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By Elizabeth Whittingham

For students who have made the unfortunate mistake of not packing a lunch from home before heading out the door to lectures, it can be tricky to find affordable yet still delicious food on the go.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

‘we must find the means to recruit the talent that exists within the breadth of the student body’

According to a study by the Independent, state school students, women, first generation graduat


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It’s that time of the year again, and everyone is at it: house hunting. We’re here to help you along the way.

You’ve organised a million and one viewin


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Although the idea of organising a student house when you’ve only just moved into student halls may seem a little alarming, for some students, the sooner the house is sorted, the better.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

When it comes to student halls, most people think of little shoe box sized, damp, cell like rooms where students can touch each wall by spreading their arms.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’ve already blown that fresher’s loan, don’t panic! We have plenty of free stuff and offers to keep you happy throughout the rest of September!


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham.

Climate change is a hot topic at the moment, no pun intended- and whilst our scorching summer was perfect for sitting outside with a few icy Strongbow dark fruits, there was a much more sinister feel to the whole affair.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’ve aced your CV, got through the interview process and have been accepted into a new graduate role, you’re probably waiting with baited breath for your first day at work to roll around to your doorstep.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham In a new report by the Guardian, it has been revealed that thousands of student nurses drop out of their degree courses before they have graduated, the vast majority occurring in the first year of study.

With the NHS already struggling as it


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

According to the Independent, over 1 in 5 students are completely teetotal, with the demand for alcohol-free university events growing in popularity amongst freshers this September.

Whilst the general stereotype of students tends to be b


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Juggling a job alongside your studies can be a tricky business, especially when more and more students are resorting to time consuming jobs in order to cover expenses, with student maintenance loans now being revealed as


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

According to a new report from PETA, students are now six times less likely to eat meat than their parents.

Vegetarianism, veganism and even just havin


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Homesickness can be hard, and can often leave you feeling distressed, isolated, lonely and upset. However, it is completely natural and should be something that is expected from your first year at university, when the fre


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

by day three you will want to incinerate 90% of your previous wardrobe

Fresher’s Week is one of the best, most exciting periods of your life. You’re in a new city surrounded by new people and are (finally!)


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

bag a job through social media

Create Profiles

Whether you are new to social media or not, it is important to make sure that you have profiles in all the right places. Create profiles on job specific we


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Technology, homeware, food and travel

-Head over to Apple both in store and online to bag 10 per cent discount on all your purchases as a new student. Although it might not sound like a lot, it does make a difference and is well worth


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

a round up of the best

First year is renowned for being a time to make mistakes, and boy did you guys prove this to be true. We spoke to Fresher’s across the country to find your most hilarious/cringe wo


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

because going out takes a lot of effort

The time has come, you’re moving into your second year of university, and you’re pretty sure that you’re ready for the year ahead. However, whilst you may think yo


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

accept your Fresher’s Flu fate

Happy Fresher’s Week! Here are some tips and tricks to surviving the madness.

-Firstly, be yourself. Although the pull to make new friends and share new experiences is strong, make sure th


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

The mattress topper, our saviour

It’s officially the start of fresher’s week and chances are you’ve either moved into your student accommodation, or you’re set to head off in the next few days. Whilst it’s p


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Is prevention the best solution?

According to the Independent, the numbers of students arriving at university with an existing mental health condition is five times what it was ten years ago! Alongside this, there has also been a trebl


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

not harissa paste

With students around the country heading off to university for the first time, there are plenty of companies out there trying to cash in on the big event- from duvet sales at Sainsbury’s through to a back-to-unive


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

UCAS will now have a mental health option

In the wake of 95 student suicides last year alone, universities are stepping up the pace when it comes to mental health care within an educational and academic setting.

Under n


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

12 members of staff?

If you thought Prince Harry’s room was a little bit extra, then you’ve seen nothing yet.

A fresher at the University of St Andrews is hiring twelve servants to assist her throughout everyday student


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

no more pasta and ketchup

Here are some top tips on how to cook affordable meals, minimise on washing up and also make your food more exciting- whilst still sticking to that ‘Student Budget’. Although during Fresher’s Week, cooking


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

just loads of water

If, like most freshers, you’ve started at university and are therefore partying non-stop-you’re probably experiencing the mother of all hangovers right this minute.

After t


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

look at us health freaks

being healthy has never been cooler


     
 

It’s still legal

By Elizabeth Whittingham

Concerns are being raised over the numbers of university students who are buying pre-written essays online- with the government being forced to consider outlawing essay writing service sites in order to stop the pr


     
 

Free food for all

By Elizabeth Whittingham

There is a viral sensation sweeping the web; YouTubers and celebrities are attempting to use just one pound a day for their food.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Let’s spill the tea…

The worst on class equality

The University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh

There are plenty of universities who have com


     
 

Viking society anyone?

By Elizabeth Whittingham

So, you’ve got your university place! Freshers is nearly upon us all and to celebrate, here at Student Life Guide we have decided to explore some of the strangest societies on offe


     
 

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By Elizabeth Whittingham

Although alcohol may seem like the ‘be all and end all’ when it comes to having the courage to chat to new people during Fresher’s Week, for some people, drinking alco


     
 

Toy towns and chocolate box villages


By Elizabeth Whittingham

Ever wondered where the best place to holiday in the UK is?

Don’t worry, Vogue have compiled a list detailing all the best places to travel to, meaning that you don’t have to


     
 

Stay up to date with these handy apps


By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re starting university and are unsure about how you are going to find the whole experience then a great idea is to down


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It’s a given that during your time as a student, you’re probably going to be pretty poor.

However, there are plenty of things that you can cut back on


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

With Fresher’s Week fast approaching- we thought we would run through everything you are definitely going to experience for your first seven days of university life- from the hangovers through to setting off of the fire a


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

According to a new study, it seems apparent that the UK is missing out massively on international student applications due to strict UK VISA regulations.

University leaders are calling for the VISA system to be changed in order to allow


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

In the wake of A Level result’s day, grime artist Stormzy has unveiled his plans to pay for two Black students to head to Cambridge University for the start of the academic year.

Stormzy will pay for everything, including all tuition and


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It’s time to settle the debate.

Science students are smarter that Arts students. At least, that’s according to data recently released by ETS. They tested 26,000 students across every degree subject known to mank


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re concerned about your student loan falling by the road side and heading down the drain in the first few months of your university experience, then chances are that you’ll probably be looking for a job pretty soon into the academic term.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham
Freshers can be a bit of a whirlwind, emotionally and physically. From being horrifically ill with Fresher’s flu and still finding yourself in a club, to having random outbursts of fear and homesickness, it’s an emotional roller coaster. It can be

     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

I know it’s hard to believe, but the summer is nearly over and Fresher’s Week is fast approaching!

Before you let that fear creep in, have a look at our ultimate guide to Fresher’s Week below to


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Packing for university, whilst exciting, can be a tricky experience! We’ve already gone through everything that you do not need for university, next, we’re going to let you know all the items that simply do not cross your mind when ma


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Starting university soon? A little worried about living with brand new people?

Try not to worry! Everyone is in the same boat at university and there is plenty to do in order to make the whole e


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Starting university September? A little overwhelmed by the endless tips, advice and checklists floating around the internet?

Don’t worry, here’s a no-nonsense guide to preparing for university, from sorting


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

University is never going to be a completely affordable experience, despite this, there are some choices that you can take to make sure that you can save your pennies whilst still having a brilliant time in a student destination of you


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

In the wake of gender neutral toilets and campus fancy dress bans, universities across the country are set to introduce gender pronoun badges during welcome week, in order to ensure that transgender and non-binary students feel comfortable and relax


     
 

Although the idea of getting a job during your final year of university might not seem like the best idea, especially with the added stress of third year academic work, an internship can be a vital asset to your student experience and can be a deal breaker when it comes to n


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

With the Love Island bunch swanning their way around various night clubs up and down the country right now, sometimes making hundreds of thousands of pounds for a few appearances- it appears that the rise of the tacky, overpriced and unavoidable clu


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

14 per cent of all students over the age of 21 leave their degree before they move into second year, with 9 in 10 of them leaving higher education altogether.

With the start of the unive


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Believe it or not, August is nearly over and with September just around the corner, we thought we would let you in on a few more discounts and freebies to enjoy this summer- while it still lasts!


     
 

There are a lot of weird universities out there, and selecting the right university to benefit your future career can be a tremendously personal choice. But, once you’re in, it’s easy to forget all those other places you considered. All that resea


     
 

With the ever so popular Made in Chelsea returning once again to our screens, (this time there in Croatia!), it seems that many of us are currently a little bit obsessed with all things posh.

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Check out these top holiday destinations for students on a budget and looking for a week in the sun.

