• 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 Day in the Life of a Resident Assistant

kieran birmingham

This summer, I will be graduating from Aston University, Birmingham, with a degree in law. Throughout the year I’ve been juggling my studies with a job at Bentley House. It’s a purpose built student accommodation of 534 beds about five minutes walk from the Aston campus and less than fifteen minutes walk to the Bullring, and the cultural hub of the city centre.

The Resident Assistant role is a unique one. I live at the residence and act as a constant face of reassurance for everyone. I spend my working time organising community events at the property, amongst other administrative duties that draw upon my previous placement experience. We have had some hundreds of people through the common room doors to participate in events which range from celebrating pancake day to sexual health talks.

The most popular event that we have organised this year was the Great Bentley Bake-Off. This was a great opportunity for flats to combine their creative and culinary minds, breaking the stereotype that all students can ever make is cheesy pasta. As Bentley House’s very own Paul Hollywood, judging such a high quality of competition was a very difficult, yet tasty, task. It also has to be noted that bringing in a family of meerkats was another extremely popular event – animals can be a great source of stress relief for students!

One of the major discussion points for private student accommodation providers is wellbeing. Mental health, as a concept, is not just about the major episodes that someone might suffer, but maintaining an environment where someone can address the small issues in their life before they allow it to take over into something much more impactful. Although I am not yet a qualified mental health first aider, when I have brought in fun or serious experts into our social spaces I can see that, when students are able to access advice and guidance in the place where they live, this adds to the effectiveness of a student’s support network.

I usually work from 3pm to 5pm and as well as sorting out the mundane aspects of life, such as questions about the washing machines, the real purpose of my role is to be a friendly and visible face, so that students have someone they feel comfortable to talk to. Whether you have something to celebrate, or if you are feeling down after a difficult lecture, it’s about talking it out – before problems begin to manifest.

This role has been a step outside of my comfort zone and that experience will translate into better understanding people’s behaviours in the professional business environment. Personally, I have been able to reflect on my time at Bentley House extremely positively, having built on my patience and developed my creative side, especially when utilising a broad range of social media to communicate with our residents. As the first ever resident at Bentley House and one of its first ever Resident Assistants, I look forward to keeping in touch with the team and returning one day soon to see how the wellbeing programme continues to grow.

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