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Cupboard Basics

When you first start life as a student, chances are one of the first things you will learn is the name of every takeaway in the vicinity. It’s just easier. You finish a day’s lectures, you might have a sports practice or a club, you might be meeting some friends. When are you supposed to cook when you have a whirling social calendar? The pizza, the kebab, the curry, the Chinese takeaway – the world…

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The Student Job Market

As a student, I was hopeless with money. My loan would come in each term and I would live it up for a few weeks before it all disappeared. I would then spend the last few weeks of each term scrimping and trying to make ends meets. The summer helped ease things as I always worked throughout the summer but all that effort mostly went on paying back debts to friends and family or reducing…

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Plants to Grow in your Bedroom

Despite the title, this is not an article on growing illegal substances but rather a way to reduce your weekly food shopping bill or, at the very least, add some flavour and identity to the pasta dish you tend to cook each evening. What you can actually grow on your windowsill or in your room may surprise you in both variety and aspiration. In time, you might find your entire household or halls of residence…

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Keeping your Student House Clean

When you leave home to go to college or university you will be living in student accommodation, unless you live with your parents and commute. This could mean halls of residence or shared rented houses. Whatever form of accommodation you find yourself living in, there is one certainty – you will be expected to clean up after yourself. While no-one decides to live in a pig-sty, there is always the danger that shared accommodation can…

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Keeping the Cost of Christmas Down

It’s near the end of the autumn term which means two things: one, it is nearly Christmas and two, you are probably running out of money. So how are you to pay for Christmas this year? How do you afford to buy gifts for the same family that has been loaning you money for the past few months? How do you give a meaningful gift to the new set of best friends you have made…

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Fit to Party

Staying fit in the lead-up to the seasonal celebrations is tough as a student. There are parties almost every night as the term winds down; there are activities organised by departments, by clubs and societies; and of course the Students’ Union will be running heaps of not-to-be-missed events. Add to that, end of term tests, some exams, coursework deadlines and a feverish rush to get the already late essay onto your tutor’s desk and you…

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Keeping safe and secure in your student home

For many students, going to university means moving out of the family home for the first time. That’s an exciting prospect, of course, but the new responsibilities that emerge when you start living in a student home, away from Mum and Dad, can feel daunting too. Suddenly, your parents are no longer around to take care of everyday jobs from paying the bills to cleaning the kitchen. One concern new to many students is home…

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How to be the perfect student housemate

Sharing a home can be a challenging experience. Any group of people is likely to contain individuals with very different approaches to life. When strangers (at least initially) find themselves living in the same space every day, conflicts can easily emerge. But don’t worry – handled intelligently, those conflicts can also be easily resolved or, indeed, avoided in the first place. Sharing a student house can be one of the best experiences you will ever…

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10 great things about living in Farnham

So you’re moving to Farnham? Happy days! If you can tear yourself away from your studies for a moment, you’ll have a great time exploring this bustling Surrey market town. In no particular order, here are 10 of the best things about living in historic Farnham (and, trust me, the list could go on and on…): Farnham Castle. From the times of the Norman Conquest until the Tudors, the powerful Bishops of Winchester shaped English…

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Making the most of moving-in day

Finding the perfect university for you is rarely easy. Finding your perfect student home can also be a difficult task. (And, of course, passing the exams you need to qualify for your course in the first place isn’t necessarily the simplest thing you’ll ever have to do!) When the day comes to finally move in to your student home, you deserve to enjoy the experience. After all, a new home is an exciting landmark in…

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