Ibiza

The well-known classic still retains its clubbing reputation, hailed as one of the best destinations for those look


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Here at Accommodation for Students, we are committed to providing you with all the relevant information, and when it comes to international students who are coming from far and wide this September to enjoy a year abroad i


     
 

You’ll hear every single noise

Seriously, with the walls in student houses, you are going to hear everything single sneeze, cough, and hushed conversation- especially when it’s about you!

It will eventually get to the point when every


     
 

With 5,000 places still available in clearing, some even in the Red Brick area, universities are now offering free transport and even cash to encourage students to head to their institutions.

Alongside these incentives, guaranteed campus accommodation and huge sc


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Happy A Level Result’s Day 2018!

Although everything can feel a little overwhelming on a day like this, here’s quick run-down of all the A Level Result’s news happening right now, including a few tips on where


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham HAPPY RESULT'S DAY!

It’s easy in the apparent chaos of university clearing to brush accommodation aside, yet as soon as your university place has been sorted, it’s incredibly important to get your living situation sorted


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham HAPPY RESULT'S DAY!

It’s nearly that time of the year again and the tension is undoubtedly extremely high.

Whether you’re going to university this year or in the years to come, these top ti


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham HAPPY RESULT'S DAY!

Over the past week we’ve covered our top tips on how to handle the stresses and pressures of clearing, from tips on how to stay positive through to what to expect on the day.


     
 

According to Credit Angel

,financial education stands as one of the most important factors of a child’s education, working to ensure that they understand the value of money, the logistics behind savings and

     
 

Although the prospect of a healthy dose of student loan being dumped into your account every few months can be an attractive proposition, it can be tempting to simply blow it all at once, especially in the first few weeks of starting student life. <


     
 

#1 Your loan is never really enough

Think about it, after you’ve paid for accommodation, food, university books and a few cheeky nights out here and there, your loan tends to be pretty non-existent.

Most graduates advise on searching


     
 

Have you just graduated? Are you feeling the pinch and the pressure of graduate life?

Although it’s easy to say, try not to worry too much- there are plenty of schemes out there if the job search is not really going to plan.


     
 

In the wake of substantial student backlash, Durham University have made the decision to cancel 8am lectures.

According to Durham University, the decision was made after a meeting between students and lecturers took place, during which the early lecture idea was


     
 

Newcastle University will be introducing gender neutral toilets across their campus this coming September, in a bid to make transgender and non-binary students feel more relaxed and comfortable with using the facilities.

The toilets will display a specially desig


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It has been revealed this week that the student loan company (SLC) have been spying on vulnerable students, using their social media accounts to discover whether they really are estranged from their families, before using this


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham.

The universities’ minister, Sam Gyimah, released a statement yesterday stating that universities’ main focus should no longer be learning, arguing that emotional and mental support needs to be given to students, taking the priority over academia.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham.

Fancy jetting off to a European city this August yet strapped for cash because of your student status?

Don’t worry, where there’s a will there’s a way; here’s a quick guide to tackling Berlin on a shoe strin


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham.

The gap year is definitely seen by many as a defining moment for young people, with the one year break before university considered by many as essential time to relax, travel, work and gain new experiences before university begins.


     
 

Graduate life can be an interesting and rather terrifying experience at first.

Although it can be liberating to leave university, it can also be daunting to know that the support ropes have well and truly been released.


     
 

If you’re doing some last minute house shopping before university begins, or if you're looking to move into a student house this summer but you're unsure who to choose to spend your time with, then here are some top tips on what to consider.


     
 

In our latest list of places to visit on a budget this summer, we’re going to focus on the beautiful city of Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and Belgium.

With its medieval buildings and magnificent facades, Bruges i


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re starting university soon but you’re not too sure which student bank account to team up with, don’t worry, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to talk you through the process.

Here’s a qu


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Despite being renowned as one of Europe’s most expensive and opulent cities; filled to the brim with luxury stores, delicious food and extravagant accommodation, it is entirely possible to enjoy a weekend away in the city of love for


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Happy August! If you’d like to enjoy summer on a budget this August, then take a look at our latest list of freebies to get your hands on!

Cool down with a free serving of Hotel Chocolate ice cream this summer.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Although many students finishing their university degree might look in horror at the prospect of further education, for some students, a postgraduate degree stands as the next, natural step progression in their academic studies and fur


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Embrace the modern age by rejecting the stereotypical job sites that go with it to make the most out of social media instead on your job hunting journey.

Social networks can be an incredibly use


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

A new report by the BBC has revealed this week that the UK is the most expensive place to study in Europe- with increasing numbers of students studying abroad pointing towards a last minute dash to secure places before the UK leaves Eu


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

The graduate life can be an interesting one.

Not only are you struggling with the stress of finding somewhere to live, you’re also focusing on finding a job- a process which can be a very draining experience at


     
 

Starting university soon? A little worried about living with brand new people?

Try not to worry! Everyone is in the same boat at university and there is plenty to do in order to make the whole experience run smoothly!


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

With the current heatwave, eating out really is the ultimate experience at the moment, whether it’s garden restaurants or hosting picnics and BBQs, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and good food this


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Photograph any flaws

Although you will not be seeing your deposit money for a whole year anyway, it’s always best to act as soon as you move in to protect your cash. Take pictures of all notable damage in the pr


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Clearing can be tough.

Despite the most likely result of your efforts being a secure university place- upon going into the whole experience, it can be difficult to keep an open mind and a cool head.

Here are some words of adv


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It’s summer, and all you can think about is starting university.

Although plenty of your emotions are probably positive ones, for the majority of first


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

UCAS recently revealed that more young people than ever before are applying to university- with a whopping 37.4 per cent of all 18 year olds in England now in higher education.

The report also pointed to increases in Scotland and Norther


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Someone brags about how much they can drink

There’s always at least one person in a university group chat that can’t go one minute without letting the whole chat know how much they drank last night, how they’re never dri


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

There is no doubt about it, A Level result’s day can be an incredibly daunting and overwhelming experience as your overall result will ultimately determine which university you will be heading off to this September.

Although there is not


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Check out our top list of the ultimate party universities, affordable night life and student night’s out

The University of Newcastle


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re all set to move into your new house share but you’re a little unsure about how it is all going to pan out, then try not to worry.

House share


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Have you bagged your dream placement?

Placement years can be a brilliant addition to your university experience, not only are they paid, bagging you some money to enjoy later on


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Life for most students means two things - no money and high expenses. The really annoying thing is the cost of basics like food and drink… essentials that you need for survival!

Don’t worry, because we are here to help. Believe it or not


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’ve got your offer from university and you’re all set, ready and raring to get going but you’re not sure where to start with packing- then this is the guide for you!

Whilst there are plent


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re looking around for accommodation and struggling to find the one that is right for you, then try not worry, at least you have left plenty of time.

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By Elizabeth Whittingham

Wanting to make the most of your summer but lacking in the funds?

Don’t worry, these are the best summer student jobs ideas for you to try your hand at!

If you live in


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re planning on moving back home after graduation and are not really sure how you are going to cope, then check out our ultimate guide on how to survive home life after three years of getting up at noon and making p


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Discover a new hobby

Summer is the perfect opportunity to discover a new hobby due to the amount of free time that you’re going to have.

Being at university can sometimes feel a little stifling as so much eff


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

All set for your graduation yet struck by the fear of what to do next?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Thousa


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re moving into a shared student house this coming September and you’re unsure about how the whole venture is going to play out, then try not to worry.

Similar to living with anyone, basic rules and codes of respect, understanding,


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

The majority of disputes between tenants and landlords happen at the end of the tenancy and the vast majority of these disputes are based around the topic of cleaning and the payment of the deposit.

Whilst it is apparent that certain lan


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

University in 2018 is not cheap.

Fees are now reaching a staggering sum of £9250 whilst the average graduate is likely to be in debt by around £40,000 by the time they leave university, mainly due to univ


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

There are plenty of destinations dotted around the UK hosting a variety of holiday opportunities, from the rocky coasts of Cornwall through to the rolling hills of the Peak District or the enticing Highlands.


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If are looking to travel the world after you graduate but you are unsure about where to go, what to organise and who to go with, then here are some handy tips on how to get the most out of the experience.


     
 

Once it was pretty rare for students to be looking for a place to live in the late summer. Now it’s common. If you are looking for somewhere to stay right now, chances are you are one of a growing band of students who have found a place at University throu


     
 

A big chunk of money paid into your account at the end of the academic year is always a plus point in the life of a student and is definitely something that is worth fighting for.

Even if like most students,


     
 

Moving out of your student house can seem like a stressful process. Whether you’re moving to another property or are at the end of your university career, there are a few steps that you can take to make the big move that bit less chaotic. Then you can focus on enjoying t


     
 

Prepare and plan

As soon as you are aware of when exam season will begin, get planning and preparing.

