• 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 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.

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