Your life in Teesside

Students walking up stairs on campus

Where you will live is an important consideration when you are moving abroad to study. Teesside University, based in Middlesbrough, offers a dynamic mix of old and new. 

From its fascinating industrial history to a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery, Middlesbrough is a town where you can explore both architectural heritage and future-facing industry – all while living close to the International Study Centre.

Where is Teesside?

Teesside University campus is in the centre of Middlesbrough – a safe, friendly town in north-east England where you will quickly feel at home. Take a short walk from your on-campus accommodation and you will discover some of the region’s best entertainment and cultural offerings.

Middlesbrough boasts a lively atmosphere with cosmopolitan restaurants, busy shopping centres and independent boutiques, as well a wide range of entertainment venues, from micropubs and sports centres to galleries and museums. The striking 102-year-old Tees Transporter bridge creates an unforgettable skyline across the River Tees.

On top of this, Middlesbrough is also a very affordable place to live and ensures you are close to the University, meaning that you don't have to spend a long time traveling to and from campus each day. Consider living in the university-provided accommodation and be only a short walk away from your lessons. 

Living on-campus also comes with a whole host of other benefits, from having quick access to the University gym and library to being a part of the wider student community and all it has to offer.

Cost of living

As well as being close to the University, Middlesbrough is a very affordable place to live. Prices in Middlesbrough are, on average, 55% lower than London.

Rent Per Week£65.00£177.50173%
Monthly Bus Pass£65.11£156.83140%
1 Hour Taxi£12.00£28.80140%
Cinema Ticket£9.25£13.5045.95%
Restaurant Meal£8.95£15.0067%
Domestic Beer£3.30£5.0051.5%
Monthly Fitness Club Pass£29.05£45.0655.1%

Living costs shown are based on available third-party data – (Numbeo - September 2022). For the most up to date UK-wide cost of living data, we recommend students check and view the latest data released.

You’re also perfectly placed in Middlesbrough to explore further afield. Living in Middlesbrough connects you to the wider world of Yorkshire. You are just a 30-minute drive from several of the UK’s stunning national parks and dramatic coastlines – and are within easy reach of York, Durham and Newcastle. It’s also less than three hours to London or Edinburgh by train. 

Explore the town with new friends, have access to a wide range of facilities and enjoy a cheaper cost of living by living locally. Whatever you choose, Teesside has something for everyone.

From coast…

The British coastline is iconic. If you want to take in our seaside towns, sandy beaches, and dramatic cliffs, they are easily accessible from Teesside.


A great place to experience the British summer time, Hartlepool is a historic seaside town with colourful painted buildings and miles of beautiful golden sands.

Looking for more modern seaside attractions? Explore Hartlepool’s multi-million-pound marina complex or check out the VUE cinema, which has great offers for students.


Redcar is a traditional seaside town, the perfect place to experience an arcade or eat fish and chips. Follow your meal with lemon top ice cream, a famous tradition in the north of England.

Make sure you also stop at the unusual vertical pier and – if you are feeling adventurous – try out the wide range of water sports on offer.

…to country

The British countryside is just as iconic as the British seaside. And, at Teesside, the countryside is just an easy trip away.

The North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park is one of the largest expanses of moorland in the UK. Outdoor enthusiasts will be swept away by the rolling hills, ancient woodland, dramatic ruins, and purple heather.

The moors stretch right down to the coast, offering varied walks between quaint coastal villages.


A market town with impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture, Stokesley offers a look at life in a typical Yorkshire town. It’s perfect if you want to stroll around independent shops or experience an outdoor market – we’d recommend stopping for lunch in the market square.

Or, if you want to try something completely different, head for a game of footgolf at Stokesley’s outdoor course.

Roseberry Topping

If you enjoy hiking, Roseberry Topping is a must-see in the local area. Summiting the hill rewards you with spectacular views of the region.

If you prefer cycling to walking, there are also plenty of routes in the area suitable both for beginners and those looking for more of a challenge.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.