• Birmingham

    Birmingham is England's second-largest city and is famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks, all of which make it a location that simply offers everything a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With seven miles of beautiful beach, a historic pier and buzzing nightlife, there’s so much to love about this picturesque seaside town. From shopping the local boutiques to killing time in the variety of sea-view bars, clubs & restaurants, it’s all here.

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  • Bristol

    Bristol is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, buzzing nightlife and a friendly, community-focused atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year round.

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  • Cambridge

    This small, historic town offers a student living experience like few others. Punt down the beautiful River Cam, visit the city’s many museums, or go off in search of brilliant boutiques: it’s all here.

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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, offers a student living experience few cities can match. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some of the most historic buildings in the whole of the UK (including Edinburgh Castle, home of the famous Hogmanay parties).

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture and culture with many shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots. From St Davids up on the hill to the bustling city centre, this place has it all. What's not to love about student life in Exeter?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster is among the most picturesque settings in the UK for student housing, and the city certainly knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs scattered throughout its vibrant and cultured centre.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers a student living experience rich in history, with a vibrant social scene, independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, including amazing shopping, unique restaurants, world class entertainment, live music and sport. Liverpool also has a famous nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city.

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  • London

    It's easy to see why students love London. The city, a global hub for study, commerce and culture, is made easily accessible, despite its sprawling size, by the famous Underground network aka The Tube and generally fantastic public transport links.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne offers an amazing student living experience. The city is famed for its nightlife and vibrant social scene, cultural highlights including an 800-year-old castle, museums, galleries and theatres, which make it a popular destination.

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  • Nottingham

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

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about student living in Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, fine restaurants, bars and more, all set against a seaside location few other places can match.

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  • Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is a great choice for student living. The University of Portsmouth is on an island - Portsea, which is also home to the best student accommodation in Portsmouth: our Catherine House residence, just the other side of Victoria Park.

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  • Sheffield

    Famed for it's location of incredible countryside this city has so much to offer both in and out of the centre. From the beautiful moorlands to a culture steeped in an industrial heritage.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city packed full of museums, music venues, art galleries, award-winning parks and incredible shopping. There are also many student bars, clubs and a fantastic selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to enjoy.

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The Best Brain Foods For Students

Fuelling your body properly is one of the keys to flourishing at university – both academically and otherwise. The more nutritious your diet is, the better your brain will perform and the happier you will feel in general.

Different foods affect the brain in different ways, so it is no exaggeration to say that your diet has a huge and direct impact on your mood. In other words, eat well to feel well.

There’s absolutely no harm in a McDonald’s pig-out or a Domino’s party every so often – they’re delicious, let’s face it – but don’t let them become daily rituals. The same goes for the food you cook at home: go easy on the oven chips, the chicken dippers, the Chicago Town pizzas, and all the rest of that sort of stuff. You need nutrients from fresh, unprocessed foods! Save the junk-feasting for weekends or, better still, special occasions.

With that in mind, here are some foods to fill your basket when you go food-shopping.

1. Avocados

Avocados contain vitamins (specifically B, C, E, and K) and high amounts of monounsaturated fat (i.e. the kind of fat that is actually good for you – not the kind that clogs your arteries). Vitamin K boosts your cognitive function levels, and the monounsaturated fat lowers your ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDLs) while raising your ‘good’ cholesterol (HDLs). Avocado also lowers your blood pressure, which leads to easier blood-flow around your body and to your brain.

avocado

And, as you’ll no doubt have seen on Instagram and in foodie cafes, you can do a lot with an avocado:

  • Have it sliced alongside poached or scrambled eggs on toast
  • Mash it up with thinly diced chili and lime-juice to create a nice bowl of guacamole
  • Chop it into chunks and throw these into a leafy salad

You get the gist.

2. Leafy Green Vegetables

On their own, leafy greens are unexciting – we can’t and won’t deny that. But they are highly nourishing: full of antioxidants, high in fibre, low in fat and calories, rich in vitamin C and folic acid, and more. (They’re also very cheap, which is great for your pocket as well as your head!)

spinach

Broccoli, spinach, and kale are three leafy greens that you can easily get creative with. Here are some examples of how to use them in a non-boring way:

  • Throw extra broccoli into a stir-fry
  • Use spinach in an omelette or a salad
  • Add fried kale to a pesto-heavy pasta dish

3. Oily/Fatty Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are renowned for their health benefits, and fish are full of these. EPA and DHA are types of omega-3 that are found in oily fish and in the human brain, so by eating oily fish, you are topping up your body’s supply of EPA and DHA.

Why is this important? Because studies have shown that consuming high levels of EPA and DHA can help to encourage the release of serotonin – the chemical that makes you feel good.

salmon

Smoked mackerel and tinned sardines are probably the most budget-friendly types of fatty fish you can get, and they are the most rich in omega-3! But there are plenty of other options if you want to treat yourself to something a bit more luxurious:

  • Wild salmon
  • Albacore tuna
  • Halibut
  • Freshwater trout

(If you’re vegetarian or vegan, fret not – we’ve got you covered omega-3-wise in the next section.)

4. Nuts

Most types of nuts contain omega-3 acids, but some are packed with them (such as cashews and walnuts). On top of that, all types contain vitamin E, which helps to keep your cognitive function working well, and they contain those healthy fats that keep your blood pressure and your LDL cholesterol level low.

pistachios

One thing to bear in mind is that nuts are high in calories – some more than others – and they’re certainly moreish, but a couple of handfuls a day is a perfectly reasonable amount to have.

They make a good alternative to crisps, chocolate, and biscuits (much better for your body and your mind!), and you can even incorporate them into your meals – cashews in stir-frys, for example. And when you do fancy a sweet treat, try making a pecan pie – you’ll need to use quite a lot of sugar, but at least you’ll be balancing it out… kinda.

5. Blueberries & Blackcurrants

Antioxidants help to defend your body and your immune system against ‘oxidative damage’, which contributes to things like premature ageing and the degeneration of cells. Scientific research suggests that following a high-antioxidant diet can massively improve the performance and resilience of your body, which, of course, includes your brain.

blueberries

Anyway, blueberries and blackcurrants are superb sources of antioxidants (and vitamin C), so you should eat lots of them. We suggest mixing them in with Greek yogurt – which probably seems like a healthy-eating cliche, but is a mighty tasty one.

More Student Advice & Tips

We like to look out for you here at The Student Housing Company, so we’re always writing articles that will help you get the most out of uni life. Take a look at our blog for more advice-pieces.

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