Jersey is a great place to spend your student years, both educationally and culturally. From student socials, beach parties, quizzes and the gala dinner to the comprehensive range of activities available on the Island, there is plenty of opportunity for you to get involved in student life.
With an amazing variety of terrain and a network of Green Lanes, the Island is a pleasure to explore, whether by foot, bike or sea. Head to St Ouen’s Bay on the west coast for surfing to match anywhere in the world, as well as windsurfing, sand yachting and kite flying. You could even challenge yourself to complete the annual 48-mile round-the-island walk!
Arts and culture
Jersey has an eye-opening range of theatres, clubs and venues, where you can enjoy everything from live music to opera, comedy to drama, indie to symphony, plus a wide choice of films at the cinema. There is ample opportunity for students to get involved in music and amateur dramatics.
The Island’s local flavour is also expressed through a variety of festivals and shows throughout the year, including music festivals such as Jersey Live, which is praised as one of Europe’s hottest boutique music festivals and draws huge crowds every year, food festivals, the Jersey Boat Show, a fish festival, the Branchage Film Festival and a CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival.
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For many students, sport is a defining factor in their overall student experience. In Jersey we play sport to the highest standard and boast an impressive number of new purpose-built facilities. Jersey has hosted international competitions, and in 2015 was the venue for the Island Games. Whatever your level of ability, you’ll have every chance to take part in sport. On a Saturday afternoon why not go and support the thriving Jersey Rugby Club, now a fully professional outfit playing in the English Championship.
Heritage and sites
Jersey has a rich heritage. Enjoy a visit to one of our wonderful museums, castles or even a Neolithic burial mound from around 3500 BC. The Island is also home to Durrell Wildlife Park, whose work protecting endangered animals is admired across the world.
Dine out in some of the UK’s best restaurants and sample our local freshly picked produce. From Michelin-starred restaurants, casual eateries, beachside cafés and intimate bistros, you are sure to have a meal to remember. Make an evening out of it by going into St Helier to a bar or club, where a wide range of tastes are catered for.
The LibertyBus service in Jersey keeps you on the move. The network of bus routes provides a high frequency of services to the Island’s main shopping centres, workplaces, beaches and visitor attractions – and the modern bus fleet offers a very comfortable and passenger-friendly ride.
The island's airport allows a quick getaway for a weekend in London, Geneva and Berlin amongst other European destinations. Students can also take advantage of our close proximity to France by taking a day-trip to the charming old walled city of St Malo with all its restaurants and nice beaches. St Malo is excellent for shopping, whether for food and drink or locally produced souvenirs. The narrow, winding streets are full of quirky little independent shops selling gifts, crafts and local produce.