• 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 Idiot's Guide to Laundry

You’re fine for the first week or two, but then: disaster strikes! That dress you wanted to wear tonight is covered in sambuca, there’s unidentifiable takeaway all over your favourite jeans, or – worst of all – you’ve run out of clean pants. It’s clearly time for a trip to the launderette – but where does the detergent go? What setting should you use? And how do you even turn a washing machine on? Don’t panic! Our idiot’s guide to laundry will get you through that traumatic first wash.

Have a laundry strategy

In a recent study of university students in the UK, a stinky 74% of girls and 55% of boys said they dig dirty clothes out of the wash basket to wear again. Even more disturbingly, 61% of girls and 45% of boys admitted to turning their pants inside out to get an extra wear out of them – gross! Sadly the only way to avoid such desperation is to be organised, but luckily there’s a few tactics to help you out. The first one is obvious – buy loads of extra socks and pants, as these are the things you really don’t want to wear twice. Then, buy a small laundry basket and do a wash whenever it gets full, so that you always have some emergency undies to spare. Doing the laundry is a pretty boring task, so rope in a friend. Arrange a time once a week where you load up your washing, grab a fancy coffee and have a good catch up. If it’s a regular social thing, you’re much less likely to bail. In Student Housing Company Accommodation you can you can even check online to see if there’s machines free, and set up email alerts to let you know when your wash is finished – so there’s really no excuse!

Washing whites, colours and delicates

Your parents will probably tell you that whites and colours should in no circumstances ever be put in the wash together. However, life is too short to sit there in your room sifting through smelly socks. New, dark-coloured items like jeans and jumpers could release dye in the first couple of washes, but will usually be fine after that. Use your common sense though – it probably isn’t worth the risk of putting your favourite white t-shirt in with your darkest indigo jeans. Some wools and synthetic fabrics will need to be treated with more care, with either a delicate cycle in the machine or washing by hand. The last thing you want is to ruin your delicates though, so if in doubt go for a hand wash or take them to your resident laundry expert back home.

What about detergent?

Wandering down the laundry isle in the supermarket you’ll be astonished at the variety of different powders, tablets, liquids and softeners that people have bothered to invent. One easy way to choose is to go for what your family use at home. Alternatively, here’s a few pointers:

  • Tablets that go directly into the drum are the easiest and least messy option.
  • Biological detergents have special enzymes in them to help break down stains and dirt. They’re good for quick, low temperature washes, or if you’re washing really filthy sports kit.
  • Non-biological detergents don’t have the enzymes, which makes them kinder to sensitive skins.
  • Fabric softener is an optional extra. It will make your clothes feel softer and smell nice, but is bad for the environment and could aggravate sensitive skin.

When you come to use your detergent, just follow the instructions on the box. Powders and liquids will go in the draw, which will probably have three compartments – use the one marked II for your detergent, and the one with the flower symbol for conditioner. Most tablets just get chucked in the drum with your clothes. The box will also tell you how much detergent to use, based on how much stuff you’re washing and how dirty it is.

What washing machine setting should I use?

It’s important to pick the right setting; otherwise you could end up with a wardrobe full of crop tops and three quarter length trousers – not a good look! The labels on your clothes will tell you what to do, including what temperature and cycle to use, how to dry them and how to iron them (although let’s face it, there probably won’t be much of that going on!) The symbols might look like something off the pyramids, but this guide to wash symbols will help you decode them. Then it’s just a matter of picking the right setting on your machine. Most machines make life easy by giving you the choice of whites, colours, synthetics or delicates. If you aren’t sure what to go for, the synthetics cycle is a safe bet for most fabrics – although watch out for wool and silks that require delicate treatment.

How do I dry my laundry?

Easy, really – stick it in the dryer! You don’t want to shrink your stuff after you’ve got so far though, so pick the temperature wisely. Choose 140˚ - 150˚ for general stuff, 160˚ for cottons like bed sheets and towels, and 110˚ - 120˚ for delicates. Again it’s important to check the labels, as some clothes are not suitable for tumble dryers and will have to air-dry in your room instead. Spread out your things on radiators and chair backs to speed up the process, and if you have lots of delicates a drying rack will maximise drying space. Finally, make sure that everything is completely dry before you put it away, otherwise you’ll end up with clothes that smell even worse than they did in the first place. Good luck!

Stress-free student living

The Student Housing Company accommodation is carefully designed to take the stress out of living away from home, so you can get on with enjoying the good stuff. Our sites all have handy Circuit laundry facilities – you can check online when a machine is free or when your laundry is done, and easily top up your account from your room. And if that wasn’t enough, there are maintenance services, wifi and Freeview television too. Keep reading our blog for more great tips about student living.

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