Student life

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Life on campus

In between lectures, you'll find our students grabbing a coffee or bite to eat in our brand new catering and social space, Graze, as well as relaxing in our campus bar, Legends, which offers pub quizzes, movie nights and live music and sport throughout the year.

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Our parties and highly anticipated Summer Ball are always highlights of the year. On Wednesdays, students support our teams as they compete in the BUCS league – including rugby, football, and netball – before heading to Legends to celebrate.

Students can also watch Championship-side Hartpury University RFC and Premier 15s Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC play at home, as well as equine events throughout the year.

Our Students’ Union hosts a wide range of clubs and societies, recreational sport, activities and entertainment all year round.

They’ll also make sure your voice is heard, as they represent you on the things that matter to you most. It’s a big part of why we’re rated second in the UK for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022 (mainstream universities).

You’ll automatically become a member when you enrol. Join nearly 4,000 other Hartpury students who enjoy exciting sports clubs, societies and social events.

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Destination: Gloucestershire

With a lively nightlife, over 45 music and arts festivals each year, big sports events, Cheltenham Gold Cup, and a whole host of outdoor adventure activities, Gloucestershire is the number one choice for many students.

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There's miles of great outdoors, cafes, bars and restaurants and boutique and budget shopping to suit every taste. Gloucester city and Cheltenham town are on our doorstep.

Gloucestershire also attracts famous faces from all over the world. From the internationally acclaimed Cheltenham literature, science and music festivals to the famous 2000trees, there’s always something going on.

Sport and horse riding

You don’t need to be a competitive athlete or an Equine student to enjoy sport and horse riding at Hartpury.

You can join casual sports sessions, recreational exercise and sports teams through our Hartpury Active initiative. Sign up for activities to suit you, improve your fitness, make friends and have fun. Our students enjoy spin sessions, running, yoga, basketball, netball, badminton, table tennis, and more.

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If you love horses, you don't need to bring your own to get involved with fun equestrian activities. From our student-led club to volunteering in our Equine Therapy Centre or at local, national, or international events, there's much more to horses at Hartpury than just riding.

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