• 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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How Students Can Find, Get and Keep a Part-Time Job in 2015

Because during your studies sometimes you need a little bit more cash dollar money

You know it. Students do have a tight budget. But could you use a bit of extra cash for more food, clothes, and, you know, fun in general?

Well, part-time work can give you the extra breathing space you’re after. Luckily, we’ve been there and we know how to land a part-time job. It’s easy. Here’s how.

1. Prepare Your CV

Okay. Here’s the first thing before you can start looking for a new job. Make your CV.

If this is your first time you have at least two options:

  • Wing it
  • Get advice

The second is the right option.

Your family and friends are a good first stop. But a better source of advice is your uni’s career service. They’re much less likely to be worried about criticising you, and much more likely to give you constructive feedback for your CV.

2. Look for Work

With your CV ready, there are at least three places you can look for work: online, on the street, and word of mouth.

Finding student jobs online is probably the easiest option, and many companies do post their positions on the internet. But not all.

There are places that don’t post online. Perhaps they already get enough attention without the need to advertise? Or whatever. The point is, it’s worth handing out CVs IRL to maximise opportunities.

And word of mouth? Well the only way to pick up jobs this way is to talk with your friends and acquaintances. Especially if you know somebody who works at a place you like. It never hurts to ask. And it might get you straight to the next step.

Oh and just a word of advice. Have something to say to your potential employer. Because you can totally do better than this: “Can I hand my CV in here? Thanks. Bye.”

3. Impress at the Interview

“First impressions are, by definition, instant and it takes seconds for a complete stranger to formulate a positive or negative opinion of you based on your appearance alone.” Said Chris Smith, Important Guy at MyJobMatcher.com.

For better or worse, he’s right.

And as it’s so important to make a good impression, think about how to make it with good clothes. This doesn’t always mean you have to wear a suit, but do dress smarter than you do for lectures. If you struggle to decide what to wear, remember it’s a better idea to overdress than underdress.

Make a good impression, show you’re a fun person to be around, and you’re more likely to get the job.

4. Balance with Your Studies

Okay so now you’re employed. One of the most frequent questions students ask now is this: “Will it interfere with my studies?”

Luckily there are a couple of good reasons to believe everything is okay.

Firstly, NUS research into employment services for university and college students says: “The overwhelming consensus [amongst job shops] was that part-time work brought considerable positive benefits provided there was a work/study balance.”

And secondly, look at when the Independent shared some student experiences. One was Nathan Armes, a third-year Psychology student at the University of Hertfordshire. He worked as a cloakroom attendant at his student union and he found it easy enough to fit around his studies.

You just need to make sure it’s balanced.

If you’re still concerned, talk with your employer. They might even be able to work out some kind of deal where they make the workload lighter when there’s more for you to do at university. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

More Work, More Money

Obviously, the reason you want a part-time job is so you can afford more things. And now you have managed to find, get, and keep one, you can have a more comfortable student experience.

So get ready to treat yourself. After all, you’ll have earned it.

Want more excellent advice on how to succeed at uni? Check out our blog.

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