• 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 Post-Uni Options: What, How & Why?

When you finish uni, you’ll have proved yourself as an expert in your chosen topic, you’ll have furthered your education, and you’ll hopefully have made some lifelong friends along the way. You’ll be walking away with a unique experience under your belt, and you should be ready to head out into the real world and put your education into practice.

Once uni life is officially done and dusted, it’ll be pretty much up to you what you do with yourself, and there are plenty of different things that you can do with your time. Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages, but to make it easy for you, we explain them all in one place.

GO ABROAD

Your uni tutors and your parents might advise you to enter the world of work straight away and get some funds built up, but not every graduate feels like they need to get a ‘proper’ job straight away. If you’re one of those people, travelling the world for a bit might be a good choice for you. This is a great way to build on those all-important life skills that you developed while you were in uni.

Some students decide to do a little bit of part-time work before they pack up their things and head off halfway round the world (mainly to build up some funds), whereas others will head off straight away and find work when they get there. The way you do it is completely up to you. Is there a nice pub or restaurant near your parents’ house? Or a supermarket? A coffee shop? Aside from the travel money that this job will give you, it’ll also give you some valuable experience that you can take with you into your future career. If you’ve worked a job where you’re on your feet and you’re serving the general public, it’ll make you more resilient and thicker-skinned – and it’ll make you appreciate the relative tranquility of offices once you do enter that world of work!

Travelling might be a good choice for you if you don’t really know what career path you want to follow yet. It buys you some time and it gives you a chance to explore new opportunities. People will often choose to start their travels in Southeast Asia, because it has well-established travel routes and your money will last for quite a while here, but you should start out wherever you feel like starting out.

If you do choose to travel, you’ll likely meet loads of other like-minded students, and maybe even a few graduates too! You never know, you might end up finding work opportunities abroad that you’re suited to.

If you happen to be a graduate with your heart set on a particular job role, it might be best to get your foot in the door early on and give the travelling a miss for now – it’s all about what’s best for you.

BUILD THOSE SKILLS UP

Throughout your studies, you will have learned all there is to know about your chosen topic, but if you’re entering an industry that’s always changing, it’s a good idea to continually upskill and ensure that you’re on top of the latest trends, even if you’re not yet working.

There are resources available to graduates that will help you gain more industry knowledge if you’re willing to learn. If you get ahead of the curve and you land your place on one of these courses, you’ll find yourself boosting your knowledge in a short space of time. Employers will be on the lookout for up-to-date knowledge, and being able to demonstrate this could land you your first graduate job.

LAND YOUR FIRST GRADUATE ROLE

You will be able to apply for graduate roles well before you even finish your degree, because the majority of employers will be trying to grab the brightest minds before they get taken by competitors and other companies. The pay usually isn’t as high for a graduate position, but the training packages are great and they have the potential to propel your career in a short period of time.

Getting yourself prepared in advance goes a long way when looking for the perfect graduate role, and the best way to get your foot in the door is to write up a shortlist of your dream companies that you would like to work for, then send off your applications nice and early. You might get noticed by the right people for your forward-thinking attitude.

IT’S DOWN TO YOU

Your first year as a graduate might come as a bit of a shock when you’re so used to student life. You’ll get to put your education to the test, as well as those all-important life skills. If you’re on the lookout for advice on finding the perfect role or you just want to know more about being a student, check out our blog.