• 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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We Asked You About Your Favourite Student Spots: Here’s What You Said

If you’re a student in Liverpool, Plymouth, Southampton, or Cardiff, we asked you to tell us about your favourite bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. Almost 400 of you got in touch to let us know what you thought of your local student spots, and we listened to what you said: awarding the top locations with our Seal of Approval.

So if you’re studying in one of these cities, all you have to do is look out for one of the banners below, and you’ll be onto a winning student spot – you considered some venues to be so good that they made it into the list twice, so keep an eye out for those...

Here are the winners, arranged by city:

Liverpool

Top 5 Bars and Pubs

  1. McCooleys
  2. Bar CaVa
  3. The Merchant
  4. Heebie Jeebies
  5. The Brookhouse

Top 5 Restaurants

  1. Love thy Neighbour
  2. Down the Hatch
  3. American Pizza Slice
  4. Bakchich
  5. Baltic Market

Top 5 Cafes

  1. Leaf
  2. Bold Street Coffee
  3. 92 Degrees
  4. Barley And Beans
  5. Love thy Neighbour

Top 5 Nightclubs

  1. Heebie Jeebies
  2. LEVEL
  3. Baa Bar
  4. Soho
  5. Ink

Plymouth

Top 5 Bars and Pubs

  1. Switch
  2. Pryzm
  3. Fresher and Professor
  4. Roundabout
  5. Union Rooms

Top 5 Restaurants

  1. Caffeine Club
  2. Hubbox
  3. Mr Wok
  4. Jake’s
  5. Barbican Pasta Bar

Top 5 Cafes

  1. Prime
  2. Boston Tea Party
  3. Jake’s
  4. Drake’s Kitchen
  5. The Original Pasty House

Top 5 Nightclubs

  1. Fever and Boutique
  2. OMG
  3. Union Rooms
  4. Pryzm
  5. Air

Southampton

Top 5 Bars and Pubs

  1. The Standing Order
  2. Mitre
  3. The Hobbit
  4. Sobar
  5. Bedford Arms

Top 5 Restaurants

  1. 7 Bone Burger Co.
  2. Shanghai 1841
  3. Cabana
  4. Sakura
  5. Cosmo

Top 5 Cafes

  1. Mettricks Coffee
  2. Coffee #1
  3. Halladay’s Tea Rooms
  4. Second Cup
  5. Buddah Lounge

Top 5 Nightclubs

  1. Oceana
  2. Switch
  3. Jesters
  4. Café Parfait
  5. The Edge

Cardiff

Top 5 Bars and Pubs

  1. Woodville
  2. Live Lounge
  3. Buffalo
  4. The Flora
  5. Gassy’s

Top 5 Restaurants

  1. Zero Degrees
  2. Spicy Hut
  3. Bagel & Burger Kitchen
  4. Fattoush
  5. Elegano

Top 5 Cafes

  1. Barker’s Tea House
  2. Coffee No. 1
  3. The Early Bird
  4. Stag Coffee
  5. 200 Degrees

Top 5 Nightclubs

  1. Pryzm
  2. Live Lounge
  3. Clwb Ifor Bach
  4. Pulse
  5. Soda

If you’re looking to get the best student experience in one of these cities, then you’ll have to try out some of these great venues – all voted by you as the best student spots where you go to uni.

We’d love to hear about your thoughts on our survey results. Do you agree or disagree? Is there anywhere else that you think should get the Seal of Approval? Tweet us at @comelivewithus and let us know your thoughts, and if you’re on the lookout for somewhere to live while you explore one of these amazing student cities, take a look at the accommodation that we offer.