• 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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A Student's Guide to Packing for University

Sophie Louise Nixon is a student going into her third year of university and will be moving into Knoll Court next month. Here's what she's got to say about what you DO and DO NOT need to bring to university:

The start of term is just around the corner! Soon you will be moving into your accommodation to begin an exciting year of university. Fresher or not - it’s easy to get carried away packing for your new digs. So, what exactly do you need to bring? Below is a list of handy do and do nots on what to pack for university.

What you DO need to pack:

It can be hard to transition from home life to life at university. Bringing the following items can really help ease you into adult life and make those first few weeks less scary.

Home comforts

An obvious one. Bring some items from home that you enjoy. This could be pictures, plants or a plush toy. Whatever makes you feel less lonely on your first few nights away from home.

“I was really homesick the first week I lived in halls. I brought some polaroids of friends and my favourite coffee to help me adjust to my new life”- Christina Lamont, Northumbria.

Comfy bedding

Another obvious one. Long days of lectures and seminars will make you appreciate your bed more than ever. Invest in some great quality bedding to make sure you get a good night’s sleep and are ready for another day of studying.

Clothes Airer

Doing your washing for the first time is daunting and can be expensive. The cost of washing and drying your clothes quickly adds up. One way of combatting this is bringing a clothes airer. This can save you a lot of money if you have the time to wait for your cloths to dry.                                        

Extra storage

Your accommodation will already provide plenty of storage space. Actively make the most of this by using folders for your academic work. Organise your stationery and toiletries using containers. A tidy room is one less stress to deal with!

What you DO NOT need to pack:

Multiple mugs

As cute as your mug collection is - you don’t need it! One is enough. Odds are you’ll purchase more throughout the academic year. Save cupboard space by only bringing your favourite mug.

“I took a million mugs and glasses, completely unnecessary”- Sophie Walker, Newcastle.

Packs of kitchenware/crockery

You and your flat mates don’t need a pack of these each. Find your flatmates here and divide the responsibility between you. You won’t need eight wooden spoons between you.

Lots of stationery

It’s tempting to buy lots of stationery. However, you will likely be given it at the start of freshers. Wait until term begins to buy what you don’t have. This also gives you the chance to work out how you best record your notes. Also, make sure you attend the freshers fair to get some of your stationery for free.

What else?

Always check with your accommodation what they provide as part of your contract. This saves a dash to the shops upon your arrival when you realise you’re missing something.

You decide what you need to bring - it’s your room after all! These are just some tips to make the process of packing easier and much less daunting. Still looking for a room? Check out our student accommodation.

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