• 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 in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, such as shopping, unique restaurants & entertainment - including live music & sport. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city - you really are spoilt!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne has lots to offer as a city, including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including more than 600 shops. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

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

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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, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, 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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Exam Season: A Study & Prep Checklist to Guide You to Success

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Just before you finish for summer, your uni knowledge will be put to the test in a controlled environment. That’s right: we’re talking about exam season. There’s no asking your mates for help, and there’s definitely no flicking to the back of a textbook to find the answers. Because of this, good preparation is the key to getting through the busy exam period.

There are a few things that you can do to make sure you get the grades that you want, and knowing what to do and when to do it will put you in a good position to sail through those tricky months.

 

LEADING UP TO THE EXAM

You know that you’ve got an exam coming up in a few weeks, and the nerves are starting to kick in. Getting on top of your revision early on is a great way to make sure that you learn everything well in advance, and also to keep those pre-test nerves at a minimum when you enter the exam hall.

  • Make a study plan: create a timetable to make sure that you manage your time properly leading up to the exam. Give priority to earlier tests and make sure you give difficult topics plenty of revision time.
  • Incorporate practice time into your plan: you’ll be giving yourself plenty of time in between learning a topic and sitting the exam, so make sure that you’re giving yourself time to regularly refresh your knowledge leading up to the test.
  • Create learning resources: it’s important to give yourself all the tools that you need to learn properly. If this means creating activities, diagrams, and flash cards, then you should ensure that you use these cues to your advantage early on in the study process.
  • Team up with fellow students: when it comes to exams, everyone is in the same boat. Arranging a study session with your coursemates is a great way to fill in the gaps in your collective knowledge, because you will all be able to put the information into terms that each of you can understand.
  • Prepare your study space: take some time to figure out which type of environment you work best in. If, for example, you find that you work better in well-lit spaces while wearing comfortable clothing, then ensure that you’re studying in this type of environment.

Preparing for an exam isn’t just about learning the course content – it’s also about getting yourself into the right frame of mind.

  • Try breathing exercises: we learn best when we are relaxed and comfortable in our settings. Put yourself into a focused state by regulating your breathing pattern. This type of exercise will help to relieve stress and increase the flow of oxygen to your brain, prepping you for your studies ahead.
  • Try visualisation techniques: visualising yourself achieving exam success is a great way to combat any negative feelings that you might have towards your upcoming exams. It provides you with a level of confidence that inspires productivity and helps you through those long study sessions.
  • Eat the right foods: your diet can have an impact on the way that your brain functions, and ensuring that you follow a balanced diet with plenty of vitamin-rich superfoods will ensure that your brain is on top form both before and during the exam.

ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM

  • Make sure that you’re alert: this doesn’t mean waking up and drinking as many energy drinks as you can – in fact, those would only cause you to crash later on and reduce your concentration mid-exam. Make sure that you get plenty of sleep the night before, and give yourself time to eat a light-but-nutritious breakfast.
  • Ensure that you’ve got everything you need: make sure that you’re leaving your flat with all of the necessary equipment, your student card, and any other resources that your tutors have advised you to bring along.
  • Give yourself plenty of time: you need to be able to get from your flat to the exam hall at least 15 minutes in advance. If you have to use public transport, make sure that you factor in enough time to account for traffic or other potential delays along the way.

Whether you’re on the lookout for more exam survival tips, or you just want to find out more about student life, our blog is full of useful information to keep you on top form throughout your time in uni.

The key to academic success is making sure that you’re feeling prepared leading up to the busy exam period. Give yourself the best chance by choosing comfortable accommodation with dedicated study spaces and plenty of resources to help you through exam season.

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