• 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 the Most of Your Uni Library

Hopefully you’ve made it to your university library by now – maybe to grab a book for your course or buy a coffee. But are you really making the most of it? There are tons of resources and services in there that will make studying easier and get you better grades. Find out more in our guide.

Find Your Space

Most people think of libraries as dusty, boring places where you get shouted at for thinking too loudly. They may indeed have been like this 30 years ago, but today’s university libraries are all about working how you like when you like.

Yes, there will be areas where you have to work silently – and for some people that will be just what they need to nail that essay – but you’ll also find sofas where you can curl up with a book or talk things through with a friend. There might also be group study rooms you can book – perfect for getting together on a project.

You aren’t restricted to working nine to five either. In term time most university libraries will be open 24 hours a day, so night owls can work in peace at midnight and early risers can get a couple of hours in before lectures.

Do Your Research the 21st Century Way

You do research online all the time – from cinema times to new music, or what to eat for tea. So why restrict yourself to books older than you are when it comes to your uni work?

Don’t go mad on Google or Wikipedia though – instead head over to your library website. Here you’ll find all the latest ebooks to read online or download. There are also thousands of academic journal articles, which are bang up to date and mercifully short.

You can access online resources without even leaving your sofa, and they’re much easier to search and filter than the paper stuff. Your library website will have a special search engine that can sift through thousands of digital books, articles and chapters in seconds.

Get Hold of Pretty Much Any Book

It’s really annoying when you discover a really helpful-sounding book, only to find that your library doesn’t stock it – this is where inter-library loans come in. For a small charge (normally a quid or so) you can get a copy sent to you from another library somewhere in the country. Many will come from the British Library in London, which with 170 million items is the biggest library in the world!

And if there’s a popular book that the library owns but you can never get your hands on, why not ask them to buy a couple more copies for you? A decent chunk of your tuition fees goes to the library’s budget, and they’re generally happy to take requests and suggestions on how to spend it.

Scan, Copy and Print to Your Heart’s Content

You may not use the library computers much, but their printers and copiers will come in handy from time to time. Scan useful bits of books and email them to yourself as a PDF to keep or make copies of old exam papers to help you revise. There will also be facilities to print, including full colour and large paper sizes. Just make sure you don’t burn through your credit too quickly!

In many libraries you will also find services such as laminating and binding, for when you want your work to look extra impressive.

Ask for Help

The step from school or college work to university work is a big one – suddenly you’re expected to manage your own time, do your own research, and write lengthy essays stuffed with fiddly-looking footnotes. Everyone takes a while to get used to it, but if you’re struggling to find your feet you can find help at your library.

From workshops on how to reference correctly, to advice on academic-style writing, most university libraries now offer support with the transition. Take a look at your uni’s library website for more information.

And don’t forget, the staff are on hand to help you find your way around the resources too – so if you can’t find that pesky book or have no idea where to start with your research, just ask!

Experts in Student Living

Here at the Student Housing Company we’re experts at student living. Our brilliant accommodation has everything you need to work, rest and play in style – from wifi in your room to onsite laundry facilities and Freeview in shared areas.

Check out our locations across the country, and keep reading our blog for more insider advice on making the most of your time at uni.

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