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3 Things Every Student Learns From Going to Uni

3 Things Every Student Learns From Going to Uni

Many students pursue university to get an academic degree or to start a path towards a professional field. But what many fail to realise is that whilst uni is all about learning, some of the things a student learns aren’t actually taught in a lecture hall. Here are three things every student learns from going to uni, without stepping one foot in a classroom.

1. Independence & Self Sufficiency
One of the hardest transitions for many students entering uni from traditional secondary school is learning to be independent. Transitioning from a fairly structured day to a day that changes each term starts as soon as a uni student hits freshers’ week, and sometimes that transition can be tough. Luckily, your years at uni will teach you that you can be independent. Being responsible for your academic and professional outcomes not only has an impact on your life, but it also makes you a more independent and self-sufficient individual.

2. How To Work With Others From Differing Backgrounds
At uni, people from all different backgrounds — different religions, ethnicities, socio-economic standings, from various regions of the UK and around the world — all congregate on one campus for the purposes of advancing themselves. Such diversity in backgrounds is very beneficial to the uni student, who must learn to work together with others. Since working cooperatively is a facet of our modern, globalised economy, working with others different than you at the college level gives you the experience you need to tackle cooperative work in the post-uni world.

3. How to Manage Finances
The ‘poor uni student’ is not a misnomer, and you learn that quickly whilst at a university. Your maintenance loan, whilst helpful, only goes so far, and then there’s that whole have-to-pay-it-back thing. Whilst it’s easy to spend your first maintenance loan quickly in your first term, you eventually learn to plan your finance for the long-term, gaining a broader education on the value of the pound and overall ways to handle your finances.

University is a great time to grow intellectually, but it’s also a time to learn broader lessons as well. Self-sufficiency, cooperative work, and financial management are all lessons to be learned whilst in university. If you’re a uni student still learning how to manage your finances, Amro Vantage offers affordable student accommodation in Kingston that won’t make you go broke. Check out our website to learn more.

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Three Must Use Websites for UK Student Discount

As any student can tell you, uni is expensive. The cost of tuition, housing accommodations, food and entertainment can be very taxing on the uni student’s purse. Fortunately, one of the advantages of being a student is the number of discounts available to you to help you through these years — you just need to know where to look.

Here are three student discount websites to help you make the most of your university experience.

1. National Union of Students (NUS)
The National Union of Students offers a discount card to uni students that can be used both in stores and online. While the standard NUS discount card is offered free to all students enrolled in participating UK unis, they do offer additional savings through their NUS Extra savings card. It’s relatively cheap — card prices start at just £12 — and can be purchased on the NUS website. Also on the website: a wide range of discounts you can tick off your wants list, ranging from apparel to food to electronics. The savings provided by the NUS Extra card are nice, too. Recent offerings include 20 percent off Microsoft electronics and £25 tickets to Go Ape! adventure treks throughout the UK.

More info: https://www.nus.org.uk

2. UNiDAYS
UNiDAYS is one of the most well-respected student discount websites on the web, and for good reason. The website is packed full of savings for uni students. Discounts are organised by broad categories like lifestyle, health and fitness, beauty and fashion. Selecting one of these categories on the UNiDAYS site leads you to a number of current offers specific to students. To redeem the discounts, you’ll first need to join the website. Luckily, sign up is free, and the number of discounts at your disposal makes the occasional email you’ll receive from UNiDAYS well worth it.

More info: https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB

3. StudentUniverse
If you’re a student traveller, then StudentUniverse, the website for travel discounts, is your best online destination. This site offers student discounts on flights, hotels, tours and activities, and is perfect for summer break or holiday travel planning. A recent website search reveals a Kingston College student could take a thirty-minute drive from their student accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames to Heathrow Airport and enjoy a trip to Dubai for as little as £271. Additionally, the website offers other rate-reduced packages to popular destinations including Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam and Paris.

More info: https://www.studentuniverse.co.uk/

Saving pounds on your expenses during your time at uni does not have to be hard. Give each of these sites a look to keep more of your hard-earned fivers and tenners.

 

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Can Amro Vantage Help You Eat Healthier on a Student Budget?

It’s not easy being a student. You might be spending all your time studying and forget to eat healthy meals. Learn how Amro Vantage can help you eat healthier on a student budget.

Eat Healthy

Have you ever been doing an all-nighter and forgotten to eat? At the end of the night, you are tired and just want to sleep. You might have an early class the next day. What are you going to do? Ordering Chinese or pizza can be expensive. Plus, it will take time to deliver. You might be asleep by then. Why not plan ahead with some tips to making your student meals healthy and affordable? You have heard the maxim “You are what you eat,” right? If you eat garbage, you will feel like garbage. Why not toss some legumes, tomatoes and onions in your refrigerator? Cook up a couple of meals on the weekend. Then, during your study time, you will have a nice healthy snack. Soak the beans overnight with your favourite seasonings. Do you like spicy pepper or something milder? You can make a cheap chili with garlic, cayenne, chili and red peppers. Healthy food improves thinking.

