• 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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Freshers' Week Dos and Don'ts

Amazing parties, fun activities and friends made for life – Freshers’ Week is the stuff of legends. But how do you really make the most of it? Whether you can’t wait, or are feeling a bit nervous, these dos and don’ts will see you through.

DO:

Be yourself

You’re probably in a new place with lots of new people, but that doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be someone you’re not. You might be able to keep it up for a few days, but soon it’ll start to be a right pain. Be proud of who you are – it’s got you this far hasn’t it? – and don’t be afraid to let it show.

Get to know your neighbours

These people are going to see you at your best and your worst, so get bonding with them now! Not only will this avoid awkward silences as you wait for the kettle to boil in the kitchen, but it’ll set you up with someone to turn to when you need it.

Whether it’s playing computer games with you all night, helping you pick the perfect outfit for your date, or bringing you a cup of tea in the middle of essay hell, a good neighbour will always be there for you. Think of them as family, only more fun.

Join a society

At the Freshers’ fair a host of Students’ Union Societies will ply you with sweets and stickers in the hope you’ll sign up to their club. But don’t just grab the loot and run – join something! Societies are a great way to meet people from other courses, accommodation and years who share your interests.

From drama to football to voluntary work, there really is a society for everyone. If you fancy something out of the ordinary you won’t be disappointed either: St Andrews has a Barbeque Society, The University of Liverpool has a Paranormal Investigations Society, and in Edinburgh you can join the Arabic Belly Dancing Society.

Stay safe

You don’t want to ruin your first week at uni by ending up somewhere dramatic like a hospital or police station, so look after yourself and your new buddies. It’s obvious stuff, but don’t walk home alone, keep your belongings secure when you go out, and try to keep an eye on how much you drink.

Sort the boring stuff out

Freedom comes with its costs, and one of them is having to sort out boring stuff for yourself. Perhaps the most important is enrolling, as your student loan won’t be released until you do so. Get this done early and you’ll be all set to stock up on food, pick up some bits to customise your room, or treat your new friends to a round of drinks.

Other jobs include getting a login for the computers and wifi, collecting your library card and signing up at the doctors’ (many unis have one on campus).

Yes, you could do these things next week, but by then you’ll be busy getting your head round your course. So grab a companion and get organised – that queue will a great opportunity to get to know them better.

DON’T:

Judge too quickly

Not everyone you meet is going to be just like you or your friends back home, but try your hardest not to judge people before you’ve given them a chance. That posh girl with the designer clothes or that shy boy with a dodgy haircut might turn out to be your next best friend.

Assume it’s all about drinking

There’s much more to Freshers’ Week than drinking. Check out your Students’ Union listings for all sorts of fun activities. There will be stuff anyone can join in with, as well as special events targeted at mature students, international students and others.

Edinburgh shows off its cafes on tea and coffee crawls, thrill-seekers at The University of Liverpool can go on a ghostly tour of the city’s most haunted spots, and UCL students can make friends singing sea shanties in the Cobden Arms pub in Camden!

Burn toast at night

It’s three o’clock in the morning, you’re rudely awoken by a shrill alarm. You drag yourself outside and stand in the rain for half an hour in your PJs, desperately trying to avoid that guy or girl you fancy. That’s right – someone burnt their post-club toast. Again.

Setting off the smoke alarms at night wastes the fire services’ time and is a sure fire way to upset everyone in your accommodation, so stick to cereal instead!

Be hard on yourself

Freshers’ Week is great fun, but it’s also very intense. Meeting so many new faces, trying to find your way around, maybe having a few late nights – at times it’s bound to feel overwhelming. Make sure you allow yourself a bit of me time, and don’t feel like a social failure if you don’t click with people immediately.

Why not turn to one of those neighbours? Chances are they’re feeling just the same way, and will be relieved to know they aren’t the only ones.

Spend all your student loan at once

The nice people at the Student Loan Company have just dumped the first chunk of your loan into your bank account, brilliant! Your bank balance is probably the highest it’s ever been, but try to resist the temptation to blow it all in your first week.

Nightly takeaways, weird and wonderful drinks, plus a whole new wardrobe will start to add up quickly. Before you know it you’ll be down to your last fiver, doomed to a whole term of staying in.

A good way to budget is to plan yourself a weekly allowance. Work out a sensible amount for food, socialising and other stuff, then draw it out in cash and do your best to make it last (yes, paying on a card is cheating!) If you’re trying this tactic don’t carry your entire allowance with you, take what you think you’ll need for the day and keep the rest in a safe place.

Need More Advice?

The countdown to Fresher’s Week has begun, so it’s really important to make sure you’ve got your accommodation sorted out. If you’re still looking, we have a couple of spaces left – check out the great options available in St AndrewsLiverpoolEdinburgh and London.

Keep an eye on our blog for more info on making the most of your first year at uni.

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