Deciding where you’d like to spend the next three years of your life is a tough decision, with many important factors to consider. As well as the obvious need for a cheap pint, if you’re a creative type you’ll no doubt want to go somewhere that will allow you to express your inner artist and where you’ll be surrounded by like minded people.
Here are the 8 best cities for creative types to study.
Home to four universities and three colleges, all mainly specialising in the arts, it would be a pretty logical choice to choose this vibrant
Scottish city as your new home.
From galleries to niche exhibitions, art festivals to retro boutiques and tattoo parlours – Parnie Street will spoil you with all the above, and Glasgow’s flourishing art scene has something for everyone.
And although it is no laughing matter (just kidding), there is huge stand up comedy scene here too – Billy Connolly is a Glaswegian don’t you know!
Often called ‘London-by-Sea’,
Brighton is not only full of artists, but the seaside too. Think summer picnics, street performers, independent boutiques, retro game nights, art exhibitions and poetry evenings.
The Laines will inspire you with graffiti art, vintage shops and cafes, while free festivals will leave you with change in your pocket. One moment you might be viewing a Victorian ghost street performance, and the next going to a comedy club in an underground bar – what a tough life!
The old stomping ground to the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths to name but a few, ‘Madchester’ as it is known by locals will spoil you with talents old and new – with regular live performances from up and coming artists around the city.
The Northern Quarter is full of one - off cafes, galleries and shops - Junk and Pop Boutique are treasure troves for one off pieces.
Dubbed the ‘
creative Capital of the North’, you wont be too bored here – promise!
Cardiff has it all. Home to BBC Wales, Doctor Who and Creative Cardiff – a new network set up to connect artists together, there are plenty of opportunities to get some work experience in between hitting the bars, attending gigs, oh and finding time to go to lectures!
The arcades down St Mary’s Street are full of vintage shops, while charity shops and independent bars are scattered down City Road – where wearing a florescent pink skirt just blends in with the crowds.
Home to the Beatles and named ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008, Liverpool is vibrant, friendly and has
something for everyone.
If you end up studying here, no doubt you’ll find yourself a regular in The Baltic Triangle, an area that has been adopted by creatives. This under the radar area is home to recording studios, art festivals, galleries, independent boutiques and plenty of bars too. Mello Mello down Slater Street is not only cheap as chips, but has regular gigs and stand up shows to entertain and inspire you.
The capital is home to world famous art galleries, Abbey Road and Brick Lane – where not only can you get a decent vintage dress, but also a top-notch bagel too.
Here, underground stations turn into bars (no, literally), secret parties are held by celebrities and every park has a movie screening as soon as the umbrellas are put away (which is more regular than you would think).
While it is a little pricier than its other creative rivals,
London has everything you could wish for, so much so that many students never leave.
Study in Newcastle and not only will you be spoilt for choice with your evening plans, but there’s also plenty to do and see in the daytime.
For shopping off the high street, there are plenty of independent one off designs ready to buy down the charming streets of High Bridge, while the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a must for viewing art – with work featured from the likes of Yoko Ono. The Butterfly Cabinet in Heaton is also a must for brunch in the day and live blues in the evening.
Did you know Bristol is one of the warmest cities in the UK? Built along the River Avon and with Banksy’s work scattered around the city, here street art is encouraged.
Stokes Croft is known as the creative quarter, where pop up shops appear monthly, little cafes provide you with a place to study and pubs feed you with hard earned beer. With festivals all year round to suit every taste and places like the Watershed – showing
everything from music to theatre, the sun is always shining in this city.
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