Is your son or daughter starting university in a new city? Do you want to help them with the move but don't want to cramp their style? Or perhaps you're just visiting and you don't fancy spending the night in student digs? BedandBreakfastworld.com brings you a list of attractive, affordable B&Bs in the UK's top university towns and cities.
B&Bs near London Universities
More than 300,000 students attend university in the nation's capital. Campuses are spread all over the city, with University College London, Imperial College London and the twenty or so colleges of the University of London, to name but a few.
Staying in central London offers you easy access to all parts of the city, so you can combine a visit to your son or daughter with a spot of sightseeing. Ideally situated close to Victoria Station, Victoria Inn is a comfortable, affordable London B&B within walking distance of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. All the en-suite rooms have been tastefully furnished to a high standard and breakfast is included in the rates.
Following the merger of the University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester is now home to the UK's largest university, with a student population of 34,000. This number is added to by Manchester Metropolitan University. Conveniently located just opposite Piccadilly Station, Hotel International provides cheap accommodation in Manchester city centre, along with extensive facilities including a bar, restaurant and free WiFi.
B&Bs near Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music
Cardiff B&B One Hundred offers a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation in a family-run boutique guesthouse at the heart of the Welsh capital, with seven guestrooms and facilities including secure parking, wireless internet access, laundry and, of course, a full breakfast. Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are both less than five minutes' drive away.
B&Bs near Birmingham University
Just 15 minutes from the University of Birmingham is the cosy guest house Birmingham Best Inn. All of the guestrooms are en-suite and comfortably furnished in a homely style. Facilities include a bar and restaurant, air conditioning and a 24-hour reception. Birmingham Best Inn is less than 10 minutes from Birmingham City Centre and is also just 8 miles from Birmingham City FC, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.
B&Bs near Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University
Famed as being the home of the legendary Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Nottingham is also the location of Hylands, a homely B&B with over thirty years' experience providing clean and friendly accommodation. The guesthouse is located in Beeston, an area popular with students for its proximity to the city's two universities; the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are both less than five miles away, with the former within walking distance.
B&Bs near Edinburgh University
Edinburgh's four universities contribute a total of over one hundred thousand students to the population of Scotland's capital. Perfectly situated right on the Royal Mile is Edinburgh guest house the Bank Hotel. The elegant building of an old bank has been fully renovated to provide luxurious accommodation in Edinburgh city centre with a range of individually decorated en-suite rooms. A full Scottish breakfast can be enjoyed each morning in the stylish bar before you step outside to find the best of Edinburgh literally on your doorstep and the University of Edinburgh's Old College less than 200m down the road.
B&Bs near Bristol University and the University of the West of England
Bristol and the surrounding counties of the West Country boasts some of the most attractive scenery England has to offer, so why not combine a visit to see your son or daughter with a weekend in the country. Conveniently situated close to Bristol International Airport, Meadow Cottage Guest House is a 17th-century farmhouse B&B boasting charming period features such as beamed ceilings and open fireplaces. All of the homely guest rooms are equipped with luxury toiletries, cosy bathrobes, flatscreen TVs and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery. A tasty breakfast is included in the rates.
B&Bs near the Liverpool University, the John Moores University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Just a couple of miles from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and John Moore's University (and, as an added bonus, Anfield and Goodison Park), Snooze is the best choice for cheap accommodation in Liverpool. The simple but stylish guest rooms are equipped with free WiFi, TV, DVD and en-suite bathrooms with power showers. Staff are friendly and helpful and breakfast is included in the rates.
B&Bs near Queen's University, St. Mary's University and the University of Ulster
Less than 2 miles from Queen's University, Belfast B&B Ravenhill Guest House combines Victorian charm with modern comfort. The homely, well-appointed guest rooms feature period furniture, TV and WiFi and a cosy sitting room has an open fireplace and plenty of books about Belfast and Northern Ireland. In the morning, why not try a traditional Ulster Fry, prepared using local, organic produce and served with homemade wheaten bread.
B&Bs near Newcastle University and Northumbria University
If you have a son or daughter studying at the University of Newcastle or Northumbria University, book a room at the Grainger Hotel. Just a couple of miles from both campuses as well as the lively city centre, this friendly and welcoming Newcastle guest house has a range of comfortable, tastefully appointed rooms. Facilities include secure parking, satellite TV, internet access and a 24-hour reception.
B&Bs near Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University
All Seasons Guesthouse in Oxford is located just down the road from Oxford Brookes University, in the pleasant, residential area of Headington. Awarded 3 stars by the AA, the guesthouse has a range of homely, well-appointed guest rooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Parking is available, and a short bus ride brings you to Oxford city centre.
B&Bs near Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University
Home to one of the world's most prestigious universities, Cambridge has a student population of approximately thirty thousand. Parkview Guesthouse is a family-run B&B which provides a relaxed, homely atmosphere and en-suite rooms with TV and WiFi. Parking is available and a hearty English breakfast is served up every morning. Parkview Guesthouse is located within easy reach of the two universities and the city centre with all of its historical attractions, which include the famous colleges, the Botanic Gardens and numerous markets, churches and parks.
B&Bs near the Glasgow University, the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University
Situated less than a mile from the University of Glasgow and less than 15 minutes from the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow Caledonian University, the Albion Hotel is a 3-star guest house offering comfortable accommodation and a friendly atmosphere. All the guest rooms are equipped with TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. The Albion Hotel is also close to numerous public transport links, making it quick and easy to get around Glasgow.
B&Bs near York University and St John's University
An elegant Georgian townhouse located just a short walk from St. John's University and York Minster makes the ideal base from which to explore York. Dating back to 1837, Blossoms has a range of stylishly refurbished en-suite guestrooms. The owners pride themselves on combining friendly service with excellent value for money, and a full English breakfast is cooked to order every morning using fresh, local ingredients. Adults can enjoy a drink or two in the attractive Cellar Bar, while children will entertain themselves for hours playing with the Nintendo Wii and a range of board games in the lounge.
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By: Eleanor Brown