A great idea is to purchase some new stationery;


     
 

Head off to an American Summer Camp

If you are looking to head abroad this summer and you love working with people in groups or trying out new experiences, then heading off to an American Summer Camp is a brilliant idea!

They usually last aroun


     
 
Organising a student house can sometimes be a stressful experience, yet it is definitely something which you can easily cope with if you plan correctly. Here are some very important tips and snippets of advice to help you when choosing your house and to allow you to essentially ‘

     
 

Over the last five years www.accommodatoinforstudents.com have worked closely with Glide, a company that specialise in shared bills for students.

During this period, the proportion of properties advertised


     
 

Valentine’s Day is a lovely idea for those of us who are in relationships. It gives you the opportunity to tell your other half how much you love them whilst scoffing on overpriced love heart chocolates from Tesco- the dream. However, if you’re still young


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When you are renting student accommodation in the UK, you are likely to be asked to provide a rent Guarantor. This article provides a summary of what a Guarantor is, to get the full low down head over to  

   
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It’s coming to that time of the year when you’re starting to think about houses. Whether you’re in halls or looking for a new house, this is a big decision that needs to be thought through carefully. Fear not, however, because we’ve made a tip-top list


     
 

 

University may well be the first time you've lived with someone who hasn't been your Mum, Dad or siblings. It's a big change bu


     
 

 

It goes without saying that going to university is a scary and exciting time. You probably have loads of questions about everything from


     
 

So, you’re all set, you’ve got the approval and you know which halls of residence you will be moving into. Before you jump in the car and set off for some fresher’s fun, read this article for some top tips and bits of advice for moving into accomm


     
 
If you’re currently hunting for the ideal student accommodation, one of the things you need to consider is whether a property’s design features will boost your productivity and help you to achieve the grades you want.

The best landlords give proper thoug


     
 

That dreaded lump sum of deposit you have to pay before you move in is even more of an annoyance if you don’t receive it back. Student houses are bound to be messy and a bit chaotic, but if you take certain actions throughout the year, it’s not so hard to get your


     
 

Your years at university are likely to be among the most memorable, exciting, and fun years in your life. You will be living with friends, going out lots, and generally enjoying being young and still relatively free.

Despite this, it is easy to struggle at times, wheth


     
 

Across the UK, thousands of people give up a few hours every Christmas to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Regardless of whether you’re a regular volunteer, or if you’re a total newbie, there’s volunteering opportunities for everyone.

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There is nothing worse than opening your laptop to a blank word document that needs to be filled with 2,000 words by next week. (Ok, there are worse things but it is pretty soul-destroying). It’s hard to stay motivated when writing an essay so we’ve


     
 
University is already a stressful time without the added confusion of living arrangements. There’s no official date or week when it’s best to start looking, but here are some of the main reasons why it’s best not to rush into a contract:



     
 

It’s that time of year where Graduate Schemes have started opening and the working world is nearing. Whilst Graduate Schemes are extremely competitive, they provide a high standard of training and open up future job opportunities. However, there is a whole ocean of gradu


     
 

Procrastination is something we have all experienced at some point. Be it putting off doing an essay, delaying doing housework, or waiting until the very last minute to do something.

Procrastination can take many forms. Staring at Facebook, scrolling endl


     
 

A MacBook is the pride and joy possession of most students. They’re sleek, ultraportable and super speedy. That’s not to say, however, that they’re the only option on the market. If anything, there are numerous models which are much better value for money and perform jus


     
 

It’s September, the start of an academic year, and A-level students across the country are thinking about where they want to apply to for university. Soon enough, their parents will bring up the difficult question of where their university of choice ranks for their chose


     
 

It has to be said, one of the most liberating parts of freshers is signing up for every society you have a vague interest in. Whether it’s something adventurous like mountaineering, something boozy like winesoc or something a bit more unusual like battle re-enac


     
 

Freshers' week is quickly approaching so we've got a rundown of the UK's best freshers' weeks for you. If you're going to be a fresher in any of these cities this month, you're in for an unforgettable week.

Newcastle:

Newc


     
 

Semester one is right around the corner, and while you still have a few more weeks to make the most of lazing around at your parent’s house, it’s time to slowly start thinking about the semester ahead of you.

Start budgeting


     
 

A-level results day has been and gone, you’ve got into a university: maybe it was your first choice, or maybe you got in through clearing, like a record 64,000 students did in 2015


     
 

Most of us go into higher education with the hopes of gaining a first class honour's degree. Getting that first may seem painstaking and at times impossible but I am here to tell you that it is much more achievable than you may think.

Many students hope t


     
 
1) It’s important to choose the right degree

After your A-levels, you might doubt your university choices for location or subject. Likewise, you may not have met the right grades for your preferences, or you may feel pressured to make a quick decisio


     
 

If you’re doing a Masters you’re probably in the middle of your dissertation, right at the time when most other students are taking long breaks and swanning around Europe. August has hit and no doubt you’re turning around and wondering where the past year has gone. If yo


     
 

An obligatory part of being a student is being broke around 90% of the time and if you’re not, then you’re probably doing it wrong. To try and solve this problem, in recent years, there has been a surge of students swarming to charity shops with the hope of being able to pick


     
 

Fed up with the same old sports dominating the television and BUCS leagues? Wanting to try something new and a little obscure? Take a look at these weird and wonderful sports that are starting to make it big in the UK rig


     
 

With many anticipated releases still to hit screens this summer and later on in the year, it may seem like 2016 has just been getting started in terms of film. However, despite all the blockbusters landing soon, the first half of the year had some brilliant films that are wort


     
 

Studying abroad is an exciting and rewarding experience, but the preparation before hand is certainly less enjoyable. It is easy to put the preparation to the back of your mind and convince yourself you will research it later on. It is really important, however, that you are o


     
 

We’re over halfway through the year and have watched some excellent TV shows in that short time. With summer in full swing, there's no time like the present to hope on the sofa and binge on some excellent television. So, for your pleasure, we present a short list of the best T


     
 

Have any regrets on leaving university? Don’t worry, we all do. From not going out enough, to not studying hard enough, to not spending enough time with friends, we all have our own personal regrets on leaving university - how could we not? So, to make you feel a bit less alon


     
 

We've all been there. It's 5AM on a weekday night and you're stuck in the depths of a YouTube rabbit hole with no signs of escape. You're not exactly sure what you've been doing for the past five to sixty hours, but all you know is that you've learnt nothing.

A good


     
 

I asked 5 students from different universities about how they’re going to be spending their summers. Here are their plans!

Freya, Liverpool John Moores:

"To start off the summer period me and my friends from home went to Parklife festival in Manches


     
 

Who doesn’t remember writing their personal statement? The hours of agonising over quite how many books to pretend you’ve read, or even how to get your teacher to write it for you without them realising it? Now that many of us have seen uni to the end, I thought it would be a


     
 

Your bank account’s on -£2K, all the pot noodles are empty, and the crippling pointlessness of your own existence is starting to settle in. Summer is here! Hurray! You’re back in with your parents now, after leaving the safety of the nest so you can pretend to be an adult for


     
 

A vice-chancellor has warned that UK university bosses are accepting ‘counter-productive’ anti-terror legislation out of fear that they will be labelled extremist sympathisers by the media if they do not.

The head of Kingston University in London, Julius Weinberg, re


     
 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve noticed that more and more young people are running their own blogs these days. According to some recent statistics, around 70% of bloggers are under 35, and over 20% are under 20. This is no surprise to me; within a day


     
 

Parents: we love them really. They’ve helped us with our educations, fed us, clothed us, seen us through our awkward teenage years with astonishing patience and given us a place to live both before uni and during university holidays. And now, for those moving home for summer,


     
 

For a lot of students, a Research Masters, or MRes, is the first step to a PhD programme, and perhaps a career in academic research. For others it is an opportunity to continue studying a subject at a higher level than can be achieved during an undergraduate programme. Whateve


     
 

So, exam season is finally over. The weather has its fleeting moments of looking gorgeous and you can’t wait for summer to get into full swing. One of the things that got you through exams was the thought of a holiday away somewhere sunny with your uni housemates, but is this


     
 

Summer can be a time when the average student just lazily kicks around their hometown, waking up at midday and lazing about the house before collapsing back into bed again at 3AM. If you’ve got the willpower, though, it can also be a fantastic time to finally start taking exer


     
 

With up to three months off over summer, it’s likely that you’ll have the time to earn some money and gain professional skills through a summer job. Many jobs can be fairly enjoyable and flexible, leaving you with plenty of time to still enjoy the sun. It It is important to st


     
 

Your graduation is fast approaching and talks of wild celebrations are already underway. Yet you know it will end up in the same old club with all your friends getting completely twisted (as usual). To mark the occasion you're thinking of doing something different: celebrating


     
 

This is a guest post by Andrew Williams for Pure Student Living, who provide luxurious student accommodation for students across London.

