• 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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Living on a Budget in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a fantastic range of free activities and attractions that will keep students busy all year round. To give you a helping hand the team at The Student Housing Company have done a little research to ensure your money stretches that bit further when you move into your new student accommodation, Canal Point this September.

The city is a veritable mix of cultural highlights, from Scotland’s long and wildly interesting history into modern day, with the annual Edinburgh Festival and this year’s Commonwealth Games. While the Games are officially hosted by Glasgow, Edinburgh will play an important role throughout this summer’s athletic events.

Immerse Yourself in the Highlights of Edinburgh

Getting to know your new city doesn’t have to mean venturing to numerous museums, galleries and castles when you’re living in Edinburgh, but you can get well and truly stuck into the Edinburgh way of life just by making your way around the city and its outskirts.

Every day at 1pm residents and tourists in the near vicinity of Edinburgh Castle are treated to the sound of shellfire from the field gun – a sure fire way to remind you to pay the Castle itself a visit. When you do get around to exploring this impressive testament to Scotland’s history, don’t forget to take a few minutes to enjoy the view of the city afforded from this vantage point.

Strolling through the streets of this drizzly city, you will soon discover the impact literature has had on not only the architecture but on the names of landmarks around Edinburgh: the city’s main train station is named after the “Waverley” series of novels by Sir Walter Scott, while the large, gothic monument to the Scottish author lies just around the corner. Up on Calton Hill you will find the monuments of Robert Burns and David Hume, and once you reach the Old Town there are notable locations from more recent works. Irvine Welsh’s ‘Trainspotting’ crowd drank in Deacon ‘Jackson’ Brodie’s Tavern, which featured first in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

Making Your Money Go Further

For a completely free weekend packed full of activities, take a look at our top five free things to do in Edinburgh:

The National Galleries of Scotland

Spread over three sites across Edinburgh, the National Galleries house 22 exhibitions with 156 events hosted each year.

Arthur’s Seat

Climb 823ft above the city to Arthur’s Seat, the rocky hill in the middle of Holyrood Park, and enjoy the panoramic views of Edinburgh and beyond.

The Writers’ Museum

Find out more about three of Scotland’s great writers: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.

Edinburgh Art Festival

In partnership with the city’s galleries and museums, the Edinburgh Art Festival brings a range of free exhibitions and events to the city each year.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

If horticulture is your vibe, take yourself down to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens and explore the array of science, photography and cultural events available.

If you are prepared to splash a little bit of cash on your Edinburgh jaunts, between April and October each year you can take a tour of Mary King’s Close. You will see what lies beneath the city, accompanied by a costumed guide who will show you Edinburgh’s City Chambers from an alternative and supernatural perspective. Similarly worth a few pennies is the Scotch Whiskey Experience where, between June and August, you can learn all about the unique taste of Scotland in its premium export. Both the Mary King’s Close tour and the Scotch Whiskey Experience offer a student discount.

Life as a Student in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has so much to offer, and so do we at the Student Housing Company. If you’re still a little unsure about whether we’re right for you, pay the team at Canal Point a visit and see if we float your boat.

Alternatively, have a chat with a team member who can give you more information about the local area, and what to expect when you move in to one of our premier student residences.