• 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 seven miles of beautiful beach, a historic pier and buzzing nightlife, there’s so much to love about this picturesque seaside town. From shopping the local boutiques to killing time in the variety of sea-view bars, clubs & restaurants, it’s all here.

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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, offers a student living experience few cities can match. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some of the most historic buildings in the whole of the UK (including Edinburgh Castle, home of the famous Hogmanay parties).

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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 see why students love London. The city, a global hub for study, commerce and culture, is made easily accessible, despite its sprawling size, by the famous Underground network aka The Tube and generally fantastic public transport links.

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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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The Students' Guide to Packing

Packing for a week’s holiday is hard enough, let alone for a whole year! Here at The Student Housing Company we’re experts in student living, so let us give you a few tips to make sure you have everything you need.

Personalise Your Bedroom

You’ll probably be sharing some spaces with your fellow students, so your bedroom is the one place you can really make your own.

Posters are a cheap and easy way to express yourself, whilst photos will help you feel connected with home. Believe it or not, little details like this are an easy way to tell people about you, and maybe even meet friends. A poster of your favourite band will attract the attention of fellow gig goers, whilst your holiday snaps might unite you with others who are also into the great outdoors.

You’ll have to bring your own bedding, and this is another opportunity to add a splash of colour to your room. All our beds are ¾ size, so make sure to choose double sheets, duvet and duvet covers. Minimalist, cosy florals or retro comic book characters – the choice is yours.

Pack a variety of clothes. You’ll probably want to dress to impress for Freshers’ Week and nights out, but when you’re busy studying or nipping to the shops a cosy hoodie and some jeans will be much appreciated. Be realistic about delicates too: will you really bother to hand wash that dress or iron that creasy shirt?

Think about what you like to do to relax as well. A couple of books, DVDs or your knitting will be handy for when you fancy a quiet night in.

We love personalisation, but make sure you will be able to return your room to its original state when you leave. You don’t want to be charged, so avoid using drawing pins, nails and sticky tape on the walls.

Come Armed to Take on the Kitchen

Whether you’re sharing your kitchen or you’ve got one all to yourself in a studio, it’s important to bring the right equipment. An oven, hob and microwave will be provided, but you’ll need to sort out the rest.

Crockery-wise, you’ll need plates, bowls and mugs. A bright design will jazz up your breakfast and also help you tell which stuff is yours. Pack cutlery to go with it – and don’t forget teaspoons, fishing your teabag out with a knife just isn’t the same.

Pack glasses too, maybe a few pint glasses for water, squash or beer, and wine glasses for when you’re feeling fancy. But don’t go for anything too posh, chances are you’ll break a few in the coming months! There’s nothing worse than bringing a bottle of wine home only to find it’s not a screw top, so grab yourself a bottle opener and cork screw.

And finally, there’s cooking utensils. Wooden spoons, a couple of pans of different sizes, a colander, chopping board and a sharp knife are all necessities. Scales are handy too. Measuring your portions will stop you wasting food, saving you money to spend on more exciting things.

Space can sometimes be an issue in shared kitchens though, so consider leaving your artisan bacon pan and extra large wok at home. Don’t worry about bringing your own kettle and toaster either, it’s much easier to club together with your flatmates for these once you get here – you don’t want six of each cluttering up the place.

Don't Forget Your Bathroom Essentials

A good way to plan this is to imagine you daily routine – what do you use in the shower? Do you bother with skincare? What styling products do you use on your hair? You can of course pick up toiletries when you’re here, but having a good supply gives you one less thing to think about.

Towels are important too. A couple of bath towels, plus a hand towel should be enough. Again, choosing a bright colour or distinctive design will make sure you don’t accidentally walk off with someone else’s. If you have a shared bathroom, a dressing gown is a must for going to and from the showers.

Studying Survival Kit

Most courses will send you a reading list in the summer, and it’s well worth tracking down the books you need before you start. With a bit of research you can find good value second hand copies of most things online, saving you from library queues and expensive university bookshops.

At university you’ll be expected to take responsibility for your own study, so you need to stay organised. Notebooks, ring binders and plastic wallets will help keep your notes in order, and well placed post-its can remind you of deadlines. A memory stick is also vital for looking after your essays.

Bring plenty of pens and pencils. Some people find that colour coding helps them learn, so think about investing in some highlighters or coloured pens too.

Library computers can get very busy, so definitely bring your laptop if you have one. With wifi as standard in your room and available across most university campuses, you can work wherever and whenever is best for you. As with all valuable items, however, make sure that it’s insured.

Need Any More Advice?

Our handy packing infographic has all the key things to remember when packing. And keep an eye on our blog for even more hints and tips to help you through your first year at uni.