Ask anyone about their university experience and it’s likely they’ll start remi


     
 

If you’re feeling the pinch at the moment and planning your summer, the humble ‘staycation’ might just be your ideal solution. If you’re willing to risk the British weather, rather than jetting off on a low-budget, sunny trip to Spain, there are so many beautiful and exciting


     
 

When you’re in the depths of your uni career, it's hard to even think about the fact that you’re piling up an enormous and seemingly endless amount of debt. I mean, I remember at every meeting I had in college about the prospect of higher education, they sort of just skimmed o


     
 

Like most students, you probably find that your student loan just never seems to stretch far enough. You keep telling yourself that you’re going to save money over summer to fund your extravagant lifestyle next year. Yet will you really be motivated when the time comes around?


     
 

Student life can get pretty expensive, and it’s the everyday things that suck your current account dry. Don’t let lack of funds get in the way of a good time - by following these tips, shopping savvy, and making the most of student discounts, you can live well for less and avo


     
 

The introduction of the stamp duty hike has led to landlords changing habits to target cheaper buying to let properties, says Countrywide.

The estate agency says landlords are looking for cheaper homes in a bid to offset the 3% additional tax when purchasing a


     
 

This is a guest post by The Student Housing Company

University is an amazing experience, but not if you’re stressed-out about coursework. Follow our guide to succeeding in your assignments and your time at uni w


     
 

Most of us will have grown up with the internet and social networks; from the days of Myspace to the arrival of Facebook, Twitter and professional networks such as LinkedIn. Nowadays, students and young professionals are using social networks as much for fun


     
 

Whether you’re in your first or final year, as a student the question of what you will do after uni is always lingering in the back of your mind. There are plenty of resources out there to find advice, yet it is often hard and time consuming to find out options specifically re


     
 

At university, a vast amount of reading is required – textbooks, theses, articles, novels – and it’s easy to forget that reading can actually be an enjoyable and relaxing pastime. With this in mind, here are eight fantastic books to get you reading for pleasure again this summ


     
 

An online forum on The Student Room has sparked debate this month over which of the UK’s unis are the most underrated. The thread starter wondered which universities “don’t receiv[e] enough credit or


     
 

With “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" returning to Netflix on April 15, you are bound to be drawn away from those textbooks and back into the world of your favourite cult survivor, evil president or female prison inmate/toilet hooch-maker. However, no matter how hard you try to ju


     
 

The student generation is commonly described as ‘addicted’ to their mobile phones. Whilst it is true that hours on social media could often be hours better spent, apps that are beneficial for University life and your studies certainly exist.

Apps for revision<


     
 

1.) Dress to impress

Although this tip is commonly known, it is also regularly overlooked. The importance of dressing professionally for an interview cannot be stressed enough: what you’re wearing sets an impression even before you have said a single word to t


     
 

There are two types of people in the world: those who cannot eat their Easter eggs quickly enough, and find themselves tearing through the plastic and foil before breakfast, and are having a sugar crash by 9:30 am, and those who keep their Easter eggs in cupboards for later, e


     
 

1.) Research

Nothing can be stressed more than in-depth research when it comes to landing a summer internship. It is important to research beyond the common job websites and utilise all the available networks such as careers centres. It is also helpful to cont


     
 

I remember my very first Uni assignment when I got bombarded with the word ‘referencing’. Being the naive first year I was, I spent hours trying to compile a list of all the sources I had used, putting them alphabetically into Harvard style. This took longer than the time it


     
 

There’s a pretty good chance if you’re a student living in a shared household, you’ve come across a few interesting characters along the way…

Are you the clean and tidy one? Do you steal your housemates’ food out the fridge? Maybe you’re a bit of a party animal…or yo


     
 

With deadlines and final exams looming large on the horizon it can be good to unwind for a bit and plan your summer holiday. That’s why we’ve brought you a list of the top five holiday destinations in the UK - for trips that will let you get away from it all and relax without


     
 

It's only February, but students everywhere are dreaming about the freedom they’ll have during the summer. After months of lectures and coming straight out of exams, we would love nothing more than to go wild and explore the world. But, unless you’re filthy rich, this isn’t an


     
 

Final essay deadlines are approaching and this is the moment a lot of students start to panic. These tips should help you understand what tutors are looking for from an essay, and how to write the best essay with minimum stress:

1. Don’t read too much too soon


     
 

Cooking is one of the challenges students dread the most when coming to University. Images of baked beans and toasties trouble any parents concerned for their children’s health. There are so many great meals, however, that are a lot easier and quicker to cook than students pre


     
 

For most undergraduate degrees, the dissertation is the final boss, standing menacingly between you and completion - a final roadblock before you can move on to the next game/questionable life decision. Much like the final boss of any video game, while a dissertation may look


     
 

With over three months off for the summer holidays, there’s no wonder why students spend so much of their time on city breaks. Here are some top student cities, a mixture of the usual suspect and some slightly more ‘off the student track’ locations.

1) Lisbon<


     
 

2015 was an amazing year for films, with massive blockbusters like The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Martian storming the box office and winning no shortage of critical praise. But with so many great movies, it was easy for smaller releases to slip under the radar


     
 

Prime Minister David Cameron has recently announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union, set to take place on Thursday 23rd June 2016. All British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 are able to strike a vote on the issue. In gener


     
 

London - some may call it the greatest city in the world but there is no doubt that it is also one of the most expensive. Its infamous shoebox rooms at absurd prices make it difficult for anyone looking for the perfect flat, or even just a flat of a decent size. If you’


     
 

The Conservatives have announced recently their plans to scrap the maintenance grant system, which will affect more than 500,000 of England's poorest students. In contrast, Plaid Cymru has proposed that Welsh students or students who chose to stay in Wales after graduation sho


     
 

An online forum on The Student Room has sparked debate this month over which of the UK’s unis are the most underrated. The thread starter wondered which universities “don’t receiv[e] enough credit or


     
 

2015 was a great year for TV, but with so many great shows coming out in such a short space of time it was easy to lose track. So if you’ve run out of things to watch and are itching to crack open a new boxset, here are 7 great TV shows from 2015 you probably missed.


     
 

Pre-drinks round Tory Halls, anyone? No? Well it could soon be a possibility, because student-style accommodation is an option currently being put forward for MPs who live outside London.

Second homes in London for Members of Parliament can get very pricey. Until n


     
 

We’ve all been there: being so in awe of a politician that you just can’t help but get a massive picture of their face tattooed on your body for all to see. Alright, so maybe we haven’t all been there, but someone certainly has.

Hannah Scott is 18 years old


     
 

The British university system has witnessed new highs in plagiarism and cheating based on an investigation of 129 universities by The Times. New figures claim that in the past three years, almost 50,000 students have been caught cheating at British universities.


     
 

A new year brings us a slew of new things to watch, and 2016 is looking like a promising year for new TV shows. These shows range from high budget US series to your typical British comedy that gets you through your week, and all are looking great.

Sneaky Pete<


     
 

Imagine you are paying some of the highest rates of rent for student accommodation in the country, and you can barely spend any of your time there as the construction works outside are too disruptive to work through. By the time you get home and the construction works have sto


     
 

Several universities across the country lost internet connections following a cyber attack in December.

Network JANET, used by many universities across the UK, faced a persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) last Tuesday 8 December, leaving multiple in


     
 

When it comes to cutting government expenditure, Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) has long been a speculated target. Cuts and shifting responsibilities were first proposed in 2014 by David Willets, the then universities Minister, but were sidelined due to protests by the Na


     
 

Students from University of Michigan have come up with a solution to a very universal problem. They have created an app which allows friends and family to act as your virtual ‘companion’ when walking home alone.

Like most people, students can often feel weary when walk


     
 

What will you be using your laptop for?

Before shopping for a laptop, ask yourself what your usage will be like and what you will be using your laptop for. If you are a low-user, you will only be using your laptop for personal use, using Word to write essays a


     
 

I’m sorry to break this news to you, but since 2005 half of the nation’s nightclubs have shut down. 1,411 nightclubs, to be exact. Whilst nightclubs, restaurants, bars and cafes are constantly going in and out of business, the ones that didn’t succeed are usually replaced with


     
 

No matter what University you go to, you are guaranteed to find these particular types of people on campus. Some may become your friends, while others you will definitely want to avoid entirely. Read on for our rundown of the five types of people you’ll meet at uni.


     
 

For new students the dream of living away from home seems exciting and fun at first, but it’s not long until reality kicks in and you have to start managing bills and making your own dinner. This can be quite a daunting experience, but don’t be put off! There are simple soluti


     
 

It’s finally September. The seemingly endless weeks of summer have finally come to an end, and it’s time to head back to uni, get settled in and (eventually) crack on with some work, right? Well, you can try and get some studying done, but with all these great games com


     
 

If you think you had a rough time during your A levels, think again! Homeless man Jacob Lewis achieved straight A’s and manage to get his spot in Law at Cambridge University.

