• 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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Top 7 Life Hacks for the Thrifty Student

Let’s get the obvious out the way: uni life is expensive. In fact, it can be very expensive. Between the rising tuition fees, expensive textbooks, grocery shopping, and everything else, it’s no wonder uni students are notorious for being broke. Whilst all the costs that come with higher education may seem overwhelming, there are a few things you can do to reduce spending.

We’ve put together a list of seven money-saving tips that’ll minimise your outgoings and generally help you spend your money more wisely.

1. Load Up on Freebies

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Your uni fees may include free access to gyms, student clubs, campus entertainment, and libraries, as well as free DVD rentals at these libraries. If any freebies come with your tuition, make sure you make the most of them – they could potentially save you a tonne of money in the long run.

If you’re after entertainment on the cheap, there are sure to be a few free gigs near you, covering everything from live music to carnivals and outdoor theatre. Alternatively, many museums and art galleries across the UK are free to visit, so do your research thoroughly and keep your options open when planning day-off activities.

2. Look for Offers and Coupons

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Don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on the free stuff; student discounts are everywhere and they come in various forms.

Most high-street brands like New Look, PC World, and Topshop/Topman will give you a discount if you present your student ID at checkout. You can also get discounted tickets if you go to entertainment venues like the cinemas during off-peak hours. If that’s not enough, you can pay £11 for an NUS Extra card, which will give you even more discounts at a wider variety of places.

Quick tip: You know what they say: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” Indeed, not all deals are advertised on the door, so if you want the goodies, you’ll have to ask!

3. Take Advantage of Your Birthday

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Unfortunately, unless you’re the Queen (who we presume doesn’t have to worry too much about food bills), you only have one birthday – but there’s no reason why you can’t make it a total food-fest, even if it’s just for a day.

If you didn’t know, then consider this tip a prezzie from us – many restaurants offer treats to birthday boys/girls. This can be anything from a pint on the house to a discount on selected dishes. If you want to bag yourself the best birthday deals, be sure to scour all independent venues as well as your usual eatery, and start your research/requests ahead of time.

4. Ditch Driving

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With UK petrol prices set to rise, running a car has never been more expensive. Not to mention parking tickets, tow charges, and insurance, all of which soon adds up; that’s why you should ditch it to avoid future financial strain.

To help you get from home to wherever you’re studying, it’s worth investing a little money in a Railcard rather than a car because for just £30, and you’ll get discounts for travels on the rail network throughout the year. Otherwise, you can walk to campus; it’s a great way to save a few quid and get some exercise into your daily routine – no need for a gym membership! If push comes to shove, you can always carpool, as lame as it may sound.

5. Never Pay Full Price for Anything… If You Can Help It

University reading materials are prohibitively pricey, so avoid paying full price at all costs! *Pardon the pun* Lucky for the thrifty student, Amazon Marketplace or eBay are real lifesavers when it comes to finding books for less (including postage). Similarly, you shouldn’t overlook second-hand bookshops near your campus either, because they’ll often carry items on the university reading list for a fraction of the original price.

It’s also worth finding out what textbooks are going to be required for your course. That way you can reserve them at the university library as early as possible to beat the queue, or better yet, to avoid having to buy them at all.

6. Swap Your Clothes

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Because why buy new clothes, when you can beg, borrow, and steal? Maybe not steal but definitely swap.

Here’s how a clothing swap works: everyone puts their items in a pile, and then you rummage through the pile and pick out the items you want to reclaim – it’s a real thing that thrifty people are doing at the moment. You can choose to host one yourself and invite your friends, roommates, and neighbours, or you can go to one in your community and deposit all your unwanted clothes in exchange for pre-loved items. The possibilities are endless.

On top of saving money, you’re also saving the environment by creating less waste – talk about a win-win situation.

7. Budget, Budget, Budget!

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This one’s a no-brainer but it’s really easy to get into the habit of overspending in uni. To avoid getting in any financial difficulty, you should keep track of the money you earn and all spendings you make throughout the month.

We know this may sound like a daunting task, especially if this is your first time living away from home and managing your own finances – but there are many student budget calculators available on uni websites. To make the most of these budgeting tools, all you need to do is key in your incomes, including loan, grants and bursaries, wages from part-time work, savings, and money from your parents, as well as your outgoings such as rent, food, course materials, mobile phone bills, socialising, and other necessary expenses… and voila! It’ll tell you how much you have left for spending this month – now you have no excuse for not budgeting.

We Know It’s Hard

Keeping your uni spendings to a bare minimum might not be easy to begin with, but if you keep at it, we can guarantee that you’ll be doing yourself a huge favour.

Are there any money-saving tips that you swear by but we’ve missed? Give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter, or you can email us directly at info@thestudenthousingcompany.com.

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