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Budgeting 101

I’m about to enter my 4th year of university education. 4 years! There was once a time I didn’t think I would even make it this far. Regardless, I couldn’t be happier or more grateful for my time in Nottingham and the lessons that I have learnt. One of the bigger things that I’ve managed …

Guide to being a student in Nottingham

Being a student is hard. Lucky for us, Nottingham makes it just that bit easier. Here are my top tips for making the most of your student status in Nottingham before entering the real world where student discounts don’t apply. First off, read that last line again. And then re-read it. Too many students don’t …

Adjusting to life in a city

Having moved to Nottingham from a small village near Newcastle, I enjoyed the first few years of my University life in halls and then in the wholesome community of Dunkirk. I didn’t find these moves too difficult as I was still close enough to the city to be able to wander and explore it whenever …

Best Value for Money: Food Edition

It’s now that awkward middle ground in the semester where you’ve run through a decent portion of your bank account but you’ve still got ways to go before the year ends. Got a brunch date with the girls coming up? Craving a burger to get you through that nightmare of a dissertation? Here are my …

Tips for socialising on a budget at Uni

We all know how chaotic uni life can be – you’re working hard towards a deadline and then next thing you know there’s another deadline looming, meaning that it can be hard to squeeze time in to see your friends without feeling guilty about taking time off studying! This can make you feel even worse …

What To Do In Nottingham This Christmas

My favourite time of year has rolled ‘round once more, and oh so quick! It’s that magical time of year again; filled with gingerbread lattes, pumpkin spice and hearty cheer, the final month of the year brings with it this contagious feeling of joy and excitement that envelopes us despite the gloomy skies and harsh …

Comedy in Nottingham

Ain’t no sweeter sound than the giggle. The chuckle comes in at a close second, a titter perhaps takes bronze, the cackle, we can agree, is the least welcome of all the noises that mirth manifests. A cackle does not cry “I am having fun” but instead warns those unfortunate enough to be within earshot: …

A week in my life as a university student

University life is miles apart from the spoon-fed, laid-back student life I was used to at high school. For those of you wondering what university will be like (or what it’s like for someone on a different course to yours), here’s what a week in my life typically looks like*. Monday – Lectures used to …

A Fool’s Experience of Self Catering

‘Dangerous’ would be the chief adjective I’d use in describing my harrowing entry into the realm of self catering. My body has rejected two separate meals that I have concocted in the space of a fortnight – a statistic that even I, in all my culinary incompetence, could never have foreseen. Upon my mother’s insistence, …

How to Improve Your Week with Small Changes

How to  improve your week with small changes – it’s all about the baby steps! Getting back into the swing of University after a long summer break can be difficult and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. That’s why I’ve put together a list of small things which you can do every day to help keep …