• 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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Europe by Train by Harriet Yates

A pre-university inter-railing trip around Europe with my best friend… Yessss please!  Tickets purchased, rucksacks packed, and we were off into London to catch the Eurostar, we were both beyond excited. Two cancelled trains later and barely a minute to spare as we hopped onto the Eurostar, we didn’t get off to the most relaxing start!  

Tip number 1: Listen to your parents when they say ‘give yourself plenty of time’.

First stop Paris. Having arrived at our hostel, we were invited to a ‘backpackers UV rave.’ Now, bearing in mind this was our first UV rave, we hadn’t realized we would be covered in glow in the dark paint.

Tip number 2: Never wear your favourite outfit to a UV paint party!

The next morning we took the Metro to the ‘Louvre’, where the famous painting of the Mona Lisa is exhibited. I was shocked at how tiny the painting was, after seeing so many gigantic replicas online. It couldn’t have been much bigger than an A4 piece of paper. We continued to explore over the next few days with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe and had an amazing picnic in the gardens below the Eiffel Tower. I must say: forget croissants, snails and frogs legs, we ate Macaroons for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you ever go to Paris make sure you squeeze in a visit to ‘Pierre Herme’ to try them.

Next Stop, Cannes. Now let me tell you… Cannes was like being in an episode of ‘Made In Chelsea.’ Everywhere we looked there were teeny dogs hanging out of designer handbags, dog grooming parlours and big sunglasses.  We didn’t exactly fit in wearing our hiking boots and huge backpacks, but absolutely the best place to people watch! Next, we headed to Pisa, to see the famous Leaning Tower and to get the obligatory photos of us holding it up! We also found the most delicious pizzeria and had the best-tasting pizza for our trip there for only 4 euros! #bargain 

Next up – Rome, which was by far our favourite place and also the liveliest.  We were greeted with an unexpected toga party at the hostel. Who needs a fancy dress costume when you’ve got bed sheets?

Tip number 3: Don’t challenge your fellow hostel mates to a jaeger-drinking contest the night before sightseeing. (Let’s just say we didn’t leave the hostel until noon the following morning.)

To save our feet we hopped on and off the red bus to sightsee and managed to cover a lot of Rome that day, visiting the Trevi fountain, St Peters Basilica, the Coliseum and the Vatican.

Venice was our final destination, and whilst there we visited Murano (famous for its glass factories) and Burona (famous for lace making). My favourite part of our stay here was a visit to see the Bridge of Sighs; we have a replica across the River Cam in Cambridge, so it was fun to see the real one! And our stay in Venice would not have been complete without a ride on a gondola, it was wonderful to sit back and take in such a picturesque city.

Tip number 4: Work hard, earn lots of money and travel as much as you can!!! You’re only young once.

Harriet Yates completed work experience with The Student Housing Company in 2014.

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