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The unprecedented national outbreak of the coronavirus has changed the platforms for viewing accommodation. While, previously students were able to preview their potential accommodation choices at University open days, such large events, for the foreseeabl


     
 

Since the national outbreak of the corona virus, many UK Universities have taken the decision to deliver the summer term online, encouraging students to leave campus and return home. When this was announced in March, many students and lecturers assumed tha


     
 

Over the last few weeks Accommodation for Students has been taking feedback from students and the landlords that advertise properties on our website. It is clear that both students and landlords have been hit by the current crisis and in some cases are str


     
 

AFS students recently shared their thoughts on who makes the best housemates and offered advice on how to get on living with others.

Hundreds of you completed the survey and the results showed that the most popular housemates are usually studying


     
 

By Jordan Darlington

Is staying on trend more important than standing against morally corrupt branding?

Our recent survey found that despite more people valuing ‘design and popularity’ over ‘brand morals’, 75% of the respondents stated that they would


     
 

What does the future hold for the holidaymakers and travellers of post-brexit Britain?

With yet another parliamentary rejection, we are no closer to finding out. All that can be said is that, at this point, it’s anyone’s guess. Will you be able to travel visa-free?


     
 

With the Brexit deadline fast approaching, an air of uncertainty surrounds the UK’s entire student population as both home and international students stand to lose out on what's been taken for granted for so long. From European-funded institutions and research to study abroa


     
 

The mere mention of the word vegan is often enough to make the vast majority of us roll our eyes in judgement (I know, I’ve done it too…) however, it can’t be denied that the term and lifestyle have become increasingly popular over the last few years. On Instagram alone, #vega


     
 

When we hear the word ‘private’, we tend to think of things such as private education and the big price tag that often comes with it. However, fear not! This is a common misconception and far from the actual truth. Private Halls are usually a block (or blocks) of shared flats


     
 

The age-old question that plagues every student and the answer is... There is no answer. Starting the search for accommodation is a personal experience and therefore different for everyone. Some students will find what they are looking for with relative ease and others will fe


     
 

Student life is all about studying. At least that’s the sensible version. In reality, being a student means hard study, but also a darned good party.

That can be pretty expensive though, and if you’re a social animal then having fun with your mates isn’t


     
 

For students who have made the unfortunate mistake of not packing a lunch from home before heading out the door to lectures, it can be tricky to find affordable yet still delicious food on the go.

There’s nothing more frustrating than spend


     
 

It’s that time of the year again, and everyone is at it: house hunting. We’re here to help you along the way.

You’ve organised a million and one viewings, and you can’t discern


     
 

Although the idea of organising a student house when you’ve only just moved into student halls may seem a little alarming, for some students, the sooner the house is sorted, the better.

If you’re finding yourself i


     
 

When it comes to student halls, most people think of little shoe box sized, damp, cell like rooms where students can touch each wall by spreading their arms.

However, more and more universities are realising the staggering finan


     
 

If you’ve already blown that fresher’s loan, don’t panic! We have plenty of free stuff and offers to keep you happy throughout the rest of September!

If your un


     
 

Climate change is a hot topic at the moment, no pun intended- and whilst our scorching summer was perfect for sitting outside with a few icy Strongbow dark fruits, there was a much more sinister feel to the whole affair. The planet is warming, much quicker that


     
 

If you’ve aced your CV, got through the interview process and have been accepted into a new graduate role, you’re probably waiting with baited breath for your first day at work to roll around to your doorstep.

Al


     
 
In a new report by the Guardian, it has been revealed that thousands of student nurses drop out of their degree courses before they have graduated, the vast majority occurring in the first year of study.

With the NHS already struggling as it is, there is concern tha


     
 

According to the Independent, over 1 in 5 students are completely teetotal, with the demand for alcohol-free university events growing in popularity amongst freshers this September.

Whilst the general stereotype of students tends to be based around getting drun


     
 

Juggling a job alongside your studies can be a tricky business, especially when more and more students are resorting to time consuming jobs in order to cover expenses, with student maintenance loans now being revealed as insufficient in funds.


     
 

According to a new report from PETA, students are now six times less likely to eat meat than their parents.

Vegetarianism, veganism and even just having few meat free days in the week, is definitely on the rise in th


     
 

Homesickness can be hard, and can often leave you feeling distressed, isolated, lonely and upset. However, it is completely natural and should be something that is expected from your first year at university, when the fresher’s wave is over, it can leave a


     
 
By day three you will want to incinerate 90% of your previous wardrobe

Fresher’s Week is one of the best, most exciting periods of your life. You’re in a new city surrounded by new people and are (finally!) free from your parents to do whatever you wan


     
 

bag a job through social media

Create Profiles

Whether you are new to social media or not, it is important to make sure that you have profiles in all the right places. Create profiles on job specific websites such as Linkedin,


     
 
Technology, homeware, food and travel

-Head over to Apple both in store and online to bag 10 per cent discount on all your purchases as a new student. Although it might not sound like a lot, it does make a difference and is well worth grabbing. Also,


     
 

a round up of the best...

