Bradford is brimming with diversity, with rugged landscapes like ‘Bronte Country’ Haworth Moors and Ilkley Moors on its doorstep.

Bradford is very culturally diverse, and there are lots of different cultural activities that you can get involved in. Famous most of all for its curry, you will not need to go far to find a decent restaurant/takeaway offering South Asian cuisine. I would say that the most underrated reason to choose Bradford, is the amazing countryside. You are a stone's throw from some amazing places, such as Saltaire, Ilkley Moor, Haworth (Home of the Bronte Sisters), [plus] steam railways, historical sites, and of course, the fantastic Yorkshire Dales. Even without your own transport, these places are very accessible via public transport. (Third year student, University of Bradford)

What Bradford's famous for...

The grandest Waterstones

This isn’t your average Waterstones. Located in Bradford’s Gothic Wool Exchange, this listed building is the perfect place for book browsing or a coffee date.

Bradford nightlife, according to students

It is probably far better for pubs and restaurants than nightclubs. There is the Sunbridge Wells area, which has a number of quirky and attractive bars. Also, Flares Reflex is an LGBT-friendly, 80s-style club. Ginger Goose is best for watching live sport, particularly football. (University of Bradford student)

Curry capital

Bradford enjoyed a six-year streak as the ‘National Curry Capital’. While it’s missed out on first place the last few years, its Indian restaurants remains stellar.

Bradford nightlife, according to students

The students' union on a Wednesday is good. Nights out come down to who you know and your society. That being said, there's always Leeds and Manchester nearby. (Third year student, University of Bradford)

First City of Film

Bradford was the first UNESCO City of Film, beating glamorous peers like Los Angeles and Cannes. You can learn more about its film-making history, at the city’s National Media Museum. 

Student life in Bradford

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Most curry houses are very cheap. The National Media Museum is free, and sometimes there are exhibits that are free too. (Second year student, University of Bradford)
Treat yourself
The Zizzi's is gorgeous, and it’s in a quiet area. There are lots of cocktail bars too, like Al's Dime Bar. (Second year student, University of Bradford)
Friday night out
There is a Gatsby-style bar in Sunbridge Wells, called Alibi. For the female LGBT scene, there is a club called the Lemon Shed, which is 'run by girls, for girls'. (University of Bradford student)
Sunday chilling
Lister Park is pretty and attractive for taking a walk, and even has a boating lake. It has some very pretty fountains in the Mughal Gardens area. (University of Bradford student)
When family visit
The Science and Media Museum is great for this. Also, the Industrial Museum, although this won't appeal to everybody. (University of Bradford student)
Feeling cultural
The Bradford Alhambra is a huge theatre in West Yorkshire – people travel quite far to see many performances here. (Second year student, University of Bradford)
Catch up with mates
The city's Waterstones cafe deserves an A+. It has a great feel to it. (Second year student, University of Bradford)
Grab a bite
Prashad in Drighlington, a superb Michelin star restaurant [for] vegetarian food. (Third year student, University of Bradford)

Bradford in pictures

Bradford Town Hall and Centenary Square

Clayton Heights

Norman Arch entrance to Lister Park

Cartwright Hall

Living in Bradford

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Where you'll find students
  • City centre
  • Great Horton
  • Frizinghall
Local transport
  • Weekly ticket: £11.80 approx.
  • Based on a First Group West Yorkshire Student Monthly ticket = £47.50
  • Bus

Student money tips

If you want to catch up with friends, a nice little quirky place is The Cake'ole in Centenary Square. They have a range of milkshakes, coffee, tea, food, and (of course) cakes. The best part is they have a different selection daily, but also cater for vegan and gluten-free. (Third year student, University of Bradford)

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