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September 22, 2020 - No Comments!

Moving In: Essential (and not-so-essential) items

It can be tricky to decide what to take with you when you’re setting off to university for the first time. We’ve put this little checklist together to make sure you don’t miss anything out.

Quick tip: if you’re moving into a shared house, speak to your flatmates beforehand to check who’s bringing what. The last thing you want is 100 spoons, 4 toasters and 0 pans.

Bedroom

Must haves:

Nice to have:

  • Duvet and cover
  • Pillows and cases
  • Bed sheets
  • Blankets
  • Coat hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Mirror
  • Clock
Bathroom

Must haves:

Nice to have

  • Towels
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Toilet roll
  • Shaving stuff
  • Sanitary products
  • Hairdryer / brush / straighteners
  • Nail cutters
  • Plasters
  • Dressing gown
  • Make-up wipes
  • Flip-flops (for showering in halls)
  • First-aid kit
Kitchen (check what’s already provided)
  • Cutlery set
  • Plate
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Glass
  • Kettle
  • Saucepan
  • Frying pan
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Can opener
  • Peeler
  • Grater
  • Bottle opener
  • Tea towel
  • Washing up liquid
Electricals

Must haves:

  • Laptop (and power cable) or desktop computer
  • Phone and charger
  • USB memory stick (for backing up)

Nice to have:

  • Extension lead
  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Desktop printer
Stationery

Must haves:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Paper
  • Notebook

Nice to have:

  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes
  • Sticky tape
  • Paperclips
Optional extras
  • Day bag
  • Water bottle
  • Keyring
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pack of cards
Pimp your room

Looking to create a really special home from home? Here are some cheap ways to make your student living space look a million dollars.Fairy lights

Fairy lights This is a great way to cover up a bare wall, or set the mood with some dimmer lights.

  • Indian Wall Tapestry
    This is a great way to add some character to your room. Groovy.
    Check out the ‘home and garden’ section on the Paperclip app to find this item.
  • Fairy lights
    This is a great way to cover up a bare wall, or set the mood with some dimmer lights. .
  • Hang up some photos
    Hang up some photos with some string and wooden clothes pegs. Watch your memories grow as you complete your year.
  • Wire wall hanging
    This is a great way you can add your notes and decorative items. However, best to lean it against the wall than to drill it in. Your deposit will be thankful.
  • Plants (Fake ones if your terrible at keeping them alive)
    Bring a natural element to your room with some plants. If you’re terrible at keeping them alive, fake ones or a cactus will be your replacement.

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September 22, 2020 - No Comments!

Moving In: Dos and Don’ts

Whether you’re in halls or renting with friends, student life usually involves sharing your living space with other people. Follow these simple etiquette tips to avoid becoming the annoying one that everyone secretly dislikes...

Do

…respect other people’s property.

And that includes their biscuits (however tempting that opened pack of chocolate hobnobs in the cupboard may appear).

…be considerate about noise.

Everyone is allowed to turn the volume up to 11 now and again. Just not at 3am. When your housemates are sleeping. On the eve of their last finals exam.

…your dishes!

Mess can be a major battleground in communal living spaces. To avoid arguments, it’s best to tidy up after yourself as you go.

Don’t

…hog the TV remote.

Or the bathroom. Or the Playstation. Or anything else that’s supposed to be for everyone.

…avoid communal chores.

A cleaning rota is a good idea. Being the housemate who doesn’t stick to the cleaning rota is not a good idea. There are a bunch of free apps available online for you and your housemates to keep track of household tasks.

A cleaning rota is a good idea. Being the housemate who doesn’t stick to the cleaning rota is not a good idea. There are a bunch of free apps available online for you and your housemates to keep track of household tasks.

…always fight your corner.

People can have very different ideas about where to position the sofa, how to stack a dishwasher and whether toilet paper should hang “under” or “over”. Of course, everybody thinks their right way is the right way. Trouble is, everybody else thinks their way is the right way too. Being willing to compromise could save you a lot of hassle and upset.

Just remember, your current living situation isn't forever. There will be some up and downs along the way, but if you follow these rules and be your friendly, kind and positive self, you shouldn't have too many problems rubbing along with your housemates in your new digs.

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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.

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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.

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