Best countries to visit while studying in the UK

The United Kingdom is full of breathtaking places, and if you are an international student studying in the UK, you are in for some exciting adventures! Aside from being fun, exploring places can teach you so much about history, culture, businesses, and trade. Treat yourself to impressive castles, serene landscapes, umpteen ruins, British rock royalty (the Beatles), and the other royalty – the British royal family. So dive right in and check out the best countries to visit while studying in the UK:


England’s capital is amongst the most spectacular, multicultural, and vibrant cities you can visit. London is a dynamic hub of history and culture, full of museums, art galleries, high-end fashion, luxurious dining, lush green parks, vibrant theatres, and, of course, royalty. Home of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye, and the River Thames, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. London has something for every kind of vacation from ancient remains that dot the city and charming pubs that have sprung up all over. Although, an expensive destination, there are tons of free and cheap things to do in London.

A bus ride from Victoria Coach Station in central London will get you to one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Bath is known for its classical 2000-year-old Roman baths, from which it gets its name. The air around here is magic, at least that’s what one of England’s most cherished writers, Jane Austen, said as she after making it her home from 1801 to 1806. For those fond of exploring on foot, Bath is a perfectly compact city where you can walk to most of the main attractions in just one day. You can even pay a visit to the mysterious Stonehenge, which is around 27 miles from Bath.

Cambridge and Oxford
The United Kingdom is home to the world’s oldest universities — Cambridge and Oxford. Walk the same grounds as many renowned authors like Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, JRR Tolkien, and many more. Harry Potter movie fans will want to check out Christ Church College’s Great Hall, which inspired the Hogwarts Hall. London Plus Pass and all the other Brit Rail Passes that apply to England will make it easy to cover both Cambridge and Oxford areas.

The birthplace of The Beatles is incidentally home to some of the friendliest people in England. Liverpool is a hub of music and sports. Visit the Beatles Story Museum, Anfield – the seventh-largest stadium in England, its numerous theatres, cathedrals and art galleries. For transport, use the National Rail, which can take you to most of these destinations, and the National Express which connects with London by bus.


“People Make Glasgow” is the motto of Scotland’s largest city, known for its welcoming locals. You can enjoy Glasgow’s world-famous Art Nouveau architecture, the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and the thriving music scene. An easy train ride from London’s Central station will transport you to Glasgow.

To immerse yourself in gorgeous castles and well-preserved historic buildings, you have to go down to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. This city is best to explore on foot, walking from Edinburgh Castle to other historic sites. Visit the Old Town’s Royal Mile for its exquisite architecture, cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and the glorious old Palace of Holyrood house. Experience two different eras at this inspiring location – Edinburgh’s Old Town with its cobbled streets and the neoclassical New Town.

Loch Ness and Inverness
No university trip to the Scottish Highlands is complete till you set out to find Nessie, famously known as the Loch Ness Monster. The creature in Scottish folklore is said to inhabit Loch Ness, the largest lake in the UK that contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined. Take out some time to discover the spectacular terrain and neighboring castles of the Highlands.


The bustling capital city of Wales, Cardiff, is quaint but features a raving nightlife, fantastic eateries, cool local shops, a beautiful bay area called the Mermaid Quay, the incredible Cardiff Castle, and a stimulating shopping experience. If you’re in the mood for a nature trek, Cardiff is an excellent base for exploring the South of Wales. Moreover, some famous spots like Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and St. Davids are simple day trips away from Cardiff.

Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia is a must-visit if you are in Wales. Its towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and wildly breathtaking views will make you leave your university stress far behind. If you are an avid hiker or adventurer, the trails here will quench your thirst for adventure.
Isle of Anglesey
This next one is a favorite amongst locals so get ready for some crowds. Anglesey welcomes you with gorgeous sea views, coastal hikes, cute little seaside villages, and vast beaches. There is something for everyone from Beaumaris Castle, Parys Mountain, which was once the largest copper mine in the world, to The Dingle Nature Reserve.

Northern Ireland

If you spend your university break in Northern Ireland, start with the capital city, Belfast. Head to the HMS Caroline, then to the Belfast Cathedral, City Hall, and Castle. Another major attraction is the Titanic Belfast, which is an interactive exhibition on the spot where the infamously ill-fated ocean liner Titanic was built. Game of Thrones fans must take the 50-minute drive to the Dark Hedges, which is equally daunting and mystical in real life.

The stunning Glens of Antrim are the perfect spots for those who are just looking for a relaxing break. Explore Glenariff with its rugged beauty and waterfalls known as the “Queen of the Glens”. Then head down to the beaches of Glenarm, Ballygally, Cushendall, and Carnlough for a lovely sunset.

Ever heard of the “Giant’s Boot” or more famously, “The Giant’s Causeway”? Awe at the natural columns of layered basalt at this historic location. The polygonal-shaped natural features were created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago and stand strong even today. From there, taking the train to Portrush and hopping on a bus or taxi will bring you to the ruined medieval Dunluce Castle.

The UK is a historical and cultural destination, offering diverse experiences. As a student, you have the opportunity to explore spectacular destinations in a short span of time. Traveling around the UK on a student budget is fairly simple because of the accessible public transport in the country. You can even attend concerts on the streets of cities like London and Glasgow, take in the history and tradition of university towns like Oxford, and soak up the relaxing atmosphere of the Scottish landscapes without putting a dent in your wallet.

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Date Published: Apr-21-2022

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