• 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 Things to do in Reading Week

Observant students doing humanities subjects (English, History, Languages and the like) may have a noticed a mysterious gap in their timetables this month. No, it’s not a caffeine-induced hallucination – at many universities you really do get a week off in the middle of term for ‘reading’.

Sadly, all you scientists and mathematicians out there will just have to keep on truckin’ until Christmas, but if you are lucky enough to have reading week coming up, here are a few suggestions for how to make the most of it.

1. Get Ahead

As the name suggests, reading week is indeed a great time to catch up on your reading. Without the distraction of lectures and seminars to go to, you can really get stuck into that pile of books – and if you set yourself up with a big mug of tea and a pack of biscuits you’ll be amazed how much you can get through.

Chances are you’ll have essays to hand in or exams to sit at the end of term, so be savvy and use this free week to get cracking on your coursework. Staying up all night desperately necking cans of coke as you try to knock out 2,000 words before 9am is one student stereotype that definitely isn’t any fun. Take your time and you’ll do yourself proud – and maybe even enjoy it!

2. Visit Home

What with Freshers’ Week, settling into your course and getting to know your flatmates, you may not have rang home in awhile, let alone visited! You’re more or less half way through your first term now – as good a time as any to take some time out and catch up with your family, guinea pigs and mates from school.

Starting uni is a really exciting time in your life, but it’s also pretty intense. Hopefully you’ve been having a brilliant time making new friends and settling in, but until you crash on the family sofa you may not realise just how tired you are. A few sessions of watching rubbish on TV, chilling with the cat and having someone else cook you tea may be just the break you need.

And of course everyone back home will be really pleased to see you. We all mean to text our friends back home and ring the parents every Sunday, but it doesn’t always happen. Reading week is a great chance to check in with all the people you care about.

3. Explore the City

If you don’t feel like going home just yet, you could use part of your reading week to get to know your new city even better. By now you probably know about all the main student bars, and might have looked around some of the better-known shops, but there’s still a whole host of amazing stuff for you to uncover.

Students living in Bristol should definitely check out the amazing Banksy street art. Hunting down his work yourself will take you to new parts of the city, and getting lost is all part of the fun.

In Edinburgh why not get your trainers on and get down to Holyrood Park to climb Arthur’s Seat? This wonderfully wild park is located right in the middle of the city, offering a retreat from the busy streets. At 251m above sea level, Arthur’s Seat is the highest point the park, and if you make the scramble to the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views.

Meanwhile in St Andrews you could check out some of the city’s quirkier museums, such as the Preservation Trust Museum’s recreation of historic shops and buildings, complete with sinister figures. Or look at cute penguins and weird sea creatures at the Aquarium, which should be mercifully kid-free if you go midweek.

If you’re based in Liverpool, get arty with a saunter down Lark Lane. This independently-spirited area has some amazing second-hand shops, as well as plenty of great bars and cafes. For veggies, we heartily recommend the Greendays cooked breakfast!

Reading Week

And if you’re in London, well you have no excuse – there’s tons of stuff to see here! If you don’t know where to start, why not try the Tate Modern? You never know what will be in the astonishing Turbine Hall, and amongst the permanent exhibits you’ll find famous names like Matisse, Rothko and Warhol. The gift shop has some great bits and bobs to jazz up your room too.

4. Have Some Me-Time

At the start of term everyone is in super-sociable mode. This is brilliant fun for awhile, but eventually everyone needs a bit of time to themselves. Reading week is perfect for a bit of me-time. With your flatmates away or stuck in lectures (poor things) you’re free to slum around in your PJs watching daytime TV, get lost in your favourite music and having antisocially long showers.

Much like going home for the week but without the train journey, a little time to yourself will leave you rejuvenated and ready to party in the run up to Christmas.

5. Flatmate Come Dine with Me

With term in full swing you may have started to resort to boring noodles or pasta every night. If everyone in your flat is off, you can cheer up your taste buds with a Come Dine with Me-style cooking challenge.

With a whole day to cook, you can attempt something a bit crazy and pick up some ace cooking skills along the way. And the rest of the week you’ve got an exciting mystery tea to look forward to each night. Just don’t get too competitive about the scoring….

Student-Friendly Accommodation

Whether you’re revising, hanging out with your flatmates or off exploring your new city, Student Housing Company accommodation is the perfect base for your university life. Find out about our brilliant accommodation across the country, and keep reading our blog for more top advice.