Mr. Lewis had a rough year. He became homeless from an unresolved family dispute. He was the


     
 

Working to fund your student lifestyle? You are not alone. 77% of students in the UK now work part-time according to a study by Endsleigh Insurance and the National Union of Students. Only 59% of students worked part-time last year, showing a dramatic rise in numbers since.


     
 

Diversity in higher education is continually changing, within this past year we have seem major numbers increase and decrease in university, some positive and some negative.

The positive increase in ethnic diversity is still on the rise. This year 45,000 Asian studen


     
 

As exam results come flooding in, and university places get snapped up by a fresh batch of young undergrads, a clear sense of optimism hangs in the air, and rightly so. For new students the prospect of living away from home and finding new friends is a scary but exciting an


     
 

If you’re struggling with finding the best university to go to and those league tables have left you confused, then do not worry. Beneath is a list of the top 10 universities in the UK, based on a multitude of ratings based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research qu


     
 

Whether you’re beginning Uni for the first time or back for another year, joining societies can have a big impact on your college experience. There are societies in Unis all over the UK to suit even the wildest of interests. Here are some of the most bizarre ones we’ve come ac


     
 

If you didn’t get the results you wanted today you may feel like a desperate ex trying to get somebody to take you back after a breakup with all the desperate phone calls you have to make.

But this isn’t a one way street – more than ever unis are desperate to attract


     
 

Results are finally here and it’s nerve-wracking if you don’t have the results you hoped for. This is no time for despair, however - clearing is here to give you another chance at living the uni life.

Clearing is available on UCAS and allows you to apply for any


     
 

Believe it or not, some of the most successful people in the world did not attend university. So here are some industries which have proven that you don’t always need a degree to succeed.

In Film

Many famous actors such as Al Pacino, Tom H

     
 

A student loan may be able to help with rent but when it comes to fashion, it doesn’t go very far! Here are 8 tips and tricks for shopping and styling to ensure you look great for those 9 am lectures and those fun nights.

1. Get Thrifty


     
 

In July, home secretary Theresa May introduced a bill that significantly changed the rules for international students studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa. If you're starting university this year, here are some of the rules you should be aware of:

1. In November, the


     
 

In case you haven’t heard, #FielWorkFails is all the rage on Twitter right now. For any science students who are worried they might not have what it takes for a career in science, or for anybody anxiously awaitin


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After plenty of research (and perpetually full phone storage) AFS has developed its 2015 recommendations for the best free apps on the market that simplify student life. Read on below for our top 8.

1. Any.Do

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Freshly graduated from university, the world is your oyster but the excitement quickly turn into fear when applying for jobs, going to interviews or even planning your travels. Whether you are struggling with job hunting, suck at interviews or are poorly organised for your tra


     
 
By Amy Moore Legendary nightclub ‘The Willow’ on Coney Street has decided to close its doors this Sunday. In business for 79 years, the York nightclub was always a ‘go to’ place for students. It provided a unique atmosphere and cheap prices. Owner Mr. Fong has turned 70 an

     
 
Photo Credit: University of Michigan By Isabel Whiteley So now you’ve graduated and your university life is at an end. What now? New research says it only takes on average three and a half months to find a graduate job after graduation. But you can speed up your grad job s

     
 
Photo Credit: Juhan Sonin By Isabel Whiteley Summer time usually means breaks from uni and living it up but summer jobs can also be a good way to spend your days. Here are our top tips on finding a summer job. 1. Decide what you need Do you have enough time

     
 
Photo Credit: HM Treasury By Isabel Whiteley The new budget has been out for a week now and we’re going to start feeling the repercussions soon. What does this new budget mean for students? The most damning item on there is that maintenance grants are a thing of the past

     
 
By Amy Moore Think you have it tough living in your student accommodation? At least it’s not a tent. Evan Eames spent an entire year camping in a back garden to save on living costs! The Masters student, already paying £20,000 in international tuition fees, decided to camp

     
 
By Amy Moore In the middle of summer, students can often feel stumped on what to do with their countless hours of free time. To keep you from getting bored, why not reminisce on some of your favourite childhood programmes and relive the good old days. Here are a list of some o

     
 
By Ellie McCaldin If you’re graduating this summer you’ve probably heard the dreaded question – ‘so what are you going to do now’ – upwards of 100 times by now. Luckily there’s good news for those who may currently be feeling apprehensive about their future prospects. Recent j

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro If you’re starting uni in September, you’re probably feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness right now. I know—I’ve been there. When I was about to start uni, I was worried about a million different things and had a ton of questions. Here are six thin

     
 
By Amy Moore Either to prevent failing or just for the thrill of it, there are plenty of students out there cheating in exams. One in ten students cheated in their exams this year according to a report published by The Student Room. The report also showed that 50% of students fr

     
 
By Amy Moore Getting that 2:1 or 1st has become a matter of life or death and it is often be hard to imagine how your life will turn out if you fail to make the grade. Some employers say “don’t bother applying, you graduate with a 2:2". But, all is not lost as there are many fam

     
 
Photo Credit: kitschbitch (Creative Commons) By Amy Moore For most students exam season is a distant, yet bitter memory by now. However, during this time certain universities participated in rather unusual traditions. Apparently, some traditions are to relieve stress, yet so

     
 
Exam season is well and truly upon us. As students suffer, social media once again brings to light the best and worst of question papers. From the GCSE #EdexelMaths howler to mistakes in A Level Physics, and “impossible" university finals, here’s our round up of the five hardest

     
 
Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi By Isabel Whiteley It’s summer and that means it’s time for some of the hottest festivals to kick off. Whether you’re a festival newbie or a veteran our top tips will be sure to help you out. 1. Pack a few layers of clothing It may be sum

     
 
By Sam Dumitriu 10 gap year tourists are facing jail after posing nude on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. A local politician has accused the group of ‘angering the gods’ and causing an earthquake that killed 18 people. Mount Kinabalu where the tourists posed nude is beli

     
 
By Sam Dumitriu Students in Fallowfield have done it again. According to Greater Manchester Police, they shut down an epic party this weekend attended by an estimated 1000 students. To put that into perspective even if you put 500 people in the garden, that'd s

     
 
By Anna Phillips If you are one of the many students this summer getting ready to enjoy your last few weeks at university forever, you might be feeling pretty sad to be leaving. Maybe you’re mourning the loss of being able to take casual trips to the pub at 3pm and sleep past

     
 
The run up to summer can be one of the most stressful times of the academic year. Not only are you worrying about exams, deadlines, and getting your summer sorted; but you’ve also got to worry about moving out of your rented student home and getting your deposit back. There can b

     
 
By Anna Philips These 5 websites will save students time and money. Here are our picks for the 5 websites that every student should know.

www.StudentMoneySaver.co.uk

This is the go-to site

     
 
By Anna Phillips It’s about that time of the year when you’ll have to start thinking about moving out of your student house. If you’ve ever rented before, you’ll know how difficult it often is to get all of your money back, as landlords can occasionally push the boundaries of

     
 
Photo Credit: Jason McElweenie By Isabel Whiteley Two weeks ago 20-year-old student Mhairi Black won her seat in Paisley and Renfrewshire South, becoming Britain’s youngest MP since 1667. With the end of the academic year looming, you may or may not have similar accomplis

     
 
By Isabel Whiteley With exams, deadlines and dissertations sucking up all your time you may think an all-nighter is the answer. Why waste hours sleeping when you could use it to cram more revision in? But it’s not that simple. Recent research has shown that sleep and memor

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau 1. Switch up your study space A new environment can help you hold information. Try switching it up by going to different study spaces, a friend’s house or take advantage of the different spaces in your home. 2. Chew gum Studies have sh

     
 
By Amy Moore You’re nearly there. Those awful assignments are almost done and all that’s left is some last minute cramming for exams. When you’re done, you will immediately feel free and fabulous. The feeling of an elephant being lifted off your shoulders. Yet after a day, you

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro Summer break is coming up, and for many students that means it’s time for an international holiday. Whether you’re inter-railing through Europe, exploring the beaches of Southeast Asia, or backpacking through South America, these tips will help you make the mos

     
 
I am sure that if I asked you what the main benefit international students bring to the UK, you’d mention cash. International students bring in major £££ for our universities but what do you, as a fellow student get from it? Well, a brand new survey asked prospective students wha

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro So you procrastinated for too long and now you have an essay due tomorrow that you haven’t started yet. You know what that means: it’s time for an all-nighter. Here’s how to get through your all-nighter in one piece. Pace Your Coffee Intake The c

     
 
