Cool Day Trips to Take During the Summer Break

Summer’s almost here! Exams are nearly finished and it’s definitely time start planning an awesome summer with your friends. But where are the best places to go in England? Are there any fun day trips for students during the summer? Sure there are! And we have some of the best listed right here for you…

Explore Beautiful Beaches in Scotland

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If you’re at uni in Edinburgh, you’re bound to have visited the beach at Portobello. But if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track, the stunning coastline of East Lothian is just a short drive or train journey from Edinburgh.

Here, you can enjoy beautiful views, quirky little villages and a local nature reserve. The sandy beaches and secluded bays attract a huge range of visitors each year and even if the weather lets you down, you can always visit Tantallon Castle and the fantastic restaurants close by. This area will show you a more relaxed, picturesque side to Scotland that you’ll love.

Enjoy Water Sports in Southampton

Every summer, students in Southampton flock to the city’s exciting water sports centres. Seadogz Rib Charter specialise in exciting speedboat tours and guarantee to give you a fun, bumpy ride!

Saber Power Sports have some great powerboat experiences too – from thrilling taster sessions to full days on the water, they’ve got something that everyone can enjoy.

If you’re feeling daring, Ocean Sports Tuition also give you the chance to drive amazing powerboats. With some great courses and lessons on offer, why not try your hand at being James Bond this summer?

Cycle in Cardiff

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Cardiff has more miles of green space than any other area in Europe for its population, so it’s definitely a place for outdoor adventures. Try getting some fresh air and cycle some of the amazing routes in the city.

The Taff Trail follows historic tramways, train routes and towpaths and takes you through miles of beautiful parkland. Starting at Cardiff Bay and finishing at the beautiful Brecon Beacons, this trail is a challenging and fun trip to take with your friends.

Discover the Beatles in Liverpool

Previously voted the European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is home to some amazing history and heritage, including the most dominant pop group in the world: the Beatles.

The childhood homes of ‘the fab four’ have been transformed into fascinating museums, the Beatles Story brings the 60s back to life, and the famous Casbah venue still stands.

Visit London’s Famous Gin Distillery

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If you’re studying in London or you’re looking for a fun trip from away from Plymouth, London’s Gin Distillery in Blackfriars is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Celebrating London’s famous “gin craze” of the 18th century (which seems to have come back around in recent years!), this bar is steeped in history and produces some of the best gin in the world.

The distillery also offers plenty of tours where you can design, distil and sample your very own gin! But if you’d prefer to dive straight in, the bar serves up a huge range of great food, spirits, cocktails, wines and beers too.

Take a Trip to Brighton

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Students in London can escape city life for a day by heading to Brighton. It’s just a 30-minute train ride from Victoria, making it the ideal seaside town to visit.

Full of great beaches, pubs, restaurants and boutiques, Brighton has plenty to offer students all year round – but especially in the summertime when the weather’s a bit nicer.

When you’re there, make sure you pick up some world-famous fish and chips and visit the fascinating Sea Life Aquarium. Brighton Pier is also a must if you’re planning a trip to Brighton. Full of great stalls, arcades and bars, it’s an ideal place for summer fun.

Student Living

Here at The Student Housing Company we don’t just offer the best advice about day trips (even if we do say so ourselves), we also provide safe and convenient accommodation for students throughout the country.

With bills included in your rent and 100MB broadband speed to boot, we make sure that your uni life is as relaxing as it should be. So what are you waiting for? View our fantastic locations today and book your accommodation.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme? Relationships.

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Perfect! We hear you cry, for most of you making friends at Uni is a breeze and you’re probably meeting more new people every week than you can remember the names of (not to mention becoming master of Tinder!), but what if it’s not that easy? What if you’re feeling a bit down or a bit on your own? We’ve been finding out why the Mental Health Foundation and Student Minds are focussing this year’s Mental Health Week on good quality relationships and why they are so important to our mental health.

“We believe we urgently need a greater focus on the quality of our relationships. We need to understand just how fundamental relationships are to our health and wellbeing. We cannot flourish as individuals and communities without them. In fact, they are as vital as better-established lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.” – Mental Health Foundation

They’ve set us a challenge and we’ve gladly accepted! They’re asking everyone to set some time aside to think about prioritising their relationships, to make a relationship resolution! We’ve done just that for our lovely students. Across our residences we are celebrating MHAW2016 in lots of different ways, spearheaded by our team at The Courtrooms! This is the team, don’t they look lovely! Carolina (far right) has been working hard to kick things off from The Courtrooms in Bristol!

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This week at The Courtrooms in Bristol we’ve got a ‘Today I am grateful for…’ board which our students have already been filling up, we’ve got ‘treats and chats’ at reception with loads of info on how to manage stress and the student/work life balance, plus all the uni events are up on the chalkboard in the common room! Bristol University SU have got loads going on too like ‘Mind your Head’ support groups and ‘Peace of Mind Society’ events.

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So what’s going on everywhere else?

Depot Point in London have a surprise planned for later in the week so keep your eyes peeled for that, and are organising a yoga session so they’ll keep you updated with dates and times. The Royal’s are out in force in London today launching a new Mental Health Awareness campaign at the Olympic Park Today, wanna see Wills and Kate boxing? Of course you do!

Meanwhile in Liverpool Ablett House have got a compliments jar and ‘Today I am grateful for…’ book, plus at the Liverpool Guild of Students will have trainee clinical psychologists available on a stall at the guild from Tuesday to Thursday this week. The stall will promote MHAW and Time to Change.

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Our Edinburgh Residences have also lovingly prepared their own compliments jar and are always around for chat if you need anything. Also the University of Edinburgh Health and Wellbeing Society is currently looking for volunteers so if you’re interested in Mental Health find out more about getting involved.

We’ll have updates on what’s going on at our residences throughout the week, so keep an eye on our social media channels to find out what’s going on near you.

You can also find out about Nationwide events for MHAW16 here, get involved in the conversation with the Mental Health Foundation on Twitter and follow #MentalHealthGP on Tuesday 17th May for expert advice in accordance with #MHAW16.

#MyStudentSurvivalKit Photo Competition: Win a £50 Amazon Voucher!

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We love a good competition here at The Student Housing Company. Prizes, entries, hilarity, what’s not to like!

The Prize…

The winner will receive a £50 Amazon voucher, the one condition being that you spend it on education-related equi— just kidding! You can spend it on whatever you like, obviously.

What You Gotta Do

It’s pretty simple. Just take a snap of an item (or bunch of items) that you can’t do without as a student – your ‘survival kit’, see?!

It could be a pic of your laptop, your stationery, notebooks, iPod, water bottle, or all of them at once in one carefully framed shot. You guys will know exactly what to do if you’re seasoned Instagrammers!

You can enter through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – it’s totally up to you.

Now here’s the important bit. When you upload your pic, use the hashtag #MyStudentSurvivalKit and tag us. Just a reminder: we’re @thestudenthousingcompany on Instagram and @comelivewithus on Twitter, and just The Student Housing Company on Facebook – not to confuse you or anything!

Any Questions?

It all sounds pretty straightforward, right? If you do have any questions though, give us a shout! The best way to reach us is by emailing info@thestudenthousingcompany.com

Happy snapping!