First year is renowned for being a time to make mistakes, and boy did you guys prove this to be true. We spoke to Fresher’s across the country to find your most hilarious/cringe worthy tales and let’s just say it


     
 

because going out takes a lot of effort...

The time has come, you’re moving into your second year of university, and you’re pretty sure that you’re ready for the year ahead. However, whilst you may think you’re a dab hand at the whole univ


     
 
accept your Fresher’s Flu fate

Happy Fresher’s Week! Here are some tips and tricks to surviving the madness.

-Firstly, be yourself. Although the pull to make new friends and share new experiences is strong, make sure that you do


     
 
The mattress topper, our saviour

It’s officially the start of fresher’s week and chances are you’ve either moved into your student accommodation, or you’re set to head off in the next few days. Whilst it’s pretty great to be


     
 
Is prevention the best solution?

According to the Independent, the numbers of students arriving at university with an existing mental health condition is five times what it was ten years ago! Alongside this, there has also been a trebling of students dr


     
 
not harissa paste

With students around the country heading off to university for the first time, there are plenty of companies out there trying to cash in on the big event- from duvet sales at Sainsbury’s through to a back-to-university range on Boo


     
 
UCAS will now have a mental health option

In the wake of 95 student suicides last year alone, universities are stepping up the pace when it comes to mental health care within an educational and academic setting.

Under new regulations, yo


     
 
12 members of staff?

If you thought Prince Harry’s room was a little bit extra, then you’ve seen nothing yet.

A fresher at the University of St Andrews is hiring twelve servants to assist her throughout everyday student life; from cookin


     
 
no more pasta and ketchup

Here are some top tips on how to cook affordable meals, minimise on washing up and also make your food more exciting- whilst still sticking to that ‘Student Budget’. Although during Fresher’s Week, cooking good, wholesome f


     
 
sh*t loads of water If, like most freshers, you’ve started at university and are therefore partying non-stop-you’re probably experiencing the mother of all hangovers right this minute.

After the lie ins and family meal


     
 
look at us health freaks

being healthy has never been cooler


     
 
It’s still legal

Concerns are being raised over the numbers of university students who are buying pre-written essays online- with the government being forced to consider outlawing essay writing service sites in order to stop the practice.


     
 
Free food for all

There is a viral sensation sweeping the web; YouTubers and celebrities are attempting to use just one pound a day for their food.

For a nation that spend £25 a week alone o


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Let’s spill the tea…

The worst on class equality

The University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh

There are plenty of universities who have com


     
 

Viking society anyone?

By Elizabeth Whittingham

So, you’ve got your university place! Freshers is nearly upon us all and to celebrate, here at Student Life Guide we have decided to explore some of the strangest societies on offe


     
 

Soft drinks soft drinks soft drinks

By Elizabeth Whittingham

Although alcohol may seem like the ‘be all and end all’ when it comes to having the courage to chat to new people during Fresher’s Week, for some people, drinking alco


     
 

Toy towns and chocolate box villages


By Elizabeth Whittingham

Ever wondered where the best place to holiday in the UK is?

Don’t worry, Vogue have compiled a list detailing all the best places to travel to, meaning that you don’t have to


     
 

Stay up to date with these handy apps


By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re starting university and are unsure about how you are going to find the whole experience then a great idea is to down


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It’s a given that during your time as a student, you’re probably going to be pretty poor.

However, there are plenty of things that you can cut back on


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

With Fresher’s Week fast approaching- we thought we would run through everything you are definitely going to experience for your first seven days of university life- from the hangovers through to setting off of the fire a


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

According to a new study, it seems apparent that the UK is missing out massively on international student applications due to strict UK VISA regulations.

University leaders are calling for the VISA system to be changed in order to allow


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

In the wake of A Level result’s day, grime artist Stormzy has unveiled his plans to pay for two Black students to head to Cambridge University for the start of the academic year.

Stormzy will pay for everything, including all tuition and


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

It’s time to settle the debate.

Science students are smarter that Arts students. At least, that’s according to data recently released by ETS. They tested 26,000 students across every degree subject known to mank


     
 
By Elizabeth Whittingham

If you’re concerned about your student loan falling by the road side and heading down the drain in the first few months of your university experience, then chances are that you’ll probably be looking for a job pretty soon into the academic term.



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