Carlisle, England, is an ancient city and district of the county of Cumbria in North West England. Rivers Eden, Pettrell, and Caldew nearly surround the city, with London 305 miles away and the border of Scotland just 13 miles away to the north. Carlisle’s population is approximately 107,524 and has an area of 402 square meters, making it the biggest city in England by area even though most of it is rural. Carlisle is an interesting destination for international students in the UK, as the city has a rich history and the potential things to do for students are countless. On average, the weather of Carlisle in Cumbria is mostly mild/warm like the rest of the county. However, students should be prepared for a considerable amount of rainfall during the year.
The University of Cumbria is the main university within the city. This esteemed university has a history that dates back to 1822, and it’s been constantly expanding academically. The departments at the university include Business, Law, Policing, and Social Sciences; Health, Psychology, and Social Studies; Institute of the Arts; Institute of Education; Medical and Sport Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Professional Practice; Science, Natural Resources, and Outdoor Studies. There are two branches of Cumbria University in Carlisle: Brampton Road and Fusehill Street. Other branches can be found in London, Lancaster, Ambleside, Barrow-In-Furness, and Workington.
There is no shortage of cultural and historical places to visit in Carlisle, with Carlisle Castle being the most popular. The medieval fortress has been overlooking the city for the past nine centuries. The fascinating chambers and dungeons are great to see, and the exhibition tells all the great stories of the iconic castle. Carlisle Cathedral, which was built from the exact rust-red stones of Carlisle Castle, is second place in terms of popularity. It was first a priory church in 1122 and Athewold, its very first abbot, made it a cathedral. Other places to visit include Penrith; a small town located in Eden Valley of Cumbria. It is worth the trip for a weekend as it has many great historical destinations. Visiting Hadrian’s Wall in Carlisle or the Roman Wall is not to be missed. There’re many great places to eat in Carlisle that you’re going to love as an international student.
Carlise has a great public transportation system. There are various train stations within the city; stagecoach bus transport is easy to reach.