• 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 seven miles of beautiful beach, a historic pier and buzzing nightlife, there’s so much to love about this picturesque seaside town. From shopping the local boutiques to killing time in the variety of sea-view bars, clubs & restaurants, it’s all here.

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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, offers a student living experience few cities can match. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some of the most historic buildings in the whole of the UK (including Edinburgh Castle, home of the famous Hogmanay parties).

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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 see why students love London. The city, a global hub for study, commerce and culture, is made easily accessible, despite its sprawling size, by the famous Underground network aka The Tube and generally fantastic public transport links.

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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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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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