The 4 Best UK Cities for Student Nightlife

While all students will want to select the best cities for their education, degree course, and facilities, many will also take the standard of nightlife into account when making their decision.

With so many fantastic cities to choose from, you might be undecided on the best university destination for your needs. If you need a little help making up your mind, here are the four best UK cities for student nightlife.

  1. Newcastle, England

Top of your list should be Newcastle. It’s home to two fantastic universities: Newcastle University and Northumbria University. In fact, in a 2017 study by Which? reported the northeast city came out on top for the second year in a row.

In addition to exceptional university facilities and stylish student accommodation, Newcastle offers sleek bars, atmospheric clubs (Bijoux and Tup Tup Palace), and exciting restaurants, with many offering superb student discounts if you have an NUS card. When you’re not studying hard, or partying late at night, you can visit one of the many fantastic attractions in the city, such as the Beamish Museum, Centre for Life, and, of course, you can take a selfie with the Angel of the North.


  1. Liverpool, England

Liverpool is the proud home of three universities: Liverpool University, Liverpool John Moores University, and Liverpool Hope University. So, whether you want to enter teaching, science, healthcare, or screenwriting, the popular Northwest city could be the perfect fit for you.

The city has changed substantially over the past ten years and is now home to secret bars, forward-thinking restaurants, and electric nightclubs, which will ensure you’re never bored when studying in the city. Must-visit nightclubs in the city can be found on Matthew Street, Concert Square, and Seel Street.

  1. Cardiff, Wales

The capital of Wales doesn’t disappoint when it comes to exceptional universities, fun attractions, and unforgettable nightlife. You can take your pick from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the University of Wales.

The reason many students flock to Cardiff to study is because it’s small enough that most of the bars and clubs are in walking distance of each other. However, it’s still big enough to feel the buzz and excitement of a major UK city. There are also some great independent bars and clubs to explore, such as Opposite Clwb and Clwb Ifor Bach. The Welsh capital is known for its cheap nightlife, as there are plenty of drink deals to help students’ money go further.

  1. Dundee, Scotland

If you dream of studying in Scotland, Dundee is certainly worth a consideration. It’s a lot cheaper than nearby Glasgow or Edinburgh. Once you’re settled in at either the University of Dundee or Abertay University, you can dance the night away with your new friends at Liquid Underground. If live band nights are more your style, head over to Buskers or Fat Sam’s. The campuses are also in the heart of the city, so you’ll never be far from the best bars, shops, leisure venues, and attractions.

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