High Wycombe is home to the award-winning Buckinghamshire New University, and the town has lots to offer new and current students. From hidden away coffee houses and independent eateries to themed bar nights and bags of student offers and money-saving deals. See our guide to studying in High Wycombe and make your student experience one to remember.
Congratulations on choosing to study in High Wycombe. You’ve made an excellent choice! Starting university can sometimes be a little daunting, especially if you’re new to the area, so it’s a good idea to start your student journey by exploring the local area and learning what it has to offer.
High Wycombe is a thriving market located in the heart of the Chiltern Hills. A unique mix of old and new, the town is steeped in history – from ancient markets and centuries old buildings to secret pagan societies and man-made chalk caves.
The town is small enough explore on foot, without the worry of getting lost. A short stroll from the campus will bring you into the town centre itself and here you’ll find a range of pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and a state-of-the-art shopping centre full of big-name retailers and quirky independents. Looking for a bigger nightclub scene? You’re in luck – the town has great links to a number of big cities – including Oxford, Reading and central London – which is just a 25-minute train ride from High Wycombe station. The university also boasts a vibrant Student Union bar, open 7 days a week and free to all Bucks students.
Life at University is all about making memories and there’s plenty on offer for visitors throughout the year. The town hosts a series of annual events and activities – including a vegan market, the ancient tradition of mayor weighing, a grass-roots community carnival and a free one-day festival featuring live music, food stalls and street entertainment.
The town also has a thriving arts and creative community – filled with talented musicians, artists, theatre groups and more. Each spring the town hosts its own arts festival, whilst in June visitors can enjoy Bucks Open Studios – a popular visual arts event which sees local artists exhibiting their work at over 200 locations across Buckinghamshire. Check out our What’s on Wycombe event listings for more event options, local attractions and perfect outdoor study spots.