• 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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Making Friends

Finding friends is a big part of your student adventure – you’re a bit like Robinson Crusoe, or Jack Kerouac, or even Gertrude Bell, who all famously went on their travels (intentionally or not) meeting many new people along the way.

Well, no matter if you’re social dynamite or Napoleon Dynamite, these amiable tips will help you to make tons of friends during your time at university.

Friend Tips

1. Hanging out at your halls

Make sure you hang out in the communal areas of your student accommodation, as it’s probably the easiest way for you to make a bunch of new friends.

Think about things to do in and around the place you’re living. Say your communal area has a space where you can prepare delicious robust and healthy food (such as every meal you should be eating) then you can take advantage of this space to host a whole evening of mighty lovely food for you and your soon-to-be chums.

2. Socially awesome at societies

If you want to meet a specific bunch people, you can find friends with the same interests by attending the relevant societies. We’re looking here at the kind of students who have a specific activity close to their heart: sporty football types, geeky D&D types, crafty arty types, and so on.

Going to a society meetup forces you to explore a new environment but gives you a comfortable talking point which will allow you to break thorough the ice. They’re a great way to meet likeminded people!

3. Be brave at a rave (or a night of light refreshment)

When you and a few pals go on your adventures into the night, have a conversation with someone new.

With even only a few friends supporting you, there’s nothing to worry about when you approach another person in a decent club or bar, or any other social event for that matter. And if you’re into the music or theme of the place then you have a conversation starter right away.

If you’re struggling to think of an opener, think of something simple. Maybe a basic observation about the place you’re in. If it doesn’t work out, maybe you can adjust your method for next time. Or who knows, maybe you’ll hit it off and make a brand new friend!

4. Rinse and repeat

Just like anything else, making friends gets easier with repetition. So practice, practice, practice!

With this in mind perhaps you should read all the other three tips again, just so you remember them.

Best Friend, Best Accommodation

Okay, so you didn’t read all of the other tips again, but we hope you’ll find the advice useful.

Your friends are going to be a great part of your time at university. Both the ones you have now, and the ones you’ll make later. If you’ve already made some great friends in any of our private student accommodation, you can tell us how great they are or ask us any other questions any time.

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