• 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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Move-in Day!

So, we’ve given you all the info on what to bring, where to go, all the logistics of the big moving event… but what’s it actually going to feel like? Some of you might be just a little apprehensive as you approach the last few days before move-in, but it’s going to be okay!

The worst bit for me was pulling up in the car, looking at this great big building in a city I didn’t know, with people I didn’t know. Equally scary was knowing I was about to be cruelly abandoned by my parents here! But plaster a smile on your face and get out of the car, because once you’ve done that the worst bit is over. Phew.

Head straight for someone in a yellow t-shirt (that’s us!) as we’re an exceptionally friendly bunch, and we’ll let you know exactly what to do next. When you’re happy with where you’re off to, grab your stuff and head on up.

At this point it gets exciting, you can try out all of our state of the art amenities in your room and kitchen (plus your parents can exclaim that student accommodation wasn’t like this in their day). The style and panache doesn’t finish in your flat you know, have a mosey around the common room and courtyards too, so you can get to know your new home.

Once you’re settled in I think we all know it’s time to say goodbye to the folks (lovely as they are, they tend to be kind of embarrassing in these kinds of situations). Prepare for this moment to pull on the heartstrings a bit, no matter how much you say you don’t care, we know you do. Give them a quick hug and our advice is not to stay in your room but to head straight into the kitchen to make some new friends.

On that first day, they may seem like strange people with even stranger accents but we know from experience the best part of staying in halls, is the variety of people you will meet. We have lots of exciting things going on during Freshers’ Week throughout each of our sites, so why not go through your Freshers’ stuff with each other and plan a few things you really want to do.

It’s going to be a long day, you’ll probably feel every emotion going, and wonder why you’ve decided to put yourself through this! But we know it’s going to be one of the best years of your life so stick with it, relax and keep busy, you’ll feel at home in no time. If you’ve got any questions, or just want to see a particularly smiley face then pop down and visit your onsite staff team.

Safe journey and we can’t wait to meet you.

Author Bio

Rosie Hill is the Sales and Marketing Intern at The Student Housing Company and is a former resident of the Astor House residence in Plymouth.

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