• 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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Budget Trips Away to Escape the Winter Blues

Christmas lights and eggnog lattes aside, winter brings with it some testing conditions that can send even the most festive of spirits into a bout of winter blues. With all the cold weather, runny noses and the imminence of January exams, now is the perfect time to fix a quick trip away before you really start knuckling down on the revision. We have compiled a list of adventures for those of you who are crying out for a spot of winter sun as well as the christmas market lovers among you with a little more ‘ho-ho-ho’. Without further ado…

  1. The Canary Islands

Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are very close to the equator, making them the perfect destination for winter sun with temperatures remaining above 20 degrees. Most resorts stay open year-round in the Canary Islands, meaning you won’t struggle for things to do and you’ll still get the benefits of cheaper deals and purer relaxation. If you’re up for an adventure, the Canary Islands are also a hot spot for hikers as their volcanic landscapes provide a dramatic setting with a variety of trails for all levels, including Tenerife’s Mount Teide, the world’s third highest volcano at 3,718m.

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2. German Christmas Markets

If you feel ready to embrace winter’s chill, why not head to the continent and inhale the festive aromas of bratwurst and glühwein? You’re going to have to face the winter some time so you may as well do it in style. We recommend Berlin, Nuremberg or Strasbourg for the traditional German Christmas Market experience.

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3. Budapest

Budapest’s beauty is at it’s pinnacle in the winter with its fairy tale architecture and Christmas markets. Spend a day wandering around the historic sites, including the Hungarian parliament and Budapest Castle district and don’t forget to sample some Hungarian pastries at the internationally acclaimed Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market. On a cold evening why not take a dip in the steamy Szechenyi Baths for a temporary escape from the chill? Both indoor and outdoor pools are open during the winter months making them one of Budapest’s major attractions. For the perfect pre-exam detox be sure to add on a massage for ultimate chill-fest.

budapest bathing

4. Cape Verde

This little haven off the coast of Africa hovers above 20 degrees throughout the winter making it ideal for escaping the winter blues. Its warm crystal waters make it a popular spot for divers, with colourful coral and all types of fish to be seen in Sal, Boa Vista and Santiago. Back on land, island hop between Cape Verde’s ten isles or take a cruise between them on a catamaran. If you’re into your music, we recommend a trip to São Vicente where bars and cafés have live performances most evenings.

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5. Amsterdam

If you’re lucky enough to visit Amsterdam at its coldest, you may get the chance to skate across the frozen lakes to take in the dutch scenery. If it’s not too chilly, this city is best explored by bike where you can ride through canals and breathe in the fresh city air. In the winter months, the city is draped in fairy lights for the annual Amsterdam Light Festival transforming the city into a spectacle of festivity. The best way to enjoy the illuminated city is by the festival’s own boat tour. Gezellig!

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6. Belgium

Head to the capital of chocolate and indulge in praline perfection. Belgium is another one for the Christmas market lovers and is the perfect place for picking up some Christmas presents. Know anyone that’s craft beer crazy? They’re in for a treat!

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7. Asia

Fancy something a little wilder? Bag return flights to Bangkok for under £400 using Skyscanner and live the backpacker life with super cheap prices once you’re off the plane – the rainy season is over so you can make the most of beautiful beaches, temples, and a whole new culture!

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8. Sharm El Sheikh

This divers’ paradise in Egypt makes the perfect winter getaway with temperatures in December remaining around 24 degrees both on land and in the sea!

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We have accommodation around the world, so head to www.uninest.com to see if we have accommodation in your chosen winter retreat destination!