When the time came to house hunt my housemates and I thought we knew it all and would be fine doing it by ourselves, but we were so wrong. Here is what went wrong for us and how to avoid making the same mistakes:
I am currently in my third year at Leeds Beckett University. It was not a difficult decision for me to choose to stay with Unipol for my final year. For the first two years of my degree I have stayed in student halls of residence and a flat in Hanover Square, City Centre.
Don’t wait until you need them, get registered at your local GP Surgery and Dentist as soon as possible.
One of the best feelings in the world is seeing your bank account after your loan comes in. One of the worst is realising how quickly it’s going to run out. Fear not, though, there are plenty of ways for a finance savvy student to stay on top of their money. Here’s our rundown of some of the budgeting basics that can help keep money woes off your mind during your studies.
So, the big day is just around the corner; freedom, fun and frolics await! But you may be feeling a tad apprehensive. Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone and we’re here to help!
You’ve had your drawn out emotional goodbye with your parents. Your life is packed up in boxes on your bed waiting to find a new home. Armed with a week’s worth of instant pasta and three pizza cutters you’re ready to start your three (or more) years in style. Where to begin?
Ever watched Jamie Oliver, Nigella or Heston and thought, ‘how do they make it look so easy’? The good news is you don’t need to be a TV chef to make simple food that tastes great. If you’re staring down at the bottom of your 8th Pot Noodle in a row and thinking you could do with something a little more satisfying, take a look at these easy meal ideas.
So you decided to come to the good ol’ county of Yorkshire... What you didn't realise was that you were landing yourself in the middle of a swarm of people speaking one of the broadest accents of all- its as thick as our gravy! There's no escaping it - you'll have to master t'lingo to get by and blend in with the locals without arousing suspicion!
We've put together our top tips for making the most of your first few weeks at University when it comes to making friends.
Having a job during uni may seem daunting and horrible, but it's actually very beneficial for both your bank account and your future. Not everyone wants to work and study, but it's something you should consider before your bank account goes into the negatives... Read our top tips on bagging part-time work while at uni.
The holidays will fly by - so make sure you make the most of them!
After what feels like an eternity of a winter followed by weeks of torrential rain (not that we're ones for melodrama), there is finally some good news on the horizon - in the form of sun.
Kirkstall Brewery Accommodation has its very own entertainment, food and drink hub – The Vault.
There's one very simple answer - YES. Waking up with a pounding headache and the inability to move from beds for hours, swearing that it's the last time - we all know we could do without it!
Tired of making the same old New Year’s resolutions, knowing full well you won’t stick to them? Even though most of us truly want to be healthier, get more exercise, and improve our daily lives, our resolve to do so just doesn’t seem strong enough for us to follow through.
When clearing up all that post-Christmas clutter it's best to keep in mind that it's the thought that counts...
With revision in full swing and exams just around the corner, we've got some useful information to help everything go as smoothly as possible.
Do you love the comfort of living in halls and don't want to leave? Well you don’t have too - students from all years of study can live in halls, so why not return…
Planning on sending a gift or card home for Christmas? Well, don't miss the last chance to get it there in time!
You’re so close to heading home, you can almost smell your mum's cooking but don't forget about your university home before leaving.
It’s that time of the year again, and being a student, you’re probably worried about how you’re going to scrape together enough money to get presents for your friends and family. Luckily, at uni everyone seems to agree that Secret Santa is the perfect solution.
With not long till the big day, it's time you finished your present wish list!
Today is International Volunteering Day (5 December) so why not take this opportunity to give something back this Christmas.
There's nothing better than throwing a Christmas dinner with your mates before heading home to the ‘rents – and you can push the (gravy) boat out for less cash than you think!
We've all heard of the infamous beer goggles that can cloud judgement from time to time... But apart from making you see things a little differently, and feeling the need to Snapchat your whole night, what other effects has alcohol had on our logical thinking?
It might come as a shock, but life progression post-uni isn't all about grades. Yes, your degree and schooling are important, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
In today’s world, almost anything worth bringing to Uni needs plugging in at some point. With all those extra cables and leads trailing about the place it’s important to make sure you look after your electricals and know how to use them safely.
With 3 weeks left until the end of Semester One you might be starting to feel the pressure. Deadlines and exam dates are fast approaching so now is the time to get a head start and make things easier for yourself… after all, no one actually enjoys pulling an all-nighter!
Halls is an amazing chance to mix with all types of people – occasionally, though, you might find some quirks a little hard to live with. Enter: The courageous conversation.
Who said being a student was easy? You might think you're the ONLY one struggling, but with all the different things going on at uni, everyone starts to feel the pressure from time to time. Rather than leaving it to get the better of you, try to identify the cause of your stress, and tackle it sooner rather than later.
Black Friday has been dubbed the biggest shopping day of the calendar year - but are the deals really that good?
