UK’s top 10 for graduate start-up

Key Information Need (KIN) - University of Bedfordshire

Type of institution

Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Main campus

Main campus Luton, England

Admission intakes

Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Nov

International students


No. of students per staff


UKVI status

Student sponsor

UKVI compliance

Track record

Graduate route


About University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire is popular for its vibrant & cosmopolitan student Population. It is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years.

The University offers a full range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research courses across four faculties – including University of Bedfordshire Business School, Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies & Science, Faculty of Education & Sport, and Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

The University has 5 campuses including Luton Campus, Bedford Campus, Aylesbury Campus, Milton Keynes Campus, PutteridgeBusry Campus. International students are normally provided teaching in Luton and Bedford campuses.

The high quality of teaching is one of biggest reasons students come to Bedfordshire. Many of Beds highly qualified academic staff have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.

Contact details

Address: University Square, Luton LU1 3JU, UK

Telephone: +44 1582489319


Why choose to study at University of Bedfordshire

There are several reasons University of Bedfordshire is hugely popular among international students and they choose to study in the university, these include –

Rankings & ratings

Top 251-300

universities that are under 50 years old

  • Top 251-300 universities that are under 50 years old (Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2020)
  • Top 25 for most improved overall satisfaction over a three and five year period (National Student Survey, 2018)
  • 83% of final year students at Bedfordshire are satisfied with their studiesNational Student Survey, 2018)
  • Forensic Science, Psychology, Performing Arts courses scored 100% in overall satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)
  • Biological Science, Football Studies, Law, Adult and Mental Health Nursing scored over 90% satisfaction(National Student Survey, 2018)
  • Bedfordshire’s Law subject ranked 29th position in the UK (Guardian League Tables 2020)
  • MBA courses of the University of Bedfordshire have won a national competition offered by the British Council in India
  • Top 10 for most improved in teaching over the last five years (National Student Survey, 2018)
  • Top 10 for Social Inclusion (The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • Awarded Silver in 2017, Gold in 2018 and Platinum in 2019 in the EcoCampus award scheme
  • Maintained 8th position in the People & Planet UK University ‘Green League’

Graduate prospects

top 10 in

the UK for active graduate start-ups

  • The university is in the top 10 in the UK for active graduate start-ups (HEBCIS, 2018)
  • The university’s Business School is UK’s one of 21 Business Schools awarded the Bronze Award for start-up and business growth advice (Small Business Charter)

Facilities & resources

Harvard style

lecture theatres

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Laboratories & Workshops in brand new STEM building
  • Reuters Finance Roomfacility for trading information for all listed companies around the world. It gathers the essential news, data, analytics, commentary and insights in one place
  • Harvard style lecture theatres
  • Physical Education and Sport Science Centre
  • Teacher Education Centre
  • A Moot Court
  • Business Pods
  • Healthcare Simulation Suites
  • Postgraduate &Continuing Professional Development (CPD)centre
  • Media Arts Centre hosting broadcast television and digital radio studios
  • For Art & Design students studio space spanning across three floors
  • Fashion and photography studios at Alexon Building
  • 4 dance studios
  • One 4 storey and a brand new 7 storey library
  • Campus Gyms

Student support

  • Libraries equipped with 50 laptops for loan, 530 PCs, 916 study spaces, 300,000+ books, 80,000+ ebooks, open 24 hours, 7 days a week for students
  • 24/7 access to BREO (Bedfordshire Resources for Education Online) – the university’s online learning environment
  • Every new student is given a Buddy – a current international student who can help you settle into student life quickly and easily
  • The PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) schemefor 1st year students to explore and get to know their subject, their course, their university and their classmates
  • A Professional Academic Development (PAD) team to help you if you are experiencing difficulty with your studies or if you want to develop your skills further
  • Careers & Employability Service for expert careers guidance, interview and selection test preparation, advice on developing CVs and invitations to careers fairs and employer events
  • ‘EmployAble’ programme for personal employability skills and portfolio
  • The Bedfordshire Edge gives you an opportunity to gain formal recognition for extra-curricular activities
  • ‘Students' Internship Scheme’ (SIS) to gain valuable experience while studying

Unique features

an MBM suite

to graduates

  • The University of Bedfordshire is a member of Association of Business Schools (ABS) and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • The University of Bedfordshire provides an MBM suite of one year courses to graduates who want to gain a solid foundation in Business and Management to improve their employability and career prospects
  • ‘Go Global’ mobility scheme which offers the opportunity to Beds students to experience other cultures and education systems overseas


  • ‘Student Village’ located in Luton offers accommodation in Fitzroy Court and Wenlock Court buildings
  • Offers a range of modern, fully furnished, modern studios and en-suites
  • Provides fantastic communal recreational spaces, equipped gym and laundry facilities
  • Student Village is just 5 minutes away from the campus, 10 minutes from Luton Railway Station on foot

Clubs & societies

  • A wide range of faith, academic, cultural and recreational societies – for full list, brows Beds Students’ Union
  • Over 40 sports teams competing in BUCS (British Universities &Colleges Sports) leagues
  • Clubs and societies are set up and run by students

Location highlights

  • Luton is home to 2 train stations (Luton & Luton Airport Parkway) that will get you into London within 20 minutes
  • Luton bus station is situated right next to the train station and has links to all the surrounding towns and villages
  • London Luton Airport is also situated in the town and is one of Britain’s major airports

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow far is Luton from London? How long does it take to travel?

A The distance of Luton from London is around 29 miles (46 km). It takes around 40 minutes to reach Luton by train from London St Pancras International.

Q How far away I can live from Luton, can I live in London and attend classes in Luton?

A Well, as per the guidelines you should live within approximately 40 miles (65 km) of the University, or 60 minutes travelling time, door-to-door. In that account, it appears to be alright to live in London and attend classes in Luton (please check distance and total travel time from the part of London you live and if these comply with the guidelines). However, we recommend you to live nearby the campus to avoid missing class, late arrival in class. Living on-campus or around the campus would save you money on travel & living costs, this will also allow you to enjoy more engaging campus life.

Q How many Intakes does University of Bedfordshire have for full time courses?

A University of Bedfordshire has 2 intakes (February & October) a year for full-time undergraduate courses &6 intakes (February, April, June, August, October, November) a year for full-time postgraduate courses with block delivery tuitions

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