• 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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It’s Pride month! Here’s how to get involved

For many students in the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone who likes a feel-good party atmosphere, this time of year means only one thing… Pride! All over the UK, hundreds of vibrant, colourful and exciting festivals and parades will be taking place throughout the summer months.

And whilst major brands, such as boohoo, Thomas Cook and Absolut (with their now iconic rainbow bottle and Kiss with Pride campaign) have been showing their solidarity for years, there’s no reason why you can’t do the same. And we don’t just mean getting your rainbow face paint out (though that’s a great idea), because as well as attending, there are volunteering opportunities, student initiatives and other ways to become part of Pride.

London (6th July with plenty of events in the month before)

Putting the capital P in Pride, London hosts one of the biggest events in the country, with hundreds of thousands of people attending the parade itself. There’s also a whole month of performances, events, and activities to put in your diary. With plenty of opportunities to volunteer as a steward, or help the event behind the scenes, it’s a great way for students to be involved, and make friends with others in the LGBTQ+ community.

Brighton (2-4th August)

If you’re going to travel to a Pride event (Did somebody say road trip?), make it this one. Described by the Guardian as ‘the country’s most popular LGBTQ+ event,’ it attracts people from all over the UK, and the world, with plenty of glitter and rainbows on show. Come and check out performances from big names, such as this year’s showstoppers, Kylie and Clean Bandit. The city’s Preston Park is transformed for the weekend into a playground of stages, party tents and general inclusive fun. With space for camping, and opportunity to join the largest parade of its kind in the UK, it’s a must-visit event for everyone.

Manchester (24th-25th August)

Manchester’s Gay Village is a vibrant hotspot for anybody planning to visit the city, and during the bank holiday weekend it becomes home to one of the UK’s longest running Pride celebrations. With a separate music event in Mayfield Depot, featuring around 30 performers, the real celebration continues in the Village, with a commitment to a safe, inclusive, and most of all, loving vibe. The parade itself regularly attracts huge crowds and brings the city to a standstill.

For students planning a trip to Manchester for Pride, Youth Pride MCR, a free to attend event located 5-minutes from the Gay Village Party on the same weekend, is worth checking out. This safe and inclusive space is for ages 14 and over, with plenty of live performances, crafts, film showings and make-up tutorials for budding drag queens and fashionistas alike.

Bournemouth (12-14th July)

Bourne Free offers a full weekend of activity, with a parade on Saturday 13th, and festivities throughout. Stick around for performances on the main stage from Ru Paul’s Drag Race legend Sharon Needles (surely worth the price of a wristband alone?) alongside many other acts, shows and events. Bournemouth University actively supports Bourne Free, and offers students the chance to become diversity champions for the university.

Liverpool (27th-28th July)

Pride in Liverpool, as the festival has been renamed this year, has a student-friendly free entry policy. Even more student-friendly, is the youth zone, not to mention plenty of live entertainment, food and drink stalls, and other attractions to be enjoyed before, during and after the parade itself. If you’re staying in the city over the summer, then this is one not to be missed.

Have you heard of National Student Pride?

National Student Pride takes place every February, which is the UK’s LGBT History Month. Students from over 170 universities around the world, including many from the UK, visit the University of Westminster for this event, whilst many more stream panels live. It’s a mix of parties, film screenings, debates and exhibits, as well as a graduate job fair. It’s about celebrating the LGBT voices in the student community. It’s also free, and well worth attending. Have you checked out if your University LGBT society is getting involved next year?

Whether you’re staying local or travelling far and wide to visit one of the many Pride events happening this summer, check out our blog for plenty of tips on what else to do during the holidays.