• Birmingham

    Birmingham is England's second-largest city and is famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks, all of which make it a location that simply offers everything 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

    Bristol is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, buzzing nightlife and a friendly, community-focused atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year round.

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  • Cambridge

    This small, historic town offers a student living experience like few others. Punt down the beautiful River Cam, visit the city’s many museums, or go off in search of brilliant boutiques: it’s all here.

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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 many shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots. From St Davids up on the hill to the bustling city centre, this place has it all. What's not to love about student life in Exeter?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster is among the most picturesque settings in the UK for student housing, and the city certainly knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs scattered throughout its vibrant and cultured centre.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers a student living experience rich in history, with a vibrant social scene, independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, including amazing shopping, unique restaurants, world class entertainment, live music and sport. Liverpool also has a famous nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city.

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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 offers an amazing student living experience. The city is famed for its nightlife and vibrant social scene, cultural highlights including an 800-year-old castle, museums, galleries and theatres, which make it a popular destination.

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and the sandstone caves hidden beneath the streets. It has a beautiful castle to explore, along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about student living in Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, fine restaurants, bars and more, all set against a seaside location few other places can match.

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  • Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is a great choice for student living. The University of Portsmouth is on an island - Portsea, which is also home to the best student accommodation in Portsmouth: our Catherine House residence, just the other side of Victoria Park.

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  • Sheffield

    Famed for it's location of incredible countryside this city has so much to offer both in and out of the centre. From the beautiful moorlands to a culture steeped in an industrial heritage.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city packed full of museums, music venues, art galleries, award-winning parks and incredible shopping. There are also many student bars, clubs and a fantastic selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to enjoy.

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On the go spending, it will trip you up...

Starting out student life can be overwhelming. With too many new choices we often find ourselves just existing, creating a new way of life, without consciously considering why we do what we do. 

Here are a few habits you might be forming that will not only be hurting your wallets but also your wellbeing...

 

The dreaded morning alarm

A simple thing as hitting ‘snooze’, it feels harmless, doesn’t it? We all love a lie-in from time to time but what may feel like an indulgence can create a perfect storm of stress and wasteful spending. From dashing to class in a cab, grabbing a quick coffee at the kiosk and popping into the corner shop for a meal deal at lunch, basically leaving you in a panic and on-edge all day. 

All these small on-the-go purchases drain our bank accounts and ultimately our wellbeing. Multiply those feelings of stress by days x months and the impact on our wellbeing is considerable. Multiply the money spent by days x months and you’ve quickly got yourself a small fortune. Now, just imagine how you’d feel without the panic and what you’d buy with the small fortune!

 

Forgetting breakfast, a coffee will do

The joyful sound of the morning alarm, again. Waking up late often means we miss out on creating a positive morning routine that can boost our wellbeing. From stretching to meditation to working out and most importantly, breakfast. How many times have you needed to grab a coffee / unhealthy snack throughout the day to simply ‘get you going’ and ‘keep you going’?

Pretty soon it has become a daily habit, one that can not only hurt our wallets but also our studies. Skipping breakfast means blood sugar levels are not going to give us sustained energy and our brains function will not be at its optimum level for learning.

 

Filling up down time

Free time. One of the great things about university is having more time to ourselves where we get to decide how to use it. Time between lectures. Days with no lectures. Evenings alone. This downtime can often leave us feeling bored, lonely or afraid and the need to make ourselves feel good is real. Spending is a common coping mechanism to these feelings.

The pleasure we feel in that moment is often met with guilt and anxiety a little later. If we know the times that trigger us to needlessly spend, we can create a plan for an alternative activity. E.g. going for a walk away from the shops, connecting with a friend or trying something new. The money you spend on trying something new may have an improved outcome on how you feel and on your confidence. This is how to get MoneyFit.

 

Follow the #MoneyFitnessMovement.

 

Financial wellbeing is part of The Student Housing Company's wellbeing programme.