5 must-visit student cities in the UK

This is it, the student life… A world of leftover pizza, lecture theatres and suspect fashion choices, right? Well there’s a lot more to it than that. You’ve got the whole world at your feet now and a big chance to discover new things and new places.

So if you’re ready to take on the must-visit student cities in the UK, from fun things to do in Manchester, to the top places to visit in Oxford, it’s time to grab your Coachcard and hit the road with us!

Plan the perfect day out in Manchester

Manchester is a great student city, just the right amount of trendy with a fantastic football culture (as if you didn’t know!) But what you might not know is one of Manchester’s best tourist attractions is the National Football Museum. It’s packed full of memorabilia over six floors and entry is even free!

But apart from football, Manchester is also famous for its musical and artistic sides. We recommend you check out Foundations Festival, a two-day micro-festival that celebrates all things creative and performance-based. Catch live music, collaborative art shows, film presentations and more. It’s going to be an amazing weekend whether you’re a budding artist or not. Foundations Festival takes place at AATMA and the Peer Hat in central Manchester, 14-15 December.

Salford Quays, Manchester

Find your favourite Oxford attractions

If you like your English cities steeped in tradition, with classic architecture and winding canals, Oxford is the must-visit student city for you. There’re plenty of places to visit in Oxford, from the world-famous university grounds to Bodleian Library, but we think the nicest part is just hiring a bike and just taking in the sights.

If you need a tour guide however, there’s a pretty magical one on hand. The Harry Potter Film Site Tour is a great way to tackle some Oxford sightseeing with a fun twist. Walk the halls of New College and Divinity School, where Hogwarts came to life, hear unique filming stories and more.

Oxford University grounds

See (and listen to) the best things in Bristol

Bristol is always a chilled city, no matter the temperature. Experience the vibrant shopping and fashion culture, as well as the beautiful harbour area where you can relax with a coffee and watch as the world goes by. But above all else, Bristol is known for its music scene.

While there are always plenty of gigs and concerts to choose from, we also recommend a visit to the Bristol Record Fair. Just a 10 min walk from the coach station, this regular fair is free to enter and is a great chance to find some classic vinyl, as well as modern gems.

Experience northern charm with these things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is known for its student nightlife, with a different place to sample practically every night of the week. But when it comes to what to do in Newcastle, there’s more to it than just a party. Make sure you grab a selfie on the Millennium Bridge and take a trip over to the Great North Museum and hang out with a full-size T-Rex!

Bridges in Newcastle

Discover what to do in London (without breaking the bank)

There are plenty of must-see cities in the UK, but if you don’t visit London at least once as a student you’re missing out. When it comes to fun things to do in London, you’re spoilt for choice, but if you’re not careful you might spend all three years of your loan in one weekend! Still, there’s a lot more to do for free than you might expect…

We recommend a nice lunch walking around in Borough Market, where you’ll find Southwark’s finest street food, packed with the freshest ingredients. Once you’re nice and full, take a visit to the V&A and marvel at artefacts from across the globe. Tipu’s Tiger is something not to be missed. Cap off the evening with a drink at Sky Garden, offering beautiful views of the capital and a great way to treat someone special. These are all top things to do in London with free entry! Who said London had to be expensive?

Friends enjoying London

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the student experience while travelling on a budget, and one of your essentials should be a Young Persons Coachcard. This card offers all full-time students or any 16-26 year olds, 1/3 off National Express coaches Standard and Fully Flexible fares. Plus, as an extra bonus you can also save 15% on travel to events and festivals and 20% at Pizza Hut Restaurants! Get yours now for just £12.50 a year or £30 for three years.

Buy your Young Persons Coachcard now and explore the UK for less