• 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 in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

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

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

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

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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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, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, 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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Your Final Year: How to Prep, What to Expect & Coping With Stress

You did it! You made it to your final year of university. This is the most challenging year that you’ll face throughout your degree: the work will get harder, the grades will count for more, and the social events will probably calm down (a little bit).

You come to uni to learn about your specialist subject, and you’re this close to becoming an expert in your field. Well played! 👌

All you need to do now is get through your last few exams and pieces of coursework, and then you’ll be awarded with a shiny certificate that tells future employers that you are capable of doing the job – and doing it well.

Making sure that you’re prepared for the year ahead will give you the best chance at success, so follow these tips to give yourself a headstart on your final academic year.

GET READING

Each year, as you’ll have noticed, your course tutors set a reading list for you to get stuck into. In your first year, you probably ignored this list – you were too busy partying, right? In second year, maybe you skimmed over the reading and got your head around a few concepts. But this year, make reading these textbooks a priority. By looking at the course material before you start your course, you’ll familiarise yourself with topics before you even get taught them, meaning you’ll have a better understanding and chance of retention come exam-time.

PLAN, PLAN, AND PLAN SOME MORE

When you’re in your third year, it’s essential that you get your head around all the tricky concepts that are involved in your course. The chances are that there’s loads to learn, so a proper revision plan is needed to make sure that you take it all in. If you try to cram in a heap of information the night before an exam, you’re never going to remember enough to pass, so planning ahead will give you a good idea about how much time you need to spend on each subject.

When you’re planning, remember to allow time to go over the more difficult concepts more than once – not everything will go in immediately, and you might need to revisit subjects before you sit the exam.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ACCOMMODATION

It’s important that you choose to study in the right type of environment, and this includes where you decide to live. You’re a final-year student now: you’re getting on, and you need some peace and quiet. You don’t want any rambunctiousness ruining your valuable study time.

The best third-year accommodation will be tailor-made for getting work done. Your room will come with a dedicated study area, and all the time-consuming tasks like washing your clothes can be handled on-site – after all, you shouldn’t have to walk to the laundrette, because that’s valuable study time you’re eating into.

OVERCOMING FINAL-YEAR EXAM STRESS

Final year can be a stressful time. Not only do you have to plan your studies and work out a proper revision plan, but you also have to figure out what you want to do when you finish uni. This means that there’ll be plenty of research and planning going on this year.

Here’s how a bit of forward thinking can help cut down those stress levels:

  • Gain experience: It might seem like a challenge taking on extra work in your final year, but relevant industry experience can make your job-search easier in the long run. If you’re considering going straight into work when you finish your degree, a bit of experience can go a long way.
  • Prep nice and early: The biggest cause of stress in third year comes from exam pressure, and early preparation will not only help you perform better in exam scenarios, but it will also give you a stress-busting confidence-boost.
  • Eat properly: Making sure that you’re eating the right foods can help to improve mood, and a balanced diet can be a factor in combatting stress – so avoid those instant noodles and invest in some avocado.

FINAL YEAR DONE RIGHT

Make sure that you get the most out of your final year. With loads of preparation needed for exams and plans to be made after uni, you’ll have plenty to focus on. If you’re looking for more ways to make the most out of your final student year, take a look at our blog.