• 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 Incontestable Ways to Have a Top Holiday

Follow these simple tips and you’re sure to have an incredible holiday or gap year

Let’s face it. After Christmas and New Year are over, the rest of winter is a bit rubbish. Sure it can look pretty and there are some great walks. But there are more exciting things to look forward to in the not too distant summer.

We’ve researched the net, asked around our friends and family, and we’ve basically figured out some of the best things you can do when you finish for the year. Let’s go.

Three Fun Things

Check out these great things that you can do abroad this year.

1. InterRail, baby

When I was a student I hadn’t seen many countries at all and I hadn’t the foggiest idea how to get around them. Well perhaps the easiest way around this problem is to go by InterRail.

With just one ticket you can travel all around much of Western Europe, over 30 countries in total. This covers popular destinations such as France and Spain but even allows you to get out into some slightly less-trodden destinations such as Romania and Montenegro.

Advantages  – From £157 you can access 30 countries. It’s easy to get around, lots of fun, and super safe.

Is it for you? – You might not spend long in one place if you want to make the most of the ticket. Budget can be an issue if you want to spend a lot of time in the western countries.

2. Travel handsfree

If you want the most freedom to travel wherever you wish and you like independence in your adventure, then perhaps you should go handsfree. What does that mean? Let’s explain.

On a package holiday, the journey, the hotels and even the entertainment can all be mapped out for you. It’s a little bit like having your hand held by the holidaymakers, who do everything for you. Now to go solo, you let go of that hand, choose the destination and then figure out the rest yourselves. It’s all part of the adventure.

Plus it’s usually much cheaper. The guides like Lonely Planet’s fantastic shoestring series help you make the most of any country and guides like Wikitravel can help you to stay safe. The main thing is to be smart about your choices – a three-week visit to Somalia is probably not a great idea. On the other hand, Hungary in Eastern Europe is incredible.

Advantages – Freedom to choose exactly when and where to go, usually cheaper, budget flights can be less than £100, more exciting than a package holiday.

Is it for you? – More organisation, some care needed for decisions.

3. Work abroad for a while

This suggestion is great for short holidays, gap years, and graduates who want to gain some life experience while abroad.

Examples include the time tested teaching English abroad. This is a great opportunity to really live in another culture while earning, and many students do this as a gap year or after graduation.

Other examples are less time demanding, but won’t earn you an income, though you often get a place to stay. You could work in a camp over the summer, help out on organic farms around the world, or work a paid internship abroad to boost your skills. Again, it all depends what experience you’re looking for.

Advantages – English language skills make it easier to find employment, skills for your career, more involved with local culture.

Is it for you? – Some work can be a little bit irregular, budget might be an issue for some internships.

An Extra Alternative for Students

What about seeing more of the UK over the summer? There’s exciting stuff happening here too.

In fact some cities such as Edinburgh and London have so much to offer that you can’t really get everything out of them in just a couple of days or weeks. So it makes perfect sense that you might want to find a way to stay a little bit longer.

Many of our residences have spare rooms over the summer, often between July and September. You get a lovely room to live in, stylish kitchen and living room space, TV and more. So if you want to stay in a place for a month or two, then it makes sense to check out our summer groups.

If you have any other questions about staying in our accommodation, please get in touch with us soon.