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Best Student Cities in the UK

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Locations League Table, United Kingdom

#1
4.37 /5
4.37 /5

Liverpool

  Liverpool, a vibrant city in the Northwest of England, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, iconic waterfront, and warm, welcoming community. T...
By member11102162 On 26th February 2024
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#2
4.36 /5
4.36 /5

Newcastle upon Tyne

  Newcastle has been a fantastic city. The night life is amazing and there’s plenty of food places to go to. I especially recommend the street food even...
By member599974 On 9th February 2024
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#3
4.33 /5
4.33 /5

Belfast

  Living in Belfast is very lively, having an endless supply of pubs and places to go, such as Hollywood bowling and lost adventure golf, escape rooms e...
By member1296818 On 8th January 2024
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#4
4.32 /5
4.32 /5

Sheffield

  For me, it was a great accommodation experience, with good facilities and convenient location, making school life much easier. The staff at the apartm...
By member5102314 On 27th February 2024
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#5
4.29 /5
4.29 /5

Leeds

  The accommodation here is very comfortable, the reception service is very warm, the living environment is very good, the facilities are complete, the ...
By member10100011 On 9th February 2024
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#6
4.21 /5
4.21 /5

Nottingham

  Nottingham is a vibrant city known for its rich cultural heritage, dynamic social scene, and top-quality universities. With its central location in th...
By member10102111 On 26th February 2024
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#7
4.2 /5
4.2 /5

Cardiff

  The environment is very good, the room is particularly satisfied, especially the large French Windows, which are very few in the UK, the price is not ...
By member6100732 On 15th February 2024
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#8
4.17 /5
4.17 /5

Glasgow

  Glasgow is a cultural hub with numerous museums, art galleries, and theaters. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum, and the Ga...
By member498143 On 25th January 2024
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#9
4.16 /5
4.16 /5

Birmingham

  Birmingham is so well connected can get a train, tram or bus practically anywhere without having to walk too far which is by far the best thing about ...
By member590460 On 25th August 2023
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#10
4.13 /5
4.13 /5

Southampton

  The staff here are very kind, life in a foreign country is not easy, but Jenna always helps me, I can ask her all the questions in life, I can always ...
By member790903 On 8th September 2023
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#11
4.1 /5
4.1 /5

Manchester

  The cost of living is good because i have everything that is needed at the accommodation. I am able to get a bus for a reasonable price to university....
By member892798 On 18th October 2023
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#12
4.08 /5
4.08 /5

Bristol

  Bristol is not only an amazing city in itself but the people are very friendly and easy to get along with. It is very diverse and accepting of everyon...
By member984483 On 18th April 2023
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#13
4.05 /5
4.05 /5

Norwich

  Norwich is quite beautiful and safe i really loved it I used to live in london and i think norwich is a perfect mix between the loud city if london ...
By member1187605 On 15th June 2023
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#14
4.04 /5
4.04 /5

Edinburgh

  "Fantastic student accommodation! Convenient location, modern amenities, and a supportive community make it the ideal place for focused studying and m...
By Isabella926520 On 1st March 2024
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#15
4.02 /5
4.02 /5

Portsmouth

  Getting anywhere is super easy in Portsmouth. It really elevates living here to a new level. Also, the trains go directly to London and most major poi...
By member897259 On 16th January 2024
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#16
3.98 /5
3.98 /5

York

  beautiful city - love it.................................................................................................................................
By member690342 On 22nd August 2023
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#17
3.98 /5
3.98 /5

Bournemouth

  Nice town with sea and lots of creatures. Clean air, few people, most people are friendly, good schools, business district has everything you need...
By member1182627 On 28th March 2023
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#18
3.98 /5
3.98 /5

Leicester

  The cost of Living is not too bad in Leicester. The University is near the train station, only one bus needed to get to the coach station from the Uni...
By member696771 On 5th January 2024
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#19
3.98 /5
3.98 /5