Relax & Unwind

If you get the best grades at school, then you will optimise your income-producing potential. In order to get those good grades, you should eat well. Amro Vantage has a number of kitchen options, based on the facility. These allow you to cook up your frozen meals. You can get simple meals with a little of everything – meat, vegetables and dessert. Or, you could get vegetables. Mum told you to eat your veggies. Relax after a hard day at classes with a healthy meal.

Luxury Student Housing

Your all-inclusive Amro Vantage rent provides you with security, housing and kitchens. Enjoy excellent high-speed Wi-Fi access to watch your favourite cooking shows. Sub-par meal choices or inferior accommodation could lead to stress and anxiety. Trust in the friendly, helpful staff of Amro Vantage to make your time as a student, the best.

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How to Take Care of Yourself During Exam Time 

It’s nearly that dreaded time in the semester once again: exams. Before the closing of the school year and the approaching holidays comes the added stress of preparing, studying and finally completing these last examinations. Although this period can be taxing on any university student, it doesn’t have to be. With a little care and extra attention, you too can beat exam stress. Here’s a few ways to get started.

Get Plenty of Rest
Rest is an essential part of our lives, and especially of importance during high-stress periods like exams. The British Sleep Council estimates that only 22% of the UK’s population gets the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep needed per night. Though it may seem impossible to get enough sleep when you’re prepping for that next high-stakes test, the reality is that lack of sleep may not only be detrimental to your exam grade, but also your overall health. So how can you get a better night’s sleep? The Sleep Council offers these strategies as possibilities:

  • Listen to music, which can calm you before and during sleep.
  • Try meditation, an ancient practice that leads to both less stress and better sleep.
  • Explore homeopathic essential oils like lavender, whose scent is used by some to relax and de-stress.

 

Make Studying a Social Event
In the midst of studying for an exam, it can be easy to neglect the nurturing of relationships with both friend and significant others. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many students find group study to be not only more enjoyable, but also beneficial to the amount of information they’re able to retain. Try making studying for your next exam a social event. Gather close friends — especially those taking the same course as you — for an evening of studying. Make it fun: order pizza, buy some drinks and celebrate the semester’s upcoming conclusion whilst making headway on studying.

Carve Out Some “Me” Time
The most important thing you can do to take care of yourself during exam time is to carve out some time meant just for yourself. Give yourself a break from studying. Participate for a few moments in doing something you enjoy. Play an hour of your favorite video game, treat yourself to some ice cream or just relax in a nice warm bath.

Though exam time can be quite stressful, you don’t have to allow the stress to consume you. With a little attention, you can make the best of exam time whilst taking care of yourself.

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Student Discount Activity Offers in Kingston

With Bright House in such close proximity to Kingston Town Centre, it opens up a range of events and activities taking place where you can utilize is a Student and take advantage of the many opportunities to grab Student Discount around town.

Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre, just a one-minute walk from Bright House, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month, and to mark this occasion they are staging a revival of the Shakespeare classic ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ starring ex ‘Great British Bake-Off’ presenter Mel Giedroyc. She stars as Beatrice in a comedic tale of love and identity set in 16th Century Sicily.

There is a range of productions and events hosted by the theatre throughout the year, and students can enjoy £5 discount on ticket prices!!!

More Details: https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/much-ado-about-nothing

AFC Wimbledon

If you’re into your Sport, then AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow Ground is just a twenty-minute walk from Bright House. AFC play in EFL League One and host Oldham on Saturday, April 21st at 3 pm. They then face Bury on Saturday 5th May at the same time in their final game of the season. The Dons are involved in a tightly-contested relegation battle, and the atmosphere should be fervent in their final two home fixtures of the season.

Full-Time Students can get between £6 and £11 discount on tickets depending on ticket type, and you can book them here: https://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/tickets/how-to-buy/

Rotunda Kingston

The Rotunda Centre is next to Kingston Station and houses a range of delights including the Odeon Cinema, Ten-Pin Bowling, Five Guys and many more. Ten-Pin offers half-price bowling and drinks every Tuesday, while in a range of restaurants including Pizza Express, Frangos and Prezzo, Student can take advantage of a range of discounts including 40% off in Pizza Express every Monday and Tuesday!!

