• 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. The city also has many historical hotspots and posesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. It's obvious why students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of things to offer students such as shopping, unique restaurants and entertainment - including live music. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs dotted over the city - you really are spoilt for choice!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the underground and has everything a student could possibly want from the Uk's best shopping, restaurants, parks and museums to some of the most unique bars and clubs.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle has lots to offer including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including 600 shops in the city. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is known for its role in the great Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves underneath the streets of the city. Nottingham also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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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 and Barbican areas.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love the sea - Portsmouth is a great choice! From eating and drinking out to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard - 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 Three Level-headed Ways to Balance Studies and Leisure

"What is this playtime of which you speak? I know only books."

Sometimes it can all be a bit crazy. The stack of books piles up. Before you know it, there's like a million empty Lucozade bottles strewn about the room. You want to call your mum. And if you had a pet, it would look at you with those beautiful eyes, amplifying the horrible devastation life has become.

Well, that's the extreme. If you feel like it's heading in that direction we're here with some workload tips to reduce stress and improve fun. Let's go.

1. Tinker with your time

"Good time management is essential for coping with the pressures of modern life without experiencing too much stress." – Those guys at the NHS Each day write down what you plan to get done, and stick to it. Say you have two books to get through this week. Write down the time that you expect to work on these and then stick to these times. Remember to give yourself a break at various points so you can relax. If you find it difficult to manage your time, go to your academic services. They will likely have a few short courses to polish up your skills.

2. Sort out your life

"Get as much information as possible about what is expected of you, and what is available to help you with the course, as soon as possible." – The lovely people at MIND Student life can be stressful. There are a whole new bunch of things for you to learn and have to be more independent than ever. But with the right information, you'll be totally fine. Basically, there are three things you want to do:

  • Have a healthy lifestyle
  • Manage your money
  • Get breaks and exercise

For advice on any of these issues, go speak to someone at your student services. These services are there for this very reason. It's always kept private and the teams are trained to be very lovely and super helpful.

3. Have fun with friends

"Studies indicate that social capital is one of the biggest predictors for health, happiness, and longevity." Cecile Andrews – scholar and social pro Your social life is important for your own health and wellbeing. Fact. Which is handy if you ever needed to tell your folks about the virtues of parties. Obviously, studies can get in the way of socialising. But is there something taking up too much of your time? Remember: you can always fire out an email to your supporting teachers or ask a classmate for advice.

Less stress, more life

Get these three tips together and you will find that your mood and productivity increases. You'll manage your time, you'll see your friends, and you'll do so with totally minimum devastation and totally maximum fun. And for more fun, super helpful advice check out the rest of our blog.