It’s November and Christmas is slowly creeping in. Leeds knows how to get you in the festive mood with markets, ice-rinks, shopping and loads of other festive treats…
Cycling is one of the best ways to get around and explore Leeds, so there is nothing worse than discovering that your bike has gone AWOL…
Searching for vegan food can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. That is, unless you have our handy Leeds guide… In a world where meat eaters outnumber those who abstain, good vegetarian food can be hard to find. But the good news is, there are a few restaurants, cafes and bars that making finding great vegan food in Leeds easier than you’d think.
If it’s cheap and cheerful it might be too good to be true… As it’s Alcohol Awareness Week, we thought we would share some top tips on how to spot fake alcohol that, if consumed, can have some pretty nasty side-effects.
Drinking makes for a great accompaniment to a night out, helping you to loosen up and enjoy yourself but overdo it and the fun stops quickly.
Men across the world are swapping their clean-shaven, baby-faces for moustaches worthy of a western-movie villain... Yep, you guess it! Movember is back, encouraging men to live happier, healthier and longer lives...
Although it may not seem like we even had a summer this year, British Summer Time has now officially ended and the long winter nights are upon us.
The days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in, and a picnic in the park after uni no longer sounds quite so enticing. It doesn't seem long ago that the clocks were springing forward and we were looking forward to the days of summer. But the clocks going back is the one day of the year that you can actually lie in and at the same time not get up any later, so make the most of it!
It’s that time of year where your loan is spreading a bit thin, you got a bit excited during fresher’s and now you’re feeling the consequences. Follow our top tips on how you can save the pennies and make your loan last longer…
Cleaning can be one of the last things on your mind when you get back from a day of lectures, but sometimes you might hit that level that goes too far past the messy boundary and it's up to you and your flatmates to sort it before you next flat inspection. Avoid a charge and keep your flat clean and tidy. Here are a few tips to make cleaning and passing your inspections a little easier.
Did you know we have rooms available for students who would like to continue to live in Leeds Beckett Halls? You may be thinking of starting to organise a house or flat share for next year, but have you considered all your options? Returning to halls in second, third and fourth year has so many benefits it may be hard to refuse!
There’s (almost) an app for everything nowadays, and this can make student life easier, cheaper, safer and more fun. Your phone has more to offer than Facebook and Candy Crush - so take advantage with some of the apps listed below!
You’re probably finding that cooking for yourself is a lot easier than you first thought. There are some essential things you will need for the base of most meals and with just a few basic kitchen essentials, you'll be cooking up a storm in no time at all. Check them out…
The time has come where you realise you’ve nearly spend your loan in 1 month and you need to tighten your belt. Luckily we have your back! There are a few ways that you can save money on campus…
Finding the time to fit in coursework, paid work, socialising and time for yourself into everyday life may seem like a challenge for some students, especially if you’re living in a busy flat. Or you may feel like you suddenly have lots of time that isn’t structured, making the day’s stretch ahead with nothing to do. It’s important at University that you find a balance!
Going to university can be a good opportunity to reinvent your look because – unlike the workplace – anything goes. To give you some inspiration we have listed the top 7 fashion choices at University:
Now you’ve gotten to know your flatmates and settled in, why not suggest that you all get together and have your first sit down meal? Here are 3 cheap-and-easy courses to share out between you all…
Has there ever been a social media platform with such solidly identifiable cliques as Instagram? It's crazy but we all know that person who is obsessed with their cats or food, the gym, selfies, etc. Do you take shameless selfies? Are you constantly posting about food? Find out what type of Instagrammer you are! Take this quiz below to see what kind of Instagrammer you are!
Freshers week can be busy. You have unpacked, made friends, gone out and started university, no doubt you have traded in a home cooked meal for a cheeky takeaway- but takeaways don’t give you those important nutrients that will keep you going! So, let us do the thinking for you, here’s a list of cheap and easy meals that anyone can throw together…
Wear your colours and support Team Beckett in this year’s Varsity! If you're a regular, there are some things you expect to see and do. But, for any Varsity newbies out there, here's what you can look forward to…
As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light… Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival which takes over the City Centre for two nights- Thursday 5 and Friday 6 October 6pm - 11pm.
We’re less than a week away until the biggest sporting event in the Leeds Beckett calendar - VARSITY! Tickets are still available and you definitely won't want to miss out! If you’re new to Leeds or haven’t been to Varsity before, don't worry! Here’s everything you need to know about our sporting spectacular
Living with new people can be challenging, especially if you have never had to live with housemates before. Make sure your living situation is pleasant and fun by becoming the greatest housemate ever with these top tips.
Your first week at university is a week you won't forget! There's a lot to be said about Freshers' Week - some fact, some fiction...
Fancy a night out with your new mates? You’re in the best place! With 3 Universities in the city, Leeds is crammed with bars and clubs to suit every student and every sort of night out.
Leeds is one of the best student cities in the UK with everything from shopping, culture, nightlife and more. Watch this great guide and discover a bit of Leeds before you arrive.