The coolest things about your uni city or town

Started uni and moved to a new city or town? There’s a whole world to explore out there! For those times when your mates or family are visiting, these are the spots that will make them all envious of your new digs.

London

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    Street Feast

    Street food is big right now. And there’s nowhere that does it bigger than the capital. With events in Shoreditch, Lewisham and Dalston, there’s a Street Feast within easy reach wherever you are. Make sure everyone’s hungry because you’ll want to try everything!

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    Camden Market

    When is a market not a market? When it’s in Camden and it has some seriously cool stuff like great food, bang-on trend shopping and gigs galore. You need to see it for yourself…

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    Natural History Museum tours

    We understand that cash can be tight, so here’s an uber cool FREE thing to do: the Natural History Museum’s night time tour every last Friday of the month. Ditch the pub crawl and go see some creepy crawlies instead. Oh, did we mention it’s free? Ah yes, we did 😉

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Birmingham

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    Grand Central

    It’s got a John Lewis, so you can leave mum and dad to their own devices while you and your mates slip away to enjoy the riches of food and shops including Cath Kidston, a cheeky Nando’s or grab selfies in front of the massive ‘eyes’.

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    Sarehole Mill

    If you’ve got Lord of the Rings fans in your midst, this place will earn you some major cool points. The Mill was the inspiration for the shire where Bilbo Baggins set off on his epic quest and there’s even a tour that follows the Tolkien Trail – showing places linked to the writer.

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    Digbeth Dining Club & Custard Factory.

    If you’ve never heard of Birmingham’s creative heartland and it’s frankly amazing weekly street food event, then this is for you. All you need to know is the food is too good to miss and the Custard Factory, with its boho chic atmosphere, is just around the corner.

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Nottingham

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    Broadway Cinema

    Cinemas can be so-so. Luckily for those of you in the home of the legendary Robin Hood, there is salvation from the multiplexes. A fun fact to throw into a conversation? This is the cinema where Quentin Tarantino chose to premiere ‘Reservoir Dogs’ in the UK. Boom!

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    Wollaton Park

    So what’s so special about this country house? Firstly it has a brilliant park to visit regardless of the weather. Secondly it played the fictional home of a famous caped crusader in the Dark Knight Rises. Yes, Wollaton Hall was Batman’s digs in the film. Shall I prepare the batmobile, master Bruce?

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    Nottingham Caves

    A network of over 450 caves that criss cross the city’s subterranean landscape. The brilliant thing is that you can get to them via the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre – shopping and adventure rolled into one. Result! These Limestone wonders are a genuine hidden gem (pun intended) and worth a look.

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Manchester

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    Gaming at Madlab

    Forget the Playstation. Banish the XBox. For some true gaming excitement, Madlab is where it’s at. Not only will you meet fellow gamers, there’s also a chance you could run into the brains behind some really cool digital creations too. Great for friends who know the difference between a bite and a byte.

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    National Football Museum

    Let’s be honest, museums can be boring. For the footy fans though, this is heaven. This is the place to come if you want to relive the memories of ‘66, get up close to Match of the Day or get stuck in to interactive displays. It’s brilliant and best of all it’s FREE.

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    Urban Food Fest

    We’re partial to a bit of good street food and this pop up is right up there with the best. It features 15 food trucks all serving foods from around the globe in a great setting with live music to accompany the foodie awesomeness.

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Newcastle

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    Namco Funscape

    Taking it’s name from the famous king of arcade gaming, this is the place to head if you want to get the competitive juices flowing. Featuring bowling alleys, dodgems, karaoke, ping pong and more it’s fantastic fun for everyone to join in.

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    Tyneside Cinema

    This posh cinema is perfect for that first date or when you want to make a serious impression. It’s the last surviving Newsreel theatre still operating as a full-time cinema in the UK and a Grade II-listed building. Showing films from every era and genre, it’s definitely a must-visit.

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    The Cluny

    Love live music? This place has consistently been placed in the Top 100 bars in the world and it’s immediately clear why. Acts such as The Vaccines, Glasvegas, The Futureheads, Mumford & Sons, Editors, Arctic Monkeys and more have played there despite its 300 person capacity. It doesn’t get more exclusive than that. Bag a few tickets for a gig here and you’re instantly the most amazing friend in the world.

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Cardiff

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    Cardiff Castle

    The parents are coming round for the day and you’ve realised the only places that are remotely culturally ‘rich’ that you know are the pub and an old chippy round the corner from yours. No need to stress. Cardiff Castle is great for spending time soaking up the history (over 2,000 years of it!) and the wonderful parkland that surrounds the castle grounds.

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    Hobos

    Vintage garb never goes out of style. If you’ve got fashionista friends then taking them to this little hidden gem will likely add stacks of value to your fashion cred. There are bargains to be had here so you’ll also get to save cash while looking as sharp as can be.

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    NoFit State Circus

    Cirque du Soleil? Cirque du LOL-eil! The greatest show in Cardiff is the one being put on by this fantastic circus troupe which has its headquarters in the city. The performances include a mix of live music, dance, stage, film and all the traditional circus fanfare. If you’ve ever fancied running away with the circus (not that we encourage this!) get stuck into one of the taster sessions and you’ll soon be flying (‘scuse the pun)

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