Lincoln

  A hidden gem. Has everything but isn’t as crowded as some of the really big cities. Couldn’t get a better place to live and study!...
By member596626 On 22nd December 2023
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#20
3.95 /5
3.95 /5

Aberdeen

  Aberdeens location is great, it has plenty of shops and places to eat in town. If going out at night and can’t get the bus home there’s two taxi rinks...
By member791434 On 21st September 2023
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#21
3.94 /5
3.94 /5

Chester

  I would say that being a student living in Chester is ideal because there’s a range of different activities to participate in and you can’t ever reall...
By member496930 On 10th January 2024
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#22
3.92 /5
3.92 /5

Reading

  Great transport, a little confusing compared to london but easy to get used to. Town is great, has a never ending variety of places to visit and eat o...
By member1084629 On 20th April 2023
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#23
3.92 /5
3.92 /5

Exeter

  Your dorm room is really tidy and cozy, it looks just like a real home. Your dorm mates must have a great sense of teamwork to make this place so comf...
By member1393162 On 20th October 2023
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#24
3.92 /5
3.92 /5

Dundee

  The night life here is on another level. There is loads of pubs and local restaurants to go for your favorite meals. Getting there is no issue as th...
By member893833 On 27th October 2023
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#25
3.91 /5
3.91 /5

Preston

  Have used the trains so far which is close, the shopping center is close too so that’s a bonus. The food places are a mixture of affordable and then s...
By member1293885 On 27th October 2023
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#26
3.88 /5
3.88 /5

High Wycombe

  It’s a bit far away from home....
By member478953 On 20th February 2023
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#27
3.87 /5
3.87 /5

Swansea

  The cost of living in Swansea is relatively low compared to other cities in the UK. Swansea has an excellent night life with so many restaurants where...
By member985490 On 30th April 2023
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#28
3.85 /5
3.85 /5

Plymouth

  Plymouth is a lovely place to live, situated right by the sea which is perfect on sunny days. The transport in the city centre is perfect for wherever...
By member685092 On 27th April 2023
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#29
3.85 /5
3.85 /5

South West London

  Living in London is definitely going to be expensive but as long as you budget your money well and take advantage of all the benefits you have being a...
By member1280442 On 6th March 2023
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#30
3.83 /5
3.83 /5

Central London

  London's great, I've lived here for 7 years so it's nothing new to me, but being in university has definitely made me experience a different side of i...
By member892666 On 16th October 2023
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#31
3.82 /5
3.82 /5

Guildford

  Guildford is a good city, pleasant scenery, beautiful environment, convenient transportation, there are many shopping malls and supermarkets, shopping...
By member587630 On 16th June 2023
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#32
3.81 /5
3.81 /5

Cheltenham

  Cheltenham is a beautiful and historic city that has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. I was struck by the picturesque architecture, the ab...
By member684960 On 26th April 2023
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#33
3.8 /5
3.8 /5

Cambridge

  Cambridge is a fantastic city - so much to do! Bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, activities day or night....
By member588290 On 28th June 2023
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#34
3.78 /5
3.78 /5

Loughborough

  Loughborough is a very good place to live in if you are tight on cash, I am able to budget efficiently, there are many options for shopping and I can ...
By member981084 On 13th March 2023
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#35
3.76 /5
3.76 /5

Brighton

  Not a bad town to reside in and has a lot of hospitality, but more nighttime entertainment wouldn't go a miss instead seeing students out Thursdays, F...
By member1088908 On 12th July 2023
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#36
3.76 /5
3.76 /5

Derby

  Derby is a nice place to live, everything is within walking distance and it’s very diverse. The range of shops make it good for everyone and the clubs...
By member794417 On 2nd November 2023
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#37
3.75 /5
3.75 /5

Bolton

  there are quite a few places to enjoy quiz nights, dancing, and drinking • several shops have been closing due to unsatisfactory demands e.g. high str...
By member868605 On 29th April 2022
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#38
3.73 /5
3.73 /5

Durham

  An expensive uni town, but somewhat expected given the ratio of private to state school education. Going out options are plentiful and lots of shoppin...
By member1192051 On 8th October 2023
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#39
3.72 /5
3.72 /5

