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With tuition fees having increased to £9000 for home students and £12,000 pounds for international students, more of us are having to look for university cities that provide a cheaper alternative to London, Oxford and Cambridge, where the cost of living is unaffordable for mos
     
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Easter can be a funny period, with some students heading home and others staying put at uni for the holidays. To help you have a great break even if your housemates aren't about, here are our tips on how not to get lonely: 1. Gather a list of all people who havenít left
     
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With graduate unemployment rates constantly rising, itís no surprise that students wonder why they came to university from time to time. But some industries require specific skillsets, which only graduates hold. Plus, some of these industries pay handsomely. From investmen
     
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We all know that one friend who went to University for a term, dropped out and never came back... perhaps even youíre that person? Well, youíre not alone: despite the total number of dropouts falling, 27,000 students drop out after a year, which is the equivalent to 1 in 14 Ė no
     
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If youíve ever been a student living on a budget, you know this feeling Ė the dreaded moment of seeing a massive chunk of your money leaving your account every month just to pay the rent. No matter how much of your monthly spendings you have to devote for preventing yourself fro
     
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If youíve read through our previous blog posts already, Iím sure youíll know by now that I love a good holiday! But if youíre looking for less of a city break and more of a beach escape, then look no further! Having scoured the Thomas Cook website, I have found the five cheapest
     
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As many of us know, Easter marks the celebration of spring and of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for Christians all over the world. No matter what you believe, though, there are a number of fun and ridiculous ways people enjoy the festival in the UK and abroad. Hereís a list of
     
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The clocks will be going forward this weekend, meaning it will OFFICIALLY be British Summer Time, with the evenings getting progressively lighter and lighter. Gone will be the days of us sitting indoors clasping a cup of hot chocolate, listening to the wind howl (or so we hope,
     
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Feeling like treating your housemates to some delicious food... if you want to try something spicy and different, why not make an Indian at home? For starters you could prepare Aloo Chaat (Potato spiced street food), main course could be Chickpea curry or Chilli Panneer (chilli
     
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Soon itíll be summer, with three long months of doing whatever you want! I certainly know what I (and Iím sure most other students!) will be doing... travelling of course! As students, weíll probably be looking to spend as little money as possible travelling to our destinations
     
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As many of my international friends have recently observed with amusement, Brits do tend to go a bit overboard at the first sight of any sunshine - especially after the wettest winter on record. It doesn't matter if it's not actually warm enough, the sunnies, shorts and dresses c
     
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In just a few weeks itíll be Easter, meaning a nice, relaxing break back at home. And after Easter letís face it, itís not long until exams and then this year will be over. With most student property contracts coming to an end from the 30th June onwards, youíll need to start th
     
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Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuri
     
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Forget ordering your usual Cosmopolitan, Strawberry Daiquiri or (like me) Polish Martini and have a try of these weird and (maybe not so...) wonderful cocktails; as seen on Easy Living, having trawled through many-a-UK bar menu. For pre-drinks with a difference, why not give the
     
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Itís not just the ladies who want to look stylish, and I did promise Iíd round-up the top trends for the guys this spring/summer! Here was what was popular on the catwalks: ē White Evident on most catwalks, white is the go-to colour this spring/summer. Whether you invest
     
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Spring is just around the corner, which means we can soon say goodbye to our winter wardrobe and hello to our summer clothes! No wardrobe is complete without a few new additions as a nod towards this seasonís trends Ė Iíve had a quick scour through what was big at the SS14 Fashi
     
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Pancake Day is this coming Tuesday! So instead of scrimping on those ready-mixed pots (which we all know taste disgusting!) why not try some of these sweet and savoury ideas to challenge the classic lemon and sugar? Yoghurt, lemon and raspberry If youíre after a fresh, lem
     
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Description: Once youíve submitted your application to UCAS, what comes next? You can start the next phase and look into your student accommodation for the next year.

