UK City Breaks for Students

This year, summer has coincided with some of the hottest temperatures on record in Europe and the United Kingdom. If you’re a student or fresher who’s looking to make the most of the holidays and soak up the sun, don’t let a lack of finances stop you from enjoying the summer with your new uni pals.


With hundreds of international flights cancelled due to staff shortages amidst unprecedented hot weather, there has never been a better time to take a UK city break, especially if you’re a student (those in full-time education may be able to access quick student loans to help fund their trip). Let’s take a closer look at some top locations where students can enjoy the best city breaks in the United Kingdom without breaking the bank:


 London is a must for any student looking for a city break in the UK. While it may be known as expensive, London is packed with free attractions that are perfectly suited to students on a budget, including beautiful parks, museums, and galleries – the capital is also home to some of the best nightlife in the UK.

The good news is, London sees considerably fewer commuters during exceptionally hot weather, which means that tourists and day-trippers should have free reign of the city without having to deal with typically overcrowded streets and public transport.


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 Just a short train journey from the capital, Brighton is a trendy beachside retreat that boasts a thriving nightlife and alternative scene. Whether you’re looking to improve your tan on the beach, wet your whistle in one of the many bars, or experience live entertainment (the city is renowned for its music and comedy), B-Town could be just the ticket.


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 Cambridge is a beautiful location that’s best known for sprawling waterways that lead off the River Cam, where tourists can experience traditional punting with the locals. Also known for its gothic architecture and student-friendly nightlife, Cambridge is perfect for a summer city break in the UK.


 While it may be best known as the birthplace of The Beatles and Liverpool FC, there’s more to Liverpool than football and the Fab Four. Liverpool has long been a student mecca due to its buzzing nightlife, and the city is also home to the most galleries and museums of any location outside London. Attractions worth adding to your city break hit list include Sefton Park, the Georgian Quarter, Chinatown and Albert Dock.


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The stunning Scottish capital is well-known for its prestigious universities and is naturally a must-visit city break location for students in the UK. Whether you want to soak up the Gothic architecture of the Old Town, enjoy the nightlife in the New Town, or experience the natural beauty of Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, there’s something for everyone in Auld Reekie.

*This is a collaborative post

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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