A beautiful little town which I believe is ideal as a student campus. I actually prefer it to London.
The city is really pretty, with a Cathedral, a Castle and a river running through it which you can walk along through woodland and later in open space. The main street is cobbled and ends with a market square at the bottom with an outdoor market every weekend and an indoor market hall. There are loads of really nice places to eat - cafe's and restaurants. There are a reasonable number of shops - a Tesco in the market square and most of the high street clothing brands, including Topshop and Mountain Warehouse on the street, and more in the shopping centre - Prince Bishop's. Parking is available there for shopping. There is a small cinema and theatre, a swimming pool and escape rooms, however that is almost all for entertainment. The train station has really good links as it is on the London - Edinburgh line, and the train to Newcastle is less than 15 minutes. It is about a 10 minute walk to the city centre so is very accessible, and there is a bus stop about 5 minutes from the city centre.