The hours spent perfecting your personal statement are behind you, UCAS has your final choices and your A le

     
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A 2013 report from High Fliers found that the UKís leading graduate employers will be offering an average starting salary of £29,000; although there are major fluctuations between different industries. This research also found that whereas graduate hiring decreased by 0.8% in 20
     
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There's only one thing most student's love more than a night out, and that's a CHEAP night out. But there are some important doís and doníts to consider... ē DO pre-drink! Pre-drinking has become ingrained into student culture, and it is a great way to start a night out with
     
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Deciding which University to go to is one of the biggest decisions youíll ever make (so important in fact, that we wrote a blog post on it not long ago!). Picking the right course in the right city, enabling you the greatest chance of good career prospects is what weíre all aimi
     
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As Valentineís Day draws closer and our student loans are rapidly running dry, our other half may or may not be too satisfied with another night doing nothing. Why not try these student-focused date ideas instead?! 1. Take a walk Every University city has something exciting
     
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January has been and gone, and whilst exams may be over (yay!) weíre stuck back into Uni, and it often seems like the winter is never-ending... but donít worry! Here at AFS weíve got some great tips for beating the blues, helping you to enjoy the rest of this semester! ē Plan
     
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So youíve done the hard work and applied to some Universities, and are starting to hear back from your offers. Now youíre trying to decide which University is going to be your firm and which is your insurance. Deciding which University to attend is a huge decision, as it will n
     
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Christmas and exams are finally over... itís officially the start of a new year and the end of feasting on festive food, and gorging on takeaways during that last minute cramming session for your exam. Pigging out on fatty foods for any length of time can make you start craving
     
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So far this winter it hasn't been particularly cold in the UK, with little or no snow in most cities. This is a blessing for the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, but also for students who need every penny we can get our hands on.

Because it hasn't been particular
     
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First and foremost, do excuse me for bringing up the Valentine topic when some of us havenít even overcome the joy of January blues. But itís just around the corner, more evidently in the high street and trust me, itís coming sooner than you may realise. So for those who have nor
     
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Letís face it; as soon as the clock strikes 12am on the 1st January each year, we all vow to reinvent ourselves. New year, new me and all that. But seriously, just because itís the start of a new year doesnít mean you can suddenly have a personality transplant, lose three stone
     
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So, we've all enjoyed a long Christmas break full of relaxation, plentiful alcohol and lots of amazing food to gorge on. The idea of getting back into a routine at uni is not just scary, it is down right terrifying. The first alarm of the term is always the hardest and you beg
     
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When in need of an answer to a dilemma we are fortunate in this technological age to have an application for all situations; if you want to know where to go, what to go to, if it is cheap or if it is healthy, there is an app to get the job done. Why should finding a gre
     
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I know you want me....... do you? 5 Ways to tell if that girl in class REALLY likes you You've got settled in now, into the flow of assignments and lectures, how to cure that hangover, and where the hottest of hot hotspots are. You may have even got talking to that hot
     
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At this time of year not only do deadlines and exam stress mount but the pressure on the wallet peaks; it might be a long time since your student loan came in and January can be a long month. To see people through January blues, Glide set a challenge to help students; armed with
     
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Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone, particularly students, but there are some fantastic work opportunities available once term finishes that can help boost your budget so that you can afford to buy decent gifts and get to all those Christmas parties. Most of thes
     
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New Yearís Eve is one of those strange nights where having fun is compulsory. On any other night of the year you could decide to stay in at the last minute or head home before midnight and not be frowned upon - but not on 31st December. This pressure to have an amazing night is p
     
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Christmas can be something of a mixed bag when youíre a student Ė on the up side there are all the parties and the potential for plenty of free booze courtesy of the parents over the festive season; on the down side it can be quite a long time to spend squashed in a house with yo
     
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If youíre in need of a budget assistant guide, look no further Ė just refer to these simple steps to keep up to date with your daily finance: ē Calculate your earnings ē Chart out your spending costs ē Check the time period you need to budget for ē Try to check your expense o
     
