Halls vs. Commuting: Battle of the student habitats

Whether you’re a prospective student or a hardened veteran of University, the question that at some point passes our minds is this: To commute or not to commute? If you have the (mis)fortune to live in close proximity to an establishment for higher education, the safety of home may tempt you. Arriving back to a freshly cooked meal and a stack of freshly laundered sheets sounds rather heavenly to me. However, rolling in from a night out at 4am with war paint streaked across your face might not elicit the best reaction from your family. Sometimes it’s safer to procure…

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Quirky Products that are a must for your student room.

So, you are about to move into halls of residents. Or maybe a student house. You’ve got socks, spoons, and all the boring items. And yes, you’ve remembered to pack your tooth brush.But there is more to a room, and a house, than those boring essentials.That is why we’ve collected a list of items that, although they’re not on your parents checklist, they are certainly a must have.These are the products that will make your room stand out from the crowd, and make everyone else go “wow!”Optical Illusion 3D Bulb Lamp:Yes, this is a lamp, but it is no ordinary…

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Five tips to keep the peace with your housemates

Not to sound like a pessimist, but when you decide to live with someone there are bound to be pitfalls. Think about it, even with your own family. I’m sure you’ve argued or even fought with your parents or siblings. Especially with your siblings. It’s not rocket science that befriending someone and living with them is a world apart. When you live together each persons’ flaws become apparent, you’re in each others’ personal space, and clashes are more likely. Here are five tips to try and keep the peace with your new housemates. Set house rules from day oneThe earlier rules…

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Is Your Student Home at Risk?

With the security of student accommodation still a great concern, we spoke to Brian Thomson, Manager at Protect My Property, about how we can keep our properties secure, even when we aren’t around for the summer. When do burglars strike the most?According to this report from security commentator Safe Zone, almost 70% of recognised student accommodation is left vacant during the summer months. This can leave these properties vulnerable, particularly as they are usually built in close proximity to each other, making it easier for a burglar to target more than one property at a time. Burglars aren’t usually very clever,…

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Top 10 Places to Live in the UK

We all want to be somewhere affordable, somewhere safe and, most importantly, somewhere we can be happy. Whether we realise it or not, these factors are running through our heads as we choose where we wish to go to uni and then again once we’ve graduated. We all want a high quality of life.Price comparison site, uSwitch has put together a ranking of places to live in the UK so we can now see where exactly people have the highest quality of life.The uSwitch study looked at 138 cities throughout the UK, assessing them for 26 different factors including salaries, working hours, life expectancy and…

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