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Why study in the UK?

15 June 2017

Thinking about studying in the UK? Well, this blog will give you all the benefits of doing just that.

Starting university can be a daunting experience, even more so if you’re moving to a different country. The UK is a popular choice for many international students and it’s not hard to see why. We spoke to our friends at STA Travel Education to get their top tips and insider info on the UK!

There are so many things we love about the UK, incredible cities, beautiful views, and some great grub. It’s no wonder so many international students flock to our doorstep every year! If you’ve never stepped foot on British soil, fear not. Check out our tips, tricks and favourite things about the UK below!


The Capital of Scotland manages to combine the charm of the Old Town with the contemporary bars and shops that line the many streets to make one incredibly beautiful city. In 2015, over 17,000 international students enrolled in higher education institutions in Edinburgh, making it the 2nd most popular UK city for international students for that year!

Fancy a taste of home? With countless cafes, restaurants and bars in the city, you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds. If it’s history or art you’re after, why not check out the Scottish National Gallery or Edinburgh Castle? Edinburgh also has a big sports scene, whether it’s watching or partaking, inside and outside of university there’ll be a game for you.




‘Brum’ is known as the Venice of the UK and has over 35 miles of waterways, is home to 4 universities and a thriving hub of culture. Movie fan? Birmingham is said to have inspired some of the settings in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings! If you’re here in the winter months and missing some European vibes, check out the Christmas Markets. These are the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany of Austria! The Chinese Quarter, Cadbury World, buzzing theatre scene and the famous Bullring shopping centre all make up for one incredible student city!


Liverpool is home to the largest Chinese arch outside of China and was the first English city to become a European Capital of Culture in 2008. There are more listed buildings in Liverpool than any other city outside London, so if architecture is your thing, this northern hub is the place to be! Most famous for the world renowned Beatles, Liverpool has music at its heart with the equally famous Cavern Club hosting live acts almost every day and night! The Docks are the focal point of Liverpool’s historic waterfront and include a whole range of museums, galleries, bars and restaurants.




You’ll feel right at home here, students make up 10% of the population of Nottingham, with such a vibrant and cultural city, there’s everything a student will need. Sports lovers will relish in the grounds on offer, including the National Water Sports Centre and the world famous Trent Bridge cricket ground. The creative and cultural scene in Nottingham has boomed in recent years as art galleries and exhibitions display incredible works.


The city has a thriving international community as well as an interesting history. Take a walk on the ancient walls that surround the city and explore everything that York has to offer including: York Minster, the National Railway Museum and the famous shambles markets. Get back to nature! The river bank is perfect for a stroll on a sunny day and Rowntree Park is a ‘picnic’ perfect destination.

STA Travel Education’s top tip for international students

Make the most of what’s on offer at your halls of residence and extra activities at university. Most universities will offer buddy schemes for international students. It’s also a great idea to join a society; you’ll easily make new friends and may even learn a thing or two!




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