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Some of the Best Cities and Towns for Students

What to study should be at the top of your decision-making list, but where to study is also key.

  • Are you happiest with easy access to countryside, coast and the great outdoors?
  • Or, would you prefer to be near to the buzz of city life, with shopping centres, entertainment and city-centre nightlife on your doorstep?
  • Remember you'll be living there for at least three years, four if you're studying in Scotland or take an honours degree.

Find out what these university towns and cities can offer you, from transport and shopping to culture and nightlife. Check out the local universities; see statistics for crime near university campuses.

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Belfast's fish sculpture
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Birmingham's canals
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Elvet Bridge, Durham
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Glasgow Manchester  Swansea 
View across Glasgow
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Swansea Marina
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