Of course the capital of England has to be on the list of best student cities as it is a fantastic place to study and live. The city is home to over 45 universities including University College London and King’s College London. London has a diverse and vibrant culture with something for everyone to enjoy. The city is the best place for some retail therapy with a mix of shops and stores that even the student strapped for cash can afford. It is famous for its amazing nightlife with a large number of pubs and clubs to suit everyone. If that is not your sort of thing, the city is home to a large number of great music venues and of course lots of musicals, which I think is one of the best things about London. If you are a sports fan you will not be far away from Wembley Stadium and the Olympic ground. We all know it is the most expensive place to live in the UK but you will always find something to do. For students with little cash, the city has a wide range of galleries, famous museums and even walking tours, which are usually free, making sightseeing even more enjoyable.
The city is home to around 42,000 students, which go to universities including Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Newcastle is famed for its nightlife with lots of publicity coming from the popular reality show Geordie Shore. Bars and clubs offer cheap nights out and themed nights aimed at students. The city boasts a large collection of museums, galleries, theatres and music venues to entertain and inspire any student. If you are a music lover, the O2 Academy host a variety of popular and up and coming music acts at reasonable prices that the student can afford. The low cost living, beautiful surroundings, great nightlife, architecture and local hospitality puts it firmly in the Top 10.
Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and has over 55,000 students living there. The city is famous for its diverse range of sports and is home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team based at the Odyssey Arena. There is something for every type of student to do including high street and designer shopping, theatres, galleries, as well as around 400 bars and restaurants to enjoy. Belfast has been voted one of the best big student cities with the high overall rating being driven by Queen’s University, which accounts for around half of the city’s students. Students in the city can benefit from relatively low congestion and cheap living.
This city has recently been recognised as one of the best student cities in the UK with a diverse student community and is home to two of the best universities. Edinburgh boasts a rich culture and history, which is shown in the picturesque views and iconic castle tops. It is home to many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which brings the city alive. There are a range of things for students to do with the Royal Mile providing a mix of shops, bars, restaurants and historical monuments. Students love how compact the city is and can almost see the history dripping from every stone.
Sheffield is home to over 48,000 students that studying at either The University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam. It is known for being a friendly city enabling students not to feel like a fish out of water and can settle in very quickly. Students love how cheap both living and going out is compared to other big cities especially London. It is a very popular city for students with a high proportion choosing to stay and settle there. As well as great nightlife, the city boasts great scenery and amazing green spaces especially those at the Botanical Gardens. If shopping is your thing then Sheffield is home to Meadowhall that is one of the largest shopping malls in Europe.
The city is in the heart of the Midlands, which attracts both domestic and international students, creating a culturally diverse city. Nottingham is the perfect city for sports fans and home to Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Nottingham Panthers. The city has a thriving nightlife with a large number of bars and clubs as well as popular music venues such as Rock City and the Rescue Rooms. Nottingham has such a mix of things to do to suit all types of student including theatres, cinemas, compact shopping and of course Goose Fair which is famous in the city. It is known for being a popular student city that has something to offer for everyone and is a city you will grow to love.
Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and is home to over 75,000 students making it the largest student population outside of London. The city is very friendly and compact making transport very integrated in the city. It has one of the best nightlife’s any city can offer with the best clubs right next door to each other. Birmingham boasts a dynamic nightlife with a range of clubs and bars to cater for every type of student. Students love the O2 Academy which host a number of big music acts and is the perfect venue for music lovers. Shopping fanatics can head over to the Bullring, which is home to many high street and designer stores and is the largest shopping centre in the UK. Living there is relatively cheap and has a large variety of restaurants that offer student discounts.
This is a very popular city for students who want to live in a smaller city. It’s top of the list for best alternative student city, famous for its architectural beauty and has a friendly atmosphere. York is not far from Leeds and Sheffield and is a big enough city that it still has that city buzz about it without being too overwhelming. Students love how great the city life is and there is pretty much something for every student to do. From shopping around the winding medieval streets as well as having a diverse range of restaurants, galleries, museums and of course clubs. York has so much to offer with the city steeped in history and has a great mix of heritage and contemporary.
Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and is home to over 44,000 students. The city offers the big city life experience but without the congestion problems and high prices that students face when living in other major cities. Students love how affordable living is and the variety of things the city has to offer. Cardiff has great transport connections making it easy for students to get home. Of course the nightlife is also good and has an array of unusual and interesting venues. The city also boasts a strong sporting culture and hosts many major Welsh sporting games perfect for the sports lover. Cardiff has the perfect mix of modern and history making it a great place for students to live.
Manchester is home to some of the best universities in the UK and is a very popular city for students. The city is compact making it easy for students to get around and get used to quickly. It boasts over 400 clubs, pubs and bars and is famous for its nightlife. Manchester is also known for being one of the most fashionable cities in Britain. It has something for everyone including cinemas, luxury and high street shopping as well as being home to both Manchester United and Manchester City. The city is culturally diverse and is perfect for those wanting the big city experience.