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Kickstarter is home to its fair share of truly weird money-making schemes as well as legitimate ones. There are wacky and state-of-the-art inventions that really hit it off, shying ever so slightly from their targets. And then there’s eve
     
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With the ever popular Made in Chelsea recently joined on our screens by BBC’s Posh People: Inside Tatler and Life is Toff, it seems that many of us are currently a little bit obsessed with all things posh. But are those of us not born into well-to-do families doomed to watch the
     
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By Rachel Shapiro After a long stressful day of classes, most students want to grab a few friends and have a pint in the student union. At most campuses, a pint in the SU will be much cheaper than anything found in local pubs. Some SUs take this idea to the extreme, offering
     
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10 Degrees with the lowest employment rates Statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show the top degrees that have the lowest employment rates 6 months after graduation. A fifth of graduates are unemployed on job seekers allowance six months after gradu
     
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By Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak Do you sometimes feel unsure about your future? Not able to choose the right career path while the clock is constantly ticking? Maybe you sometimes feel different from the rest of the group or find it difficult to understand why your friends behave th
     
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By Rose Malleson Most students think that their own degree is the hardest – whether they a STEM course spending all day in the lab or a humanities degree that requires them to write 15,000 word dissertations, there is always something to complain about. Of course, any degre
     
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By Isabel Whiteley Looking for that dream home can be a handful, especially as most students have never had to look for a house before. Before you impulsively get a house you’ll regret check out our top tips for getting your perfect student home! View the property twice<
     
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By Stephen Walsh It’s that time of year where every coffee shop gets out the Christmas album and you have to sit through the torture of Cliff Richard’s ‘Mistletoe and Wine’. If you’re lucky your SU will run a few Christmas events to give you a chance to let off some steam bef
     
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By Amy Moore Regardless of what degree you intend to graduate with, everybody is capable of earning a high wage if they work hard enough. However, if you are curious as to whether your degree will help you reap big financial rewards in the future, here are the 10 highest payin
     
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By Sam Dumitriu It’s time to settle the debate. Science students are smarter that Arts students. At least, that’s according to date released by ETS. They tested 26,000 students across every degree subject known to mankind. They found that physics students were the brig
     
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University is more than just a step towards your desired career; it is an opportunity for freedom, expression and creativity. Being a part of a society can be a great way to express your freedom and creativity however founding a society will go on your university transcript and
     
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By Isabel Whiteley Moving away from home to go to university can be very hard, especially if you haven’t spent much time away from home before. It’s very likely you’ll find yourself homesick and lonely, but these tips will get you out of that rut in no time. 1. It’s a Comm
     
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By Tom Cole Living in campus halls is a fundamental part of student life. While those first days in student halls can often herald some of our happiest memories, there comes a time to move out and find your own place to live so a new flock of first-years can nestle into your d
     
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5 Ways to do Good as a Student These days there are a multitude of ways to support good causes. Online campaigns and petitions, epic sponsored runs, and even apps like iCukoo that allow you to donate money every time you hit the snooze button on your alarm. But you want to d
     
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By Ryan Maguire. Faced with what seems like an insurmountable word count to conquer, the thought of having to devote several consecutive months to a single essay and the duty to regularly consult your dissertation supervisor in order to dwell upon the obvious brilliance of you
     
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Although perhaps not the top of everyone's list when choosing a university, many students find it a source of pride when their university plays an active part in protecting the planet. In most universities, you'll find a society committed to raising awareness about environmental
     
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1. London Of course the capital of England has to be on the list of best student cities as it is a fantastic place to study and live. The city is home to over 45 universities including University College London and King’s College London. London has a diverse and vibrant
     
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By Hatti Sudell The mythical Freshers’ Fifteen you were warned. You were sure it would never happen to you, but just a few months into first year the impossible has become reality. You seem to be carrying more pounds then you’re spending! The classic combination of late nights
     
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By Ryan Maguire. Many could be forgiven for thinking that the students’ union functions predominantly as a venue for cheap beer and as a social hub but unions offer more, including democratically representing your interests as a student. Not shying away from controversy as dur
     
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1. Medicine When people first think of medics, they will often think of their amazing ability to drink copious amounts and still go to lectures the next day. Of course, if you're a medic, you're probably very clever, as getting into university to do it is hard enough; and
     
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By Thomas Cole There are a lot of weird universities out there, and selecting the right university to benefit your future career can be a tremendously personal choice. But, once you’re in, it’s easy to forget all those other places you considered. All that research done throug
     
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By Emily Peddle Sticking to a budget as a student certainly doesn't mean sticking to the same old beans on toast or Spaghetti Bolognese. If you’re cooking to impress, here are our top five easy but impressive dishes to get your mouth watering – they will all comfortably feed a
     
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By Ellie McCaldin Want to make sure that the companies you buy from match your beliefs? Not sure who you can trust? Fret no more- here are five brands which you can rely on to champion forward thinking policies and initiatives, aimed at creating a more sustainable, equal world
     
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By Amy Moore Your first day of a new module usually starts off great, you sit down excited to discover what it will entail, and then suddenly the lecturer drops a bombshell using two simple words. Core Book. You run to the campus bookstore to discover that this ‘essential item
     
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by Megan Grewcock 1. Understand what career you would like your internship in If you know what it is you want to do, this will allow searching for internship opportunities much easier. This will enable to you to use specific websites to help with your work experience
     
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By Aimee Dewar: Bonfire night can be a tricky one to get right if you’re new to a city – as we often are as students. But, if you’re lucky enough to be studying in or around these locations, you are well catered for. So, here is my pick of the 8 best bonfire nights and what you
     
