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Located just south of the Scottish border Carlisle has long since been one of the most popular places in which to study across the whole of the UK. The most recent figures suggest that roughly 107,500 people are living in Carlisle right now.


There are a handful of museums across Carlisle that could be useful for people looking to learn more about the area that you’re studying in. First off we have Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, followed swiftly by Carlisle Castle, both of which celebrate the rich history of Carlisle and show you more about the city and the county than you can get from the internet. 

There’s not too much by way of cinemas within Carlisle; however, if you are looking to watch the latest and greatest in film right now, then there is always Vue Cinemas, located in Botchergate, is definitely worth having a look, remember your NUS card for students discounts at the cinema!

Have any famous people come from Carlisle, you might ask…well yes there have been! Some of these people including; Paul Simpson, Bryan Dick, Rory Delap, Sarah Hall and Grant Holt.


Carlisle has a breadth of nightlife available for people with everything from sport’s bars all the way throughout just general bars and grills, whatever your idea of a night out is, Carlisle has it covered! We’ve compiled a list of three places that might just be interesting for you.

First up, we have Shooters Sports Bar, which has long been one of the favoured venues in Carlisle to watch your favourite team play, and what with the Barclay’s Premier League recently restarting you can watch all of your favourite teams here in HD!

Next up we have one of Carlisle’s top gay bars in Outrageous Cabaret Bar, which runs everything from Pride Night all the way through to a regular night out, comprising of DJ sets and even celebrity appearances Outrageous is one of the premier places to visit in Carlisle.

Walkabout Carlisle is another such place that shows the diversity of places in Carlisle. One of the premier haunts in Carlisle, a pub by day and a club with live DJs by night, definitely worth you checking out.


Carlisle has some festivals that are run annually including Carlisle Music & Drama Festival run every March, which shows you some of the best in Carlisle’s local talent and a glimpse into the Carlisle music scene, which you can only imagine would be the perfect day out for those students studying Drama, Dance, Theatre and Cinematics degree. Also on offer is the festival known as Cumbria Live which has long since been an attraction when visiting Carlisle, we recommend this one too!


Carlisle has a broad range of transportation networks, including its own airport called Carlisle Lake District Airport. A full range of train and bus services are available too at an affordable rate as well, which is particularly useful for those operating on a student budget.

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