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Along with searching for who to live with, comes rejecting people who you just donít want to share a house with. Itís a bit of a difficult situation, but it has to be done, so here are a few ways in which you can say no. Be genuine and honest Tell them why you canít or don
     
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If you canít afford to buy an entirely new wardrobe, you can just revamp your old clothes using the key components of this seasonís trends. You can also use this guide to treat your friends and family to something stylish that they will want to use over the winter season. Instead
     
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As you may well have learnt by now, the student loan is a wonderful thing, but it dwindles extremely quickly. Not gracing us with its presence again until long past New Years and well in to January at which point the festival season has long gone. So AFS has come up with a few w
     
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Nearing the end of term, with Christmas getting closer, exams are at the front of studentís minds across the country. Whilst Christmas is a time for family and fun, for many of us itís a chance to catch up on much needed revision after months of avoiding the word. Everyone copes
     
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So itís nearly the end of first semester and pretty much everyone will be stressing about finding a house for the next academic year. But before you even start looking for a house, do you even know who you want to live with?! This can be a very tricky decision and it has to be
     
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It's almost December, so everyone has settled nicely into their students homes; but itís cold, and with endless assignment deadlines stacking up, next year at uni seems far - and a lot of essay-writing - away! With students almost a third of a way through their course, t

     
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You beat fresherís flu, you've tackled your first assignment and finally cracked how to cook without setting fire to everything in a small radius. But the sickness is coming back... no, not hangovers! Cold & Flu!! The reduced number of fruit and veg in your new student diet, th
     
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Living in halls of residence in such close proximity to complete strangers that you now share personal living space with can be quite daunting. It can instantly make you bond with people and establish firm friendships for life. Alternatively it can become a very unpleasant expe
     
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A studentís Christmas is very different to a family one, but not necessarily in a bad way! It may be a lot less expensive and the decorations may be tackier, but whatís so wrong with that?! Here are a few tips on how to have your very own student Christmas. 1. Secret Santa M
     
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Itís tough to come by good phone deals, even more so to know which networks are student-oriented. Orange, O2 and many other networks have great contract packages, but if you donít have a stable income every month; a contract isnít the best option. Pay-as-you-go seems to be th
     
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Christmas is fast approaching, and even if it isnít quite as exciting as when you were a kid, itís still a really fun time. As a child, Christmas always seemed really magical, leaving out sherry for Santa Claus and carrots for Rudolph like every other child across the world... e
     
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International students coming to the UK donít just do it to gain a world-class education open the doors to their dream career, and to perfect their English; but also to have the adventure of a lifetime and do something different. If you also have these ambitious aims in mind, thi
     
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It's approaching that time of year where the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and term is almost over! Now it's time to think about how you are going to get back home. 1. Book early The earlier you book your ticket home, the cheaper it will be! Save
     
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Where do you start? Confusion strikes, especially when youíre a foreign student trying to find your bearings in a new country. So many banks! Sometimes it leads to an overwhelming amount of information which is difficult to process. To select one that fits you best has proved t
     
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Alright, so Fresherís week is over. We all made mistakes, woke up in beds that perhaps werenít our own (and perhaps werenít even beds at all, but were in fact benches at 3am), did the walk of shame Ė or, if you prefer, the stride of pride. However, youíre settled now, and aside f
     
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Itís official: itís less than a month until Christmas; and thanks to our extremely long University holidays and (argh!) exams: us students have a nice, long break Ďtil we need to be back Ė if we take full advantage, we could be away from our house for SIX WHOLE WEEKS. Whilst tha
     
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Iím dreaming of a white ChristmasÖ As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, you may be wishing for a winter wonderland this Christmas, but with this comes chilly mornings, freezing floorboards and a huge gas and electricity bill. AFS is here to show you how to stay war
     
