Hidden student hotspots in the UK: part one

Looking for a secret study spot to get some serious revision done? Need to hide away and cram for an exam?

If you’re looking for a relaxing retreat, we’ve got you covered with this guide to hidden student hotspots close to each UK INTO Study Centre.

London

Must see places in the UK for students

This historic capital is well known for its twisting alleys and tucked-away nooks so you’ll discover new places every day. With the INTO Centre’s location in the epicentre of the city’s business district, you’ll get a thrilling taste of London life.

Nearby Spitalfields is a lively area, known for its famous covered Market. You’ll never be short of places to sit and watch the world go by.

Head round the corner to the retro Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane and enjoy a traditional English breakfast at this cool café.

If you’re after a coffee to boost your energy, head to nearby Shoreditch – known for its hip hangouts and vintage boutiques.

Café 1001 on Brick Lane boasts relaxed vibes and freshly baked snacks. You’ll quickly feel part of this exciting and vibrant London neighbourhood.

Choose from INTO City, University of London, INTO London World Education Centre or INTO Newcastle University London.

Manchester

Top hot spots in the UK for students

This sprawling post-industrial city radiates a laid-back coolness that you won’t find anywhere else. From music to sport, Manchester confidently leads the way. The INTO Manchester Centre is close to both universities and sits in-between many of the city centres most exciting areas including Deansgate, Oxford Road and Canal Street.

Coffee lovers looking for a place to chill out or open some textbooks need only head around the corner to the Foundation Coffee House on Whitworth Street.

This independent coffee house is a real slice of modern Manchester, its exposed brick walls a tribute to the mills and factories that drove the industrial revolution.

If you want to know what student life is like in Manchester, there’s no better starting point than Oxford Road – home to the main campuses of The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Hatch is the perfect starting point from the INTO Centre and it’s hard to miss this pop-up shopping hub built from steel shipping containers. Find a quiet corner in this fascinating student hangout and study with some tasty street food.

Newcastle

Must see places in the UK for students: Manchester

This northern city is packed full of iconic Georgian-era architecture and nods to its history as a centre of the shipbuilding industry. The INTO Newcastle University Centre is right on the campus of Newcastle University which means not only will you be part of the student hub from day one, you’ll be right in the centre of this friendly and exciting city.

With a number of student hangouts and study spaces on campus you won’t be short of places to go. If you’re looking for something a little different, just a few minutes from the INTO Newcastle centre is Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse on Eldon Place.

With its cool and casual vibe this cosy café is perfect for tea lovers, so you can sip and study all day!

If you’re looking for a truly peaceful experience, head south of the Centre to Leazes Park. This historic green space is the perfect place for a walk on a sunny day.

Stop by café Les Petits Choux for coffee and French pastries, this leafy little spot is the perfect place to write that essay before heading to nearby Eldon Square for some retail therapy!

Norwich

UK hotspots for students: Norwich

This scenic medieval city boasts charming cobbled streets and some of the most enchanting architecture in all of England.

The University of East Anglia INTO Centre is just outside the city, on the university’s spectacular Earlham campus. Though there’s lots of places to go on campus, if you’re looking to find a hidden spot there’s plenty around this fascinating area.

Just south of the university is Eaton Park, an 80-acre recreational area with cycle tracks, tennis courts and even a putting green. There’s lots of hidden spots and corners in this popular student area, including the quaint Eaton Park Café. Find a little corner here for a casual coffee and order some fresh food surrounded by nature.

If you’re looking for somewhere eco-friendly to have a bite to eat, look no further than The Green Grocers just off Earlham Road. This independent café, bakery and whole foods shop is one of the best places in Norwich for organic food and drink. Eat a slice of artisanal pizza in this truly tucked away gem.

To learn more about studying in the UK, click here.

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Will Dawkins

Hi, my name’s Will and I’m a Content Editor at INTO in Brighton. I enjoy hearing about our student journeys and helping to tell their stories. I’m an avid writer and a lifelong book-lover. I have a passion for music, gaming and the outdoors.

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