By Amy Moore What’s the real reason that you get out of bed and go to college? Education yeah? Let’s face it, there is only one reason you torture yourself going to that quantitative methods module. You go to spy on that particular specimen who has taken your fancy. Did you kn

     
 
By Rose Malleson Festivals are a highlight of the British summer for many students. And with such a range of different types, there is certainly one to suit every taste — even if Glasto is a bit too muddy for you! Here are some absolutely can’t-miss ones happening this summer

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau 1. Being Messy We’ve all lived with that housemate that doesn’t do their dishes. Having to clean dishes and wipe the sides all before cooking is not fun. But the worst part has to be the denial… “I always do the dishes", “Those crisps packets aren’t

     
 
With the Rugby World Cup fast approaching, Mansion Student warmed up with a special Six Nations competition offering students the chance to win £100 Amazon vouchers if they guessed then correct winning team. The bulk of our entrants were routing for England to win, but one lucky

     
 
By Rose Malleson Students who study humanities can often get a lot of stick for being lazy, doing an easy degree or facing a future of unemployment. But being a humanities student is amazing — and here are five reasons why. 1. I got 99 Problems but a 9am start ain’t one<

     
 
By Amy Moore The job market is getting more and more competitive each year. Employers are looking to hire people with Masters Degrees and PhDs. However, the cost of doing any of these is unaffordable for the majority of students. Yet, don’t give up on the idea as the Governme

     
 
The 2015 Times World Reputation Rankings were recently released, and while many of the top ranked universities aren’t surprising, there are a few unexpected entries on the list. The UK is well represented this year, with twelve universities scoring in the top 100. If you’re curio

     
 
This is now possible with SPiKL, the first language exchange platform for students in the UK. The platform, started by students from the University of York, has just been made available online. SPiKL.xyz is still in the beta version but in a near future it can completely change t

     
 
By Amy Moore Our secondary school years are often a time of experimentation, discovering what our ‘true’ style is. Yet often we go too far and look back a couple of years later wanting to burn every picture we have from our youth. Here are some fabulous looks that went just a

     
 
By Isabel Whiteley Not everything is allowed on campus and many things have been banned over the years. Here are some of the weirdest things banned on campus, from both here and across the pond! Strawpedoing Edinburgh University recently banned Strawpedoing- the a

     
 
Photo Credit: Flickr User SocialIsBetter By Hatti Sudell With the news of Kanye West’s visit to the University of Oxford last week (yes, really, more of that later), we thought we’d dig the dirt on some of the best celebrity appearances at UK institutions. You may have thou

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau 1. The Office (US) Whether you were a fan of the original UK version of the Office or whether you love American comedy and Steve Carrel, this is the show for you. The Office is a mockumentary with an assortment of totally relatable characters that

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro University halls are notorious for being the site of pranks. These are often clever, mostly harmless tricks that give everyone a good laugh. If you’re living in a hall and looking for something to do this April Fool’s Day, use these five pranks as ins

     
 
Mother’s Day is this Sunday! It’s the perfect day to remind your mother how special she is. You don’t need to spend loads of money to show love – experiences and memories are the best. Pampering and relaxation are the best roads to go down. Here are our ideas for gifts that don’t

     
 
Despite the promise of election campaigns, student tuition remains the biggest expenditure of university life. A recent survey has shown that a massive 81% of students think they’re overpaying their tuition fees. We’ve broken this down to show you exactly where things just don’t

     
 
Whether you’re searching for the perfect university town, or you want to see how yours compares, we’ve already done the legwork to measure the thing that matter the most: social life, culture (museums, architecture, things to do), academics (university rankings and student satisf

     
 
Image Credit: Middlesex SU By Hatti Sudell Internships are a great way to gain experience in your chosen field but 31% of graduate internships are unpaid. It’s important not to be exploited- have a look at our top tips and see if this is the right route for you. Can yo

     
 
When it comes to exam time, everyone can go a bit crazy. If you are one of those people who haven’t been to a lecture all year and start cramming the night before, you could end up doing something a little desperate like these students. 1. Referencing The Lion King

     
 
By Emily Peddle The numbers are in, and now we can see which universities give out the best grades. Judging by the percentage of first class marks, Imperial, Oxford and UCL seem to have the highest success rates. Does your university choice affect your exam results? Top 10

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau 1. Social Media Have you ever wondered how many hours a day a student spends on social media? I couldn't tell you the average time spent but I also wouldn't want to know. Social media is the home of the student, ensuring they stay in touch with frie

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro Most university students enjoy a drink or two when they’re hanging out with friends at the pub. But according to a recent Studentbeans.com survey, these ten universities are home to students take it to the next level—they’re drinking like it’s a competitive s

     
 
By Amy Moore Student Union election time is upon us and with it brings lots of ‘original’ pitches from longer library opening hours to more integrated communities. While most students don’t care who gets the position, there are some candidates that are pulling all the stops to

     
 
Last year just after the summer madness of furnishing the homes of what seemed like half of the student population in the North West, we gave a thought to the less fortunate half who weren't so lucky to have lovely new furniture from ourselves so we decided to run a competition.

     
 
Going from halls of residence where the most difficult choice to make was catered or un-catered and the proximity of your halls from university, it can be quite daunting when you have to rent your first place. Of course you will have your priorities, which you should write down s

     
 
By Emily Peddle Humanities courses are a great choice of study. The content is interesting, and you’ll enjoy it. However, there are downsides. Here are our five worst things about being a humanities student. 1. ‘So… do you want to be a teacher?’ Okay, let’s admi

     
 
University schedules are hectic, and often you’ll find that you don’t have time to throw in a job on top of all your uni work. Nothing is free, though, so you’ll still need some form of income. There are a variety of ways that you can make money without getting a job that takes h

     
 
It can be really tough to send your CV out and not hear anything back. It’s possible there’s just a simple error holding you back- see if you’re making one of these seven common mistakes! Irrelevant achievements Nobody cares if you got a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awar

     
 
As summer approaches, it's time to start applying to internships and graduate jobs. You've put in years of hard work, and it’s time to think about what you’d like to do next. You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do with your life, but now is the time to start getting w

     
 
By Amy Moore Constantly using the line ‘can’t go out mate, I'm broke’? Living on beans and toast? Fear not my fellow students, here’s six tips for you to save a few quid without having to miss out on all the fun of student life! 1. Be Food Savvy Eating takes up a

     
 
Emily Whittle, our 2014 Live Rent Free winner, is coming to the end of her stay with us at Mansion Court Leicester. We had a chat with her to find out how she felt about her time with Mansion Student, her win and what she will be doing next…

Now it has had time to s

     
 
Spring may be just around the corner but student houses are usually the last to reflect any change in outdoor temperature. If you’re struggling with the constant cold-snaps, read our list of the best ways to keep warm before you break the bank on gas bills! 1. Time it right

     
 
By Rose Malleson If lemon and sugar is no longer exciting enough for your pancake, try these more unusual ones! 1. The Breakfast Pancake For a strong start to Pancake Day, why not have one as soon as you get up? Crispy bacon and maple syrup is the way to go for t

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau A new year may mark a new you, semester one may not have gone as well as planned but we always have semester two. Here are five simple tips to help you get back on track with your studies and get you work organised for the rest of the year to ensure excellen

     
 
By Amy Moore The time has come where graduates can find better jobs than cleaning toilets and flipping burgers in Mc Donald’s. There are ‘real’ graduate jobs out there, lots of them. So much so that almost half of employers surveyed reported unfilled graduate positions last ye

     
 
By Ellie McCaldin While a handful of students find a house and stick with it for the rest of their time at uni, most move from place to place every year. And as fun as is it is discovering the perks and the quirks of each house it can also be a little disorientating. Adding a

     
 
By Ryan Maguire Students' unions should be social hubs where students make new friends and join exciting societies. Yet some students' unions fail to live up to the hype and leave students dissatisfied. We've decided to name and shame five of the worst. Oxford Universit

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro The University of Buckingham is home to Britain’s first private medical course, which also happens to be the most expensive course in the country. The course costs £36,500 a year, which means that grads who do not get any funding will finish their four year

     
 
We all want a good high-paying job, but which industries offer the highest salaries to grads? Here are the 6 sectors with the highest graduate salaries this year. Some may seem a bit dry but you have got to work hard for the biggest payoffs. 6. Armed Forces The A

     
 
As January comes to an end the old saying that forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest is becoming painfully true. If sticking to your New Year’s resolutions has become more of a burden than the exciting challenge it was still only a few weeks ago, then it is time to rethink your str

     
 
If you constantly post selfies, you may want to re-evaluate your life. Psychologists from Ohio University have found that frequent selfie takers score higher on the psychopathic checklist. Whether you are selfie-obsessed or just worried for a friend, these are the signs to watch

     
 