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With our student loans dwindling down, you really have to start watching those pennies, especially during the run up to Christmas. A great way to buckle down and cut costs is to make a necessity list. This means jotting down all the required items you canít live without, with fo
     
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Are you struggling to keep warm this winter? Some students tend to fall ill during this period, especially those that have travelled a fair distance, which means they donít know about the rapid weather change and arenít used to the cold like the locals. Here is a list of life ha
     
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Dissertations - the dreaded word we hear during Uni, but push it to the back of our minds, convinced itíll never happen: until third year rolls around and catches us off-guard. Itís probably the biggest piece of work youíve ever faced in your education, but that doesn't mean it h
     
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I know how hard it can be to concentrate in class, especially when you have a full day of lectures, or your noisy flatmates have kept you awake the night before. Here are some handy tips to make sure that you make the most of your lectures at university: Record Lectures As
     
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Itís vital that a landlord chooses the right letting agent to ensure their property is looked after and the rent is paid on time but from next year there is a major change coming.

Thatís when all letting agents will have to sign-up to an approved redress scheme or they w
     
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1. HOT WATER BOTTLE The must have purchase for any student who wants to keep cosy this winter without demanding the heating be turned on all day! These days hot water bottles come in a multitude of funky, bright designs and can range from as little as £2 from eBay and TKMaxx
     
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The time of year is approaching when you will be looking for your house for next year, but how can you make sure you choose the right place? Here are my top 9 tips to help you scope out the perfect spot. Decide who you want to live with first. Thereís no point finding the
     
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You can find me in the club, bottle full of bub... or perhaps youíre not going clubbing at all! Maybe the clubs at your Uni city just don't do it for you. They're too crowded, too expensive/cheap, too sticky and smelly - or maybe you just want to do something else? If this is the
     
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To a number of international students, coming to the UK may be the first experience of living away from home and settling down in a different culture. They can find differences between the British way of life and that of their origin, from the way people speak and dress to how th
     
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As winter sets in and the temperature drops, it can be unbelievably tempting to turn up the thermostat and blast the radiators.... until the bill plops onto your mat and you're throwing away what little student loan you have left. But there's no need to let icicles form on your f
     
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The big wide world, the Ďrealí world, - whatever you want to call it - life after graduation doesnít have to be as terrifying as most of us anticipate. Youíd be surprised how many graduates throw their hat in the air still unsure exactly what they want to do with th

     
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Every landlord will tell you they receive a number of calls each year regarding mould, especially around windows and in bathrooms; and if the mould is REALLY bad, you could face a charge for cleaning or re-painting! The Cause Ė mould occurs when moist air is allowed to build up
     
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Now that the initial excitement and buzz of fresherís week has died down and weíre halfway through the first semester with lectures in full swing, many of us are finally thinking about doing some work. As most of us know, a student bedroom is not always the oasis of tranquillity
     
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The Lesser of 10 Evils: Who would YOU live with?! Searching for your first set (or brand new set!) of housemates to live with at university is very exciting! You want to live with everyone because everyone is your friend! But this is a very important decision you will have to
     
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I donít know about you, but after a hard few months at university, I always find that the best thing to do is get away for a few days and visit somewhere new. And on that note, the Christmas holidays are looming, and for some reason people often think that December is a reeeally
     
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The student job: that first taste of what itíll be like once you get out into the big, bad world. Itís actually better than that, because you generally wonít even be paying taxes Ė but weíre getting ahead of ourselves. The first step to working a student job is finding a studen
     
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What do we lack? Nothing. Although most of us think, whereís our self-confidence today? Be it a bad hair day, clothes trauma or you canít get rid of that zit on your face. Sooner or later you realize none of that matters when you find your place at University. But how do you
     
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Halloween has been and gone (and so has the pumpkin soup and leftover sweets too, no doubt!). Christmas is still a while away (and so are those advent calendars), but donít worry as gimmicky, themed treats are still on the menu because itís Bonfire Night! Probably less well-k
     
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The internet, students canít live without it. The uses of having broadband in your student accommodation are endless from working at home to watching videos of twerking on Youtube!

