• 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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Successful Student Athletes

What defines a successful student athlete? Is it determination? – But even the most meditative types are still determined. Is it hard work? – But even to write songs the musician must work hard. Well then it is it competitive spirit? – But even Jenga players are competitive and, as hard as they try to persuade us, Jenga is no real sport.

So in looking for the one true thing that identifies a sportsperson we got a little lost. Maybe then, instead of trying to find the one thing, It’s probably a whole heap of things which combined together create somebody who is great at sports.

To find out if that’s right, we’re going to get a little closer to the heart of the matter. As the British Colleges and Universities Sport Awards 2014 just happened, we can look at some of the most successful student athletes and check out their success stories to see what made them so awesome at what they do.

What Makes the Top Players?

  1. Alex Clayton – The University of Southampton student who snapped up the £1000 Chris Potter Award which recognises all the hard work and time he dedicated to the two wheeled machine. He’s on a big a winning streak too – having already won the British Cycling Go-Ride South Young Volunteer Award earlier this year.
     
  2. Kay Wilson – The Cardiff Met student who won the Supergrad Player of the Tournament award, netting a well earned £2014 which she intends use to continue her hard work and volunteer effort with the England Women’s Rugby team. Expect Wilson to compete as we get closer to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August 2014.
     
  3. Andrew Sears – The University of Reading student who rebuilt the institution’s football club, which was struggling with bad debt as well as an unfortunate reputation. As the president of the club, he won the BUCS Deloitte leadership award and he received mountains of praise for his leadership. This is a guy who knows how to get his team to compete.

That’s three examples of the kind of student it takes to get success. Each of these individuals have shown they have qualities of determination, hard work, and a competitive spirit, with not one quality being their only defining feature. We think it’s a mixture of these three things which makes them appear to be almost superhuman.

How it feels to be on top of the world

Feeling sporty? While you are spending time in student accommodation, it’s an excellent time to get involved in the kinds of sport available to you at university. Who knows – if you keep the training up it could be you who’s collecting an award at the BUSC dinner next year.

Plenty of students have been in touch to tell us about their university experience, and the things that they achieved may include sporting excellence. We’re always happy to hear from students, so when you want to talk about your sport, university and student accommodation don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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