More Details: https://www.therotundakingston.co.uk/offers/students.htm

Las Higuanas

If Latin-American food and a wide variety of cocktails are up to your streets, then just a one-minute walk from the Bright house is Las Higuanas. Students can enjoy a 25% discount from Sunday to Thursday and also be sure to be there for Happy Hour, where all cocktails are 2 for 1!!! Also within just one minute of Bright House are Nandos, the Bavarian-themed Stein’s and The Mill, which offers reduced drinks on Monday and Wednesday Nights!!

More Details: https://www.iguanas.co.uk/blog/students

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How to Make Money at University?

The idea of the poor university student may seem cliche, but the simple reality is that it’s tough to have anything extra while you’re at uni. The frustrating bit? This is the one time in your life there’s always going to be something to spend that extra money on. From big ticket items like an upcoming trip during break to smaller things like a trip to the pub with friends, you’re going to need a few bob in your pocket now and then. Between classes and studying, though, where do you fit it in? These ideas might help.

 

  • Work on Campus: Many universities employ students for various positions around campus. From working with the catering service to simply placing books back on the shelves in the library, there are often small things you can do to add some cash to your pocket.

 

  • Tutor: If you’re fairly smart in a particular area, you may be able to tutor younger students in town. From helping students who are just learning a musical instrument to assisting with tough math classes, you could be using your brain to line your wallet.

 

  • Virtual Jobs: There are many jobs you can grab online these days. Often blogs need a bit of assistance filling their sites with good content. Sometimes graphic design studios need a part-time online hand to help deal with an overflow of work, too. You can even find jobs online for virtual assistants (think secretary online). Whatever you’re good at, there’s a good chance you can sell your services online, and you’ll never even have to get out of your pyjamas to do it.

 

  • Just Drive: Thanks to Uber and Lyft, you could be using your car to make a bit of extra cash. You can work around your uni schedule and make money only when you’re available. Take note, though. You do have to have a licence, and you will likely need to be over the age of 21, depending on the service you use.

 

With ideas like these, you don’t have to remain an impoverished student forever!

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Transitioning from Home to Student Life

Leaving your parents’ home can be almost as stressful as becoming a student at university. You’re likely walking away from the continual support of close friends and family. Suddenly, you’ll be on your own, forced to make new friends and adjust to a brand new lifestyle. How can you successfully navigate the shift and begin to love university life? These tips can help.

 

  • Get Out of Your Room! You’re not going to adjust if you stay in your room the entire first few weeks. There are plenty of clubs and societies you can join that will help get you out of your room and into uni life. Freshers week is often packed with events organised by your student union, so don’t hesitate to attend some of those. You’re only going to feel lonely if you stay in your hall waiting for things to happen to you.

 

  • Make New Friends: It may be easier to leave your hall if you start making a few new friends. These days, it’s easier than ever to wrap yourself in a blanket of your old social media friends, but resist the urge to do that. Instead, start making friends the moment you step on campus. Suggest a coffee or a trip to the pub together the moment you move into your hall. Those new friends will help you get through the days when you’re feeling just a bit homesick.

 

  • Manage Your Time Well: After freshers week, you’ll eventually have to go to class, and that’s when the real stress will begin. The single best thing you can do is come up with a schedule to help you manage every piece of your new life from hanging out with your new friends to tackling the reading, assignments, and test prep.

 

  • Eat Something Healthy: It’s easy to live on junk food once you move to uni, but it’s not going to do you any favours. Try to sneak in fruits and veg occasionally. Your body will thank you, and so will your mind.

 

  • Get Help: Not adjusting to uni life well? Be sure to get some help. There are plenty of staff on campus who are ready to help you deal with loneliness and depression, but the key is to ask for help when you need it most.

 

It can be tough to adjust to uni, but with a bit of extra work and a few new friends, you’ll begin to feel at home once again!

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Five Unexpected Things Students Learn at University

Students head for university for one reason – to get an education. Along the way, however, they actually pick up far more than a course of study that might guide them throughout their professional lives. Instead, they find a few unexpected skills that will be essential as they get older. Take a look at the top five.

1. Time Management: Few things are quite as important as time management when you’re a student. In many situations, you’ll not only be faced with multiple deadlines, but also the other typical pressures that come with university life. Good students, though, learn to manage both academic and personal time well to succeed on both fronts.

2. Financial Literacy: Student life is financially difficult, and the ability to pay the rent, eat, and buy other necessary items is a must. Money management can be a difficult skill to learn, especially if Mum and Dad aren’t close by for a quick cash infusion. Students typically learn the skills they’ll need in their early professional lives to make that pay packet last until the next one comes in.

3. Inner Strength: It’s hard to be a student, and often young adults must rely on themselves to make big life decisions. While students make many new friends at university, they typically also learn to rely on themselves and figure out that they’re a valuable part of society.

4. Relationship Navigation: Bad roommate? Terrible significant other? Frustrating tutor? It all happens in university, and understanding how to work with others is likely one of the most important skills students learn. Students become more resilient than ever, and they learn how to talk to others and express their feelings in a way they previously haven’t.

