• 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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How to Get Lots More from Societies with Little Effort

“Who needs societies? They’re a waste of time!” That’s what some guy whose name we don’t remember said when we were at uni, and where is he now? Who knows. The point is he was wrong.

Societies are a great way for you to get additional skills, confidence and even friends who are interested in the same area. How do you do that? Well, get comfy, and we’ll tell you.

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There are five simple ways to really make the most of student societies:

1. Figure out the different roles

Not all societies have a wealth of different roles (like computer games societies, which are pretty much straightforward) but many societies are a little more diverse, and so they have a whole bunch.

For example a film society normally has someone to organise, someone to publicise, and someone to hold discussions at events.

You can talk to the current society leaders to figure out the structure of the different groups. But many also include this information online these days too.

2. Join ones for jobs

If you’re in first year of studies, you’ll maybe not be 100% sure where you want to go with your career. That’s okay. But if you want to get some insight – this is possible too. Let’s explain.

Universities often have profession-based societies you can join and these give you an opportunity to see how the work works. Suppose you’re into marketing or advertising roles, the relevant societies may give you different projects to attempt: a major benefit for your CV.

3. Go to social gigs

Go to the social events. One reason to join societies is to make more friends. But in a different context you can also go to societies to network – although this does require long-term rather than short term thinking.

If you spend extra time at the social events you’ll meet a wide variety of characters and this could lead to opportunities further down the line. Why miss out?

4. Get out when nothing’s going on

Sometimes, it’s important to cut your losses. Most of these posts assume that the society is working well for you, but it’s a good idea to pay attention to when it’s not. Why’s that?

Well, societies are often somewhere to go for fun. But when you’re also there to get skills, keep this in mind and ask yourself “Is the society helping me to achieve my goal?”

5. Take the lead

Hot to develop leadership skills, or you’re particularly passionate about a cause? Get involved in the upper echelons of a society.

In fact if you really want an advantage over your peers, get started today. Join political and ecological societies, sports and exercise societies, or even set up your very own. In this, you often get the chance to negotiate, organise and run successful campaigns. And what’s more, experience like this makes you more likely to quickly progress in your chosen field.

What to do next

The great thing about societies, whether you’re happy in your current position or not, is that you can join or leave them whenever you like – this lets you pick and choose the best options for you – so you’ll have an arrangement that works. But how to get started?

First figure out which societies are for you. There are plenty of different choices. Especially if you’re studying at a university in a big city, say you’re at London, or Edinburgh.

While you’re in your city, if you want to get lots more from your home then look at our student accommodation across the UK. It’s all pretty great, if we do say so ourselves. And then if you’re interested in a room, drop us a line via the internet pipes and we’ll tell you all about it.

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