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Decorating your space on a budget

With not long to go before it’s time to move into dorms or a new student house, it’s about time to think about decorating! It might sound minor and maybe even a little bit tedious but making your space your own will leave you feeling comfortable and less home sick. Here are my top tips, …

5 Things You Should Know about Living Off Campus

Living off campus can either be exciting or petrifying depending on how much your loved your first year campus accommodation and the people in it! Regardless of your experiences, privately renting a property for the first time in your life can be truly as overwhelming as it sounds.  I’ve put together 5 things that you …

How to cope with homesickness

With a little over a month before you begin (or are back at) university, missing home is probably the farthest thing from your mind. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably even raring to go and dreaming of all the adventures you will have in Nottingham. However, homesickness happens to the best of us and …

Top Tips when House Hunting for the First Time

Whether you’re excited to leave halls for the first time or if you feel you didn’t make the best of decisions when house hunting this year round, here are some top tips for house hunting in Nottingham to make sure that your next academic year goes smoothly! I get by with a little help from …

Baby Steps: Cooking for One

In keeping with this series, today I’ll be talking about my journey towards achieving peak ‘Master-chef’ status. Before moving to university, I rarely cooked for myself, let alone anyone else. When I did, it was to make my “signature” wrap which took about 15 minutes and honestly, tasted like a soggy £3 post night-out mess. …

Coping With Homesickness While At University

About a year ago, I wrote a post that alluded to the feelings of homesickness that we all face every now and then. At the time, I was still a fresh-faced first year who couldn’t fathom ever seeing Nottingham as home. Fast-forward a year later and I’m now halfway through second year and happier than …

How To Make Halls Feel More Like Home

With the start of the new academic year, a lot of you will be moving into halls for the first time ever! As exciting as that exclamation mark makes it seem, the move is rarely anything but time consuming, messy, and tiring. Trading in your comfy bedroom back home for the shoebox that is uni …

Inspired Musings of an International Student

Sometime ago I moved 4000 miles away from home to pursue a higher education at the University of Nottingham. After having watched one too many ‘coming-of-age’ movies in high school, I was extremely excited to move to a new town and make new memories. Unfortunately, as I settled into my flight, the disappearing city lights …

Surviving Winter in a Cold Student House

As a university student, a cold house is pretty much a given. Last week, the central heating system in my house broke down… again. In desperate times like this, my housemates and I had to get creative in order to survive. Here are some hacks that we picked up during our many cold trying times. …

What I wish I knew about leaving home for the first time

Having spent the last 18 years of my life in the same city, I was undoubtedly excited to move to Nottingham to pursue my dream degree. As an international student, 4500 miles away from home, I couldn’t wait for the changes that this move would bring. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dubai. It’s a …