It’s deadline season, and maybe you’re currently holed up in bed binging on Netflix. Deadlines are tough. You look back to the relaxation of Freshers. Maybe it is all just getting a little too much for you. But it’s important to remember that it’s perfectly normal to get a little

     
 
Kickstarter is home to its fair share of truly weird money-making schemes as well as legitimate ones. There are wacky and state-of-the-art inventions that really hit it off, shying ever so slightly from their targets. And then there’s eve

     
 
With the ever popular Made in Chelsea recently joined on our screens by BBC’s Posh People: Inside Tatler and Life is Toff, it seems that many of us are currently a little bit obsessed with all things posh. But are those of us not born into well-to-do families doomed to watch the

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro After a long stressful day of classes, most students want to grab a few friends and have a pint in the student union. At most campuses, a pint in the SU will be much cheaper than anything found in local pubs. Some SUs take this idea to the extreme, offering

     
 
10 Degrees with the lowest employment rates Statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show the top degrees that have the lowest employment rates 6 months after graduation. A fifth of graduates are unemployed on job seekers allowance six months after gradu

     
 
By Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak Do you sometimes feel unsure about your future? Not able to choose the right career path while the clock is constantly ticking? Maybe you sometimes feel different from the rest of the group or find it difficult to understand why your friends behave th

     
 
By Rose Malleson Most students think that their own degree is the hardest – whether they a STEM course spending all day in the lab or a humanities degree that requires them to write 15,000 word dissertations, there is always something to complain about. Of course, any degre

     
 
By Isabel Whiteley Looking for that dream home can be a handful, especially as most students have never had to look for a house before. Before you impulsively get a house you’ll regret check out our top tips for getting your perfect student home! View the property twice<

     
 
By Stephen Walsh It’s that time of year where every coffee shop gets out the Christmas album and you have to sit through the torture of Cliff Richard’s ‘Mistletoe and Wine’. If you’re lucky your SU will run a few Christmas events to give you a chance to let off some steam bef

     
 
By Amy Moore Regardless of what degree you intend to graduate with, everybody is capable of earning a high wage if they work hard enough. However, if you are curious as to whether your degree will help you reap big financial rewards in the future, here are the 10 highest payin

     
 
By Sam Dumitriu It’s time to settle the debate. Science students are smarter that Arts students. At least, that’s according to date released by ETS. They tested 26,000 students across every degree subject known to mankind. They found that physics students were the brig

     
 
University is more than just a step towards your desired career; it is an opportunity for freedom, expression and creativity. Being a part of a society can be a great way to express your freedom and creativity however founding a society will go on your university transcript and

     
 
By Isabel Whiteley Moving away from home to go to university can be very hard, especially if you haven’t spent much time away from home before. It’s very likely you’ll find yourself homesick and lonely, but these tips will get you out of that rut in no time. 1. It’s a Comm

     
 
By Tom Cole Living in campus halls is a fundamental part of student life. While those first days in student halls can often herald some of our happiest memories, there comes a time to move out and find your own place to live so a new flock of first-years can nestle into your d

     
 
5 Ways to do Good as a Student These days there are a multitude of ways to support good causes. Online campaigns and petitions, epic sponsored runs, and even apps like iCukoo that allow you to donate money every time you hit the snooze button on your alarm. But you want to d

     
 
By Ryan Maguire. Faced with what seems like an insurmountable word count to conquer, the thought of having to devote several consecutive months to a single essay and the duty to regularly consult your dissertation supervisor in order to dwell upon the obvious brilliance of you

     
 
Although perhaps not the top of everyone's list when choosing a university, many students find it a source of pride when their university plays an active part in protecting the planet. In most universities, you'll find a society committed to raising awareness about environmental

     
 
1. London Of course the capital of England has to be on the list of best student cities as it is a fantastic place to study and live. The city is home to over 45 universities including University College London and King’s College London. London has a diverse and vibrant

     
 
By Hatti Sudell The mythical Freshers’ Fifteen you were warned. You were sure it would never happen to you, but just a few months into first year the impossible has become reality. You seem to be carrying more pounds then you’re spending! The classic combination of late nights

     
 
By Ryan Maguire. Many could be forgiven for thinking that the students’ union functions predominantly as a venue for cheap beer and as a social hub but unions offer more, including democratically representing your interests as a student. Not shying away from controversy as dur

     
 
1. Medicine When people first think of medics, they will often think of their amazing ability to drink copious amounts and still go to lectures the next day. Of course, if you're a medic, you're probably very clever, as getting into university to do it is hard enough; and

     
 
By Thomas Cole There are a lot of weird universities out there, and selecting the right university to benefit your future career can be a tremendously personal choice. But, once you’re in, it’s easy to forget all those other places you considered. All that research done throug

     
 
By Emily Peddle Sticking to a budget as a student certainly doesn't mean sticking to the same old beans on toast or Spaghetti Bolognese. If you’re cooking to impress, here are our top five easy but impressive dishes to get your mouth watering – they will all comfortably feed a

     
 
By Ellie McCaldin Want to make sure that the companies you buy from match your beliefs? Not sure who you can trust? Fret no more- here are five brands which you can rely on to champion forward thinking policies and initiatives, aimed at creating a more sustainable, equal world

     
 
By Amy Moore Your first day of a new module usually starts off great, you sit down excited to discover what it will entail, and then suddenly the lecturer drops a bombshell using two simple words. Core Book. You run to the campus bookstore to discover that this ‘essential item

     
 
by Megan Grewcock 1. Understand what career you would like your internship in If you know what it is you want to do, this will allow searching for internship opportunities much easier. This will enable to you to use specific websites to help with your work experience

     
 
By Aimee Dewar: Bonfire night can be a tricky one to get right if you’re new to a city – as we often are as students. But, if you’re lucky enough to be studying in or around these locations, you are well catered for. So, here is my pick of the 8 best bonfire nights and what you

     
 
By Rose Malleson. Whilst many of you will have already heard of the concept of Jailbreak, to those who haven't, the premise is simple: get as far away from your start point as you possibly can, by blagging lifts, train journeys and even flights, all in the name of charity. It can

     
 
By Sam Dumitriu Yes. At least that’s according Harvard psychologist Sanjay Srivastava who looked at the correlation between hotness scores on RateMyProfessors by subject and the average IQ scores of PhD students by subject. He found that on average hot professors had lower IQ

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau So you think that your halls aren't great or you've experienced the worst buildings and prices? Think again, here are some of the worst student halls out there. 1. University College London – New Hall Last year UCL shelled out a

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro Every student experiences stress on a regular basis. With exams to study for, a part-time job to work at, and friends to spend time with, it can feel like there is just too much to do and not enough hours in the day. You can easily get to the point where you’

     
 
By Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak When you get your first bill you may be a bit confused. How do I split the bill? Do I really have to pay that much? Can I switch to a different supplier? Should I choose online or paper billing? Here are some tips that will help you make good decisions

     
 
With The Appreciate back on UK screens, no doubt many students will be day-dreaming about discovering that one fast-track-to-a-fortune idea. For those of you who need further inspiration however, we rounded up five of the most notable individual or team entrepreneurs who came up

     
 
By Imi Groome 1. Plan a trip with your friends Whether you brought your car to uni or you decide to pile onto a train with everyone, reading week is a chance to explore the area near your university and learn more about where you’re living. Sight-seeing, shopping, hi

     
 
By Emily Peddle Halloween is fast approaching, which means that all students can most likely look forward to two things – discounted sweets on the 1st November, and an opportunity to show off your finest costume ideas. However fancy dress isn’t always the cheapest – the prices

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau Being a Brit we can sometimes forget about Halloween, sure you might dress up to a club as a skeleton but we forget the essence of Halloween, to be spooked! If you want to get into that Halloween mood, then we’ve got a selection full of freaky-features to pr

     
 
Freshers week is very often simultaneously one of the best, and worst, weeks of your life. Much alcohol is consumed, lifelong friendships are formed, and you’re liable to have done at least five embarrassing things before the end of the first evening. Whether the first week of in

     
 
By Rachel Shapiro The housemate relationship is a complicated one. When you first start uni, you must to live with people who you’ve never met before and know nothing about. These are people who could potentially be your best friends, or they could be people who you just pas

     
 
By Isabel Whiteley Moving away from home for the first time can be pretty daunting, especially if you’re going to be living with people who are essentially strangers. Living on your own means there’s no more mum and dad to fall back on when you need to cook or do laundry and

     
 
By Emily Peddle University is no cheap deal, and when you say ‘I’m on a student budget’, you may as well be saying ‘I’m dirt poor, please feed me’. However this doesn't have to be the case! You can find a part-time job in any city if you look hard enough, and chances are you

