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Uniplaces is an online marketplace for booking student accommodation with thousands of verified properties.

The simple booking process is done online and can be done months in advance - students being able to secure accommodation in a city they haven’t arrived to yet and don’t even know is the key that opens the door to this new experience.

In a way that is safe, trustworthy and with consistent quality, Uniplaces provides easy-to-find, easy-to book accommodation. This helps to make any international student’s experience memorable: with value-added initiatives that’ll make that experience unforgettable.

In addition Uniplaces and ESN are together breaking down barriers to student mobility, with the Living the Dream Scholarship, the first-ever crowd funded scholarship for student accommodation, and the Uniplaces Academy.

The Economist sets a different standard. As the next generation of opinion leaders, it's important you stay up-to-date on what's happening around the globe. Each week, The Economist spans everything from European and world news, politics, business and finance, science, technology and the arts.

Available in print-only, digital-only or as a print and digital package, you have the opportunity to enjoy The Economist's stimulating debate, intelligent insight and genuine quality however you wish whether you're at home, at university or travelling. And now digital subscriptions also include The Economist Espresso, our daily app for smartphones.

Go beyond the headlines, to get the bigger global picture. Subscribe to The Economist today!  As an ESN member, you can take advantage of this preferential offer and save 20% on the annual student subscription rate. You will also receive one copy of Intelligent Life, the bi-monthly lifestyle magazine from The Economist as a gift.

StudentUniverse and ESN have partnered to save Erasmus students money on their travel to and from University!

ESNcard holders now have access to all of StudentUniverse's discounts on travel. This means that you can access exclusively discounted rates for students from major airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Air France KLM and many more.

ESNcard members can now get an exclusive extra £15 / €20 discount on their first flight purchase at StudentUniverse meaning you can save even more!

How to access the discount

To benefit from the exclusive extra £15/€20 discount*, you just need to:

  1. Login with your ESNcard login
  2. Request your discount code on the top-right side of this page
  3. Visit StudentUniverse's website (make sure to visit the website, not .com!) & search for the flights you're looking for
  4. Signup to become a member of StudentUniverse
  5. Enter your unique promo code


StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth. Through negotiations with global airline partners, they offer discounted rates for student and youth travellers to help students achieve their Erasmus study dreams. They are committed to making travel more affordable and a realistic opportunity for as many students as possible to explore their world.

Find out more about StudentUniverse here.


*For certain airlines your credit/bank card will be charged for the full price of the ticket. If this is the case, the discount of 20€ will be transferred in cash back to your bank account within a 3-5 bank days.


Focused on innovation and quality, the personal device manifacturer Logitech designs personal devices to help people enjoy a better experience with the digital world.

Among the products Logitech sells you can find webcams, speakers, keyboards, mice, audio products, gaming products, accessories for tablets and smartphones, video security to digital home equipment and more. 

All ESNcard holders enjoy an exclusive 35% discount* on all products in the Logitech e-shop!


Access the discount!

To benefit from the exclusive 35% discount, you just need to:

  1. Request your discount code on the top-right side of this page (after logging in)
  2. Visit Logitech's website & choose the products you want to purchase (note that there is a limit of three products per purchase)
  3. Enter the discount code during the shopping cart process
  4. Done - your products will be shipped straight home to you!

Free Hostelling International membership!

With the Hostelling International membership ESNcard holders can get 10% discount in over 4.000 unique hostels as well as thousands of other local and national discounts around the world. From Paris to Berlin, Shanghai to New York, Sydney to Buenos Aires, Brussels to Stockholm.... Everywhere!

Hostelling International is the only global network of Youth Hostel Associations. Located in some of world’s most inspiring locations, the HI network offers 4,000 unique hostels in 91 countries worldwide. All their hostels meet assured standards, which guarantee a range of good quality safe accommodation, in friendly surroundings at affordable prices.

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Enabling students to do part of their studies abroad is one of the core principles of the Erasmus+ experience. Nevertheless, your mobility should not be limited to only spending time on campus or in the city where your exchange takes place. Yes, you might have to write a few essays during your stay in Southampton, but surely you're here to explore the British life and culture too. And even if you are busy with uni work, maybe you can schedule your time better and do all the work during the week so as to keep weekends for travelling.

During my stay in Southampton I visited several cities, either for a day only or for a longer period, by always staying in hostels. I could divide my visits in "day trips" and "road trips". For example, for a day trip I went to places such as Oxford, Brighton, Isle of Wight, New Forest, and Bath.

Besides that I did two "road trips" with friends - one across Wales (Cardiff and Snowdonia) and one to the North West (Lake District, Liverpool and Bristol) - and one organized by ESN UK - The Edinburg trip.

I can recommend all these places as good options to visit!

Regarding the day trips, I promised to provide you with a few useful tips:

                  - Book your way in advance: You can save a lot of money if you book the trip in advance, either online or at the stations (coach central station or railway station). The extra pounds you save can be the difference between taking sandwiches for lunch or looking up on Trip advisor for the best cheap restaurant in that town.  If you travel somewhere with National Express, think about getting a "Young Person coach card" (it reduces the ticket price by 1/3!!!).

                  -Do some homework before you go: arriving in a city and not knowing what its attractions are can mean you will end up spending your day walking around aimlessly. Although trying to soak in all the "city vibe" is a good thing, having pre-established aims to reach makes it more memorable! A quick google search for "Things you must see in [insert city name]" can make miracles.

                  -Take a free walking tour: If you are visiting a city, there will probably be walking tours - more specifically, I am refering to the FREE walking tours. As you arrive to a new place, it is the best way to get to know your way around with a guide instead of just relying on inaccurate information. Moreover, the guides are generally very funny and charismatic; after all, it's only at the end of the tour that they may be rewarded with some tips!

                  -Take a backpack: a light backpack is a must have if you're visiting a city. Besides acting as a place where you can store any souvenir you may purchase, it's also useful for carrying a quick snack, such as an apple and a bottle of water. Oh...and remember your Erasmus is in the UK... So do take and umbrella/rain coat. You never know!

                  -Share your plans on the Erasmus group: Yes, you may already have your 2 BFFs coming with you but there might be someone else that is planning on going to the same destination but couldn't find anyone to join them. And a day trip is the 2nd easiest way to make friends. The first is probably over a pint or two - the only thing that makes you hug someone and say that you love them just 2 hours after you've met.

As for the road trip, I’ll give you some tips later!

Enjoy your stay in Southampton, do visit other cities as often as you can, either on your own or, an easier way, with the ESN Southampton organised trips.


Your soon to leave friend,

Lucas Brink


Lucas Brink is a Portuguese one-semester Erasmus student of Physiotherapy, who chose Southampton as his Erasmust destination to get a better understanding of how the educational system and the physiotherapy are evolving in the UK.