If you’re an international student in UK, don’t stick to London (though it has plenty to offer). Strike out further afield and you’ll find lots to see and do. Here are just a few suggestions.
1. Edinburgh: if you thought London was historic, wait until you see Edinburgh. Lined with stunning Georgian buildings, overlooked by the ancient Edinburgh Castle and full of fascinating monuments (not to mention great shops), it should be high on your list of places to visit.
2. Lake District: one of the most beautiful places in the UK, it’s perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors – and especially hill walkers. It has the deepest and longest lakes in England and inspired poets such as William Wordsworth.
3. Stratford: the birthplace of William Shakespeare, it has a number of theatres showing different interpretations of the great bard’s works. With a student card you should be able to get a discount on your tickets, too.
4. Oxford and Cambridge: two of the oldest universities in the world, they’re both equally worth a visit. Wander around the ancient colleges, get a taste of student life in the many bars, pubs and clubs and shop until you drop.
5. Norfolk: for wide open countryside, big skies and endless beaches (including Holkham, voted the best beach in Britain), head for Norfolk. Just a couple of hours away from London by train, it feels like a world away.
6. Liverpool: if it’s good enough for the Fab Four, it’s good enough for you. The home of the Beatles, this merchant city on the banks of the Mersey is a great place for music-lovers, culture-vultures and shoppers alike, with the biggest collection of museums and galleries outside London.
7. West Wales: if it’s natural beauty you want, head for West Wales. Walk the breathtaking coastal path, surf on the pristine beaches and enjoy a warm, Welsh welcome in the pubs.
8. Bath: for an experience of English gentility, head for Bath. Bathe in the natural thermal waters of the Thermae Bath Spa, wander the Georgian streets, indulge in a decadent tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel and explore the city’s varied shopping.
9. Brighton: this vibrant town celebrates the old and the new, from the seaside architecture, traditional pier and historic Lanes to the modern, hip vibe and cool restaurants and shops.
10.Cornwall: whether you’re a surfer looking to catch some waves or an eco-warrior looking for cutting edge plant technology, this is the county for you. Explore the varied countryside, visit the Eden Project and check out the monkey sanctuary in Looe.