But, how much are you spending on your internet each month and could you be making huge sa
     
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Without doubt one of the best things about being a student is student discounts. Who doesnít like to save money?

However, if you arenít using your discount card to its full potential then you could be missing out big time. Here are a few quick tips on how to make sure th
     
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This really is a great time of the year Ė itís slowly getting colder, meaning winter warmers, woolly mittens and masses of hot chocolate are all just around the corner. Christmas may be looming in the distance, but we have Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to first, ju
     
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Why Halloween is the greatest day of the year I love Halloween. And not because Iím a guy and American-style, Mean-Girls-esque ďHalloween" outfits have migrated across the pond. Halloween for me means people putting on masks; and masks, my friends, mean anonymity. Iím sure
     
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Halloween is approaching us this week... what will you be doing to celebrate it? Maybe a fancy dress bar crawl, a house party, or maybe youíre doing nothing at all... One thing for certain is as a kid, Halloween was one of the best nights of the year. You got to dress up, get
     
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On Thursday, (Halloween), you may find your classrooms deserted and the halls of the venerable institution at which you study cold and empty. (Colder and emptier than usual, in any case Ė studying in Scotland means theyíre never anything but cold.) Is this some sort of Halloween
     
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Most of you are settling in at uni, either for the first time or returning back after a long summer break. Even with any savings, the purchase of food & books, paying for accommodation and partying for at least 7 days straight over Freshers Week means you are probably already fac
     
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As a fourth year student who managed to come out of the last three years with a decent study and work result, I still find myself struggling with unlimited work to do, whether itís part-time jobs, academic study, social involvement, graduate job/internship application, and person
     
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Contrary to popular belief, it is easy (and really not expensive) to eat both healthily and cheaply whilst at uni. Money is tight for students so people see ready meals, freezer food and takeaways as a cheaper solution. But not only does your health suffer as a consequence of a b
     
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So, like everyone else youíve just gotten back to university after a long summer off and now you find itís time to get back into study mode. How on earth do you conquer the biggest disease that annually besets returning second, third and fourth years after the long, beautiful day
     
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After days of partying, itís finally time to get your head down to do what you came to University for. So for all you newbies at University, I know itís going to be a whole new experience where you have to do more than just attend your lectures. But there are a few ways of how y
     
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If you thought wholehearted personal information and qualifications dating back to the Stone Age made a CV glisten, then guess again. A great CV wonít get you a job, but it will grab a potential employerís attention. This is why your CV has to be bursting with the right material
     
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Every student looks forward to the day when they get a nice big lump of student loan deposited in their bank account. But pretty soon, after numerous shopping trips, nights out and that new gadget you just HAD to have, that once-healthy sum of cash begins to dwindle, causing you
     
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So, have you and your friends just moved into your shiny, new student house and are now wondering how youíll maintain a relaxed atmosphere, and a fantasy of living like the cast of Friends? Perhaps youíre aware that the rubber gloves are still in their packet, and the sink is sl
     
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University is all about self discovery, as itís when you find out who you really are. You're on your own for the very first time, and can really hone in on your interests, physicality and appearances. Sick of being the same old you and fancy a change? Well itís easily done Ė y
     
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Giving up smoking is never easy - but there's no doubt it's good for you. Not only are you improving your health, but you'll also be saving a lot of money! There are many different methods for you to choose from to aid you in your fight against the sticks - so as part of Stoptobe
     
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So you've just moved boxes and boxes of belongings into your new student accommodation. Confused about where to begin with unpacking? How to make your room more homely? Don't panic, it gets easier once you start. We all know that most of these boxes contain clothes so why not sta
     
