Day Trippin'

Sutton Park is eight miles north of Birmingham and is perfect for international students who like the outdoor pursuits. Angling, walking, mountain biking and horse-riding are available across 2,400 acres of park land. Watch wildlife in-between the wetlands, marshes and seven lakes. Check the visitors' centre on Park Road in Sutton Coalfield for details of festivals and activities. For outdoor-lovers, Derbyshire Dales and Peak District national park are also only short train rides away.

Birmingham is slap bang in the middle of the country, within easy reach of many of the UK's main attractions. Alton Towers theme park is less than an hour north by car and is a great place for adrenaline junkies to spend the day on rides, shoots and flumes. Occasional discounts and competitions are available from the Alton Towers website.

International students studying English might want to pay the birthplace of Shakespeare a visit on an adventure to Stratford Upon Avon an hour south. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs here and visitors have the chance to go on tours to find out more about the famous playwright's life and times.

How to make your life easier

Invest in cheap food at Birmingham's award-winning markets to bring down the budget and use student cards and discounts wisely, but try to make the time and money squeeze in a Balti! Due to the vast number of students in the city, there are plenty of discounts at pubs, clubs and restaurants. Try to opt for an integrated rail, metro and bus travel to explore the area around Birmingham to the full.