Second-year student guide: paying bills responsibly

Having to start paying bills in the second year of university can be daunting, and you might be tempted to avoid checking your bank balance. In a recent survey conducted by online student bill-sharing tool Split The Bills, a quarter (24.3%) of young people who took part said they don’t check how much their bills cost. However, being in denial about what you can afford can quickly lead to debt, so it’s crucial that you get organised and pay bills responsibly. Ashley Tate, chief executive officer at Split The Bills, said: “Don’t ignore your bills—make sure you sort them out…

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Top 10 tips to stop you clashing with housemates

If you have only lived with family before coming to university, being more responsible and moving into shared accommodation with people you don’t know can be extremely nerve-wracking. A survey carried out by bill-sharing company Split The Bills found that new students’ top three concerns were: a lack of privacy messy housemates splitting bills fairly To keep a calm living environment and to avoid clashing with anyone, read on to find out our top 10 tips. A lack of privacy In the survey, 25.7% of people said they felt nervous about having no privacy when living with new housemates. After…

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How to solve common student accommodation problems

Going off to college and living on your own for the first time is truly exciting, bringing you more freedom and numerous opportunities to become more independent. However, you may come across some common accommodation problems in a student house. Although student accommodation is typically enjoyable, comfortable and safe, certain issues may occur from time to time. Don’t worry, no matter how serious a problem might seem, there’s always a way to deal with it. Your landlord keeps intruding   If your intrusive landlord keeps showing up without any previous notice, you should address this issue. Although your landlord owns…

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Top 10 April Fool’s pranks for every student house!

In case you haven’t noticed the date due to copious amounts of studying and er, partying, then you’ll now realise that April Fool’s day is upon us. Although most people may think that April Fool’s mainly involves pranks like cling-filming toilet seats or swapping jars of sugar for table salt, it’s actually a great opportunity to have fun at uni with your housemates. Of course Student Wire doesn’t endorse causing harm to property or people (whether mentally or physically), so we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 pranks to play on your housemates that will cause laughs but not damage! …

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Independence vs. loneliness at university

Packing your life into suitcases, waving goodbye to your childhood bedroom, and feeling just a little bit lost when you parents leave you in a new building, a new city, with new people. This will definitely sound familiar to the majority of you. Fast forward through the first few weeks of uni; you’ve unpacked, the (perhaps drunken) antics of fresher’s week have worn off, and your studying officially begins. And all of a sudden, it may start to hit home that uni isn’t a summer camp and you have to survive alone, without the usual cocoon of friends and family….

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