East London

  My time living in East London has been an extraordinary adventure filled with diverse culture, vibrant neighborhoods, and a unique blend of old and ne...
By member689303 On 25th July 2023
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#40
3.71 /5
3.71 /5

Stirling

  A place mix with culture and history. This is best for adventure lovers and a beautiful environment to stay in....
By Sakshi On 13th December 2022
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#41
3.69 /5
3.69 /5

Bath

  Slightly pricey, but it is possible to find student deals and prices around the city. There's plenty of shops in city center, and plenty of restaurant...
By member497532 On 17th January 2024
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#42
3.68 /5
3.68 /5

Coventry

  Coventry, my kind of city! It's got this awesome vibe, you know? People are friendly, streets buzz with energy. Plus, there's history everywhere, whic...
By member1193817 On 27th October 2023
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#43
3.66 /5
3.66 /5

South East London

  South East London offers a vibrant blend of cultures, rich history, and diverse neighborhoods. The green spaces, trendy cafes, and cultural hubs creat...
By member492799 On 17th October 2023
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#44
3.66 /5
3.66 /5

Sunderland

  Compared to canada its very cheap. However here i feel like sometimes food is costly and some grocery stores are a lot more expensive than others. Pub...
By member592338 On 11th October 2023
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#45
3.65 /5
3.65 /5

Colchester

  Great town lots to do good resteraunts and bars and shops. Well equipped for travelling with buses and train stations clean friendly...
By member883845 On 8th April 2023
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#46
3.63 /5
3.63 /5

Salford

  The cost of living in Salford, like any other city, can vary depending on what you spend and location of where you are either accommodation or shared ...
By member1394000 On 27th October 2023
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#47
3.62 /5
3.62 /5

Worcester

  Town centre is in walking distance, can walk back from a night out safely...
By member769854 On 7th July 2022
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#48
3.61 /5
3.61 /5

Winchester

  It is a very peaceful city with an unparalleled environment and climate that is more comfortable and pleasant than many large cities and is ideal for ...
By member784206 On 14th April 2023
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#49
3.6 /5
3.6 /5

Canterbury

  Canterbury is a great all around city with strong transport links around Kent and up to London. The high street does really well compared to other dec...
By member1387480 On 13th June 2023
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#50
3.6 /5
3.6 /5

Falmouth

  I'm not really a nights out kind of person but I can see the pubs are good in both Falmouth and Penryn. There are train stations and buses that can t...
By member1181339 On 15th March 2023
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#51
3.59 /5
3.59 /5

Stoke-on-Trent

  Ok, Let’s talk Stoke. Not the first place you think of for Uni, but a MASSIVE underdog. Ye the nightlife isn’t up to much, but the LRV compensates ...
By member998060 On 25th January 2024
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#52
3.59 /5
3.59 /5

Newport

  A fun night out with friends in the weekends is one thing I will never forget when leaving this place....
By member8100993 On 18th February 2024
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#53
3.58 /5
3.58 /5

Huddersfield

  Huddersfield is a great town for someone who wants to experience city life on a small, relaxed scales Huddersfield has everything you need within a 15...
By member1282794 On 30th March 2023
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#54
3.58 /5
3.58 /5

Bradford

  Not many options for nights out but the shopping facilities and access to transport make it easy to visit other places and still be home safely at the...
By member689248 On 25th July 2023
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#55
3.58 /5
3.58 /5

Oxford

  Oxford has the best nights out and so many places to eat and shop! Oxford feels safe and clean to live it too. Oxford offer so many places to choose f...
By member1188042 On 24th June 2023
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#56
3.56 /5
3.56 /5

Hull

  Not many good shops for young people but loads of great places to eat out and different things to do, it's a lovely city...
By member767875 On 6th April 2022
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#57
3.55 /5
3.55 /5

Wolverhampton

  Amazing city, not crowded like most cities are, most takeaways and cafes are in walking distance, same as the train, bus and metro station...
By member463014 On 20th October 2021
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#58
3.52 /5
3.52 /5

