• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer than average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful river Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. The city also has many historical hotspots and posesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. It's obvious why students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of things to offer students such as shopping, unique restaurants and entertainment - including live music. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs dotted over the city - you really are spoilt for choice!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the underground and has everything a student could possibly want from the Uk's best shopping, restaurants, parks and museums to some of the most unique bars and clubs.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle has lots to offer including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including 600 shops in the city. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is known for its role in the great Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves underneath the streets of the city. Nottingham also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars and Barbican areas.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love the sea - Portsmouth is a great choice! From eating and drinking out to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard - there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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10 Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Saying words like bae less? Saying no to Ben & Jerry? Whatever it is, this guide will help you through

Keeping resolutions is a difficult game. But it is one plenty of students do succeed at, and you can too with these crafty tips. You just have to find the ones that work for you. Let’s show you how.

Tips for Students

10. Figure out what stuff is getting in your way

Spending too much time in Game of Thrones back-to-back boxset marathons in your student accommodation? Well if that sounds familiar you might be losing the time needed to achieve your goals. Set an explicit limit on the amount of time you use for entertainment, and this will free up space for your plans.

9. Plan each stage

If you have lots of resolutions, planning can help you manage them. Think about where you would like to be in a month, two months, three months…

8. Face the fear of change

No matter how small, all changes can be difficult. But just ignoring the whole thing won’t stop anything. It’s important to face those fears, as this will help your confidence grow.

7. Mentor

Enlist someone as a mentor. If you talk to a friend, family member, or fellow student they should give you reassurance when you need it. Plus the fact you have told your resolution to someone could mean you are much more likely to try and keep it –  nobody likes to fail at things they have made public!

6. Start and don’t stop

Once you start on your resolutions don’t stop. This is known colloquially as “falling off the horse” and once you do, you can bet your boots it’s mighty hard to get back on. Don’t allow yourself to say “Oh it’s just this once.” Stick to your guns.

5. Find a way to focus on the process rather than the overall goal

Focusing on the whole enormous massive task is a sure way to frighten yourself. Instead, break it down into tasks which are easier and less daunting. Let’s say you want to go to the gym more. Focus on the time per week rather than the weight you want to reach, and then it’s much more manageable.

4. Use apps

There are loads of apps on almost every platform and these can help you manage your resolutions. Just search the app store and you’ll find plenty of inspiration.

3. Accept that your enthusiasm will wane

Let’s face it. Eventually Ben and Jerry are going to knock, they’ll have tubs and tubs of the stuff, and it’s going to be difficult to stay inside. But you must. Don’t let your own psychology beat you. As long as you’re aware that, yes enthusiasm will err towards indulgence, then you have a better shot at the targets for your goals.

2. Reward yourself when things go well

A classic lesson in motivation. Rewarding yourself for things that go well is a well-known way of keeping your inner fires burning, so give yourself something special whenever you do well. Go on. You deserve it.

1. Be nice when you falter

We already said that it’s important to keep going. Well that’s still true. But if you do have a moment of weakness, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just dust yourself off, take a breather and get back on with your goals as soon as you’re ready.

A Challenge to Students

As a challenge, we bet we can guess something you didn’t resolve to do this year. We bet that you didn’t resolve to live in better accommodation. (Hey, we didn’t say it was going to be a difficult challenge).

Now it’s a shame you didn’t think about this, because it’s an easy resolution to see through. In 2014, we were awarded best private accommodation in the National Student Housing Survey Awards. That’s got to be because of the students across the country who live in our accommodation. They voted for us. They won for us.

If you’d like to find out more about what we did to get those votes, just have a look at our UK-wide student accommodation and get in touch with us soon.

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