Always up for a good night out? Here are the top 10 party cities in the UK, as voted for by the students and traveller themselves! Drum roll, please…
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Karaoke bars, comedy nights, and a fantastic LGBT scene, Bristol certainly doesn’t disappoint any students looking for a good night out. Fancy something a bit different? How about going clubbing on a boat? Yep, Bristol has it all.
What the students say: “There is something for everyone in Bristol, things for the meatiest meat lovers, vegans and everything in between! The nightlife is known for being diverse and there isn’t much you can’t do here!”
Bar-crawl like you’ve never bar-crawled before with ‘Mumbles Mile’, a mile-long stretch of bars across the coast of Swansea. That’s not all Swansea has to offer, with plenty of restaurants and bars scattered around the city centre, catering to every type of student.
What the students say: “Lots of places to eat at and order food. Decent amount of pubs and clubs, however the real gem is the wonderful untouched coastline in the Mumbles area. Lovely to swim in, jump off cliffs etc…”
Wales grabs a medal with the picturesque Cardiff. Not only is there a range of fantastic clubs and pubs for the hard-partying student, but there’s also a multitude of shops and so many restaurants that even the fussiest of students will be pleased.
What the students say: “The nights out are amazing – so close to the University and so much fun! People in Wales are so friendly and the capital is so accessible.”
Known for its hardcore ravers, Leeds’ students are always the life of the party! Its very own ‘Mint Club’ has been voted ‘The Best Small Club in Europe’ – but get there whilst you still can because it won’t be open for much longer.
What the students say: “Absolutely cracking city, so much to do and see! Nightlife is crazy and there’s something for everyone! Arguably the best university city in the country from personal experience! Would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of coming to Leeds!”
Home to the huge DJ event, Warehouse Project, Manchester certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to nightlife. Go clubbing at the infamous Northern Quarter, or grab a snazzy cocktail from Spinning fields.
What the students say: “Manchester offers plenty, that caters for all. The city is filled with great bars/venues, that consistently offer quality nights. Even going into fourth year, I am still finding entire new areas of town that I had never been to before. Areas of note are the northern quarter, Didsbury and Chorlton-cum-Hardy (and probably plenty more that I haven’t yet stumbled upon) for great bars, restaurants and music venues.”
The gay capital of the UK, this seaside city has everything from beach bars to incredible LGBT clubs. The city is also packed full of restaurants, theatres and live music venues, catering to all students’ tastes.
What the students say: “I absolutely loved Brighton as a location for being a university student as it was fun, vibrant and friendly. There was something for everyone including great shops, a huge selection of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as live music and clubs. It had a brilliant city life but also so close to the beach and country – ideal!”
Aye, the Scots’ know how to throw a good party. Praised for its incredible music scene, Glasgow has attracted the likes of Jay Z & Beyonce, The Stone Roses and The Arctic Monkeys, to name but a few. Who knew that Glasgow was the hidden heart of fantastic music?!
What the students say: “Glasgow is without a doubt the greatest city in the world – for anyone, not just students. It is an amazing place to go to university, the culture is brilliant and everyone is always up for a good time and having fun. It’s a unique place and somewhere you need to live in for a while to fully understand and appreciate.”
Liverpudlians may be notorious for their rollers, makeup and all-around glamorous looks, and there’s a good reason for that – they need to be ready for a fantastic night out! Liverpool nightlife certainly doesn’t disappoint; Concert Square ranks number 1 in our league table as students’ favourite venue in the UK.
What the students say: “Liverpool is a fantastic location for any student. The nightlife is superb and while Liverpool is a small, compact city, there’s no shortage of pubs and clubs to head to. The cost of living is extremely cheap as well, especially compared to down south.”
This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone – when we say the Geordies know how to party, we mean they know how to party! Notorious for bars which serve triple vodkas and an attitude to a night out that has even acquired its own reality TV show, don’t ever tell a Geordie it’s time for bed…
What the students say: “Best budget city going and the capital of a good night out and home to £5 trebles! Never failed to have a great night out and there’s loads of restaurants and bars to choose from and there’s recently been a massive refurbishment of the city centre.”
Edinburgh is a city perhaps not known to visitors, as cities like New York and London are, for being open all hours and offering abundant options for those seeking good nightlife. In Scotland’s capital city, a great after-dark scene is expected during festivals like the Fringe and Hogmanay, but there are options year-round for all kinds of pub crawls!