• 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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Students - Find the Best Bonfire Near You

The leaves are changing colour, the air is crisp and cool, and you’ve finally figured out that the clocks have gone back – it must be time for Bonfire Night! Yeah, uni is about being independent, becoming an adult and all that – but that’s not to say you can’t still enjoy pigging out on treacle toffee and watching fireworks.

If you’re making the effort to stand in a field on a cold November night, you want it to be worth it. Lucky for you, we’ve done the research and have come up with a guide to the best bonfires within easy reach of your Student Housing Company pad. So dig out your wellies, grab your housemates and have fun!

Bristol

The Downend Round Table fireworks (BS16 6QW) is Bristol’s biggest Bonfire Night celebration, and has been going for nearly 45 years! It’ll take you about half an hour on the bus to get there, but it’s well worth the effort. For your £4.50 ticket you’ll get not only two firework displays, but also an amazing fire-based circus performance and live music.

If you fancy a smaller, cosier affair, try the Bishop Road firework display (BS7 8LS). Set in a local primary school, with fireworks, hot food and a children’s lantern parade, it’s bound to be a heart-warming evening – just like the ones you used to go to when you were a kid! Tickets are £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door.

Liverpool

In Liverpool it’s all about Sefton Park (L17 1AF) and Newsham Park (L6 7UP). These two free displays are huge events, with thousands of people from all over the city gathering to enjoy the show. This year’s theme is ‘Salute to the Services’, and the fireworks will be synchronised to dramatic music inspired by the armed services.

Both are about half an hour away from Ablett House, so take your pick! If you fancy a more studenty vibe we’d recommend Sefton Park, which is close to Smithdown Rd and the University of Liverpool halls of residence.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s biggest firework display is at the Meadownbank Sports Centre (EH7 6AE). These guys have been putting on firework spectaculars for over thirty years, so they definitely know how to put on a good show! Tickets are £6.50, which includes fireworks from an award-winning team, plus entertainment beforehand.

London

Alexandra Palace (N22 7AY) does Bonfire Night like nowhere else. Join 50,000 Londoners for one of the biggest and best shows in the city – you’ll be treated to amazing fireworks, lasers and parades by Mutoid Waste, who’ve previously thrilled crowds at Glastonbury and the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a German beer festival, tons of street-food stalls, two (yes, two!) funfairs, and an ice rink. Indoors, fans of cheesy music will love sets from Club de Fromage DJs, and can end the evening singing along with the Elton John tribute act. Tickets are £9.00 – act fast as they sell out every year!

If all that sounds a bit much, Clissold Park (N16 9HJ) in Hackney offers a more traditional celebration featuring fireworks, a bonfire and circus acts. It was really successful in its first year last November, so we’re excited to see what they come up with this time! You’ll have to be organised though, as tickets have to be bought in advance from the Hackney Empire – £8.50 for non-Hackney residents.

Never Miss a Thing

With a whole new city to explore, you’ll want to be right in the middle of everything. Our stylish student accommodation is always perfectly placed to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Find out more about our brilliant locations, and keep reading our blog for more local student knowledge.