• 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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A Freshers’ Guide to Packing for University

There’s more to packing for uni than just chucking your favourite jeans, ten T-shirts and a couple of sweaters into a suitcase. Trust us: a little bit of organisation is the key to a smooth transition into university life.

Of course, the aim here isn’t to take every single thing you’re going to need for the full academic year ahead – just enough to get you through the first months, so that you can concentrate on settling in, making friends, having a laugh, learning stuff, etc.

So take a look at our infographic below – we’ve broken it down into the different rooms to make it all a bit easier to digest. Just move your mouse around each room, and little boxes will pop up to suggest the essential move-in items you’ll need.

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So there is quite a lot to consider, but it’s not rocket science if you break it all down and think about it logically. And TBH, if you do forget anything, you can probably just go out and buy it – after all, you’re gonna be living in a well-connected student-friendly city, not the Outer Hebrides! Good luck, and if you’re coming to live with us, we’ll see you soon!

A guide to packing for university

 

Bedroom

For many first-year university students this will be the first time they have lived away from home; if you are living in shared student accommodation,it is likely that your bedroom is one of the only rooms where you can put your own stamp on it and make it feel homely.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the area in shared student accommodation which can sometimes cause friction amongst you and your housemates. Making sure you are well prepared by bringing enough of your own equipment should prevent any roomie tiffs occurring!

  • Cooking utensils
  • Crockery and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Corkscrew & Bottle opener
  • Chopping board
  • Washing up liquid
  • Recipe books

Bathroom

It is always a good idea to stock up on your toiletries before you move into your student accommodation; making your essential items last longer will save you precious pennies in the months to come.

Things to pack for studying

  1. Textbooks
  2. Pen pots, Pencils, Pens & Highlighter
  3. Memory stick
  4. Ruler & Pencil Sharpener
  5. Scissors
  6. Storage boxes
  7. Calculator
  8. Post-it notes

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