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5 places to visit in the UK as an international student

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International students in the UK have the opportunity to explore a country with so many famous landmarks. Source: TOLGA AKMEN / AFP

As one of the most popular higher education destinations in the world, the UK is currently home to around 605,130 international students. There are many reasons for this — the vast amount of affordable universities, programmes on offer, and consistently high standard of teaching being some. 

More than that, the UK is a haven for travellers. If you are given the opportunity to study there, you are in luck as there are many places to visit in the UK, from historical landmarks and beautiful natural parks to enriching museums and galleries. There is so much history, culture and entertainment to explore. 

Studying abroad in a foreign country is a beautiful opportunity, so it’s important not to waste this by sitting put in your dorm room. You will surely want to go out, explore the country and meet new people while you are there.

5 places to visit in the UK for international students

Buckingham Palace

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International students in the UK have the opportunity to explore a country with so many famous landmarks. Source: Tolga Akmen / AFP

When you think of the UK one of the first things that come to mind is the royal family. Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of Britain’s monarchy since 1837. The 775-room palace, located in the city of Westminster in London, is at the top of the list for many students residing in the UK. 

Ever wondered what the inside of the palace looks like? Well, every year from August to September, you’ll get the chance to find out as the palace opens its doors to the general public.

Buckingham Palace is definitely one of the most iconic places associated with London, and it is something you do not want to miss. No matter how busy your schedule is, whether it’s a few hours or an entire day, be sure to make time for a palace visit. After all, it is one of the best ways to get a true sense of Britain.  

Punting in Cambridge 

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Punting in Cambridge has appeared in many movies and photographs. Source: Tolga Akmen / AFP

You have probably seen it in countless romance films and imagined yourself riding down the river with your significant other. Well if you are an international student in the UK, then now is the time to turn that dream into a reality. 

Cambridge is one of the top places to visit in the UK — and one of the main reasons for this is the opportunity to go punting along the river. It definitely lives up to the hype. Taking a serene ride along the River Cam is something you cannot miss during your time in the UK.  

You can ride along the grounds of the University of Cambridge in a long wooden boat that is pushed with long wooden poles. You will pass by the Sheep’s Green, Paradise Nature Reserve, Grantchester Meadows and Grantchester Orchard Tea Garden — which is the perfect stop to enjoy a cup of tea and a scone with clotted cream and jam. 

So what are you waiting for? Experience punting in Cambridge by booking here

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The mystery of how the stones ended up at Stonehenge and their purpose remains to this day. Source: Leon Neal / AFP

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the most intriguing and famous landmarks in Europe that is believed to date back to 3000 BC. The bizarre place has baffled many historians about how these huge slabs, weighing up to 50 tons each, were transported and what was their purpose. 

One of Stonehenge’s most exciting features is its mystery. While there are stories about giants from a faraway country sending these big stones, there are also myths regarding their healing potential. 

However, recent studies have discovered that Stonehenge could have been an old burial place. All these stories surrounding Stonehenge make it a spot worth visiting.

You can also explore the Stonehenge visitor centre where there are over 300 exhibits of archaeological importance on display. All these objects were found at the site and either buried or used in construction.

Lake District 

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Lake District is a popular holiday destination, famous for its lakes, forests and mountains. Source: Oli Scarff / AFP

For all of you nature lovers, Lake District is a must-visit area. Located within the North West of England’s mountainous region, it is the perfect nature getaway for the adventurous student. 

Lake District’s breathtaking view is one of the main reasons why it is one of the most beloved places to visit in the UK, attracting over 15.8 million visitors every year. However, the beautiful scenery isn’t the only reason many travel to the lake. 

Known for its peace and quiet, Lake District is the perfect getaway for those looking to escape their busy lives. Those who love adventure will be pleased to know that there are many exciting adventures to be enjoyed here. This includes camping, trekking and hiking on the hilltops. 

Brighton Beach 

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Brighton Beach is a pebbly Blue Flag-certified beach with a 4-mile promenade that is busy through all seasons. Source: Glyn Kirk / AFP

If you miss the seaside while studying in the UK, you’ll be pleased to know that the country actually has around 1,500 beaches. Brighton Beach, also known as Brighton Central Beach, is one of the most popular of the lot. 

Brighton Beach extends for miles on either side of the pier. The beach is the ideal place to soak up in the sun during the summer or take a stroll to clear your head during the winter. 

Due to its popularity, it can get extremely crowded, especially around the pier. However, if you wish to get away from the crowd, you can venture further down to find a nice quiet spot to sunbathe. 

The beach also has many water activities available including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, as well as wakeboarding. It is perfect for those travelling with friends and looking for some fun places to visit in the UK.