5. Minimalism: Student lives tend to be a creative place where you do quite a bit with very little. Whether it comes to DIY furniture or creating culinary gold out of beans and canned tomatoes, understanding how to do more with less is one skill set students may need forever.

Uni isn’t all about the books. Sometimes it’s about the little life lessons you learn while you’re there.

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How to save money on your weekly food shop

UK Students: How to save money on your weekly food shop

Did you know that the students currently studying in the UK are spending an average of £30 a week on their food alone! That doesn’t sound like a huge amount but if you can half that you could be saving yourself around £800 a year!

Below are some points that can influence your spending as well as hints and tips to save:

1. Shop later in the day

If you try and arrange one day a week to go and shop for food in one of the larger supermarkets after 7pm you will find a lot of reduced items. These items are being reduced because they go out of date the next day or the day after. You can purchase and freeze these items, make sure you defrost them on the morning you would like to use them and they will be just fine!

2. Plan your meals before you go

Make a list before you go, it will stop you from buying items that you don’t need! If you are shopping just for yourself then a 2 pack of chicken fillets could work for two of your dinners! Just buy some different vegetables to accompany it and you have two dinners there.

3. Buy own brand products

Don’t be afraid to use own brand products they are often just as good as the branded ones and are a fraction of the price. Try setting yourself a challenge for your next shop; buy only own branded items, see how it all tastes for that week!

4. Look out for online vouchers and deals

There are often deals to be had out there, keep an eye out in magazines and newspapers too.

5. Loyalty cards

We often ignore this offer because it is presented to us at the end of our food shop and we just want to get home at that point. Next time take a leaflet, you can usually fill out an application form online to be sent a loyalty card. You should then keep the card on you for each shop and ensure your points are added each time you shop. This will earn your money off your shopping bill and or other benefits, all at no extra cost!

6. Be vigilant of the ‘deals’

Try not to be drawn to apparent deals, if you look closely at some of them they aren’t really deals at all. Keep an eye out for this, if you stick to your list you may not be looking anyway!

7. Don’t let your food go to waste!

If you cook up a lovely batch but there is just too much for you to be able to finish it all; have an air tight storage pot to use for storing it. You can usually leave this in the fridge for a day or two depending on what it is, alternatively freeze it and have it again the following week.

8. Don’t shop on an empty stomach

If you haven’t eaten all day and you go into a supermarket you are much more likely to rush and panic buy. This is when you will end up buying the expensive unnecessary items.

9. Price Match!

Take advantage of the supermarket wars here in the UK. The major brands all want the best price label so fight hard against their competitors to prove to us that they are the best value for money. They offer money back if their competitors sell some items for a smaller amount, ask your local supermarket what their price guarantee is and make sure you pull them up on it when you catch them out!

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Eating Healthy on a Student Budget

Your years at university are among the best of your life. The friends. The parties. The classes? Well, the friends and parties anyway. But for many of us, they are also quite lean years. Money is tight, and any step you can take to stretch your budget is well worth it. So does that mean you’re left with a steady diet of Super Noodles and vending machine crisps? Fortunately no! Try these tips for eating healthy with limited funds.

 

  • Eat those legumes! All right, it’s not pizza. But a good stew, chili or rice dish made with whole beans is cheap, filling — and delicious, if you do it right. The key? Soak the beans overnight, and add your favourite seasonings. Powdered garlic, cayenne, chili and red peppers are inexpensive, but they can pack a punch. If you’ve got room in your budget, add a bit of meat for extra flavour.

 

  • Buy frozen. Foods like vegetables and fish are flash frozen at the peak of freshness. They’re also relatively inexpensive. Buy a few packages as you can, store them and dream up some feasts. Spinach and a pan-fried filet (with those powdered seasonings), for example, is ultra-healthy and filling.

 

  • Stock your staples. It’s tempting to just go out or order a take-away when you’re tired and stressed. If you’ve got some basics in your cupboards, though, you can resist! Beans, rice, tinned meats and peas and other essentials are great for a dinner. For that quick hunger fix: keep instant snacks and meals on hand, like nuts, in-season fruits and cheese slices.

 

Better yet, when you cook a meal, make enough for leftovers that’ll feed you for a few days. You can spice things up with…spices to change the flavours up.

 

  • Count on your friends. Instead of going to a restaurant for a pricey dinner, have your mates over for a potluck. Have them bring a dish they love to make, make one of your own and supply some plates and silverware. Pop in a movie, and you’re the hero that saved everyone tons on a night out.

 

Eating healthy on a budget is not difficult if you have some ingenuity, imagination  — and a whole lot of powdered herbs and spices!

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