16 Best Universities for Nightlife in the UK
16 Best Universities for Nightlife in the UK
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Uni is all about those unforgettable night life experiences, right? But which city is the best for student nights out in the UK? From legendary clubbing destinations to eclectic bars, live music venues, and cultural hotspots, these uni cities offer something special for those of you looking for good times only.

Best Student Nights in London

Being a student in London gives a uni life that hits different. There are around 500,000 students living in the city, from over 40 different uni’s or institutions, so you can guarantee that the buzzing city will always have something new around the corner for you. Despite the idea that London is pretty pricey, so many of the nightclubs and bars have plenty of student nights so you can enjoy on a budget.

Get on down to

The Roxy

for their happy hour Tuesday to Thursday,

Supa Dupa Fly

for the RnB fans out there,


for a student friendly time on Fridays and Saturdays. Looking for something more?


is a right of passage for those obsessed with house music. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Another classic in central is

Tiger Tiger

, with different themes across six different rooms with something for every vibe.

Best Student Nights in Manchester

Manchester has one of the UK’s biggest student populations, combined with a historic party scene that’s grown throughout the years. Whether you’re into indie, house, hip hop, or just a fun bar for a student night out with your mates, you’ll find something for you in the Northern powerhouse that is Manchester.

For those of you looking for a chilled night out, head on down to


for 2 for 1 cocktails Sunday to Thursday, or Happy Hour from 5pm till Midnight Sunday to Friday! Or get down to


with a whole array of student nights for you to take your pick from. Fancy some pool?

Black Dog Ballroom

is a great start to the night, and if things get lairy and your addiction to the idea that you will win, it’s open till 5am, with food until 1am! Manchester has an incredible music scene, so get down to

Band on the Wall

for some underground gigs and discover yourself a new Spotify fav.

The Warehouse Project

is world famous for their events, and need not much of an introduction. It’s one to remember.

Best Student Nights in Leeds

You’ll never be struggling to find a good night out in Leeds, with a busy student scene, and always so much going on in the city, when it comes to student nights, Leeds knows where it’s at. Whether it’s a pub crawl, a noughties night out, karaoke to get your pipes goin, you’ll for sure find something to fit your vibe in Leeds. 

Head on down to the

Otley Run

for arguably the best pub crawl in the city, just don’t forget to double check if it’s a fancy dress on the night you’re going. For some midweek fun, head to


for £2 Coors Light, £2.20 VKs and £3 doubles. The classics. Friday student nights are hard to find, but

The Warehouse

has plenty going on and drink offers on a Friday to get your weekend started on the cheap.

Best Student Nights in Nottingham

You might have already heard about Nottingham’s nightlife, with late night hangouts overflowing with students, it doesn’t disappoint. The city is home to a vibrant party scene, with nightclubs, gig venues, chilled out bars, and even ping pong bars, there’s something for every kind of night out.

Get yourself down to the famous


, one of the biggest and most popular student club in Nottingham. For a Wednesday student night,


is the place to be. For those looking for an underground dance music scene,


is the one, with

regular guest DJs to keep you vibin’, or if live music is the one, get on down to

Rock City


Best Student Nights in Birmingham

Birmingham is brimming with student nights and party vibes all across the city, but with everyone offering out wristbands and cheap entries to places, you’re gonna want to know which are the best clubs, and which you want to avoid to keep the good times rollin. Save your money for the solid student nights and you’ll be off to a banger, without breaking the bank.


is a crowd pleaser, and arguably one of the best student clubs in Birmingham. For those after a bargain set of drinks, head to


, or


for more of a DnB vibe. These places get pretty busy, which is great for the lively atmosphere, but get down early so you’re not queuing for what feels like days.

Best Student Nights in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is home to four universities, and with so many students about, it’s no surprise there’s well over 250 bars in the city! Rest assured, there’ll be no shortage of nights out, any night of the week. The city has a vibrant nightlife, with loads of theaters, comedy clubs, arts venues and more, the nightlife is ready to blow your socks off.

Not sure where you want to go, and it’s a random night of the week you hadn’t planned for?

The Hive

is open till 3am 7 days a week, with deals on drinks to save your cash, and different music rooms for all the vibes.


is a ‘party hotspot’ in the city centre, especially for the famous Milk Tuesdays and Rascal Thursdays! Calling all bargain hunters,

Sneaky Pete’s

drinks start at just £2. Life doesn’t have to be that sad if you're a cheapskate!

Ballie Ballerson

is famous for their ball pit and throwback cocktails, mixed with great house and RnB beats.

Best Student Nights in Cardiff

Cardiff is a buzzing city filled with students, so naturally there’s a thriving music and club night scene. The city centre plays host to some incredible cocktail bars, pubs and clubs, so if you’re heading into Cardiff for the night, whether it’s a classy few drinks, or a wild night, you’ll find somewhere that fits the bill.

For budget friendly but still tasty cocktails,


is calling. For those looking for a party 7 days a week, get down to

Tiger Tiger

, with a mix of different music in the rooms rooms! The most popular student club in the city is probably


, renowned for hosting sports socials, YOLO Wednesday’s, live gigs and themed parties, there is always something going on at YPlas. Metros is the place to for rock music to throwback pop party tunes. And


Wednesday when you need some more throwback vibes and

Meltdown Friday

if you're into your punk rock.

Best Student Nights in Glasgow

Glasgow is a stunner of a city, and with so many bars, club nights, roof terraces, and beer gardens, it’s a city that seems to never sleep. The Glasgow student nightlife has so much energy and personality, you’ll never not have a fun night out.

