Why are luxury student digs so in demand?

“Luxury student digs” sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, right?  You hear the word ‘digs’ and conjure up the images of mildew-ridden showers, toxic wasteland kitchens and paper thin walls. Indeed, if you ask your parents what their uni halls were like, you’ll probably receive descriptions of the same kind. Now though, the small, shared spaces we’ve come to expect of student properties are on the decline, and demand for high-end rooms and services are taking over. But why, when we’re constantly told that finance-related student stress is at an all time high, are university students opting to spend…

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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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Getting your flat party started

Having a successful pre-drinks party prior to hitting the town truly sets the tone for the remainder of your alcohol-consumed, partying-packed evening. Thereby, if you are holding this all-important university flat party, you hold a great responsibility in ensuring that everyone’s in the mood for the night of their lives. Here are some ideas that require little to no money, to help you get your party going: Compulsory Entry Shot Simple one, but very few things set the mood for a prosperous flat party like a face-crunching shot of Tequila before the guests even get through the front door. Match…

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How to Survive Sharing a Kitchen

Your first year of university can be daunting for many reasons, one of which could be that you’ll be sharing a flat with several random strangers. Sharing the limited kitchen resources can put a strain on any newly formed friendships so here’s how to survive it. 1. Do your washing up Don’t leave it festering on the side and taking up all the space. Get into the habit of washing up, drying it and putting it away as soon as you’ve finished dinner. Your flatmates will thank you and you’ll be setting a good example. 2. Ask before borrowing Somebody…

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The Student Halls Lottery

Moving away from home for the first time to go to University is one of the most exciting and nerve racking things a young person can do; It’s your chance to be independent, live with new people and make lifelong friends. Sounds perfect right? Well, it might not be as perfect as you believe it to be. Before moving into halls everyone has an expectation that it will be a year of parties and living with your friends, however living in halls can be like playing the lottery; your numbers may not come up. Most people that you meet will…

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