Feel at home in Barnsley

Barnsley is a great place to live and study with lots going on. It’s friendly, easy on the pocket and if you want to venture out of the town, you’re on the doorstep of many other exciting places.

Just a short drive from Sheffield and Leeds, Barnsley is also close to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

There are many bars, pubs and restaurants to enjoy during your time here whether you fancy a quick snack from Subway, a pub meal at Wetherspoon’s or a slice of homemade cake in the Victorian Tea Rooms.

You don’t have to go far to get great food and drink either as Church Street campus also has its own café, Crumbs, which serves a range of hot and cold refreshments.

There are plenty of shops in Barnsley town centre, from Topman to Boots, New Look to WHSmith, and Primark to Next. There are a range of boutique shops and a large and bustling market. Meadowhall Shopping Centre is also nearby; you can get there in just 15 minutes on the train.

The music scene provides lots of gigs and festivals such as Live in Barnsley, a free indoor music festival. There’s also the award-winning Tramlines festival which takes place in the summer in nearby Sheffield.

For classical music in the town, look no further than events from Ensemble 360, a collection of musicians from across the globe who perform at events in the town. For bigger music events the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield is just a 20-minute drive away.

Barnsley’s Parkway cinema has the latest film releases or it’s a short train ride to Meadowhall where you’ll find a Vue cinema.


Barnsley has a vibrant art and culture scene with something for everyone.

The Experience Barnsley museum and discovery centre brings the history of the town to life through photography, films and centuries-old artefacts. Entry to the museum is free and it’s well worth a visit for a fun and interesting day out.

The Civic provides access to drama, art, music and family entertainment in stunning surroundings.

The Cooper Gallery displays work by local artists and designers as well as exhibitions featuring renowned artists such as JMW Turner, Paul Nash, Henry Moore and John Atkinson Grimshaw.

Barnsley’s theatres, The Lamproom and the Electric Theatre, show both amateur and professional performances throughout the year.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is also nearby and features work from a variety of artists in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Sporting Amenities

A number of leisure centres offer student discounts on membership fees.

Barnsley College students have access to the Honeywell Sports Village where facilities include a third generation synthetic turf pitch, a sports hall and multi-use games area.

There’s also bowling, swimming and a gym just a short walk from the town centre at the Metrodome Leisure Complex to keep you fit during your time here.

Barnsley FC may be familiar too. The club’s ground, Oakwell, is less than a mile from the town centre.

To find out more about the town go to www.visit-barnsley.com

Last updated: 20th August 2019