• 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 Summertime: Amazing Plans to Make the Most of It

What’s that sound? It’s the sudden quiet that tells you the last lecture has taken place, the farewell parties have died down, and a hundred cars have departed, laden with excited students, half their possessions, and all of their hangovers. Everyone is headed for the open road, or even just the road they grew up on, to sleep, eat, and regenerate with some good home cooking.

But once the initial high from surviving exam season has died down, sleep has been had, and you’ve re-watched Breaking Bad from start to finish, you’re left with a lot of days. So beyond topping up your funds with a summer job, you need a plan. Ideally one that involves finding adventure, travel, and hazy memories with the uni friends you’ve bonded with over the past year.

Get Festive

The hippies came and went in the 60s, and probably for good reason. Their lifestyle of being hairy, eating badly, and gathering in rainy fields usually ended in trenchfoot. But it’s fun to do in small bursts, in warm weather, with the right people. Which is why festivals are awesome.

It’s a traditional rite of passage these days, from a notoriously rainy Glasto to a sunburnt and Estrella-fuelled adventure in Benicassim. And don’t forget the hundreds of smaller festivals all over the UK. Find a good pair of wellies, gather up your tribe, and invest in a disposable tent (unless you go all out and glamp it up in a wigwam) – and you’re all set to go.

And if your budget is looking like a commune food cupboard, consider signing up as a festival volunteer or worker. Someone has to pour pints into plastic cups, steward cars, and oversee the portaloos – it may as well be you, and you’ll still find plenty of opportunity to see the bands around your tasks.

Ride the Rails

The best way to see Europe in all its glory is by train. A 10-day Interrail pass costs around £188 if you’re under 27. For that price, you can flit between the beer halls of Munich and the great lakes of Italy, and you can visit the Bavarian Alps and Amsterdam on your way to Prague. And European trains are much better than ours, before you ask; often with fold-out beds, free Wi-Fi, and drinks carriages as standard. Most European cities and towns have affordable hostels, too, so you’ll be able to keep your costs down further whilst meeting plenty of new and interesting people. Just hope they don’t snore too loudly…

Road Trip to Cornwall

We don’t do road trips like the Americans. It’s less diners and long, unbroken roads, and more motorways, confusing roundabouts, and Little Chefs here in the UK.

But whilst the journeys might not be as cool, we do have the destinations. The so-called great outdoors is yours to experience on a shoestring if you plan it right. Pitching a tent on a beachfront campsite in Cornwall can cost as little as a few quid a night. And you can learn to surf, to sunbathe, and to cook on an open fire. It’s the closest you’ll get to the equator on these fine shores. And if you get spooked easily by your own cooking, places like Bude and Newquay usually offer up reasonably priced bistros to help you top up your carbs.

The Land of Oz

Fancy hopping on a plane to pretty much the other side of the world? Well, you can, and even make it work financially if you plan ahead.

You’ve got plenty of options for all-out adventure holidays and tours, of course. You can visit the rainforests of Queensland and the incredible deserts and landscapes of Darwin with a guide to show you around, which is amazing, but will set you back a few grand.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking to keep your overdraft from keeling over, consider signing up as a volunteer. You could find yourself sheep-shearing in the Outback, helping at a research outpost in New Zealand, or getting involved in a conservation project on the Great Barrier Reef.

Prices vary from several grand for a guided tour, to the cost of a return plane ticket if you’re prepared to rough it a bit and do some volunteering, some harvesting, or some other seasonal work.

Make It a Memorable Summer

There’s a time for rest and recuperation, and there’s a time for adventure. Being a student is one of the few points in your life when you can do both in the same holiday. So make your summer count, because before you know it, you’ll be sat in a lecture on a dingy Monday morning in October, and you’re going to want some sizzling-hot memories to get you through.

Call it practice for a gap year, or call it backpacking, but whatever you decide to do, make your summer unforgettable. Check out our blog for plenty more guides and tips on getting the most out of life as a student.