     
 
by Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak Unfortunately, schools do very little to teach students how to learn effectively. Fear not – memorising facts can be easy, quick and fun. These memory tricks will save you time and help you get better grades with less effort. 1. Eat (and drink)

     
 
By Amy Moore Student discounts are one of the best perks of student life. For students scraping by on a tight budget, it really is worth keeping an eye on all the savings you can make. Be it on the essentials or the occasional treat, student discount websites are here to pro

     
 
Yes, we know. Joining a society in your first week at Uni is an important part of the ‘experience’. It’s just that some societies seem to attract idiots who seem to be intent on ruining the ‘experience’ for everyone else. Here are our five, well four, worst; 1. The Wyverns

     
 
By Ryan Maguire. Often universities may attempt to group flatmates in halls together in relation to course studied, gender or age but ultimately which flatmates you are grouped with is randomised. Many students may have whimsical images of what delights halls may inspire but afte

     
 
By Sarah Rousseau So you’re a fresher and the only meal you know how to cook is beans on toast? That’s okay! I am here to share a few tips and tricks on surviving fresher’s famine whilst keeping the cost at a low. Sharing is Caring We've all heard the saying but never ha

     
 
By Ellie McCaldin Having a good CV, or resume, is important- it is a brief window to employment or rejection so you need to make that this first impression counts. Here are my tips to get the best CV for the job that you want. 1) Your name - Putting it in large capital lett

     
 
By Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak If I did not decide to go to university, I would never have thought that some societies as weird as those mentioned below could even exist. I am still not sure whether they speak of extreme creativity or extreme excess of free time – you be the judge!

     
 
By Aimee Dewar Fresher’s Week can pass by in the blink of an eye, leaving you with hazy memories and a massive headache. To make your drowsy state in that Monday morning lecture seem worth it, however, here are 7 ways to make sure you get the most out of Fresher’s Week. 1.

     
 
Written by Kanika Kaur 1. Go out five nights in a row without being wasted and turn up to every lecture that week 2. Have a completely sober night out 3. Visit a friend in every different Uni in a different city and experience the clubbing life of that specific ci

     
 
Written by Zoe Richardson Whilst not all landlord/ladies are out to make a fortune from abusing the naivety of students and their knowledge of tenant rights, there are still, sadly, a number who are. When you move into a new house, it is easy to see how you just want to

     
 
Written by Isabel Whiteley When most of us are stuck paying £9K tuition fees, student finance is more important than ever. Unfortunately some people like to spread rumours that put young people off higher education for good – but we’re here to clear those silly myths up

     
 
Written by Lewis MacLean So you’re soon to leave the home of mum and dad to a new city for the start of University... living in halls, making a whole new set of friends, becoming independent and attending wild parties – exciting right? But before you throw yourself into

     
 
Written by Zoe Richardson For many of you starting university in Autumn, you are no doubt nervous and excited about the people you are going to meet in halls. A few will end up as close friends, many will be friendly enough to meet up and have a chat in campus or town; a

     
 
Written by Dagmara Reczka So you want to look on trend this Autumn/Winter but can’t be bothered or don’t have time to scrutinise everything that’s been going down the runway? Don’t worry – our Autumn/Winter trend guide is just for you! We tracked some of this season’s

     
 
Written by Ashana Beria So you’re about to enter second or third year and you’ve got to start thinking about your accommodation. Which seems like the best option: living in halls or a house share? This is a question that the majority of University will ask themselves, es

     
 
Written by Lewis MacLean Apparently the most expensive areas for a pint in Britain today are Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Kent, Sussex and Bedfordshire... with the latest addition to the list being Scotland!? We all like a pint, but we aren’t all millionaires, so for most of u

     
 
Written by Isabel Whiteley We hear all the time about how technology makes our lives easier, and sure, it’s pretty great to be able to access lecture slides on your mobile on those days when you’re too lazy to make it out of bed… but what about when you wake up in the mid

     
 
Written by Ashana Beria India is huge country with a vibrant culture where people in different parts have different traditions and lifestyles. Selecting ten places in India is a very difficult task considering each place has something unique to offer; although I’ve compi

     
 
Written by Gaia Croston Another one of our list of amazing facts that you really should know – perfect for wiling away the hours when you’re bored and unsure of what to do! Mice are essentially shape-shifters With a soft skull and unmatched gnawing skills,

     
 
Written by Greg Henley It’s not exactly a secret that a typical students’ week will involve watching quite a lot of TV, or a whole box set back to back. It’s also common knowledge that friendships can be formed at Uni... how many times have you: “have you ever seen [ins

     
 
Written by Gaia Croston It’s not news to most university students that contact hours with lecturers and academics remain minimal for students while tuition fees – whether you are a UK student or coming from abroad – continue to rise. As Arthur Gould, a former lecturer

     
 
Written by Gaia Croston It can be quite depressing moving into an empty, cold room with no personality – and it certainly doesn’t help if you’re missing home! Whilst you can’t go painting your walls bright pink, you can brighten up your room and make it yours, without r

     
 
Written by Dagmara Reczka University is a difficult time, not only because of lots of exams and essays to write, but also because it’s often the first time you’ve lived away from your home, without your family and friends around you. Experiencing that, you sometimes ju

     
 
The run up to exam results is the biggest time of year for students, with many looking back and wondering if they could have worked harder. Stylish student accommodation provider Vita Student has surveyed more than 800 students across the UK to find out how easily they are distra

     
 
Written by Elle Pollicott The day that I am writing this article (Saturday 9th August), I found out that today is actually National Rice Pudding Day, where we are all encouraged to “indulge in more adventurous rice pudding recipes". A quick check of my birthday on Jun

     
 
Written by Elle Pollicott University is not just a time for studying, but for making great friends who are going through the same experiences as you (and we’re not just talking nights out). There are a lot of weird traditions at many Universities that make for a real

     
 
Written by Isabel Whiteley As a student your life is ridiculously busy, whether it’s Netflix-ing a whole season in one sitting, sleeping the lecture away or staring at the blank word document that’s meant to be a 3000 word essay. There always seems to be way too much

     
 
Written by Ashana Beria China... one of the world’s largest country, a force to be reckoned with, and a destination many of us hope to visit in our lifetime. As mysterious as it is, here’s ten facts that you didn’t know about China! 10. Fortune Cookies with Chinese

     
 
Written by Zoë Richardson The most essential object for all students is a laptop. However, there are so many different kinds of different weights, storage size, power and price, so which ones are the best and are going to see you through your degree? Whilst standard co

     
 
Written by Greg Henley Debt comes attached to student living, but there are things you can do to reduce the costs while studying. While there are many perks of University – such as discovering a new city with your new-found friends – ultimately, it can mean a lot of money

     
 
Written by Isabel Whiteley Summer is finally here and with it comes the festivals! Picture this: you’re at the festival of your dreams and your favourite band is open to come on when the skies open. Rain pours down on you and you realise you forgot to bring your rain

     
 
Written by Isabel Whiteley Following on from our round-up of the ten happiest countries in the world, we thought we’d bring your attention to the ten saddest. Things like coursework, sorting out student finance and having to get up early for lectures can seem the end

     
 
Written by Lewis MacLean While some of us in this world are naturally organised and know what they want in terms of a career from day one, and as such, have a thoroughly researched life plan, others don’t. Instead, we simply fall into our degrees in the same way we

     
 
New research has revealed that the number of tenants who are 'severely' behind on their rent – that’s being in arrears of at least two months - has dropped by 5% in the past year. The Tenants Arrears Tracker – which is published by LSL Property Services – shows that 98.5% of pri

     
 
Written by Jess Macdonald Now that it’s summer and you don’t have anything to do, why not learn some interesting facts to amuse your friends… or save this list for the next exam period when you’re desperately trying to procrastinate? Either way, here are 30 amazing f

     
 
You would think that tenants would take all of their possessions with them when a tenancy comes to an end, but that's not always the case. Lettings agents Benham & Reeves says they continue to be surprised at what tenants do leave behind – including, in one case, a Range Rover

     
 
Written by Dagmara Reczka Yes, nobody wants to think about flat hunting over the summer, but in most cases, you’ll be living away from home during your time at University. No matter if you’re just about ready to start your first year; or are returning for second and

     
 
Written by Elle Pollicott The World Happiness report was released in March 2014 this year, ranking all countries in the world depending on how ‘happy’ their population was. Whilst happy can be a difficult word to define due to its subjectiveness, the list was determi

     
 
Written by Gaia Croston Birthdays really are a time for celebrating, and no one seems to know how better to throw an extravagant bash than these celebrities… friends, I hope you take notes for how to really celebrate birthdays once we all become rich and world-famous.

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Written by Isabel Whiteley We’ve all seen those student-inspired TV shows where no-one ever seems to do any work, and all problems between flatmates are solved to humourous effect. Unfortunately, that one time I accidentally set a tea towel on fire did not end with a