Manchester's student population is so enormous you can guarantee a student night almost every night somewhere in the city - cheap entry and cheap beer to follow. Try Dry 201, Flea and Firkin, Queen of Heart, Jabez Clegg.
Cheap eating places in Liverpool do lunch-time student specials.
Look out for student discounts in shops, restaurants, sports facilities - details available from the students' union. NUS card essential in most cases.
The SU at Teeside offers the cheapest drink and entertainment in town and Teeside Park just outside the town has a 10-screen cinema and other entertainment.
Four bars at Leeds University's SU make it arguably the country's biggest and cheapest bitter outlet.
"You can go out in Sunderland for a fiver," according to Sunderland University's entertainment manager. "But the best venue in the town is the university."