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A unit at Vita's Tinlings site in Liverpool. Overseas students demand high standards

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Finding great accommodation is key to enjoying your time at university - Newcastle students outside Windsor Terrace

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Energy-saving light bulbs can cut costs - and they come in different colours too

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