Lancaster

  Great place to live, lots to do...
By member876591 On 31st January 2023
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#59
3.51 /5
3.51 /5

Keele

  Although the busses can sometimes be a bit unpredictable, the town is overall very nice, however, small....
By member782563 On 28th March 2023
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#60
3.48 /5
3.48 /5

Bangor

  The nights out in Bangor are absolutely amazing especially Wednesday night especially academi and castle, bus travel and trian travel can easily and c...
By member791119 On 14th September 2023
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#61
3.47 /5
3.47 /5

Ipswich

  The cost of living in this town is relatively low, but finding housing as a first-time visitor can be difficult. I suppose this is a problem that affe...
By member1083161 On 4th April 2023
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#62
3.47 /5
3.47 /5

West London

  A lot of students say that Egham is boring and there isn't much to do here. However, for a person like me who is not really into going out, Egham is p...
By member1183719 On 6th April 2023
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#63
3.46 /5
3.46 /5

Hatfield

  Easy and good living. Shops around for students and to make food shopping easier....
By member769756 On 1st July 2022
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#64
3.44 /5
3.44 /5

St Andrews

  Extremely expensive. The only Tesco located in Market Street is away more expensive than other Tesco I’ve ever been to....
By member5101883 On 23rd February 2024
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#65
3.41 /5
3.41 /5

North London

  Great location, close to campus...
By member1193264 On 23rd October 2023
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#66
3.41 /5
3.41 /5

Luton

  Luton is a small city and with a wide range of communities. The best part of it is that it has a close airport and it’s well connected to London and o...
By member1386968 On 30th May 2023
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#67
3.39 /5
3.39 /5

Wrexham

  A nice place to live not far from Chester and Llangollen. Plenty of bars and clubs. Fairly safe area....
By member884943 On 25th April 2023
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#68
3.32 /5
3.32 /5

Middlesbrough

  It's a small city but well-equipped. It's also safer to go out at night and it's easy to get around by public transport....
By member770764 On 15th August 2022
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#69
3.19 /5
3.19 /5

Aberystwyth

  lovely place, a good one if you want a mix of countryside and town vibes. comes alive in the summer. unfortunately everyone is an awful driver and a d...
By member765396 On 13th January 2022
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#70
3.16 /5
3.16 /5

Northampton

  I love it it’s very pretty and social...
By member8100942 On 16th February 2024
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4.2 /5
4.2 /5

Inverness

  Inverness is a great place to live....
By member858578 On 23rd May 2021
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4.18 /5
4.18 /5

Buckingham

  Close to shops and public transport....
By member1379747 On 27th February 2023
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3.98 /5
3.98 /5

Gillingham

  Thank you for everything. I am glad....
By member459926 On 10th June 2021
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3.82 /5
3.82 /5

Gloucester

  Lots of shops, good amount of events and things to do, loads of public transport, especially to and from cheltenham. Really enjoy living in the city c...
By member870957 On 20th August 2022
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3.55 /5
3.55 /5

Ormskirk

  Really nice area, clean and tidy and overall lovely...
By member1089205 On 23rd July 2023
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3.54 /5
3.54 /5

Chichester

  Chichester City Centre has majority of the shops that you want in the high street, With also restaurants and pubs in the city centre its very ideal....
By member673142 On 8th November 2022
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3 /5
3 /5

Writtle

  A picturesque village though without many facilities....
By anonwrittle On 28th April 2021
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2.9 /5
2.9 /5

Carlisle

  Decent town. Lovely walks through it and parks are also nice...
By member559966 On 11th June 2021
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2.6 /5
2.6 /5

Cirencester

  I don’t really leave campus on the 2.5 days in there just classes then back to the building...
By member1376399 On 30th January 2023
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2.53 /5
2.53 /5

Carmarthen

  It is an amazing place to be,it is full of life there is easy access to buses and trains. There are a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars. It ha...
By member758666 On 24th May 2021
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