• 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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Five Great Nights Out in Bristol

With its artistic, independent spirit, Bristol is a brilliant place to be a student. On nights out in a city like this there’s no need to bother with boring chains – there’s loads of uniquely Bristolian places to party. And there really is something for everyone, whether you’re into craft beer, gigs or dancing all night. Our top five nights out will inspire you to try something new.

Small Bar (BS1 4DZ)

Run by the man behind Brewdog’s taps in Aberdeen and Manchester, this is one for the craft beer fiends. You won’t find pints, shots or TV here, but there are halves, thirds and two-thirds of the finest beers from the south west and beyond.

There’s an impressive 25 taps serving IPAs, fruit beers, imperial stouts and everything in between. As if that wasn’t enough, Small Bar also has a great bottle selection featuring some rarities you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. If you’re hungry, you can grab a top-class burger or hotdog too.

Small Bar takes pride in championing the little guys of the brewing world, but there’s plenty of space inside to enjoy your beer. There’s the bar, a large room downstairs and a cosy snug upstairs. Throughout the atmosphere is quirky but relaxed, with menus tucked inside hard back books, huge kegs for tables, and tea lights in Small Bar glasses on the walls.

Just don’t ask for a Stella here – the branded pump only serves water!

The White Bear (BS2 8BS)

The White Bear claims to ‘encapsulate the heart and soul of Bristol’ – and we have to agree! For 250 years it has been welcoming locals and travellers, and in recent times it has become a hub for the local arts scene too.

Most people will find something to drink here – there are a selection ales, beer, cider, wine and cocktails on offer. There’s also a good selection of pub grub, such as burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips. By night the pub comes alive with sporting events and DJ sets.

What makes The White Bear really special though is The Wardrobe. This upstairs arts space is run by volunteers to provide a platform for up-and-coming local theatre and comedy. The aim is to make the arts accessible to everyone, so you’ll never pay more than a fiver a ticket.

Look out for Chucklebusters, where big names such as Russell Howard, Josh Widdiecombe and John Richardson warm up for their national tours. The ongoing improvised soap opera Closer Each Day is also worth a look.

The Louisiana (BS1 6UA)

From its prim exterior you wouldn’t expect The Louisiana to be an indie hotspot, but for gig-goers it’s a must. The main room is an intimate 140 capacity venue, whilst downstairs there’s an even tinier 45 capacity cellar for acoustic sessions. Topped off with excellent sound, it’s the perfect place to get up close and personal with the best new bands.

From the Black Keys to Florence and the Machine and The White Stripes, pretty much every indie great has played here on their way to the big time. So if you love getting in on up-and-coming bands, this is definitely the place for you.

Thekla (BS1 4RB)

The Thekla is an old German timber ship floating in the Mud Dock area, and is home to a brilliant club and music venue.

It first moored up in Bristol as The Old Profanity Show boat, staging music, poetry and cabaret performances – and the party hasn’t stopped since then. Today it hosts an eclectic mix of club nights and gigs, so you can rock out to everything from pop and house to indie classics.

Being a big ole’ boat, it gets pretty hot and crowded, and at times you can’t help wondering if the whole thing might be about to sink. The faint-hearted might find this disconcerting, but we think it only adds to the thrill of this unique venue.

Motion (BS2 0PX)

As if partying on a boat wasn’t enough for you, at Motion you can also dance the night away in the cool urban setting of a skate park. It’s a huge venue with a warren of different rooms, making it perfect for all kinds of night. House, electro and techno are the main sounds here – look out for great local nights such as The Blast and Futureboogie.

After a mellow summer, Motion relaunches itself each autumn with In:Motion, a dazzling 12 week programme of hiphop, electro, house, drum and bass and much more.