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Cardiff University’s Wednesday Nights

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
November 27, 2014

Wednesday is not your typical day for Cardiff University students and students across the UK. Lectures typically end by 1PM and many of the students indulge in their weekly sporting activities. BUCS (British Universities and College Sports) teams have their fixtures on Wednesday afternoons and the university’s intra-mural sports also play.
A large aspect of these sports teams comes through their socials. These are an opportunity for regular team bonding, fun and a few drinks. Naturally, these fall after matches and the Wednesday night is where sports teams hit the town.

Cardiff University's Student's Union - home of The Taf and Y Plas, Wednesday night stalwarts for students. Image from

Cardiff University’s Student’s Union – home of The Taf and Y Plas, Wednesday night stalwarts for students. Image from


Loughborough University | Study Abroad

A Guide to a Night out in Loughborough: Part II


In this second section of ‘A Guide to a Night out in Loughborough’ I will continue the virtual tour around the most well-known clubs and bars that the town has to offer. Again, Loughborough’s nightlife is not particularly explosive and it certainly lacks the grandeur and diversity of bigger cities, but you will almost always have a great night no matter where you go. And if you do get bored of wandering around the same old clubs every night, you can always party in Leicester or Nottingham. Just don’t worry too much coz Loughborough is loads of fun.

Echoe’s Nighclub

‘Echoe’s’ is probably the most well-known club in town. It opens on both Friday & Saturday but it’s particularly busy on Saturdays since students usually go to the Union on Fridays. The place is nothing special. Two spacious rooms offering different music styles and students dancing ’till the world ends. An average club with filthy walls, sticky floors and a creepy darkness. This may sound kind of gross at first, but perhaps that’s why so many people love it. Students leave their dignity at the door on Saturdays and turn Echoe’s into a wild party worthy of its’ facilities and reputation. Thus, even though the club is nothing out of the ordinary, you will probably have a crazy night that you may or may not remember the next morning. Be sure to take inexpensive footwear to Echoe’s as the floor is never particularly hygienic.

Echoe’s entrance


Leisure | Study Abroad | The University of Sheffield

Going out on a Monday in Sheffield

Eloisa CastrilloEloisa Castrillo
June 10, 2014

DQ on a Monday night

Exams are over! And now it is time to celebrate! After a weekend of enjoying the sun (and running away from the rain as this is Yorkshire at the end of the day) I am planning my first night out with all of my friends in a very long time. Despite everyone finishing exams last week, we all finished at  different times on different days so today, Monday is our first night out together and that means a night in DQ!


Music | students | The University of Leeds

Bars and Clubs in Leeds: Off the Beaten Track

Giselle BoxerGiselle Boxer
December 23, 2013

Source: Smokestack Twitter Page

With one of the best nightlife and clubbing scenes in the country, Leeds is full of bars and clubs to suit every kind of student and every sort of night out. But if like me, you’re fed up of the usual pop-trash, fresher filled clubs, and are looking for something a little more refined… then here is my low down on where to go.


Dining | International Students | Leisure | Student's Union | students

Best bars and pubs in Birmingham

Natalie NaikNatalie Naik
December 17, 2013

If you are a student, you probably know how important the social side of University is. Finding a good bar or pub is so important as there is nothing like having a nice evening out with friends at the end of a long week. Nightlife in Birmingham is fantastic, as one of the UK’s largest cities and has so much to offer.

Brindley Place. Image:


Campus Life | International Students | Leisure | Loughborough University

Three kingdom killing-A board game from China!

Shanni JiangShanni Jiang
June 28, 2013

Three Kingdom Killing
Photo: Best News US website

Recently I am spending time with a bunch of Chinese boys who always play computer game DOTA together, since most the Chinese consider the night in UK is not as interesting as our motherland we think of many ways to play at night.

In China, we have night fair in most of Southern cities: street food, clothes, accessories and stationaries. Most things are girls’ favorite, fluffy teddy bears, cheap ornaments, skirts, T-shirts, ceramic cups, potted plants, you name it. There are so many people on the night fair, so many excitement outside that nobody will refuse the temptation. There are some exceptions, however, such as when a group of people play poker cards, a couple enjoy two-people world or someone watch movie or TV series alone. As China has a reputation of a quite big population, it has varieties of board games to entertain a large numbers of people altogether. And “Three Kingdom Killing” is one of the favorite.


Campus Life | International Students | Leisure | Study Abroad | University of Nottingham

Nightlife at Notts

Joel HindsonJoel Hindson
February 12, 2013

A city’s nightlife is, in my opinion, one of its most important and most interesting features. Even though I’m not a huge clubbing/drinking fan, as a student I inevitably get dragged out for birthdays or society socials. Besides, let’s face it, nightlife culture is so big in Britain that if you want to meet a lot of people, and make a lot of friends, you’ll have to venture ‘out’ at some point or other. I’m here to give you the low-down on what’s going on in Nottingham’s city centre at night, from a University of Nottingham perspective (which can be completely different from that of a Nottingham Trent student!).

Gatecrasher Nottingham


Leisure | Study Abroad | University of Southampton

Keane concert: live entertainment in Bournemouth and Southampton

Olivia WhiteleyOlivia Whiteley
December 11, 2012
Keane live at the Bournemouth International Centre

Keane live at the Bournemouth International Centre

It just goes to show that you don’t have to trek all the way to London if you want to see big bands live. Because last week, my friends and I hopped on the train to Bournemouth, just 40 minutes away from Southampton, to catch Keane’s final show of their tour this year. Since their debut album Hopes and Fears, which won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2005, the English alternative/rock group Keane seem to have gone from strength to strength.

As promised, it was a spectacular evening. The Bournemouth International Centre where they were playing was full almost to the brim. Keane might not be known for dance beats but, nevertheless, the crowd was lively and, if not dancing, then certainly belting out the lyrics to Keane’s old classics like Everybody’s Changing as much as to their newer hits such as Sovereign Light Café.


Lancaster University | Leisure | Student's Union | Study Abroad

How Lancaster Parties!

Amanda MasonAmanda Mason
November 19, 2012

A typical Friday night at Sugar!

Now that I’ve given an insight into what you can do at Lancaster in the day, the night also has much to offer. With numerous bars and nightclubs to choose from you won’t get bored of partying in Lancaster, despite the fact it is a small historic city.


Leisure | The University of Leeds

We are young…so go out and have some fun this weekend

Chloe DaviesChloe Davies
September 27, 2012
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So it’s Thursday, it’s finally stopped raining, we’re almost at the end of our first Uni week, and I know it sounds ridiculous given I only have one to three hours of lectures or seminars daily, but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. And why shouldn’t I?

We’re all aware, given the constant reminders of parents, news articles and professors, that we’ll soon be entering an increasingly hard and competitive post – University ‘real world’ of working life. That we’ll need to prove that we really made the most out of our University experience. And I don’t disagree.  Yes, we should work hard, get involved as much as possible and boost up our CV, but isn’t making the most out of our University experience also about letting our hair down, having fun and remembering we’re still pretty young? After all, University is the first opportunity for many to live away from home and for international students possibly the first time you’ve lived in a new country. So, with no parents to nag or ask what time you’ll be getting home, why not embrace the nightlife of Leeds?

For British students, the big nights are usually on the weekdays (Monday to Friday), when many of the best deals are on offer at nights that areoften run by students themselves. However, now that I’m a serious(-ish) fourth year student I’m trying to keep to a new resolution of not turning up to lectures or seminars with a hangover. With that in mind, I’ve been saving for this weekend, and there are a good few fun events on….