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As much fun as Fresherís week is, going out and getting drunk with your new friends can turn sour in a heartbeat. Some cities are safer than others, but no city is free of crime. You've got to make sure that you and your friends don't cut the fun short by getting into trouble. He
     
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Drinks! Friends! Parties! Drunken walks home! Hangover Cures! Itís all the fun of Fresherís Week! But I bet now you're feeling really rough: the cold you have is no cold. Itís not even a super cold - it's worse than the plague Ė itís FRESHERS FLU!! But won't worry, AFS is here to
     
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ďIím a first year student and since moving out for university Iíve been really homesick during my first term." ďI have just arrived back at University after the summer break and I am feeling homesick again. All I want to do is go back home to my parents, my bed and my friend
     
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When moving into a new student house, weíre most concerned with bagging the comfiest mattress, planning the first house party and discovering how many TV channels weíll get to spend our year procrastinating in front of. Sadly, this is where lots of us have gone very wrong. Donít
     
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You're settling into your new city, new home and new surroundings but it is a completely different world to the one you left behind. Those established friends who know everything worth knowing about you - the ones you spent almost every day for at least 7 years with - are discove
     
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As much as we may hate to admit it, fancy dress is pretty brilliant. As a university student it is part of the unwritten contract that you will be required to regularly embrace it, so like it or lump it youíre gonna need to get creative. However, there are a few issues with costu
     
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Thereís every chance you forgot to take something with you on your move to new accommodation, but you might not know what this was until after youíve moved in. For many students, moving into halls of residence is the first time theyíve lived away from the parental abode. This
     
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Bedroom Shrinking?

Whilst Hollywoodís Mark Wahlberg may have deemed his eleven-thousand square foot mansion claustrophobic, this has certainly been the decade of thinking small. Last year the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) claimed tha

     
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So you've just moved into your house and enjoyed the non-stop party that is known as 'Fresher's Week'; but now it's back to reality and the start of Uni. There's no better time than now to sort out your house and make sure everything is up-and-running and as it should be, to sto
     
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Fresherís week has come and gone and now itís time to get stuck into Uni and working hard to get the best grades you possibly can, right? This means that attitudes change as you have to actually, like, plan your days and organise your time to make sure you can get everything don
     
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Woohoo! Fresherís week has finally arrived and a huge lump sum has been deposited into your account all thanks to Student Finance! What with all the crazy nights out and fun youíre having, it can be too easy to quickly spend it away on drinks, taxis, clothes, until... wait, ití
     
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Over the next couple of weeks new students will be moving to new cities, ready to start University. Yes, itís a world filled with ambition, studying and hard work. But before we all get to that, thereís something called... Fresherís Week! Out drinking every night, befriendin
     
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Did you knowÖ
Öaround six in ten tenants (58%) admit they donít read their tenancy agreement thoroughly at the start of the tenancy, and only two-thirds (64%) say they read their inventory in detail?

If this is you then it could prove problematic as it mean
     
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If itís one thing everyone likes spending money on (aside from booze) itís fashion. Instead of trying to save that twenty pound note, most of us give into temptation and end up buying a new top. Now itís fair to say that a lot of us out there are quite fashion conscious, but ca
     
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Students at Hull University are campaigning to force a council debate on action to curb the number of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) in the city.

Hull University Union wants at least 1,500 students to add their names to a petition to tilt the balance for a debate
     
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The Complete University Guide has devised the rankings of every University in the UK for 2014, analysing statistics from entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessments and graduate prospects. So where do the Universities fall, then? Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cambri
     
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Thousands of students are sleeping in toxic bedrooms in university halls.

Around 17,000 bedrooms have killer asbestos in walls and ceilings.

The worst university for asbestos risk is Warwick University, which has 2,300 rooms with asbestos.

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As many anticipate the prospect of heading to university in September, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has issued a series of tips for people who are becoming tenants for the first time.

