• 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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A Survival Guide to Your First Job after Uni

You’ve done it! All those sleepless nights and moments of despair have been worth it as you’ve graduated at long last. The world is your oyster, you feel unstoppable, bring it on world!

Graduation is something that you’ve been aspiring to but now you have to face the challenge of starting your first job. Don’t panic though, University has trained you for this, though you may not know it…

Commuting to Work

Accepting that you will have to get up early in the morning is the first step here, no more 11am alarms for you! Getting to work on time is crucial as it will set you up to become the new office hotshot and show that you are keen to do well.

The best option is to find your own way there for the first day and then once you’ve met a few people ask them for advice on how to get in, they may know the best bus routes or a shortcut to the office.

Invest in a bike! Many companies offer ‘Cycle to Work’ schemes and may reward you for cycling to work. It’s also a great way to keep fit and reduce your travel costs since you won’t be paying for buses or trains.

Learning People’s Names

You may remember from your early days as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed student how difficult it was to remember everyone’s name. Things are no different at work.

If you’re keen to not act silly by calling everyone ‘Buddy’ or ‘Mate’, try creating a little bird’s-eye drawing of your workplace, with everyone’s name at their desk. Using this will help you remember who that guy in accounts is or who your new office crush is.

Finding something memorable about a person will also help boost your memory of their name. Do you support the same football team? Perhaps they have an accent or a unique hair style.

Sadly though, unlike University, you’re probably the only one who started recently, and your new colleagues already know each other, so for them learning one new name isn’t an issue. People you’ve never seen before, who you apparently work with, will ask you how you are and if you’re enjoying your new job. Just smile and be polite if you don’t know what name to address them by just hope you don’t have to ask them for something!

Dressing to Impress

Don your best outfit and strut like you’re a fashion model! You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count. Jeans and a hoodie may not cut it at your work, so it’s always best to check with your boss what the dress code is BEFORE your first day. Trust us when we say turning up to an office in casual gear when everyone else is in a suit is pretty embarrassing…

After a few weeks or so, when you’ve settled in more, you can become a little less formal. Don’t go full casual though, find the balance between comfort and style and you will feel way better about how you look. Who knows? They might even do casual Friday so you can bust out your Uni sports hoodie and brag about how great your University is.

Getting to Know the Area

Have a look around during your lunch break and see what there is near your place of work. You could discover a quirky café or funky restaurant that serves your favourite food. Asking your new colleagues is another quick way to work out what’s around you (and to make small-talk). On the other hand, you could always have a good wander around one weekend, when you have more time to explore.

If you’re working in the same city as your University you’ll probably already know what there is to do and where to eat anyway, but if you’re moving to a new place, check the local guides on our Locations pages – we might covered it all for you already!

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