• 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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The 5 Incredibly Cash-Clever Ways to Enjoy Summer 2015

Student loans are now over but summer fun is just beginning

It’s the usual story. After countless hours in the library, and maybe the odd one or two in the bar, the academic year is over. And with it goes your student loan. Like a broken calculator, it’s no longer something you can count on.

So, until your loan makes a comeback next year, you’ll need some things to do that are heavy on the fun but light on the wallet. And here they are:

Frolic in theme parks

You can get your thrills in the sky on a rollercoaster, or down on the ground with activities. All you need to do is find a park you and your pals enjoy.

Like Legoland. Where thousands of small plastic bricks recreate London landmarks such as the Millennium Bridge. And there are many Lego-themed rides and adventure films within the 150-acre park.

£48 makes it paradoxically the priciest of our cheap things to do. But like many theme parks, there are discounts: Students can get up to 40% off the price with an NUS card.

Scout out the country

This year you’ve met lots of new people, and that gives you plenty of new places to explore. Talk to your mates, find out what’s interesting near them, and suggest going out to see it.

Think about Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric bunch of stones in the world. This Wiltshire hotspot has a new visitor centre, audio-visual displays, hands-on exhibits and a café.

It’s a great, cheap day out, especially if you have a place nearby to crash. It’s only £13 to get on the site, but remember to take valid student ID.

Find true love

Shakespeare once wrote: “The course of true love never did run smooth”, which today reads more like an App Store review for Tinder than poetry.

Nonetheless, if you’re one of the lonely hearts, a great way for some cheap summer fun is a brief summer romance. To find it, take advice from Kate Samuelson, an MA student who recently wrote for the Huffington Post. She says there are many decent apps for dating, like Tastebuds – which matches you with people who have the same taste in music. 

And of course, a date only costs as much as you want to spend.

Start a band

You might be the next big thing. Imagine yourself onstage, playing to a crowd of devoted fans. Well it has to start somewhere, and this summer could be the time.

You might think it takes too long to learn an instrument. But check out the story of Nirvana’s guitarist Kurt Cobain. It’s said he had lessons for only a month.

If you don’t already own one, you can usually pick up a ‘first’ instrument on the cheap. Try eBay. Then after that small initial cost, every day you spend practising is free.

Have a picnic

The easiest, cheapest, and simplest way to have fun, and for next to nothing.

Just take a look at London’s parks. Many of these have five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, which proves that when the weather’s nice you can’t beat a nice time in a nice park. The people have spoken.

It’s not just about London though. Most local parks tend to be free to visit, and you get to choose the budget for the picnic. (TIP: Parental cupboards can be a valuable resource.)

The Next Adventure

After crawling the country, dashing around parks and starting your own band, you’ll have had lots of affordable adventures this summer – and you’ll have plenty more stories to tell.

To keep the stories coming, and continue the fun loving, check out the content on our blog.