Where can your student (16-25) rail card take you
Ah travel. It stimulates the senses. It sparks curiosity. It offers an insight into other cultures. No wonder some of us develop permanent wanderlust.
And while I’m all for exploring the world, I’m also a student, and therefore pretty broke. I can just about scrape together the money for a train ticket home, so a round-the-world flight is out of the question.
Luckily, venturing to new places doesn’t have to cost my whole student loan. Virgin Trains East Coast can take me to new places in style and – thanks to my student railcard – for just a fraction of the usual price.
So, fellow hardworking(ish) students - where could your railcard take you?
It might seem like an obvious choice, being the capital city and all, but I’d always recommend London for a great day – or night – out.
Yes, it might be more expensive, but the city really does offer something for everyone. Enjoy 360 degree views on the London Eye, soar to great heights at The Shard, or indulge in some British history and culture with the city’s various museums, galleries and landmarks.
Or you could splurge the last of your student loan on Oxford Street. It’s totally up to you.
Thanks to its four universities, Leeds is a real student city. And it’s buzzing with great stuff to do, from the museums and theatres to the fantastic nightlife.
You could discover something new at the Leeds International Film Festival, immerse yourself in arts at the Grand Theatre, rock out to your favourite bands at the O2 Academy, or indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the Trinity Leeds shopping centre. And if you’re a fan of shopping, don’t miss out on the fabulous Victoria Quarter.
Why aye pet. Travel 277 miles from London and you’ll arrive at the home of the Geordie. Going by Geordie Shore and the two fantastic universities, it’s safe to say that Newcastle is a brilliant night out. But drinking and dancing aren’t all this lively city has to offer.
Explore Newcastle’s buzzing gay scene at the Pink Triangle, catch a gig at one of the many concert venues, cheer on the Toon at a Newcastle United game, or splash the cash at Fenwick and the intu Eldon Square shopping centre.
With four universities and a rapidly growing economy, now’s a great time to experience Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital.
The world-famous Edinburgh Festival is the perfect way to soak up some Scottish culture. You can expand your historical and literary knowledge at the many museums and libraries, or go wild for Edinburgh’s collection of rugby and football teams.
Visiting the largest city in Scotland seems like the perfect way to conclude our journey. And with its four universities, there’s certainly plenty in Glasgow to keep the student population entertained.
Culture vultures can indulge in a spot of ballet or opera, fashionistas can visit the ‘style mile’, and footy fans can catch a game at one of the stadiums.
Armed with all this information (and your student railcard), go forth and discover what the UK has to offer, all thanks to Virgin Trains East Coast.
Words by... Jack Bradley
Jack Bradley is a twenty year old student, studying a BA Honours degree in Fashion Styling and Creative Direction down in Southampton. Alongside this he is the founder and editor of his fashion and lifestyle blog - Oh So Jack and a personal stylist.
With an affinity for cities, Jack longs to see the world, creating lifelong memories in the process He enjoys photography, spending too much time on Instagram, seeing friends and creating imagery Keep an eye out as he attempts to make it in the fashion industry!