Grab your scarves and wrap up warm and get ready to stand in the chill of a November evening whilst the sky lights up above you.
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.
To some it’s a fake holiday invented by card companies, to others it’s a day to show your beloved exactly what they mean to you. Whatever side you fall on, any excuse to celebrate the people you love in your life should be jumped on.
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.
You’re half way through Freshers week and your feeling rotten, all you want to do is wrap up in your duvet. Sounds like you have got yourself a case of Freshers Flu.
You’ve finally got your freedom but now it dawns on you, what’s for tea? Why is my laundry basket full? What’s that smell? Check out our life hacks for good living.
Get a Reward Card today and start getting rewards on campus, your wallet will thank you.
If you’re having any problems then there are plenty of people on hand to help, have a look at our comprehensive guide of where to go for help. You can also browse the A-Z on the Student Hub website to find more services and information.
So, you’ve made it! Well done, but now what we hear you ask? Check out our handy guide of what to do next.
Living with strangers can sometimes feel a little bit awkward at first, but not for long with our top tips to break the ice.
It's time to find out what Leeds Beckett is all about! Don’t miss out on feeling part of your new community with our Welcome BBQ at The Acre on Headingley Campus.
Getting ready for uni, packing up your things and saying goodbye to everyone is a lot to take in. To make sure your arrival at Leeds Beckett goes as smoothly as possible, have a look at all the things you'll need to know and do before arriving.
Like any other city, Leeds has plenty of ways to get around. Find out more about getting from A to B and beyond!
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Want to submit great looking essays but don’t want to have to fork out for expensive software? Well, as a Leeds Beckett student, you don’t have to!
Our city campus is located in the heart of the city centre, just a short walk away from the main shopping centres, bars, restaurants and train station.
Headingley is just three miles outside the centre of Leeds. The campus is located within 100 acres of parkland, in perfect contrast to the bustling city.
Freshers is one of the most exciting times of University life. You’re in a new place, with new people and a new found freedom. No doubt you may make mistakes but you will also make lots of great memories. Mix all this together and Freshers can seem a little daunting, but have no fear - we have put together a Freshers survival guide, the ultimate guide to coming out the other end in one piece.
Before you came to university you may have been told you will need a TV Licence to watch your favourite TV shows. But do you actually need to pay for a TV Licence? Let’s find out.
In the last few years there’s been a rapid increase in Meningitis cases among university students. There’s a new vaccine available (MenACWY) by the uptake has been slow – just 33% of school leavers in England took the vaccine in 2016.
Oh no! You’re going to have to put up with strangers for a whole year and what’s worse is they’ll have to put up with you! Well the good news is that they won’t remain strangers for long and if you follow our handy tips, you’ll become a housemate hero in no time!
Check out our definitive list of things you're going to want to pack!
Undecided about where to live at university? Here are just 10 reasons why most students choose to live halls in their first year.
With over 10 sites to choose from, you’re not short of options for accommodation. Work out your priorities first and it’ll be much easier.
Excited? Nervous? Everyone's feeling it - click here to get a feel for what the Leeds Beckett move-in day is actually like!
Did you know we have rooms available for second, third and fourth year students so you can continue to live in Leeds Beckett Halls?
We think Leeds is one of the best student cities in the UK and once you've read this list we’re sure you’ll agree:
Leeds has many opportunities to earn a bit of extra cash. For many students, having a job while at university means the difference between thriving and surviving. Here’s a few tips to help you get stuck into the working world.
As exams and deadlines approach, we share our stress-busting tips for staying on top of your workload.
The Sugarwell Court social space has been recently refurbished and we want your help to give it a final flourish!
There’s nothing like blowing off some steam after a hard working term. Whether it’s partying with your new Uni mates or reminiscing with your friends back home, there are going to be plenty of chances to let your hair down. The best nights out are worth remembering and to keep you out of A&E, we’ve put together a few tips to make sure you get through Christmas in one piece.
You’re probably just getting the hang of life in halls and already people are talking about looking for somewhere else! The good news is you don’t need to panic, there are plenty of houses available for you and you don’t have think about it till January when the house hunting season fully kicks off.
Nightlife in Leeds pretty great (as we’re sure you’ll have already found out). The buzz will likely continue all the way home and most students’ journeys back go without incident. Even so, as the clocks go back and the evenings get dark, it’s a good idea to take on board our 6 top tips for keeping safe after a top night out.