Carolyn Uphill, Chairman of the National Landlords Association, says:
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You know what my school always used to tell us? If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail. While that may have rung true during exams, perhaps it doesnít exactly fit with preparing to start (or go back) to Uni. Nevertheless, thereís no harm in being organised as it makes thi
     
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Gavin Duncan, Managing Director at luxury student accommodation brand, Vita Student, explains why and how university accommodation has evolved. Since the first university in the UK was established nearly 1,000 years ago they have become institutions with enormous power and a
     
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Youíve probably noticed that a lot of degrees now offer either a semester or a year of study abroad as part of their programme, and this can take you anywhere in the world be it Europe, USA or Asia. The fact of the matter is all kinds of businesses are internationalised, and nee
     
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Unfortunately for you (or fortunately, depending on which way you look at it); itís already the middle of August, and in four weeks time hundreds of thousands of students will be shipped across the country ready to start another year of University. Itís a fact that half of stude
     
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A TV licence cost £145.50. It can be argued that decent programmes are becoming a bit of a rarity in the UK, so, it can seem a bit ludicrous to shell out that amount of cash. Even if you do watch quite a bit of TV, youíre unlikely to stay glued to it all day, and are probably ou
     
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A great thing about the digital age is how many things that used to cost money are now freely available. One of those things is phone calls - something that separates you from your parents. When they were students, if they needed to call home or friends at other universities, the
     
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Right in the middle of the summer holidays, we shouldnít be thinking about University, right? Because weíve got approximately a month and a half left of freedom... we can do whatever we want. University is the one thing that you arenít thinking about. Except, what if you still
     
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At £9000 tuition fees per year, University is no laughing matter. You have to think carefully about which degree is best for you in terms of what you enjoy, and what job you want at the end. But hidden away amongst the masses of courses available on UCAS are the weird and wonde
     
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Life as a student can very tough financially, especially if you donít receive financial support from your parents. So the best thing to do is earn a bit of extra money in your summer holiday before term starts. You donít want to be financially strained when you arrive at uni an
     
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I was recently given the task of writing an article about studentsí experiences in accommodation and how they met their friends; and my inbox is slowly filling up with anecdotes from students all across the country Ė some students have had a great time at Uni, where theyíve met l
     
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We all know the score: University fees have reached an all-time high of £9,000 a year, and we all know that unless we get an absolutely amazing high-powered job earning us millions; weíll be stuck in debt for the rest of our lives. Yet we all kind of feel that we have to go, b
     
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Summer is upon us. The weatherís had its ups and downs but you are free of the shackles of academic essays and exams for a few months so you need to know whatís going down this summer. In amongst all of that hard studying youíve been doing I bet you havenít really had time to get
     
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Term is over. That means for most of you Ė back to live with the parents until September. But rather than mope around and mooch off well-meaning parents, why not actually do something productive? Having spent the last few months doing nothing but work, you may fancy a solid s
     
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Summer seems to have finally arrived, and itís about time too! As a student with the long summer stretching ahead, it can only mean one thing Ė barbeques! Many an afternoon can be whittled away out in the sunshine, cooking/charring sausages and burgers. Of course, food isnít
     
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Schoolís out for summer and youíve completely filled your calendar with fun activities to do. However, youíre slightly worried about that snakebite muffin-top hanging over your Speedoís; or your dreaded bingo wings, right? Donít worry, a little post uni chub is normal but if you
     
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This is probably the only benefit of moving out. If youíre a bit ditsy like me, youíll probably have forgotten that you paid a somewhat hefty deposit before moving into halls or your student house. This means that now youíre moving out, as long as you keep your room and the house
     
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Summer is finally here. Like it or not, this is pretty much the best weíre gonna get so you need to make the most of it. You might be saving the pennies after splashing out on a Glastonbury ticket (I envy you so much) or waiting patiently for your holiday to the classy Marbella o
     
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Summer Ė itís finally here. What better way to celebrate than to grab a load of your mates, get some hideously offensive t shirts and jet off to some sunny destination to get absolutely slaughtered for a week? If youíve seen the Inbetweeners movie, youíll know what itís all about
     
