• 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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Student Cooking Hacks

One thing we all have in common is the need to eat, and another thing we all have in common is the need to eat junk food.

The problem with junk food is... well you already know what the problem is: it’s bad for you and it’s often surprisingly expensive to eat a full meal.

So, while a late-night kebab is a rite of passage which no one should TAKE AWAY from you, what do you do for the rest of the week?

Here are some recipes and life-hacks which will leave your stomach and your bank account full, all presented in a nice infographic:

Student Cooking Hacks by The Student Housing CompanyStudent Cooking Hacks by The Student Housing Company
  1. Chop your leftovers into cubes of about an inch
  2. Cook the vegetables in oil and add salt and pepper
  3. Keep the heat low and make sure the vegetables cook through and absorb the flavour
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked add cups of stock water, until the vegetables are covered, place a lid on the pan and leave the soup to simmer for an hour
  5. If you prefer a creamy texture you can puree the soup with a blender
Student Cooking Hacks by The Student Housing Company

 

The reduced items sweet spot

We know what you’re thinking - your experience with reduced items has only been disappointing, but that’s probably because you got there too late or too early! Find out what time your local supermarket puts out their reduced items. It could be morning, afternoon, or right before they close. You can figure this out by trial-and-error, or just ask a member of staff. Not only will you make big savings on your food shop, but the selection of reduced items encourages you to branch out and try new things – which is what uni is all about! Cook what’s nearly out of date, and freeze the rest. You’ll be stocked up in no time.

Frozen vegetables

The simplest things can make the biggest difference, and the humble pack of frozen veg turns a measly meat pie into a meal worth plating up. For just a few pence per meal, frozen veg adds colour, flavour, and vitamins to whatever else you’re rustling up.

Whole chickens

They might look more difficult to cook than a chicken breast but it turns out they’re not! You can put a whole chicken in the oven and forget about it for an hour or so. When it’s done, you’ll have freshly cooked chicken legs, breast, and wings for less than the price of any part on its own. And you can even use what’s left to make chicken stock! Why aren’t you already doing this!

Tin foil – your best friend in the kitchen

Tin foil is great for two reasons: it’s cheap, and it means no washing up! It works as a baking tray and can be shaped into a parcel which keeps flavours in. Just make yourself a parcel and chuck in fish, burgers, corn-on-the-cob or a jerk chicken recipe. You’ll be amazed at the delicious dishes that emerge from your tin-foil creation! Whipping up one of these dishes might take a little longer than popping down to the chippy, but you’ll save money, stay healthy, and you’ll learn how to cook. Convinced? Do you have any student kitchen hacks you’d like to share? Tweet us – @comelivewithus

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