Life on Campus
At the heart of student life is the restored Tanlaw Mill. Here you will find the Union Restaurant, the Student Bar, the well-equipped Fitness Centre, a games room, a music room, a table tennis room, and ‘The Studio’ where you can take part in fitness classes and other social activities. At Verney Park the Franciscan Coffee Bar is open throughout the day and there are further common rooms in ‘The Cellars’.
The Student Bar offers the cheapest beer and latest opening hours around, and there are regular Karaoke evenings, ‘Open Mic’ nights, quizzes and pool tournaments. There are parties with live music or DJs on most Wednesday and Friday nights during term. The Students’ Union organises trips to nightclubs in Oxford and Milton Keynes, as well as more cultural visits both in this country and in Europe.
For those who prefer more academic or artistic pursuits, there is a range of clubs and societies, from the Vice-Chancellor’s Economist Club to the award-winning ‘Cheerleaders’. There is a termly series of public lectures and concerts; the ‘Film Place’ (the town’s cinema which operates at the University on Friday and Saturday evenings); and numerous talks and seminars led by distinguished speakers and open to all.
There is also plenty going on in the town of Buckingham, where societies, churches, the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre, pubs and restaurants all extend a welcome to students.
There are good transport links to Oxford and Cambridge, as well as to Milton Keynes which is just a 30-minute train journey from London. If you’re bringing a car, there is free parking available for students on campus.
The highlight of the Buckingham social calendar is the Swan Ball, at which graduating students celebrate their success with family and friends. The Ball is open to all students and staff of the University. Other favourites include the Law Society Ball, Rag Week, and (for the sporting) the Chancellor’s Cup.