Why choose the University of Hertfordshire
Great reasons to make us your first choice
Your degree studies will provide you with the knowledge, practical skills and experience that employers look for, giving you the best chance of career success.
You’ll enjoy high-quality teaching, which is independently commended by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Many of our degree courses are also accredited by professional bodies.
Flexible study routes
To help you meet our entry requirements we offer a range of tailored foundation and preparation courses. These are designed to improve your English language, develop study skills, and build your subject knowledge, before you start your degree.
Twenty-first century study facilities
You’ll have access to award-winning Learning Resources Centres, which are widely regarded as the best among UK universities, as well as state-of-the-art specialist facilities at our schools.
You’ll also be connected to student, your online University available 24/7 on the web from any location.
A great location
You’ll be only half an hour from central London, and within easy reach of all 4 of the capital’s international airports. You’re guaranteed university accommodation in your first year on an attractive, safe campus.
Location and Safe Transport
- Two sites – one in Hatfield and one in Bayfordbury (a rural field station and observatory outside Hertford).
- Outstanding transport links to the rest of the UK, the university is well located with London only 25 minutes’ away by train to London King’s Cross tube and railway station.
- Uno Bus, a University of Hertfordshire owned bus company, was set up by the university in 1992 to provide student transport to the expanding university from local areas as well as improving east–west travel across the county and opening up new links from north London.
- International transport well served with London Luton and London Stansted airports just 20 miles from the university.
- More than 50% of our academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning.
- The university’s School of Pharmacy has been awarded full Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain accreditation.
- 95.2% of our students are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2013–14).
- The university invests significant resources in building partnerships with industry to ensure our students benefit from those relationships.
- Students are well served in information technology. The Library and Resource Centre on the College Lane Campus offers 24-hour access to hundreds of computer workstations.
- A second centre on the de Havilland campus provides another 1,100 workstations.
- The virtual learning environment has been a leader in its field, giving all staff and students their own storage space. Students can use it for study, revision or communication, as well as to access university information.
- UHArts is an umbrella organisation promoting the arts and maximising the use of the university’s arts venues, performance spaces and galleries for professional arts events.
- A nursery with places for student and staff children aged 3 months–5 years.
- The main source of nightlife is the Forum – it offers the best live entertainment and club facilities available in Hertfordshire. With a total capacity of 2,000, the Forum is a sophisticated venue with three entertainment spaces, a restaurant, a café, multiple bars and onsite parking.
- The ‘local pub’ on campus, the revamped Ele house, holds comfy seats, big screen TVs, and pool tables providing a convenient location to socialise. Open daily from 11.00–23.00 with food served every day.
- The university has over 400 different software applications available for students and staff to use. This includes a Microsoft Office 365 account for the duration of their time at UH.
- Wi-fi is available across campus and in on campus residences.
- Student union shops are located on both College Lane and De Havilland campuses
- The university’s Student Centre is housed in the Hutton Hub along with an on-site bank.
- University of Hertfordshire ranks 351-400 among world universities by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014.
- In another university ranking published by Times Higher Education (THE 100 Under 50 universities 2015), a global ranking of the top 100 world universities under 50 years old, University of Hertfordshire was placed 71st.
- In another league table released by Times Higher Education in January 2015, Hertfordshire ranks 84th in the top 100 most international universities in the world. The rankings are based on excellence across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.
- In 2015, The University of Hertfordshire has climbed sixteen places in the Guardian University Guide 2015, ranking 66 out of 116 UK universities.
- As one of the UK’s modern universities achieving university status after 1992, the university is currently ranked 42nd out of 67, by the Sunday Times University Guide, for modern university rankings.
- The Sunday Times has ranked the university 15th place, out of the 19 universities, based in the south east of England.
The University offers over 800 undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD, online distance learning and short courses in its 11 schools of study, within which there are around 50 academic departments and 24 research centres.
• Hertfordshire Business School
• Computer Science
• Creative Arts
• Engineering and Technology
• Health and Social Work
• Life and Medical Sciences
• Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
• Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium
Undergraduate course: £11,500 per year
Postgraduate course: £12,500 per year
Weekly living expenses
Average living expenses for international students
Type of expense Average cost per week
Rent £60 to £110
Cost for rent will vary depending on if you live on or off campus and in a shared or single room. See cost of campus accommodation.
Utilities: heating/light £20
Costs for heating and light is included if you stay in University campus accommodation.
You may also need to find money to cover additional one-off expenses on arrival, or during your time in the UK, for example:
Average one-off expenses for international students
Type of expense Average cost
Study equipment (including books) £320 to £740
Personal Computer or laptop £1000
Warm clothing £400 to £450
Trips, holidays and social events £500
UH Graduate Scholarships
The value of the UH Graduate Scholarship is a 20% tuition fee reduction.
College Lane Campus
There is a mix of accommodation styles available at this campus, comprising Flats, Houses and traditional Halls of Residence, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. All rooms have network connections. There are some double rooms at the College Lane campus.
De Havilland Campus
The de Havilland Campus offers modern, self-contained flats for around eleven students with single bedrooms, en suite facilities, fridges and network connections. The shared kitchens are comfy and have all the latest appliances.
You can live on either campus regardless of where you’re studying.
Off campus accommodation
Ridgeview Lodge is in London Colney, near St Albans, and is a short drive from
Private property managed by University of Hertfordshire
A number of local Hatfield privately owned properties have been secured to increase our capacity to house new students to the University in 2011.
Private rented properties
There are a number of local letting agents in the Hatfield area. We can offer information and advice on renting privately.
Lodgings with a local family
Some students choose to live with a local family, who may even provide meals. We can give you a list of nearby lodgings.