Hull became the 'UK City of Culture' in 2017 and there's been makeover magic going on ever since. This once tired harbour town is flourishing from its cultural renaissance.

Hull is a relatively small city, which has enjoyed something of a renaissance since its recent City of Culture status. People are friendly, drinks are cheap, [it’s] full of green spaces, and home to The Deep Aquarium, Freedom [arts] Festival, and ‘American’ chip spice! (Second year student, University of Hull)

What Hull's famous for...

Philip Larkin

The writer made Hull his home and penned most of his poetry here. 

Hull nightlife, according to students

The most popular places are Asylum, Piper, and Welly, but you can’t ignore the city centre either! On Wednesday, at the three main clubs in town, all drinks are £1, which makes it so cheap to have a good time! (Second year student, University of Hull)

Chip spice

There's only one way to have your chips in this city – sprinkled with special paprika salt.

Hull nightlife, according to students

The main student area is Newland Avenue and Princes Avenue, which has [a] lot of bars and restaurants to hang out in. Old Town has lots of cool new craft beer bars. If you are into a slightly messier night out, there are loads of places to go for a dance and some Jägerbombs. Humber Street was the trendy area, but has become quite gentrified. If you're after a posh drink, that is the place to go. (Second year student, University of Hull)

Hull Marina

Built in 1807 and originally known as Humber Dock, the marina is home to cafes and restaurants, the maritime museum, and a thriving nightlife.

Living in Hull

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Kaspa's Desserts in town is brill. Wandering down Newland Avenue, you can find some bars which are a bit more pricey. (Second year student, University of Hull)
Friday feeling
Piper and Ativan are the two busiest clubs. For independent music, check out the Adelphi Club which is very small, but very famous! (Third year student, University of Hull)
When family visit
The Deep is a great day out for all ages, with a plethora of marine life, including penguins and sharks. (Second year student, University of Hull)
Feeling cultural
Ferens Art Gallery and Humber Street Gallery are both good. Hull Truck is our local independent theatre, or you can go to Hull New Theatre for big musicals. (Second year student, University of Hull)
Grab a bite
Bob Carver’s for fish and chips. You’ll quickly learn that chips in Hull automatically come coated in chip spice. (Second year student, University of Hull)
Low on cash
Reel Cinema in St Stephen’s shopping centre is only £4.50 a ticket. (Third year student, University of Hull)
Sunday chilling
Cottingham is just outside of the city, and is a lovely village with gardens and parks. Also, Humber Bridge Country Park is great. (University of Hull student)
Catch up with mates
There is a board game cafe called The Board Room within a ten-minute walk from the university. Entrance [fee] includes your first drink, and there is a large range of games available. (University of Hull student)

Hull in pictures

Humber waterfront

Great for a walk, run, or bike ride down to the docks, or to the Humber Bridge. Make sure you dress for the weather! (Mark, second year student at University of Hull)

Hull from above

This is the view from the top floor of the university library. When I first saw it, I fell in love with the city and everything it had to offer. (Amy, second year student at University of Hull)

Freedom Festival

(Gary Hicks, second year student at University of Hull)

Living in Hull, according to students

I live in the University Quarter right next to campus. It is convenient for getting to lectures in the morning, and is cheaper than on campus. The area is predominantly student accommodation, which is nice as many friends live on the same street and you don't have to worry so much about neighbors. There are many bus stops around to get to the city centre, however no routes to the hospital. There are a fair few shops. It is a five-minute walk from Newland Avenue, a street packed with pubs, clubs, cafes, shops, and takeaways. (University of Hull student)

The Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge is a great place to go and chill out. (Alfie, third year student at University of Hull)

Living in Hull

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Living in Hull, according to students

The Avenues have many side streets, with a variety of house sizes to suit all. You’re right in the thick of the action here, near to all the popular pubs, like the Gardeners Arms and The Haworth, and food places. The streets are quiet enough to not have to worry about noise. Everywhere is within walking distance from the Avenues. Tesco Express, two Sainsbury’s Locals, and Lidl are nearby. (Second year student, University of Hull)
Local transport*
  • £13.80
  • Hull Card
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • The Avenues/Newland Road
  • Beverly Road
  • University Quarter
*Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Hull is a very inexpensive place in general, and most things are within walking distance, or a short bus journey. If you drive into the city centre, park at Tesco (St Stephen’s branch) – by spending £5 or more in Tesco, you get a free parking voucher. (Second year student, University of Hull)

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