When the weather’s nice, head to

The Sanctuary

for its infamous beer garden. Look forward to the Summer months, where it’s open till 3am on the weekend! For those looking for some bargain drinks and a great lineup of events


is the one.


brings the warehouse vibes, for club nights, while in the daytime it’s often a gallery space for artists, poets and performers. For a unique student night

Nice n Sleazy

, brings the dive bar vibes, and affordable drinks that fit your student budget!

Best Student Nights in Sheffield

When it comes to the best drinks deals and dance destinations, Sheffield has a tonne of places on offer. With one of the best uni night outs in the country, Sheffield lives up to it’s rep, with live music bars, to happy hour clubs, and chillout pubs.

For live music, head to

Bungalows and Bears

, with 2 for 1 burgers on Tuesdays, and a regular happy hour, it saves the pennies on the tasties! For that all American vibe,

Broncos Rodeo

, with cheap drinks alongside a bucking bronco! It makes a change from your standard night out, so why not.

The Leadmill

is another venue with club nights, events, live music, to even cinema nights!

Best Student Nights in Liverpool

With four uni’s in the city, and a student population of around 70,000, the city is overflowing with student nights and a party scene that is up there wit the best of ‘em! There’s student nights every day of the week, even on weekends, so you don’t even need to spend a fortune to have a good time!

For live music,

Arts Club

is the one, but if you’re more into a classic cheap drink party vibe, get down to Skint Tuesdays at




for a student night.


on Fridays and

Dirty Antics


Heebie Jeebies

on Thursdays. Fancy testing those pipes out? Get yourself to


for the best karaoke just down the road from Concert Square, withkaraoke on Thursdays and Sundays.

Best Student Nights in Newcastle

Newcastle is another famous northern nightlife destination that can’t be avoided! With a buzzing atmosphere in the city, overflowing with bars, nightclubs, pugs, beer gardens, there’s something for every interest.

For cheap entry, cheap drinks, and great tunes, get to


for Digi Mondays and start your week off right!


brings music throwing it back across the decades on Wednesdays, and at only £3 entry it’s a winner. Holy Hobo at


is a student hotspot, an ideal place to get stuck into things before taking Newcastle by storm. Everything on the menu on Tuesdays is 2-4-1! For those wanting a mix of music,

Greys Club

gives you plenty of options, with plenty of student nights to choose from.

Best Student Nights in Bristol

Bristol is a city with an incredibly diverse culture, and the nightlife really reflects this. It’s a city renowned for its music history that’s been resilient through the years, from basement nightclubs, live music venues, and a host of bars and pubs that’ll keep you going from week to weekend.

Get down to

Lola Lo's

for a tropical night with a stunner of a drinks menu open till 3am. If you’re after something more than just a bar, get to

The Lanes

and you’ll find a bowling alley, with themed nights and live music throughout the week. Looking to save a penny?

Basement 45

has cheap entry and pumps out dubstep, house and electro tunes till the early morning.


also hits hard with £1.50 shots, a Thursday night happy hour.

Best Student Nights in Exeter

Exeter has a hefty student population with a great night time atmosphere, a perfect place to make great memories with your uni mates. There are loads of student nights across the city to choose from, so you can enjoy a night out on the cheap.

The Cavern

brings live music from a range of different bands, to help you discover new underground bands in your city.

Unit 1

is great fit for all sorts of music vibes. Look out for their Cheesy Tuesdays, RnB & Hip Hop Fridays and they also host Quids In on Thursdays. Get down to


, they’re brimming with events, featuring the likes of big DJs like Camelphat and Daniel Avery.

Best Student Nights in Oxford

The historical Uni of Oxford has one heck of an academic reputation. But how dose the nightlife compare with other UK cities? Some people might think the city is stuck in fairly academic ways, and side steps the party life. But with so many students, it means there are many great clubs, and there are plenty student friendly venues across the city. So you can dance the night away with your friends, and it makes for a great break from your intensive studies!


offers something for everyone, hosting free famous food themed nights, so you can take advantage of the free food to line your stomach while you’re on a heavy night out. For Oxford Brooke’s students, get down to

The Bridge Club

on Monday nights for

£1 shots and 4 for £10 VKs. On Thursdays, get to

The Bullingdon

for underground DJs and themed nights for a banger night out.

Best Student Nights in Cambridge

When most people think of Cambridge, they might think of the history, the architecture, and of course the outstanding institution. But there’s plenty more to the city than just punting. The city is filled with cool, unique bars and clubs, hosting all sorts of events, you’ll never really be stuck for something to do. Whether it’s chilled drinks, or a big night out, there is somewhere that will suit your vibe.

Get down to

Lola Lo

for Motive Mondays, it’s a staple! Fancy some great drinks on the cheap, giveaways like free pizza or doughnuts (who doesn’t love free food)? Head to Woo Wednesday’s at



Ta Bouch

brings the more chilled out vibes on Thursdays, with free entry and a happy hour from 5-10pm. Cambridge students can also enjoy 25% off with the Ta Bouch’s Remix Card. Go on then.

Best Student Nights in Durham

Durham’s a pretty small city, but there’s still loads of great clubs in the city with all the North Eastern charm you need for a good night out. A lively atmosphere, cheap drinks, and plenty to choose from, you won’t go wrong.

If £1 shots, free entry and great tunes are your thing, get to

Jimmy Allen’s

on Elvet Bridge.


is a great club with cheap drinks, open all week long. They also run a happy hour to save you from breaking the bank! It’s pretty small though, so get down early to get your space. For a lively atmosphere, cheap drinks and great tunes


is a must, and is a staple amongst Durham uni students. For themed nights and bargain drinks, get to North Road and head into


where you’ll only pay £1 entry and have a great time! It’s a student only venue as well, so you will be meeting people with the same vibe as you!

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