University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College

Studying at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College gives students an opportunity for an exciting but friendly university campus experience. The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College places great importance on increasing access to higher education.  Our foundation degrees cover subject areas not usually found in mainstream universities, offering exciting opportunities for students who previously would not have considered studying for a degree. 

West Suffolk College offers Access to Higher Education courses that have opened up the possibility of degree level qualifications to many students who did not believe they could ever achieve at university level. If you would like to chat about an Access to Higher Education course, call us on 01284 701 301 or email

Student Life

Studying at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College, you will get to experience being a student against the backdrop of the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds. Not only pretty and picturesque, Bury St Edmunds is fast-becoming one of the liveliest towns in East Anglia for all recreational pursuits.


Once described by the Late John Peel as The New Seattle, Bury St Edmunds has always enjoyed a thriving music scene both from within its own ranks and inviting others. The opening of the Apex in 2010 has given the town a purpose built venue to host bands from a number of genres including Mumford and Son, Funeral for a Friend and The Levellers to name but a few. There are also regular acoustic sessions in the upstairs bar. As well as the Apex, Bury St Edmunds has a number of smaller live venue such as The Hunter Club and The LP. During the summer, the Abbey Gardens holds its own music festival Abbeyfest which features themed music nights.


Bury St Edmunds has an eclectic array of shops for the discerning shopper. The opening of The Arc on the site of the old cattle market has become a hub for high-street giants such as Debenhams, Topshop and H&M, while the pretty side-streets just off the town centre provide a plethora of independent retailers with some very interesting specialisms ranging from extreme sports to real ales.

Comedy, Theatre and Film

In the last year, Bury St Edmunds has been visited by high-profile comedians such as Russell Brand and Tim Minchin. Bury St Edmunds biggest regular comedy night, The Fat Cat Comedy Club is held once a month at the apex. Benson Blakes also put on their own comedy nights once a month providing an intimate atmosphere for both professional comedian and open mic nights. The Theatre Royal provides a wide range of shows from traditional theatre to music, comedy and dance. The Theatre itself has an interesting history, originally opened in 1819, it is one of the oldest of its type in the country; backstage tours of this fascinating building are held frequently. If you like films, Bury St Edmunds has two cinemas. Cineworld is an 8 screen multiplex cinema with adjacent restaurants and often run discounts for midweek showing while the Abbeygate Picturehouse on Hatter Street is a comfortable two-screen cinema showing films away from the mainstream.

Sport and Leisure

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College main campus is situated adjacent to the Abbeycroft Leisure Centre which offers a whole range of fitness fun including a fully equipped gym, swimming pool and other sports including badminton, squash, table tennis and basketball. For those who prefer a more holistic approach to fitness, there is The Self Centre on Moreton Hall, specialising in yoga, pilates, Tai Chi and meditation. The Bury St Edmunds Skatepark provides a place for BMXers, bladers and boarders to showcase their skills.

Eating and drinking

Over the last few years, Bury St Edmunds has developed quite a cafe culture with wide range of high street chains and independents. For those wanting a meal out, there is a wide range of cuisines available from high-end restaurants to traditional pub meals. With the Greene King brewery located in the town centre, Bury St Edmunds is heartland for pub culture. Many of Burys pubs have stood on their sites for over 200 years and there has recently been a resurgence in the real ale culture with many pubs specialising in local fayre and two brewing their own beer.

Pastoral and Financial Support

Student Welfare staff are on hand to help students with any difficulties they may encounter during their studies. The Student Welfare Manager and Officers provide advice and support on a wide range of emotional and practical issues including student finance and financial hardship, that can affect students when they are at university. A Student Counselling Service is available to offer support to all students.

The Student Welfare Office is located in the Gateway building and is open 8.30am-5.00pm Mon-Thu, 8.30am-4.30pm Fri and can be contacted on 01284 716 319.

Higher Education students have their own Support Tutor who can assist students further on their course as well as providing financial advice. The Higher Education Support Tutor is located at the University of Suffolk Office on the West Suffolk College campus.

All students registered at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College are eligible to apply for support from the WSC Educational Opportunity Trust, an independent charity founded in December 2008 with donations from former students and local employers. The Trust aims to assist students to enhance their educational experience and overcome difficulties that may prevent them from achieving their full potential. These could range from buying textbooks or specialised tools or materials or a more extensive need such as contributing towards the cost of a field course or voluntary service, here in the UK or overseas. It is important to note that grants from the Trust will normally not be made in cases where funds can be accessed from other sources such as maintenance grants, access funds or state benefits.

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College students can also take advantage of the Student Support facilities available on the main Ipswich Campus.


University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College Graduation Ceremony

Saturday 14 October 2017


This year, the Graduation Ceremony for the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College students took place on Saturday 14 October 2017 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Read more and view pictures here.

If you are a graduand for next year's graduation, further details will be posted on MySuffolk.


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