Scarborough - the town

Scarborough - the town

Being a coastal town Scarborough has a lot to offer international students. Not only will you get to enjoy a traditional British way of life, but you’ll have the opportunity to experience a wonderful seaside atmosphere.

The Climate

Scarborough experiences very diverse weather throughout the year. During the summer months Scarborough can be pleasantly warm, making you glad you live by the beach. During the winter months Scarborough is significantly milder and has even seen its fair share of snow.

Having a train station at the centre of this town makes visiting local places along the Yorkshire coast simple and straight forward. If you’re looking for a break or just want to do some exploring, Whitby, Bridlington, Filey and North York Moors are only a short journey away. Whereas if you are looking to move up a pace and visit a local city, York, Hull and Middlesbrough are great destinations for a day trip.

History and Culture

In the 1600s, Scarborough was known as one of the first seaside resorts in the UK. This historic seaside town is still a cultural hub, boasting one of the top Northern tourist spots, a 2,500 year old Scarborough castle. With the building of the railway station in the mid-1800s Scarborough was on the rise and is still innovating. One top attraction of Scarborough is the Sea Life Sanctuary. Home to over 50 different marine life in both indoor and outdoor exhibits, this is a must visit for anyone interested in nature.


If music is more your scene Scarborough has its very own open air theatre where it regularly sees music artists along with other varying entertainment. Recently Scarborough Open Air Theatre has seen the likes of Elton John, Jessie J, McFly as well as many other big named artists.


No matter what sport you’re interested in Scarborough has something to offer. Whether you wish to take advantage of the water and try wind surfing or maybe you're interested in something more land based, like football, whatever sporting activity you seek, chances are you'll find it in Scarborough. One of Scarborough’s main sporting attractions is the Scarborough South Cliff Golf Club where you would not only have access to the facilities, but also the wonderful open views of the sea.

Social Life

The social scene in Scarborough might just surprise you, with pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, whether you like real ale, cream teas or cocktails. Student favourite music artists that are playing at the Open Air Theatre include Jess Glynne and Olly Murs.


For those of you worried about the range of shopping destinations available in a Yorkshire town, you needn’t be. Scarborough has its very own shopping centre which is home to a diverse variety of shops where you can find all your essentials and more. For example, Brunswick Shopping Centre has dozens of shops including Debenhams, Argos, Carphone Warehouse and Topshop.

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