Study in Salisbury

A reputation for inspiration. Salisbury is a city for students.

This is a city that is built on craft and innovation. Salisbury has flourished because it attracts skilled, ingenious people who understand the importance of care and attention to detail. And this is reflected and begins in our educational institutions. 

There are many excellent education opportunities in Salisbury, for both the young and old.

Six schools in the area have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and there are two Grammar Schools; South Wilts Grammar School for girls and Bishop Wordsworth’s School for boys. They have over 200 years of history between them and a reputation for excellence.

But there is so much more to Salisbury than just education!

Whether you're a parent looking for high-quality schooling for your child, or an older student looking to further your knowledge and skills, Salisbury is the place to study.

Students have space to spend lazy summer evenings socialising with friends in the park or catch-up over coffee in one of the many independent cafes around the bustling city centre.

Take a walk around Salisbury and it won’t be long until you get a real feel for its heritage. It is a modern medieval city, with everything within easy walking distance, perfect for students.

Sense the history at Salisbury Cathedral or the historic Market Place. Take in the arts and culture at Salisbury Museum or Fisherton Mill Gallery. Or head out into the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and fall in love with our romantic valleys and villages.

There’s always something to entertain in Salisbury, from the cinema, to theatre, exhibitions and escape rooms.

We love our music and live gigs can be found around the city. If you want to celebrate the city’s music make sure to head to Salisbury Live, an annual event for musicians to showcase their talents. Find a full list of what's on in Salisbury here.

The city’s tradition of creativity and originality is on show at Salisbury International Arts Festival and  Chalke Valley History Festival - two of the biggest cultural festivals in the South West that both draw crowds from around the world.

If comedy is more your thing, we have a festival for that too! The inaugural Salisbury Comedy Festival is to take place in August 2021 with Frankie Boyle and Dara O’Briain two of the big names to appear. 

When the sun goes down Salisbury comes to life. The city has Purple Flag status which means you are guaranteed a great night out, with vintage cocktails, traditional pubs and a nightclub (located in an old chapel!) being just some of the options.

For those students thinking beyond their life in education, Salisbury has a host of major employers on the lookout for future innovators, those who will help them push boundaries and live up to Salisbury’s history of inspiration. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Porton Down and QinetiQ are just some of those we are lucky to have based here. 

Salisbury is also student friendly when it comes to your budget. Many of the shops and businesses offer student discounts.

So, if you’re looking for a vibrant place to study without big city prices, exciting entertainment, inspiring education establishments and heaps of history but with modern facilities, Salisbury is the place to be.

A directory of schools, colleges and sixth forms in Salisbury can be found here.

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