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Rowan Simpson
Lancaster University
I’m Rowan Simpson a second year undergraduate student at Lancaster University, studying English Language and Literature.
 
I write for the Advice and Entertainment sections of The National Student, and also for the Lifestyle section of Lancaster University’s Student newspaper, SCAN.
 
I am a keen Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee player so intend to branch out into sports features any day now. I also have an interest in travel journalism so will be documenting my travels around Europe this summer.
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Armed with a 30 day Eurolines pass, I travelled to Berlin this summer as part of my backpacking trip around Europe. Although Berlin’s rich history is an obvious reason to visit, there are plenty of other, history free, places to call at which are unique to students. One thing is for sure; there is never a lack of things to do in Berlin.

Student City Guide: Berlin

Armed with a 30 day Eurolines pass, I travelled to Berlin this summer as part of my backpacking trip around Europe. Although Berlin’s rich history is an obvious reason to visit, there are plenty of other, history free, places to call at which are unique to students. One thing is for sure; there is never a lack of things to do in Berlin.

With a Eurolines 30 day pass on hand, I spent this summer travelling around Europe, visiting 12 different cities on route. Here are the top 10 highlights of my trip which I would urge every student to check out:

10 places in Europe all students should visit

With a Eurolines 30 day pass on hand, I spent this summer travelling around Europe, visiting 12 different cities on route. Here are the top 10 highlights of my trip which I would urge every student to check out:

Armed with a Euroline's 30-day pass this summer I had the freedom of Europe and did a backpacking tour of twelve different cities. Here are some tips for any backpacking adventures you may undertake in the future.

Backpacking on a budget

Armed with a Euroline's 30-day pass this summer I had the freedom of Europe and did a backpacking tour of twelve different cities. Here are some tips for any backpacking adventures you may undertake in the future.

With a Eurolines 30 day pass on hand, I travelled to Budapest this summer and spent two days there as part of my trip around Europe, relaxing in the thermal baths by day, and trialling the famous pool bars by night.

Student City Guide: Budapest

With a Eurolines 30 day pass on hand, I travelled to Budapest this summer and spent two days there as part of my trip around Europe, relaxing in the thermal baths by day, and trialling the famous pool bars by night.

Using a Eurolines 30 day pass, I travelled to Prague this summer and spent 3 days wandering around the often underrated cobbled streets and old town, as well as indulging in the many treats the restaurants of Czech Republic had to offer.

Student City Guide: Prague

Using a Eurolines 30 day pass, I travelled to Prague this summer and spent 3 days wandering around the often underrated cobbled streets and old town, as well as indulging in the many treats the restaurants of Czech Republic had to offer.

5 good reasons to visit... Madrid

5 reasons to visit... Madrid

5 good reasons to visit... Madrid

Venice is one of Europe's most sought-after cities. If you haven't given in to its pleasures already, here are five reasons to visit.

5 reasons to visit... Venice

Venice is one of Europe's most sought-after cities. If you haven't given in to its pleasures already, here are five reasons to visit.

Sports retailer Decathlon is on hand with a brand new campaign to help people stay fit throughout the year.

Win £500 of sports kit with the Decathlon Home Challenge

Sports retailer Decathlon is on hand with a brand new campaign to help people stay fit throughout the year.

Roz Savage is the first woman to have rowed solo across the Pacific, holding a total of four World Records in all for ocean rowing. As an environmental advocate, Roz regularly gives talks about her experiences and has recently written her second book, 'Stop drifting: Start rowing'.

Interview: Roz Savage

Roz Savage is the first woman to have rowed solo across the Pacific, holding a total of four World Records in all for ocean rowing. As an environmental advocate, Roz regularly gives talks about her experiences and has recently written her second book, 'Stop drifting: Start rowing'.

Love Your Liver Month, running throughout January, is encouraging people to take steps to improve the condition of their liver.

Overindulged this Christmas? Join the Love Your Liver campaign

Love Your Liver Month, running throughout January, is encouraging people to take steps to improve the condition of their liver.

Robin Thicke, has been deemed the 'Sexist of the year 2013' by the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

Robin Thicke named 'Sexist of the year'

Robin Thicke, has been deemed the 'Sexist of the year 2013' by the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

The rumours you hear are true. American rapper Snoop Dogg is offering the opportunity for one lucky person to be his intern for the day.

Win an internship... with Snoop Dogg

The rumours you hear are true. American rapper Snoop Dogg is offering the opportunity for one lucky person to be his intern for the day.

TV
Last night's preview of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's new comedy horror series, 'Inside No. 9', made me unsure of whether to laugh, or whether to shield my eyes from the screen. This new anthology series, due to be aired on BBC Two early next year, contains six episodes, each telling the story of events that unfold at very different Number 9s.

TV Preview: Inside No. 9

Last night's preview of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's new comedy horror series, 'Inside No. 9', made me unsure of whether to laugh, or whether to shield my eyes from the screen. This new anthology series, due to be aired on BBC Two early next year, contains six episodes, each telling the story of events that unfold at very different Number 9s.

A report published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal has disclosed some fascinating (and slightly dubious) information. According to the report, 1% of the pregnant women involved in the study, are also virgins. Confused? So am I.

Like a Virgin? 1% of pregnant women claim they've never had sex

A report published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal has disclosed some fascinating (and slightly dubious) information. According to the report, 1% of the pregnant women involved in the study, are also virgins. Confused? So am I.

Today in Things We Couldn't Have Made Up If We'd Tried: a man with the same name as the protagonist in Breaking Bad is sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after being outed as a meth dealer.

Walter White, meth dealer, sentenced to 12 years

Today in Things We Couldn't Have Made Up If We'd Tried: a man with the same name as the protagonist in Breaking Bad is sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after being outed as a meth dealer.

We delved into the murky world of the Lostprophets superfans for whom the once-idolised lead singer can still, worryingly, do no wrong.

'It makes me smile that Ian is emotionless... he's my strong babe!' We talk to the people who are still supporting Ian Watkins

We delved into the murky world of the Lostprophets superfans for whom the once-idolised lead singer can still, worryingly, do no wrong.

A recent study has revealed that over a quarter of students do not trust Muslims. The study also suggests that 61% of students believe that religion is a bad thing.

Over a quarter of students don't trust Muslims, says survey

A recent study has revealed that over a quarter of students do not trust Muslims. The study also suggests that 61% of students believe that religion is a bad thing.

February 2014 sees the seventh annual BFI Future Film Festival come to London. This action packed weekend will encourage young enthusiasts for film to develop their skills even further, giving them the opportunity to have their work showcased, and receive feedback from a panel of industry experts.

BFI Future Film Festival to return in February

February 2014 sees the seventh annual BFI Future Film Festival come to London. This action packed weekend will encourage young enthusiasts for film to develop their skills even further, giving them the opportunity to have their work showcased, and receive feedback from a panel of industry experts.

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