• 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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How to Pick the Right Accommodation 2015

There’s a wide range of choice for students. Here’s how to narrow the focus

Choosing the right accommodation can feel a bit like solving a Rubik’s cube. It’s interesting, although frustrating, and you sorta just want someone else to do it for you.

So we’re going to make it a bit more simple.

What Kind of Questions Do You Need to Ask?

One way to solve a Rubik’s cube is to know the right pattern. Once you know the pattern, it’s much easier. Likewise, we can show you the right pattern, or set of questions, so that you can find the right accommodation.

Have You Already Settled on a Course and University?

It might sound obvious, but before you begin to look at accommodation you should be settled on you university. Otherwise, it’s wasted effort.

How Well Do You Know the City That’s You’re Moving to?

Do you know it well enough to say “yep that’s the area where I’m going to live for a year”?

Because if not you should visit and take a look around.

Sure, you can do research online and check out the forums on thestudentroom and other similar websites. But there’s no substitute for visiting the place yourself and trusting your own judgement.

What Kind of Person Are You?

University is a time to find out more about yourself and your own interests. But you probably already have a good understanding of what you like and want, and that’s important. Why?

Because each hall of residence is different and suits different personalities differently. More arty? Then you might want to live in a place that’s fashionable, with boutique shops nearby. More sporty? Make sure there’s a gym nearby so that you’ll be able to train comfortably. You get the idea.

What Kind of Antics Do You Want Get up to?

Does the area suit your personal vibe?

If you’re not a big fan of noise, you might not want to be nestled a little out from the centre. If you’re a big fan of noise, you might want to be in the heart of the student village.

It takes all types. Just be true to yourself to maximise fun.

Will I Be Safe?

Make sure that your halls are safe. Modern halls are protected by an electronic key and have security facilities so your stuff is safe too. If you need to know more about a particular hall of residence make sure to call to owner.

Decoration – What’s the Deal?

In most places it’s totally acceptable so long as you’re not causing any damage – but if you’re unsure it never hurts to ask.

Does It Fit My Budget?

Pasta and pesto gets really really boring after a while. So it’s important to make sure that you have enough to live comfortably at uni. Especially in cities like London. So draw up a little budget and work out what you can afford.

What Do I Do Once I’ve Answered These Questions?

After you have answered these questions the puzzle is nearly complete. You might even have a couple of good choices, so it’s just a case of weighing up the options to figure out which is your favourite.

To find out more about what’s nearby check out our city guides, or figure out how to succeed at uni with our advice.

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