What’s hot in SOT

On Campus

  • If you’re looking for food & drink on campus why not visit Ember Lounge if you want the pub vibe. If you’re feeling a bit more fancy and want that American vibe and you’re feeling a milkshake Verve is the best place to be OR if you want something more simplistic like a Panini and smoothie Squeeze Box is always the best shout. (If you’re looking for a job you can also work in these venues)

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  • During your time at university there will be plenty events for you to attend, just make sure you keep updated on our students union website www.staffsunion.com – E.G. University fun fair (kinda like Coachella), Zoo, BBQ, Varsity (where we compete against other universities in sports), film theatre, Drama student shows, ACS events, the degree show & tell, LRV – gobble on Wednesday nights which is fancy dress & refresh on Friday nights which is more casual and lastly FRESHERS WEEK OF COURSE!



  • Clubs – dance & cheerleading, extreme sports, indoor & outdoor sports, martial arts, racket sports & water sports. Societies – academic, activities & games, arts, media & music, awareness & campaigns, faith & religion, special interest & appreciation. (If you ever feel like making your own club or society, just get in contact with the Students Union and they’ll direct you on the right path)


Nights Out

  • Clubbing – LRV (which is on campus) Hanley & Newcastle


Indoor Activities

  • Cinema – Cineworld, Vue, Odeon & Film theatre (on campus)
  • Bowling
  • Theatre – Drama shows on campus, Regent Theatre & The New Vic Theatre


Outdoor Adventures

  • Alton Towers
  • Waterworld
  • V Festival
  • Flip Out

Food & Food Shopping

  • Places to eat – Hanley: Nom, The Hive (Nandos, Frankie & Bennies, Coast to Coast, Pizza Express, Bon Pan, Chiquitos, Gourmet Burger Kitchen), inside the Potteries Centre, Cafe’s
  • Places to do food shopping – Tesco, Aldi, Iceland, Lidl, Sainsbury, Morrison’s.

Clothes Shopping

  • Intu Potteries Centre & Thrift shops around Hanley


  • Museum
  • Staffordshire University Drama performances
  • Staffordshire University’s Show & Tell
  • Hanley park

Beauty, Hairdressers & Haircuts

  • Beauty – Natural Beauty: nails, spa, hair, chemical peels, etc. The POD hair & beauty store: walking distance from campus
  • Nails – Nail Creation & Nail Art Studio
  • Haircuts – Golden Cuts

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Somewhere to take the family when they visit

  • Trentham Estate – Trentham gardens is so beautiful and there’s a lot of food places around
  • Potteries – show them around Stoke, take them to the Potteries centre to get a feel for the town
  • Bon Pan – all you can eat buffet at a reasonable price for the whole family. FILL UP YOUR BELLIES.

Outside of Stoke-on-Trent

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Nottingham
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About Taofiqah 3 Articles
Drama, Performance & Theatre Arts graduate. Irish but is all about the U.K. life. Loves food, travelling, saving money & Stoke-on-Trizzy.

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