• Birmingham

    Birmingham is England's second-largest city and is famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks, all of which make it a location that simply offers everything 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

    Bristol is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, buzzing nightlife and a friendly, community-focused atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year round.

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  • Cambridge

    This small, historic town offers a student living experience like few others. Punt down the beautiful River Cam, visit the city’s many museums, or go off in search of brilliant boutiques: it’s all here.

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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 many shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots. From St Davids up on the hill to the bustling city centre, this place has it all. What's not to love about student life in Exeter?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster is among the most picturesque settings in the UK for student housing, and the city certainly knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs scattered throughout its vibrant and cultured centre.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers a student living experience rich in history, with a vibrant social scene, independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, including amazing shopping, unique restaurants, world class entertainment, live music and sport. Liverpool also has a famous nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city.

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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 offers an amazing student living experience. The city is famed for its nightlife and vibrant social scene, cultural highlights including an 800-year-old castle, museums, galleries and theatres, which make it a popular destination.

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  • Nottingham

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

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about student living in Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, fine restaurants, bars and more, all set against a seaside location few other places can match.

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  • Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is a great choice for student living. The University of Portsmouth is on an island - Portsea, which is also home to the best student accommodation in Portsmouth: our Catherine House residence, just the other side of Victoria Park.

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  • Sheffield

    Famed for it's location of incredible countryside this city has so much to offer both in and out of the centre. From the beautiful moorlands to a culture steeped in an industrial heritage.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city packed full of museums, music venues, art galleries, award-winning parks and incredible shopping. There are also many student bars, clubs and a fantastic selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to enjoy.

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Five ways to wellbeing: give

Today, it feels more important than ever to find those little things that contribute to a sense of wellness. The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of mental health messages designed by the New Economics Forum (NEF), all of which are aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the wider population. Exploring and adopting these ideas might put you on the path to positive feelings! 

 

The five pillars that make up the Ways to Wellbeing are: 

  • Connect 
  • Be active 
  • Take notice 
  • Keep learning
  • Give

 

Working to support student wellbeing is a core value of The Student Housing Company, so we’ve put together a series of blog posts with tips based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing. In this post, we look at the fifth of the NEF’s messages: give. 

5 ways to wellbeing

What does it mean to give? 

In this context, the concept of ‘giving’ can have many different meanings, depending on the individual, and it doesn’t have to be linked to things like making donations to charity. Sure, contributing money to good causes is one thing you can do, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to giving. You can give your time, give assistance, give advice and generally give of yourself to others; the form giving takes is different for everyone, because everyone is different. It’s about finding the type of giving that is right for you and those around you. 

 

Charitable giving 

Studies have shown that being altruistic - or selfless / more concerned with the needs of others - can have a significant impact on your health and sense of wellbeing (even down to making blood donations feel less painful, according to one piece of research!). Giving to charity provides an obvious outlet for altruism, providing a genuine opportunity to put others before yourself. A lot of charities focus on generating cash donations from members of the public but your giving needn’t always take that form. Lots of smaller, local charities place enormous value on people who are willing to give their time or assistance - an extra pair of hands that can make the world of difference to organisations like this. Think about what you might be able to offer in the context of volunteering. It might be lending a hand at a fundraising event, working at a homeless shelter, or perhaps there are other skills you could offer, such as social media support. Helping others in this way is not only beneficial to them, but will be rewarded and enriching for you too. 

 

Other ways of giving 

It doesn't just have to be charities that you give to. Closer to home, there might be others around you who would value your help too. Two of the things you can most easily give to others are your time, and your support (either through listening, or being a shoulder to cry on, or just being there to offer advice). Again, giving of yourself and putting other people first is often valued more than you might think. Maybe you’ve got a friend who has been putting a task off for some time and would really appreciate an extra pair of hands to get it done - drop them a message and offer your support. Sometimes, it’s even simpler than that. Look for opportunities to listen to - and be there for - your friends or family members. You never know when the chance might crop up, and being there to help will contribute to your sense of wellbeing as well as theirs. 

 

Random acts of kindness 

Ever heard of the kindness of strangers? You have the chance to repay it. One exercise to try is to intentionally do at least one kind thing every week for people you’ve never met. Every day provides opportunities to be kind, from simple things such as holding a door open for someone or letting someone go first in the queue, right up to bigger acts of kindness that will last long in the memory of their recipients. According to Mind, research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

 

Top tips for giving 

Want to feel the benefit of being a bit more altruistic? Try these today: 

  • Pick up the phone to someone who might need it 
  • Join a community group
  • Do one kind thing for a stranger 
  • Sign up to support a charity 
  • Offer to lend a hand with something your mate has been putting off 

 

With the January blues in full swing, we want to show some extra love. We’re running our own #5WaysToWellbeing competition this month, offering the chance to win the ultimate night in for you and your flat. Click here to find out more! 

 

The Student Housing Company, at the heart of student wellbeing.