Information for Local and Commuter Students

Whether you live locally and decide to live at home throughout your studies or you choose to live off campus in private accommodation. Here at Keele we are committed to supporting students who are local or commute to Keele to ensure you have a great student experience.

Pre-Arrival Support and Induction

There is lots of support that you can access prior to your arrival at Keele to support your transition and help you prepare for University life.

Picture of students laughing Keele Mentors

Once your place at Keele has been confirmed you can choose to be matched with a Keele Mentor who can provide peer support before your course starts. Your mentor can answer any questions you may have about the course and University life and share their experiences.

Get on Up Pre-Arrival Event

You will be invited to attend our Get On Up pre-arrival event before Welcome Week begins. This event is specifically for new students local and commuter students. It is a great opportunity to meet other students who live locally or commute to Keele and will help you get to know the Keele campus.

Induction Activities

As part of the Keele Welcome and induction you will also be invited to attend events and information sessions specifically for students who are local or commute to Keele where you will be provided with tailored information about the University and where to go for support.

Travelling to Campus

A regular bus service operates between the campus and Hanley (where you'll find the main shopping centre), via Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent.  It is route number 25.  Students can travel on this route and other First routes at discounted fares.  Information on the routes and discounts offered by First Transport can be found on their website.

The bus depot at Hanley is also the base for National Express services.

Taxi fares will depend on the firm used but are approximately £4.50 into Newcastle, £7.50 to Hanley and £7 to Stoke station.

If you would like to cycle to, from and around Keele, useful information and tips can be found on the Keele Cyclists web pages.

Keele SU (Students' Union) runs a free Safety Bus every evening and early morning.  This runs from the car park in front of Keele SU and disabled access is provided.

Meeting New People

Two female students and one male student sat talking on a bench Keele has a very diverse student community and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people whilst at university.

Keele Welcome Social Events

There are lots of activities scheduled in the first few weeks of the academic year to give new students a chance to socialise and make friends. The Keele Welcome Festival invites all students onto campus where there will be live music and lots of fun activities and information stands. We also arrange range social events on the Keele campus such as a barbeque specifically for local and commuter students where you can enjoy a free burger or hotdog.

Student Clubs and Societies

The Keele Student’s Union offers a wide range of different clubs and societies that you can join and provide a great opportunity to meet new people and maybe even try something new. Take a look at the Students’ Union website to find out about all the different clubs and societies that are available. If there isn’t a club or society that appeals to your interests you can always set up your own.

Volunteering at Keele

You can also get involved in student volunteering through the Students’ Union. It is a great way to not only meet new people but also connects Keele students with the local area and allows you to develop new skills. To find out more visit the volunteering web pages on the Students’ Union website.

On your course

You will be able to meet lots of new people through your course. If you sign up to the Keele Mentors scheme you will be matched with a student who is studying a similar course to you so that you can contact someone at Keele before you arrive. Or you can become a Student Voice Representative on your course. Student Voice Reps are elected to gather student views from your course and represent your fellow students at Student Staff Voice Committees.

Social Media

Keele University and the Students’ Union set up a number of facebook groups to help students connect prior to arrival and once they are here at Keele. There is a specific Facebook group for Off Campus Students that you may wish to join.

Support Finding Off Campus Accommodation

If you choose to live off campus and are looking to find off campus accommodation Keele Accommodation Services and the ASK advice service at the Student’s Union can provide lots of support and information to help you find the right accommodation for your.

For more information about the services available please visit

Ongoing Support Throughout your Studies

critical incident support image If you need any advice or guidance throughout your time at Keele there is lots of support available:

Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre can provide advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including welfare, finance, academic guidance, careers advice and guidance, study skills support and disability and dyslexia support.

You can contact the Student Support Centre at or call 01782 734481

The Student Services Centre also runs daily drop in sessions so that you can come and speak to a Student Adviser.

For more information please visit the Student Services Centre web page

Support on your course

All students at Keele are allocated a personal tutor who is a single point of contact on your course. Your personal tutor can provide advice, support and general guidance on academic and non-academic issues.

Telephone01782 734481