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September 17, 2020 - No Comments!

Setting Off: Fresher’s Checklist

The countdown has begun. Get ready for your new life as a university student...

So many jobs. So little time. If you’re struggling to keep track of everything that need doing, here’s our ultimate checklist for uni first-timers.

1. Work out what you need to pack

Some no-brainers for you: clothes (including face masks), bedding, towels, toiletries, stationery and electrical items such as laptop, phone and chargers. If you’re going to be doing your own cooking, rather than living in fully catered halls, then you may also need cutlery, plates, pots, pans etc. Check what’s provided before buying anything new. Read more about what to take with you.

2. Buy essentials

Must-have items you may not already own include shampoo and shower gel, nail scissors, washing powder, an extension cable and, of course, the all-important kettle. Wilko offers a range of ‘student starter packs’ for your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room. Check out their offers here.

3. Get a railcard

A 16-25 railcard gives you 1/3 off all rail travel. Costs £30. Saves an average of £199 a year. (We’ll leave you to do the maths!) Buy one from the official railcard site or enter our competition to win a free one here.

4. Find your important documents

Passport, driving licence or other form of ID? Check. University paperwork, including your acceptance letter? Check. Student finance documents? Check. Accommodation info? Check. Now put them all together in a nice, secure plastic folder and keep it somewhere safe.

5. Set up a student bank account

A student account is not compulsory. But most come with lots of extra features and discounts that it would be a shame to miss out on. You can open an account as soon as you receive your offer letter – no need to wait until the start of term.

6. Register with a doctor

If you’re going to be spending more weeks of the year at university than at home, then you need to register with a local GP as soon as possible. Especially important if you have an ongoing health condition such as diabetes or epilepsy. Find a GP near your university

7. Check if you need a TV licence

The rules governing who does (and who doesn’t) need a TV licence are more complicated than you might think. Even if you only ever watch YouTube on your phone, you may be breaking the law if you don’t get one. See if your family TV licence covers you.

Head back to the welcome pack here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Digital Welcome Pack

September 17, 2020 - No Comments!

Setting Off: The Four Fs

What every fresher misses about home...

Family and pets

Obvs.

Friends

…although, hopefully, you are about to meet lots of amazing new people, some of whom are going to be mates for life.

Food

It might not be home-cooking, but you can still make delicious and nutritious meals in your halls (providing you pitch in with the washing up). There are so many free resources now online to help up some hearty grub on a budget.

Now and then, however, we all need to treat ourselves. That's why we're giving everyone a free Tastecard for three months! This allows you to save 50% at Pizza Express, Prezzo, Bella Italia, Frankie & Bennies and more, all year round. Just click on the link above to get started.

Bon appétit!

Fresh laundry

Remember when your clothes washed and dried themselves by magic? So much better than having to haul a stinking laundry bag down to the communal washing machines and then hang wet clothing over all your doors and radiators just to save a couple of quid on the dryer.

If you want to save some extra dollar on detergent, our friends at Smol are giving away a free trial of their plastic-free washing capsules. Not only are Smol helping students save money, but they are on a mission to reduce waste and the amount of potentially harmful chemicals leaked into the environment from standard washing capsules. All of the packaging is sustainable and 100% recyclable too!

Just hang on until we release the Moving In section on Tuesday 22nd September to access this super fresh freebie.

What to do if you are struggling to adjust

Nearly 50% of young people enter university and a third of these report experiencing some form of physiological distress - it's completely normal.
In adjusting to the student lifestyle, many students (especially freshers) struggle to maintain healthy day-to-day routines and experience academic, social and financial pressures. If you are moving away from home for the first time, that can make things even harder.

But don't fret, there are now so many great services to help you get through a rough patch. In fact, there are now some wonderful student-led services available for you for free. They know that students are more likely to talk to friends and peers about their problems, so the focus on giving students the skills to support each other safely and to effectively signpost to other mental health services when necessary. Getting in touch to these bodies wont leave you out of pocket and anything you discuss with always remain confidential. Speak to your Student's Union about the services they work with on and off campus.

Head back to the welcome pack here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Digital Welcome Pack

September 16, 2020 - No Comments!

Wilko & Paperclip team up to save students a bundle

More exciting news from Paperclip HQ...

The team at Paperclip are delighted to announce that homewear retailer Wilko will be offering a huge range of discounts on their 'back-to-uni' items and 'student bundles' to everyone who has signed up for our Digital Welcome Pack.

Wilko will be joining the likes of Amazon, Ola and Perlego in the new pack which will be released the end of the month. Not only can students enjoy money off duvets, cushions and decor for thier new uni crib, but Wilko will also be offering huge discounts on tech essentials such as headphones, power banks, printers and more...

Student Bundles

This year, Wilko will be offering a number of Student Bundles to save you heaps of cash (and making multiple trips to the high street during your first few weeks on campus).

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Wilko's kitchen in a box

Not only can you get all your kitchen essentials (spoons, corkscrew, chopping boards, grater, etc) in one bundle, but you can also get your bedding and desktop set-ups sorted in just a couple of clicks. All items are conveniently packed in a sturdy, plastic, water-proof container with hand grips, perfect for the big move.

We've made it super simple to access these great deals, all you have to do is wait for the Welcome Pack to drop into your inbox and follow the link to start saving - there's no need to enter a promo code or create another account.

Speaking about the new additions to the pack, our CEO Rich said, "We're all delighted to be working with such a great client as Wilko. Many of the team have fond memories of kitting their student homes out with Wilko products during their times at university. Now we can help other students recognize the convenience and value of Wilko for themselves!"

If you haven't already, you can sign up to our Digital Welcome Pack for free here - it only takes 30 seconds!

That's not all...

Not only do we have Wilko joining the party, but we have added even more deals to the pack! Students will soon be able to enjoy a whopping 40% off their gym threads from our friends at Distancewear. Once the Well-being section is released, all you have to do is follow the link, enter the promo code once you select your garms and before you know it you'll be looking super-stylish whilst you sweat it out!

Prefer corduroy to cardio? Fear not, as we have also teamed up with Atlas Vintage to offer yet another discount on their entire range online. Again, just follow the link and enter the promo code at checkout to make a tidy saving.

Remember, there still time to get your Digital Welcome Pack completely free today!

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Published by: Paperclip HQ in News