• 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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Experiences Hidden in London

The interesting and the fun things to do in London are superabundant. Londoners are aware that there’s a lot to get up to in the capital, which is why there are a million and one guides about hidden gems in city. In the spirit of trying something new, we thought we’d twist this idea a little and instead of giving you some gems, we’d point you in the direction of real live experiences.

There’s an urban legend that one student who used to live in The Costume Store didn’t realise that they had a secret cupboard, and when they found the cupboard they went through it and they were in a whole new land!… And there was a lion king and a witch queen… or was that a film we saw once?

Anyway. The point stands that sometimes even in the busiest places there are whole worlds out there waiting for you to explore that you previously hadn’t the foggiest idea were there for you in the first place.

So don your adventure cap, and explore our urban wonderland:

5. Maltby Street Food Market 

– Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA

This alternative to the busy Borough market is just a short walk from the London Bridge tube station and is attracting more and more people to its delightful delicatessens and brilliant bakeries. More than anything you can sample some great eats from around the whole world and at affordable prices too – we’re talking like schnitzel, scotch eggs, falafel, croissants and everything in-between, and all within walking distance of each other.

4. Grant Museum of Zoology 

– 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE

The Grant Museum of Zoology is an unusual display of curious specimens: it’s home to over 67,000 weird-things-you-can-see, including skeletons, taxidermy, and even animals preserved in fluid. That’s no reason to be put off though – this curious collection, which has been growing since 1827, is no mere morbid fascination but is a part of the serious work to understand the animal kingdom. And you can see many species, endangered or extinct, like the Tasmanian tiger or the dodo – and all for free.

3. Atlantis European 

– Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL

Crafty types get their stuff together at this bustling bazaar just off Brick Lane. It’s got anything you could possibly ever need ever to do anything with art – so students new to the area would spend their time well exploring its aisles and alleys for bargains – and the rest of us can get a creative boost from making things like those costumes we need for nights out and house parties. Ain’t no robot costume gunna make itself.

2. Postman’s Park 

– King Edward Street, London, EC1A 7BX

This is the most serene place on the list. It’s home to the famous Watts memorial which was built in 1990 and honours fallen heroes. Over the course of time though, many started to hang out in the park because it’s such a calm and tranquil area – even the postmen from the nearby General Post Office used to hang out here, which is how the park got its name. This is the perfect place to take a sandwich, read a book, and watch the people pass by.

1. The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town 

– Through The Fridge, 12-16 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS

The idea behind this place is fascinating. Go to the The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields and ask to have cocktails with the mayor – if they have space for you, you’ll be lead to a quirky speakeasy, or secret bar, which is hidden behind a fridge door. In reality, you may have to wait a little while because this ‘secret’ speakeasy is testing the boundaries of the word. But it’s a great story to tell your friends and the food and drink are some of the best in this area for the price.

Get out and explore

We’ve seen some cool places to eat, to drink, to hang out, to shop, and to be like woah that’s a massive skeleton. You should take the time to check out these places in London when you can. And who knows, by exploring these places you might be able to start your own urban legends too.

If you do start your own legends, or you want to talk to us about your experience in London, or you want to talk about accommodation in the area, drop us a line at any time.