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By Rose Malleson. Whilst many of you will have already heard of the concept of Jailbreak, to those who haven't, the premise is simple: get as far away from your start point as you possibly can, by blagging lifts, train journeys and even flights, all in the name of charity. It can
     
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By Sam Dumitriu Yes. At least that’s according Harvard psychologist Sanjay Srivastava who looked at the correlation between hotness scores on RateMyProfessors by subject and the average IQ scores of PhD students by subject. He found that on average hot professors had lower IQ
     
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By Sarah Rousseau So you think that your halls aren't great or you've experienced the worst buildings and prices? Think again, here are some of the worst student halls out there. 1. University College London – New Hall Last year UCL shelled out a
     
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By Rachel Shapiro Every student experiences stress on a regular basis. With exams to study for, a part-time job to work at, and friends to spend time with, it can feel like there is just too much to do and not enough hours in the day. You can easily get to the point where you’
     
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By Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak When you get your first bill you may be a bit confused. How do I split the bill? Do I really have to pay that much? Can I switch to a different supplier? Should I choose online or paper billing? Here are some tips that will help you make good decisions
     
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With The Appreciate back on UK screens, no doubt many students will be day-dreaming about discovering that one fast-track-to-a-fortune idea. For those of you who need further inspiration however, we rounded up five of the most notable individual or team entrepreneurs who came up
     
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By Imi Groome 1. Plan a trip with your friends Whether you brought your car to uni or you decide to pile onto a train with everyone, reading week is a chance to explore the area near your university and learn more about where you’re living. Sight-seeing, shopping, hi
     
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By Emily Peddle Halloween is fast approaching, which means that all students can most likely look forward to two things – discounted sweets on the 1st November, and an opportunity to show off your finest costume ideas. However fancy dress isn’t always the cheapest – the prices
     
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By Sarah Rousseau Being a Brit we can sometimes forget about Halloween, sure you might dress up to a club as a skeleton but we forget the essence of Halloween, to be spooked! If you want to get into that Halloween mood, then we’ve got a selection full of freaky-features to pr
     
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Freshers week is very often simultaneously one of the best, and worst, weeks of your life. Much alcohol is consumed, lifelong friendships are formed, and you’re liable to have done at least five embarrassing things before the end of the first evening. Whether the first week of in
     
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By Rachel Shapiro The housemate relationship is a complicated one. When you first start uni, you must to live with people who you’ve never met before and know nothing about. These are people who could potentially be your best friends, or they could be people who you just pas
     
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By Isabel Whiteley Moving away from home for the first time can be pretty daunting, especially if you’re going to be living with people who are essentially strangers. Living on your own means there’s no more mum and dad to fall back on when you need to cook or do laundry and
     
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By Emily Peddle University is no cheap deal, and when you say ‘I’m on a student budget’, you may as well be saying ‘I’m dirt poor, please feed me’. However this doesn't have to be the case! You can find a part-time job in any city if you look hard enough, and chances are you
     
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by Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak Unfortunately, schools do very little to teach students how to learn effectively. Fear not – memorising facts can be easy, quick and fun. These memory tricks will save you time and help you get better grades with less effort. 1. Eat (and drink)
     
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By Amy Moore Student discounts are one of the best perks of student life. For students scraping by on a tight budget, it really is worth keeping an eye on all the savings you can make. Be it on the essentials or the occasional treat, student discount websites are here to pro
     
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Yes, we know. Joining a society in your first week at Uni is an important part of the ‘experience’. It’s just that some societies seem to attract idiots who seem to be intent on ruining the ‘experience’ for everyone else. Here are our five, well four, worst; 1. The Wyverns
     
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By Ryan Maguire. Often universities may attempt to group flatmates in halls together in relation to course studied, gender or age but ultimately which flatmates you are grouped with is randomised. Many students may have whimsical images of what delights halls may inspire but afte
     
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By Sarah Rousseau So you’re a fresher and the only meal you know how to cook is beans on toast? That’s okay! I am here to share a few tips and tricks on surviving fresher’s famine whilst keeping the cost at a low. Sharing is Caring We've all heard the saying but never ha
     
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By Ellie McCaldin Having a good CV, or resume, is important- it is a brief window to employment or rejection so you need to make that this first impression counts. Here are my tips to get the best CV for the job that you want. 1) Your name - Putting it in large capital lett
     
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By Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak If I did not decide to go to university, I would never have thought that some societies as weird as those mentioned below could even exist. I am still not sure whether they speak of extreme creativity or extreme excess of free time – you be the judge!
     
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By Aimee Dewar Fresher’s Week can pass by in the blink of an eye, leaving you with hazy memories and a massive headache. To make your drowsy state in that Monday morning lecture seem worth it, however, here are 7 ways to make sure you get the most out of Fresher’s Week. 1.
     
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Written by Kanika Kaur 1. Go out five nights in a row without being wasted and turn up to every lecture that week 2. Have a completely sober night out 3. Visit a friend in every different Uni in a different city and experience the clubbing life of that specific ci
     
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Written by Zoe Richardson Whilst not all landlord/ladies are out to make a fortune from abusing the naivety of students and their knowledge of tenant rights, there are still, sadly, a number who are. When you move into a new house, it is easy to see how you just want to
     
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Written by Isabel Whiteley When most of us are stuck paying £9K tuition fees, student finance is more important than ever. Unfortunately some people like to spread rumours that put young people off higher education for good – but we’re here to clear those silly myths up
     
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