• 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 in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

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

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

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

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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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, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, 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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5 Ways to Make Friends at University

With the promise of parties, freedom and maybe a new city to explore too, you’re probably really excited about starting university. But only the most superhumanly confident of people won’t also be a bit nervous about making friends. Don’t worry, everyone will be feeling just the same as you, and this advice will help you break the ice:

1. Let people know you’re here

With all the coming and going in the days before term starts, it can be hard to tell who has actually moved in. A poster on your door or even just a post-it with your name on is an easy way to show your neighbours or flatmates that you’re here. Even better, keep your door open as an invitation for people to come in and say hi. Just by watching the world go by and giving the occasional smile you’ll create a friendly atmosphere and soon start to recognise your neighbours

2. Start before you go

If you’re the sort of person who likes to be organised, you can start making friends before you’ve even set off thanks to social media. Facebook is bound to have groups for your university, course and halls of residence, and if there isn’t one yet, set one up! A search on Twitter might also reveal some fellow freshers. You might not have loads in common with people you meet this way, but having someone to go to freshers’ events with will boost your confidence. Don’t forget your real world networks either. Is anyone from your school or college going to the same university as you? Make sure you have their number - you’ll both appreciate a familiar face to catch up with in the first couple of weeks. Older brothers, sisters or cousins who are already there are valuable sources for insider secrets too.

3. Make the effort with your flatmates

You’re going to be sharing space with your flatmates, so it’s important to get to know them – get this right and they’ll be your second family. Make everyone a massive pot of tea, or splash out on a couple of bottles of wine to break the ice. Having something to do will help avoid awkward silences, so think about bringing a board game, pack of cards or some of your favourite DVDs too. Don’t panic if your flatmates seem very different to your friends from home. A fitness fanatic, party animal or workaholic might not be your ideal neighbor, but as long as you look out for each other that’s okay. There will be plenty of chances to meet other people through your course and any societies you join.

4. Have a battle plan

It may sound weird, but you can take a lot of pressure out of meeting new people by having a couple of choice conversational gambits to hand. Come up with some general questions to get people talking, stuff like ‘what course are you doing?’, ‘where are you from?’ and ‘have you been to such-and-such bar/pub/cafe yet?’  Make sure you have some interesting answers up your sleeve as well. If in doubt, try talking about the one thing you almost certainly have in common - how nervous you are about making new friends! People will appreciate your honesty, and it’ll be a welcome break from the usual freshers’ talk.

5. Help people out

Making friends isn’t all about drinking competitions and nightclubs. A simple act of kindness can be a powerful way to connect with someone. See a confused fresher wandering in your corridor looking lost, struggling to work the washing machines or in need of a pen at a lecture? Offering a helping hand is a good opportunity to get talking, and you’ll be remembered for your kindness. And vice versa, checking if you’re waiting outside the right lecture theatre (even if you already know you are!) is a really easy way to start talking with someone from your course.

Look after yourself

Be brave and make the effort with as many people as possible, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you haven’t met your next best friend by the end of freshers’ week. And if it’s all getting a bit much don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself listening to music, watching a film or reading a book. Keep checking our blog for more hints and tips to help you really make the most of your time at university.

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