• 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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Making the Most of Summer After Exams

With the end of the exams in sight, and the long summer months beckoning, how do you plan to make the best of them? You might already have your next few months mapped out, but if the end of the academic year, and cramming for the exams has had you too busy to think about what you’re going to do through the summer months, here’s some ideas to help make the most of your time off.

If the feeling of three months with no lectures, no study, and no work fills you with dread, then there are an abundance of internships, summer schools and more. If you’re looking for work, then hit recruitment and temp agency websites such as Reed, Indeed, Office Angels, and Pertemps, who are always looking for students with different backgrounds such as finance, business, and economics. For the more creative types, try approaching companies such as Grazia, Look, or Stylist, who often hire interns, as do fashion retailers like H&M, and Arcadia groups. Make sure you always have a current up to date CV handy, for if you spot that perfect summer job.

An indoor office job might not appeal to some, having only just escaped the lecture theatre. If you're more inclined to want to be outdoors and doing something more physical over the summer, volunteering at a festival might be the ticket. Many of the UK’s summer festivals need bar staff and event stewards. Festaff and Hotbox Events have plenty of opportunities and roles for an opportunistic student. If the festival scene is not for you, then heading abroad for a few months may be more appealing. Companies such as e4s and Season Workers usually have holiday reps and club promoter jobs for resorts all around Europe.

The summer months are also the perfect time to explore those activities you never quite find the time for. There are plenty of ways to keep your mind active and entertained. Why not try and find something new and exciting to challenge yourself and keep you busy?

If you’d like to be more tech savvy, it’s worth exploring some free online coding classes. This can not only help improve your career prospects but also strengthen your problem solving skills. If this sounds too intense for you, perhaps writing a blog about your passions would be better suited to you. Blogging is a good way to get more practice in writing, and an opportunity to express yourself and your interests.

However, if you’ve spent the last year glued to a keyboard, maybe you’d like to try something a bit more arty. Find local art courses, and explore your creative side. Arts such as pottery or painting can be confidence building, therapeutic, and lots of fun.

If your culinary skills peak at heating up instant noodles, then learning to cook or bake over the summer is not only satisfying and delicious, but would impress your housemates on your return to uni. Discovering how to make and prepare simple and healthy meals will give you skills for life, as well as opening up a whole new world of cuisine.

The stresses of the past year might have caught up with you, and while taking the time to relax is vital, the summer is a good time to think about some lifestyle changes. Yoga is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improving your heart and health. If joining a gym sounds daunting, small changes in your lifestyle can make quite a difference. It’s a good opportunity to moderate your drinking and quit smoking, which will also save you lots of money.

Overall, make sure, when the time to get back to uni arrives, you feel recharged, and ready to take on the next year.

 

 

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