Around the end of November student loans begin to dwindle but fear not, you can still have a great Christmas in your student halls even on a tight budget!
Nothing will get you in the Christmas mood more than blasting out Mariah Carey while decorating the Christmas tree but you have to be smart about where you buy your decorations from. There are so many buy/sell apps out there that this shouldn’t be a problem. Have a look in your local area for people trying to get rid...
Ten weeks in and the cracks are beginning to show. One person has dropped out and gone home, and there are others who aren’t enjoying the academic side of things. It’s hard to admit that you are on the wrong course when you have committed so much to it; money, friendships and yes, a little bit of pride. Now is the time that some people are reflecting on their decisions and wondering if they are, in fact, on the right course.
The good news is that with some insight and groundwork, you can give yourself the best chance of landing in a University and course that are right for you. There are no guarantees, but answering the following questions will give you a better chance of being in the right place at the right time.
University course choices can be overwhelming. As humans, we have more than one interest, and when going to university we hope to get a good degree in a subject that will get us a good job in the future. It’s so easy to feel lost when looking through courses you’re interested in. Because there are so many courses now, many universities offer degrees in the same subjects, but tweaked and changed ever so slightly to fit with different modules.
It may be difficult to find the perfect course. It might not even exist. When you start a university course, you may already have some...
Ever since I got back from Erasmus in Madrid in June I haven't stopped thinking (or talking) about it. From reminiscing with international friends to working as an Erasmus ambassador at my university, I haven't been able to stop! Recently my friend and I went to Germany for the weekend to visit our friend from Munich, and in a few weeks another friend from Valencia will be coming to see what Sheffield has to offer (hint: hills and sub-zero temperatures).
But all this Erasmus-talk has got me remembering how much of an amazing experience it was and how I long to go back and chill in that Spanish sun again, drinking sangria with friends or wandering around discovering new things wherever you go. So, for all you semester abroad goers heading off in January, here is a list of all...
Whether you’ve already blown your budget or want to eschew consumerism this festive season, you can still spread holiday cheer with a sweet and simple handmade gift.
For the plant lover
For even the most botanically inept, terrariums are easy to make, and look fabulous under the Christmas tree. To start, you’ll need a clear glass container – such as a goldfish bowl, pickle jar, a vase with a broad base,...
Don't let your bank balance stop you enjoying the festivities!
Whether you’ve already lost your cash to the sales, or you’re stashing away savings, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get into the festive spirit. Here are five ways to have a cheap (and charitable) Christmas.
1. Deck the halls
If you’re the type of person who unashamedly owns Mariah Carey’s 'Greatest hits' and knows all the words to The First Noel, why not put your rare talent to good use and lead your friends in a bout of Christmas carolling? You could offer to sing at your local community centre or town square (and raise money in the process), or invite friends around for a singalong at home.
The great thing about Christmas songs is that you don’t need Mariah’s range to make them sound half-decent, and if you’re really, really terrible, people may even pay you to be quiet. Your chosen charity will thank you, even if no one else will.
Christmas dinner doesn't need to cost the earth – here's how to do it on a budget.
Christmas dinner from your childhood might be a little beyond your means, but as long as you have access to a kitchen, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make your own budget version. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to show off your cooking skills to your friends.
First off, forget the turkey. They’re generally the most expensive part of any Christmas dinner, but probably not all that helpful for you. They’re massive and overpriced around Christmas. Supermarkets sell turkeys around £4.50 per kilo. Compare that to chicken – around £2.20 per kilo – and you can see...
It’s always a good idea to get a taste of a university before you apply there or accept an offer of a place from them. The best way to do this is by attending an open day! Not sure how to find them or why you should attend? This blog has it covered…
Why should you attend an open day?
They give you the chance to get a first-hand impression of the uni that you can’t get online – so important if you end up spending three years living there. You’ll get to see the university in action, find out more about the course, ask the tutors questions as well as the opportunity to meet their students who will know the uni inside out.
Search for open days and make a shortlist
There are over 370 unis and colleges in the UK, so you won’t be able to attend them all! Make a shortlist of the unis and courses you’re interested in by looking at our search tool. ...
Rachel Yohe is an American student studying Marketing Communications and Spanish in New York. As part of her degree, she did an internship in London. Here are Rachel’s top tips for international students coming to the capital.
“Start budgeting ahead of time. Sort out what you’re willing to spend on rent, groceries, and living expenses before you get to London. If you have friends coming with you, decide on roommates and work with their budgets as well.
If you want to do a work placement or internship, you may also have to spend a bit of money for a work visa. London is an expensive place to live, so check out what areas are cheapest and closest to your classes....
When I received my student loan in October, I felt on top of the world. All that lovely money, just sitting in my bank account, waiting to be spent! Imagine the shoes, dresses, books, music, biscuits, I could buy! I was rich and it was delightful!
Fast forward a month, and my illusions of endless spending sprees are sadly well and truly shattered. The first time I went food shopping I was astounded by how quickly even the most basic items started to add up to a fair amount of money. And with money for going out, endless books, memberships to societies, the (occasional) hot-dog on...