• 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 Apps for Students

Gone are the days when your laptop was just for typing up essays, and the only time you got your phone out in lectures was to message your friends. Whether it’s boosting your study skills, staying safe on nights out, or working out who owes for pizza, there’s an amazing app to help you out. Give our favourites a go and we promise you’ll never look back!

Productivity

One word: Evernote (Windows, Android, iOS). With this one simple, elegant app you can take notes, write to do lists, organise Office docs, PDFs and photos, and collaborate on research. With tags, notebooks and an impressive search function, you’ll never lose anything ever again. Evernote is available across all platforms, making it easy to access your notes wherever you are.

If you’re easily distracted – and let’s face it, who isn’t? – then Freedom (Android, iOS, web) is here to save you from your friends, the news and funny cat videos. Use it to block distracting websites and apps for set periods of time, so you have no choice but to concentrate. You can also make a schedule so that distractions are blocked for the same period every day.

Another way to boost your concentration is to take regular breaks. 30/30 (iOS) lets you schedule slots of work and play throughout your day, with strict time limits. You’ll work harder in the study slots, and won’t feel guilty about your time out. You can set up any task for any time period you like, so you can plan your entire day, right down to showers, cups of tea and replying to messages.

Study

Referencing is a nightmare – you can spend hours trying to figure out where each comma, capital letter and bracket goes. Take the stress out of it with award-winning app RefME (Android, iOS, web). Scan the barcode on the back of a book, or clip a URL from your browser and RefME will churn out the perfect reference in whatever style you choose. Simple.

Exam Time (Android, iOS, web) helps you study the smart way. You can plan your study time, make notes, presentations and mind maps, and streamline your revision with your own quizzes and flashcards. ExamTime’s community GoConqr also gives you access to over 3 million other resources.

Fed up of that grubby scrap of paper with your timetable on? My Class Schedule (Android) and Class Timetable (iOS) will make sure you always know where you should be. Both feature colour coding, reminders and a task list for your assignments.

Nights Out

Circle of 6 (Android iOS) is a discreet app that will help you stay safe. With just two taps you can get send a preset message to up to six trusted friends, with a map of exactly where you are. This could be vital if you’re lost or in a dangerous situation, but can also be handy if you need an important phone call to get you out of an awkward date.

Drunk Mode is another must for nights out. Avoid cringe-worthy messages by hiding certain contacts in your phone, track down friends who have wandered off, and find taxis and walking routes to get you home safely. Set how long you want it to run for, and you can’t disable it unless you’re sober enough to solve a maths puzzle!

Wandering the streets in search of a cash machine is never fun. ATM Hunter (Android, iOS) will quickly show you exactly where the nearest one is, and give you a map to get there safely.

And if you’re always losing things, Find Find My iPhone and Find My Android Phone will help you hunt down your pesky phone the next day.

Money

Getting the hang of budgeting is one of the biggest challenges of being a student. Your loan gets paid in at the start of each term, and it’s down to you to make it last. On Trees (Android, iOS, web) is a user-friendly app that uses colour coding and charts to help you keep track of your money and see what you’re spending the most on.

Make the most of your student discount with NUS Extra (Android, iOS, web) and Uni Days (Android, iOS, web). Unidays lets you search for online and in-store discounts for all kinds of products, whilst NUS extra also has a handy map feature that shows you exactly where you can find the best deals near you.

Never bicker with your flatmates about money again! Splittable (Android, iOS, web) helps you keep track of exactly who owes what. It’s great for working out your weekly shop, last night’s takeaway, or supplies for your next party.

Student Life Sorted

These apps help take some of the stress out of student life, so you can concentrate on having a great time. Make things even easier with our award-winning accommodation. Bills are included so you don’t have to worry about who pays what, and there’s loads of useful services on site such as a laundry room, wifi, TVs with Freeview, and maintenance staff.

Look at our accommodation pages to find out more, and keep an eye on our blog for more advice on student life.

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