Right degree but wrong uni? How to transfer universities (my story)

The vast majority of undergraduates make the right choice when it comes to their university and their degree but what if the degree is perfect and the university wrong? Do you quit or stick out three years in a University you’re not really that fond of?  There is a solution…   My first university was never meant to be. I entered through clearing, only through the collapse of one of my crucial A level grades, so I definitely accepted that I may not have the perfect accommodation, or even the perfect substitute degree (in fact I even decided to add…

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Alternative Letting Agency for Students

Have you ever had a bad letting problem? Struggled to understand what and why you are paying high agency fees? So did University of York’s Ryan Hill. During the course of setting up his second year’s accommodation, Ryan had a bad experience with a local student-focused letting agency, and quickly discovered he was not the only student struggling with them. After speaking to numerous students about their experiences, he found the agency had been dictating various aspects such as telling students they must be dressed a certain way if they wanted to be picked up and transported for the property…

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4 things that hit you when you move to university

1. Shit. I’m old. Yes, you’re officially an adult, living away from your parents, with other irresponsible adults. Probably one of the biggest learning curves you’ll ever have – get to know your real strengths and weaknesses. From the simple challenges of making your own bed from start to finish, actually cleaning (real live cleaning with bleach and stuff) to the more complicated things such as using a washing machine, dealing with other people’s horrible habits and that feeling of homesickness we all eventually get. 2. That inevitable force of dread that washes over when your sitting bored stiff in…

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Keep your pre-drinks interesting

Pre-drinks at university occur more regularly than your attendance to a 9.15 lecture and it’s important in the first few weeks to give sufficient time to collective intoxication. After all, these first couple of hours before heading for a night on the town can help form the foundation of friendships that you will likely keep throughout your time at uni. The problem is though some pre-drinks games may be getting a little tedious. There’s only so many times you can play Ring of Fire a week and its getting very dull hearing that Adele had a threesome in Magaluf in…

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The (un)avoidable slobbery of student kitchens

One of the biggest shocks for students as they settle in university life can be sharing a kitchen. Going from magically re-filling fridges and mystical machines that wash your dishes (wow remember them!) to a small kitchen where you have to share a fridge (that doesn’t magically re-fill) and return to those, what seem, pre-millennium days of washing up can be a frightening adaption for many students. In halls I found myself with several students who didn’t know how to cook (or clean up) and so their ‘experimental’ cooking attempts sat stuck to their saucepans piled up next to the…

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