• 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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The 3 Ways to Level-Up Your Summer Experience

How retro games can show you how to get ahead in your career

Old video games can show you how to have a better summer. Especially if you want to have more fun. It turns out Pac-Man was more profound than he looked.

Yep. Retro button pressin’ will teach you some powerful life lessons. Let’s a-go.

1. Take Shortcuts

Most people want to skip the annoying underwater level in any game and move on straight to the fun parts.

Without preparation, post-graduation can be like the water level of life. But you can skip this stage if you’re clever.

Get valuable work experience in the summer time. Whether you teach English abroad or go for an internship, it’s a sure way to speed everything up. And there are plenty of resources around the net you can use to keep on top of the opportunities:

  • AIESEC UK  – internships for students and recent graduates
  • IAESTE UK  – internships for science, engineering and applied arts students
  • i-to-i  – a range of travel volunteering opportunities
  • TEFL.com  – teaching English as a foreign language
  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)  – opportunities for volunteering overseas

The experience you gain from these might cost you a little, but it will help you to get into that job a lot faster.

2. Play the Spin Off

Everyone knows about Super Mario, but what about Super Luigi? It’s was a long time until the green hatted brother got his own game, but Nintendo eventually made Luigi’s Mansion. Giving more depth to all of the characters in the game.

So why not spin off your university experience, and go study abroad?

You’ll get valuable cultural experience, you’ll see how things work at another university, and you’ll come back home with a lot more understanding of your course.

Your university will probably have a study abroad program, and advisors will be able to help you out. If you’re struggling to figure out what that might look like, have a peek at the summer abroad page for the University of Edinburgh.

Your University will probably have something similar. If you’ve missed out on the chance to register this year, and you’re a returning student next year, then you’ll have the chance to sign up for this opportunity soon.

Also check out the British Council site for more info on:

  • Erasmus+ Study abroad
  • Study USA
  • Study India

3. Increase Lives

Pac-Man. If he picks enough disks as he goes around the maze, he gets an extra life. Lives give you the chance to play for longer.

Likewise, if you’re going abroad this summer, picking up some extra money is a great way to increase your travel time.

Lucky for you, there are a few ways to get paid while you’re aboard:

  • Summer Camps – In the USA in particular
  • Holiday Rep – With the big players like Thompson
  • Au Pair – Or a nanny for parents abroad
  • Bars –  Not guaranteed, but possible in destinations like Ibiza
  • WWoof – Work on organic farms
  • And more

What’s grand is this: You get the chance to see other countries and the additional money fuels your adventure for a little longer. You don’t run out of lives.

As Pac-Man put it: “woo-woo-woo-woo wap-wap”

Game over – continue?

Well that’s it for our silly video gaming and holiday analogies. We’ve seen a bunch of ways you can think about your summer experience, and we’ve shown how you can use that experience to level up.

Want more fun? Check out our blog.

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