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Overall ranking: 63rd out of 124 in the 2014 Complete University Guide.

History: Founded in 1825 as a mechanics institute.

Address: Attractive campus on the edge of the town, with views across to the picturesque Pennines Hills and a canal flowing through it. Two campuses in Barnsley and Oldham opened in 2005.

Ambience: The Huddersfield campus is in the centre of this old wool town, close to the main shopping area. £80m has been spent on the estate in the last 10 years and in the coming year a further investment of £100m is planned. The buildings are a mix of old and new, including several award-winning mill conversions.

Who's the boss? Professor Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor. He's a local lad and proud to be an engineering graduate of the university itself.

Prospectus: 0870 901 5555 or request one here.

UCAS code: H60

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Committed to widening access. Degrees ask for between 120 and 340 UCAS entry points. Foundation degrees and HNDS can also lead to degree courses.

Vital statistics: More than 27,000 students, of whom around 10,300 are full-time. Boasts a higher-than-average record for graduate employability. One of the top ten universities in the UK for sandwich courses. There's a decent sports hall on campus, but there's an even snazzier sports centre in town.

Added value: The chancellor is Patrick Stewart, movie star and local lad made good (Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation; X-Men). European study opportunities through formal exchange with universities and colleges in Denmark and France. Good links with local industry and health service providers and a business incubator programme. £21.5m learning and leisure centre set to open in spring 2014, while a £17m business school opened in September 2010.

Teaching: 20th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 27th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 44th out of 124 with 69.6 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes- two student villages close to the main campus, with most rooms ranging between £74 and £100 per week. Students at the Oldham campus can stay in Manchester Student Village. There is currently no accommodation provided for students in Barnsley.

Cheap to live there? Yes. In Huddersfield, expect to pay just £50 to £60 per week for a room in a shared house. Barnsley and Oldham are slightly pricier.

Transport links: The main campus is within walking distance of bus and railway stations. The M62 motorway is three miles to the north, with the M1 five miles to the west.

Fees: New full-time home and EU undergrads starting in 2014 will pay £8,250 a year.

Bursaries: Full-time students from families with annual incomes below £42,600 may be entitled to a non-repayable grant. Then there's the National Scholarships Programme and a variety of other awards up for grabs. Calculate your eligibility for financial support here.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Range of nightclubs, pub chains and more traditional establishments. Barnsley isn't far from the student hub of Sheffield, and the bright lights of Manchester are only a stone's throw from Oldham.

Price of a pint: Averages at £2.50. Grab a pint of lager or cider for £1.50 from the union bar. Wine is £1.25 for a small glass.

Sporting reputation: Not the sportiest, ranked 98th of out 148 in the current BUCS league.

Notable societies: Reckon yourself in with a chance of joining the University Challenge team? Join H-Quiz if so. For something a little more light-hearted, try Lasertag or Escape the Hudd. The latter aims to break the stigma surrounding hitch-hiking by providing fun events.

Glittering alumni: David Blunkett MP; George W Buckley, CEO of 3M; Sally Nugent, BBC journalist; and Sir John Harman, former chairman of the Environment Agency.

Alternative prospectus: Ask any burning questions and discuss life at Huddersfield with former, current and prospective students on The Student Room here.

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