• 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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Pots, Pans and Dinner Battles: Master the Basics of Cooking

When you first rock up to your student accommodation, the notion of a spatula might be as alien to you as advanced astrophysics is to us now. Luckily for everyone, you don’t have to do a PhD to know how to cook, and getting the basics is very straight forward.

There are lots of things around in the kitchen, while it can be a loud and perhaps intimidating environment for the novice, everyone’s got to start somewhere —and we reckon you’re up to the challenge.

Controlling the Kitchen

1. Look for lovely meals

Everyone’s got their own favourite flavours, so it’s time to equip yourself with a cookbook or two or use the web to find recipes you like.

You might have been given mountains of student cookbooks, which are full of nice and simple recipes perfect for the beginner. On the web, studentrecipes.com is a good place to start. It’s got loads of marvellous meals for you to enjoy – and you can search by type of food, occasion and choices for vegetarians.

2. Get your gear

You’ll want to a reliable set of equipment in your kitchen. If you haven’t already been inundated with loads of equipment, there are lots of lists you can find online that show you all you need. A good place to start is over on realsimple.com as it covers all of the basics pretty darn well.

Your recipe will almost definitely include a list of all the pots and pans that you’re going to need, normally in the ‘method’ part of the recipe. You’ll probably need some other stuff like a spatula or wooden spoon too, and now is a good time to get these things to hand.

3. Prepare for battle

Most recipes will tell you exactly what you need to prep before cooking, and indicate the amount of time you can expect to be cooking the meal for.

The recipe usually tells you exactly which way the food needs to be prepared, and you need guidance there are videos on the internet to show you how this is done. For example, if you have some onions you need to chop, you can follow the YouTube instruction of Jamie Oliver’s mate.

4. Full speed attack

Okay, now that you’ve picked a recipe, you’ve got your gear, and you’ve prepared your ingredients, it’s time to cook the beast.

If you need to find information about how to use your oven, or a hob, or any kitchen appliance – a quick Google of its name and brand will usually find you the information on the manufacturer’s website.

Then, with the recipe to hand, you’ll know exactly when to throw in the carrots, when to blast with seasoning and when to turn up the heat and cook.

Can Cook, Will Cook

When you’ve reached the end of your mission, you’ll have a delicious meal ready for you to eat. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, because that all comes with practice. You can be proud of what you’ve accomplished and serve up your very own self satisfying meal.

At the Student Housing Company, we’re big believers in great cooking: we fit all of our accommodation with modern, stylish kitchen appliances — such as the breakfast bar at The Castings in Huddersfield and the cool modern kitchens at Depot Point in London.

If you have any questions about for us about our private student accommodation, please get in touch at any time.

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