a student at University Studies at West Suffolk College (USWSC) allows you not only to gain a degree on your doorstep but to become part of a community. We understand that every person has different needs, so while studying with USWSC, not only will you be provided with excellent teaching material and support from your lecturers, but access to a team outside of your formal learning staff to help you with any challenges, be that academic or personal, that may arise while you are studying with USWSC.

We have a Student Support Framework as well as a Student Hub on site – ask about anything you need to enrich your student life. If you are starting your Higher Education later in life, we understand you may be worried about managing current commitments alongside your studies. We have several measures put in place to support you including access to funding and our intelligent timetabling – which keeps your tuition sessions together to help you in managing childcare or employment.

What's it like to live in East of England?
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The East of England is made up of five counties and cities like Luton, Norwich, and Cambridge. Made famous by its namesake university, picturesque Cambridge attracts droves of visitors, with graduates including Stephen Hawking and Emma Thompson.

Branch out and you’ll find Europe’s equivalent to Silicon Valley – Silicon Fen – a burgeoning hub for big tech players and software start-ups.

This corner of England has a star-studded history, too. Iconic movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and The Shining were shot at Elstree Studios in Essex. Meanwhile, the University of East Anglia served as Avengers HQ in multiple Marvel movies.

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Campus and facilities

Our campus is small but created to best facilitate you. We have created a warm and welcoming close-knit environment with a more relaxed vibe than a huge city university - focused on making you feel supported and treated as the unique person you are. We have created an open plan library and chill out zone, combining socialising and studying. There are ‘quiet pods’ available to make sure you can find the best environment for your needs. We also have a Costa on-site, located in the hangar space, with a great range of vegan options and plant-based drinks which help to reduce your carbon footprint. 

We are located in the heart of West Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds with our campus only a 15-minute walk from the town centre. The town has an array of award-winning restaurants, pubs and bars, and was recently listed by Rightmove as the eighth happiest place to live in the UK.

Course locations

University Studies and Professional Development Centre

73 Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3SP

West Suffolk College Sixth Form Campus

Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RL