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Life in Harlow

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Harlow Campus is situated in what has become known as Old Harlow, a town with a history dating back to Roman times.

About a two minute walk away, students will find a small shopping area with a bank, post office, grocery store, drug store, liquor store, restaurants and several friendly English pubs.

The main shopping area is at "The High" in Harlow, the new town which was built in the 1950's. It takes roughly ten minutes by bus to get there, and buses leave from the post office in Old Harlow every ten minutes for the centre of town.

In England, stores have much shorter opening times; most close by 5pm. However, there is a 24 hour Tesco (a large grocery chain) about a fifteen minute walk from campus.

Harlow new town has a sports centre, where there are facilities for a wide range of activities.

If you are keen to explore Harlow and it's surrounding area, or would just like to keep your fitness levels up, then follow one of our many routes on our Bipeds' Guide which will take you through our beautiful countryside. These routes range from as little as 4k up to 14K!

The Play House theatre, Odeon cinema, tenpin bowling and nightclubs are all at the High. There are also churches of all major denominations within easy reach.

Cabs in Harlow are limited, so you will need to prebook. You may find telephone numbers at campus reception.

Harlow has a population of about 79,000 and is midway between London and Cambridge. Neither is far away and can be reached by train in around 40 minutes. The train station to both London and Cambridge are about a seven minute walk from campus.

Day trips to other locations such as Bath and Stonehenge can be arranged. Information is available at campus reception and the staff are more than happy to help.

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