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New (academic) year, new you? – Trying new things at University

Just like a new calendar year, a new academic year is a fresh start. Especially if you’re about to begin a new stage in your education, and in your life! You’re moving to a new city, maybe living alone for the first time – it’s a new beginning. There is no other time that’s more …

Favourite Student Recipes

I was never into cooking before university, but living in self-catered halls made me into quite the chef. Of course, being a student on a budget and having to operate out of a shared kitchen (and fridge) meant that the recipes I could choose from were a bit limited. This is because you won’t want …

Reviewing Weird Vegan Recipes

Hello! I hope you’re well and staying relatively sane.   Over the past week or two, I’ve taken to trying strange new recipes. Some of them to reduce waste, some of them to satisfy some non-vegan cravings. All of them – a little bit strange.   A short bit of background  – I’ve been vegetarian …

Lockdown Growth

I’ve been asked to stay indoors by my country and the world. I didn’t put up a fight because they have the military advantage. I don’t mind staying indoors much anyway. I know how to use these times wisely. Each day, I do a quiz and a jigsaw, which is to say: I am becoming …

Things to do when stuck inside

Switching to online learning is leaving us with a lot of free time… and for many people, a lot of boredom. Although online lectures and preparation for assessments are fleshing out my to-do list, this time is also a great opportunity to catch up on all the things you’ve been putting off! So here’s my …

How to Budget in the Kitchen

The thought of cooking for yourself everyday can be quite daunting. Between lectures, deadlines, extra curriculars, and having a social life; cooking healthy meals each night all while living on a budget may seem impossible. But don’t worry, with a bit of planning and a few you-tube videos, cooking for yourself at university will become …

A Guide to Overcoming Disorganisation

At the beginning of every term I’ve been at university, I have told myself that this will be the semester that I will be organised. Whether that means keeping on top of my workload, eating regular (normal) meals or sticking to a general ‘life’ schedule, I set out to manage my life to a T. …

5 Things you Should Know About Living in a Student House

It Gets Messy Real Quick Living in halls means that you become immune to mess. Although living in a house may not be as messy as living in student halls, it certainly makes you more aware of the mess that is there. Indeed, gone are the days of weekly cleaning visits, for now you are …

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, …

5 Things you Should Know About Living in Self-Catered Accommodation

You Probably Won’t Set Fire to the Kitchen When I started university, I was certain that I was going to set fire to the kitchen and burn the whole block down. Despite not being a bad cook, irrationally I believed that in a moment of lost concentration that I would turn away from the oven, …