• 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 Will You Spend Your Summer?

The summer months are almost here. Lectures have finished and exams are nearly if not already over. As the weather picks up, and the sky clears, you may dare to bare your feet in a pair of flip flops, or stroll in clothes which don’t cover you up from head to toe. You’ve got more freedom now and for at least the next three months – but what to do with it?

Well, there’s a whole bunch of ways you can use your new found time. If you’ve graduated this summer, you may find our post on how to find work as a graduate useful. Or if for you this is a summer between studies, then there are some other cool things you can do. Let’s have a look at them.

Travel

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
– Aldous Huxley

When the author of Brave New World penned the above quote, little did he know that budget airlines would make travel as accessible to the masses as it is today. His grumpiness aside, in one sense he was also spot on. The thing is, you have to discover the world for yourself and lucky for you, in 2014, you have the chance to travel almost anywhere.

Explore your options:

  • Inter-railing: Travel around Europe via train, spending as long in a country as you wish. This is a great way to see the continent at an affordable price.
     
  • Shoestring travel: there are many adventures which can be done at a fraction of the cost when you take advice from the experts, with plenty of safe hostels and budget friendly destinations around the world. Check out the shoestring guides from Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide travel companions to get an idea of where you would like to go.
     
  • Live in another city: if you want to stay in the UK over summer why not live in another city for a few months? You can also check out the accommodation we have available in our http://thestudenthousingcompany.com/information/summer-groups/>Summer Groups and make use of the availability of our summer residences.

Internships

“Loving my internship” – @thomlynee

Now that you have a few months to play with, why not channel that time into something super productive like an internship? This is one way to get something really impressive on your CV, it will help you stand out when you leave university, and is a chance to try out the work of an industry you’re interested in.

For example, if you want a career in advertising, you may want to work over summer as a copywriter intern. Agency experience can be quite competitive, but if you’re quick off the mark and can show you have the right interest, you will soon find your way into a position.

There are some great resources for internships on the internet. If you know the kind of work you’re after it’s a good idea to look on Twitter. Follow the businesses and companies you’re interested in working for, as they will often post a link when a place is available. For a more general set of internships, inspiringinterns have a newsletter you can subscribe to for regular internship updates in your local area.

Summer Jobs

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
― Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison knew a thing or two about hard work. Along with loads of other things, he invented the first light bulb that was actually commercially viable. Clever guy.

Anyhow, the point is that hard work and dedication always pay off, and so could your summer activity if you plan it right. We don’t mean you have to work out at sea on a trawler or anything, though you could if you wanted, but taking some paid work over the summer is a way to deepen the pockets a little bit and gain solid work experience.

We’ll still be here when you get back

After a summer of hard graft, travelling and buckets of fun, we’ll be here waiting to welcome you back with open arms to our top notch student accommodation. Whether you’re moving back into The Costume Store in London or Canal Point in Edinburgh, we can’t wait to see your smiling face all ready and refreshed for the start of a new term with The Student Housing Company.