A student guide to the UK city of culture

Students of the University of Hull come from near and far. Some have lived in the city all of their lives, others have travelled across the UK and overseas to join the campus. Whatever the case, exploring your environment is an important part of the university experience, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to get you started.

The Fruit Market

From the end of the Victorian era until just a few years ago, Humber Street was the base for the city’s fruit importers. Their relocation created an opportunity for redevelopment and a completely new identity.

Now, this cultural district is home to multiple arts and entertainment venues, stylish restaurants, boutique traders and pop-up shops. Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of the Fruit Market and appreciate the juxtaposition of original warehouse buildings and modern living, making sure you sample some eye-opening art and mouth-watering fare in the process.

This cultural district is home to multiple arts and entertainment venues, stylish restaurants, boutique traders and pop-up shops.

The street is also home to Poorboy Boutique, where you can grab unique vintage clothing; retro hair salon Mousey Brown’s, which specialises in hip, classic and chic styles; the relaxing Humber Street Distillery Co; and the ridiculously tempting Cocoa chocolatiers, presenting fresh pastries and artisan chocolates crafted daily on the premises.

Humber Street Sesh 2017 © Tom Arran

Newland Avenue and Princes Avenue

Based just a few minutes’ walk from our Cottingham Road campus, Newland Avenue hosts many student homes. As a result, the charming community has evolved a popular café bar culture, with dozens of places to fill your belly and indulge in a craft ale or colourful cocktail.

From succulent burgers at Level and the enormous beer garden at Larkin’s, to fabulous cakes at Lydia’s and inspiring surroundings at The Artisan, there really is something for everyone down Newland Avenue alone.

Turning the corner on to Queens Road and again on to Princes Avenue, you’ll find an equally wonderful place to unwind. While offering a further range of dining options, Princes Avenue also invites visitors to view exhibitions at Artlink gallery and wander the beautiful open space that is Pearson Park – perfect for a lazy afternoon or a day out with friends.

Live performance

Your city presents so many places to experience live music, theatre, dance, stand-up comedy, literary talks and creative experimentation. Hull New Theatre has recently reopened its doors after a £16 million makeover, and Hull Truck Theatre is celebrating its Year of Exceptional Drama.

Meanwhile, Hull City Hall is great for comedians, and you can’t beat Fruit for your five-a-day of entertainment. Other excellent venues and event spaces include Kardomah94, Humber Street Gallery, Adelphi Club, Zebedee’s Yard, Queen’s Gardens, Hull Minster, and Middleton Hall on the campus.

And if you love club nights, Welly, The Piper and Atik are massively popular with students and perfect for letting off some steam with friends.

The Piper Club, Newland Avenue, Hull © Tom Arran

City of festivals

Hull’s calendar is chock-a-block with all kinds of festivals. Humber Street Sesh sees the Fruit Market area crammed with local music acts and awesome street food for one day only, whereas the Freedom Festival weekend pays tribute to the legacy of William Wilberforce by bringing world-class cultural activity to the city centre.

Hull’s calendar is chock-a-block with all kinds of festivals.

Other popular celebrations include Hull Comedy Festival, Hull Folk and Maritime Festival, Assemble Fest, Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Hull Jazz Festival, Hull Pride, Trinity Festival, Yum Food Festival and Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival. So whether it’s singing and dancing, or good grub and proper pints, you’re bound to find something that’s right up your street.

The University of Hull and Hull University Union

And of course, there’s tonnes for students to do on the campus itself. Be sure to visit the permanent Art Collection and ever-changing exhibition space inside the Brynmor Jones Library. Until 8 October, you can meet the Cairns, a series of life-sized outdoor sculptures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir.

Brynmor Jones Library art collection, University of Hull © Tom Arran

When you’re peckish, you’ll be spoilt for choice thanks to the range of bright and comfortable eateries, including The Pantry in Canham Turner and The Arts Café in Middleton Hall. Student Central is home to Hull University Union, which is ideal for daytime grub, nighttime partying and everything in-between.

Upcoming live acts include Twin Atlantic (28 September), Liam Fray (16 October) and Black Star Riders (12 November). 

Then there’s Asylum, the vibrant nightclub right here on campus. Upcoming live acts include Twin Atlantic (28 September), Liam Fray (16 October) and Black Star Riders (12 November). In 2018 we have Rebecca Ferguson (18 February) and Heather Small, the Voice of M People (14 April), so make sure to book your tickets to guarantee entry.


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