• 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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Staying Well at Uni

Continuing our theme of how to stay happy and healthy at university, a new report shows how the UK is not the only country to see increasing mental health issues amongst students. In fact,  it looks like its becoming pretty widespread no matter where you study in the world.  This research, called Student Wellbeing Matters, takes an independent look at existing research from the UK as well as Germany, Spain and Australia to find out more about how student welfare has changed recently.

The research lists most of the obvious stressors such as financial pressures, academic stress, long commute times, social pressures, job worries and finding the balance between work and study. It also makes an interesting link to housing problems too. The latest National Student Housing Survey supports this, showing a strong correlation between satisfaction with where you live and overall happiness at University. In fact, the correlation is so strong that 80% who rated their accommodation as good or very good, also said it had a positive impact on their wellbeing and 84% who rated their accommodation as bad or very bad, also said it had a negative impact on their wellbeing.

One of the big questions in discussion is how much students want to access wellbeing support where they live, as well as on campus. Kieran Portman, Resident Assistant at The Student Housing Company’s Bentley House in Birmingham, thinks that this is where private providers can step up to support students:  “The Resident Assistant (RA) role is a unique one. It’s based on site, so there is a friendly face around the place. The RA’s role includes organising community events  which range from celebrating pancake day to sexual health talks for our residents,” says Kieran.

Kieran, who graduates this summer with a law degree from Aston University continues: “Feeling able to talk to someone about your feelings, good or bad, is what’s important. Whether you have something to celebrate, or if you are feeling down after a difficult lecture, its about talking it out – before problems begin to manifest.”

Bobbi Hartshone, Head of Student Wellbeing at GSA, which owns The Student Housing Company and other global student accommodation brands says: “Student accommodation providers can provide a community environment where students feel supported. We’ve been running residence activities for a long time at The Student Housing Company, but now we’ve started to think more holistically and with more research to help make sure it’s effective in promoting the wellbeing of our student residents. We’re now rolling out our programme across all of our student properties worldwide. The whole team are passionate about the opportunity to make a real difference to students’ lives and its good to hear the news that 71% of our residents feel that our staff really care about their wellbeing*.”

*National Student Housing Survey, 2018

NEW WELLBEING ZONE

We’ve gathered together all our blogs on the subject so you can delve into them at whenever you need to find out more.

 

Download Our ‘Student Wellbeing Matters’ Report

Blogs:

Drinking, Diets & Deadlifts: Staying Fit At Uni

The Best Brain Foods For Students

Student Guide To Staying Well In Winter

Student Health Guide

How To Cope With Homesickness At University

Mental Health & Wellbeing At University

Mental Health & Wellbeing Survey Winner

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

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