Our guides to popular student cities can help you if you’re planning on leaving home to study. Whether you want great nightlife, beautiful buildings or a pub with 19 kittens to cuddle, take time to identify where you’d like to live.
Leeds is a compact city with areas of student housing clustered around its universities and plenty of parks, culture and nightlife.
Dublin is a pleasure for students to stroll around, with plenty of pubs and beauty spots and a rich political and literary history.
Want to study in a good-sized city but have the countryside on your doorstep? Belfast could be right for you.
Big, culturally diverse, with plenty to do – is Birmingham your ideal student city?
Liverpool offers affordable fun. Shop, party, head to a festival or take in some culture.
Scotland’s biggest city offers students plenty of parks and gardens to relax in as well as the buzz of pubs, clubs, live music and shopping.
From ancient pubs to contemporary art galleries, Nottingham combines old and new and is host to a large student population.
What’s your preference for a good night out? Manchester has something to suit you whether you want food, live music, pubs, clubs, cinemas or theatre, and has plenty of LGBT-friendly venues.
Durham student life revolves heavily round its colleges and university societies but there’s still plenty to do in the area when you feel like spreading your wings.
Head to Cardiff Bay for bars or a bike ride, get your fill of history and culture or enjoy city life.
Canoe down the canal, enjoy a free gig, shop till you drop or soak in a rooftop pool.
Sheffield is a good choice if you like life outdoors but still want to live in a major city.
Oxford offers culture both old and new against a historic backdrop, with traditional pubs and pretty architecture as well as plentiful nightlife, live music and free festivals.
London offers a wealth of neighbourhoods with their own character, plus more to see and do than you’ll ever manage.
Culture, comedy, music, masses of pubs, pretty buildings and close to the beach. What more do you want?
Cambridge has all the tradition and prettiness you’d expect but also plenty of nightlife.
Bristol is buzzy but manageable, a bike-friendly, music-loving city with spectacular scenery.
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