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Before you even get to meet potential employers, you have to pass the first test Ė the CV test. With an average of 52 applications per graduate job, according to the High Fliers graduate market survey, they are looking for every chance to eliminate you from the process. Here is
     
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With employers increasingly turning to experience rather than qualifications when whittling down job applications, many fresh graduates face the prospect of unemployment. As an undergraduate with, admit it, a lot of free time on your hands, now is the perfect time to fill up your
     
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Having placed over 2,500 graduates into internships we know a thing or two about them. Internships provide you with the opportunity to gain invaluable industry experience before youíve even had the prized picture in your gown and mortar board. With the graduate job market in the
     
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Technology and the internet is everywhere around us Ė FACT. Whilst itís crazy to think that as little as 20 years ago, computers were seen as a big deal which only a lucky select few had access to; they are now a part of our everyday life and letís face it: we canít function wit
     
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For many of you, the best few years of your life are coming to an end. For others, you are about to spend a few long months at home counting down the days tilí you can get back to uni again. What better way than to start the summer with a bang; ending the academic year on the ult
     
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If youíre a student starting a course later this year, one of your top priorities should be looking for decent student housing.

Although you have an idea of what you are looking for, you need to get realistic about rents and student accommodation, because you may want
     
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Nerd, geek, dweeb Ė three phrases emblazoned on every preppy hipsterís Topshop jumper these days. However, before this recent clothing phenomenon and the rising popularity of geek-chic; being a nerd was considered seriously uncool. Having said this, I am a firm believer that the
     
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The long summer break means one thing for many students: HOLIDAY!! A popular choice is to go travelling round Europe, but the usual visits to Spain, France and Germany can get rather boring! Still, unsure of where to go? Well, as a self-confessed lover of Europe and visitor of
     
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In the city of Robin Hood, you have two choices where to study Ė Nottingham Trent or the University of Nottingham. Or you could go study Heavy Metal at New College. In all seriousness though, you will want to know which university sets you up with the best chance of finding wo
     
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Britainís cheapest and most expensive student cities are revealed in a new survey that found that living costs can vary by up to £2,000 a year across the country.

Based on key indicators like average rents, the academic reputation of the university and the cost of a pi
     
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As university students, I am sure that the majority of you are avid Facebook users. Undeniably, itís an unbeatable procrastination tool, and stalking your matesí pictures wastes a chronic amount of time. Itís a good way of keeping in touch and can be nice to see what everyone is
     
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The sun is (sort of) shining, summer is upon us and we now have a few months completely unsupervised to spend this academic yearís last instalment of student loan. And what better way to spend your summer than living it up at a music festival? Glastonbury, Reading, T in the Park,
     
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Tuition fees trebled to £9,000 a year last September which has put a lot of people off university. Compared to 2010, the number of working class boys entering higher education fell by 1.4 per cent in 2012; although surprisingly, working class girlsí places actually rose 0.9% acc
     
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The latest University rich list was published in April Ė and with the country as a whole struggling to make cash, itís more than likely you fancy being the exception to the rule and want to know which place is going to make you the most money. Of course, topping the list are O
     
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Shopping is a must. It is the best-loved procrastination tool and the development of online shopping has been lethal to the majority of students and their poor, suffering bank accounts. Unfortunately, with the way society is today, we just have to have new clothes every now and t
     
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Weíve now reached the exam period, where fellow housemates will be stressed out with revision. But in a couple of weeks time, itíll all be over, and you can get back to enjoying the last few days together before you all head off to your respective homes over summer. Now, itís
     
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Whether youíre in student housing, private rented accommodation or halls, you will have all had to pay a deposit to cover any major maintenance and damage costs incurred during your tenancy. A common tale, especially from extravagant freshers, is that you fail to get all your
     
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The job advert youíre looking at Ė it says ďexperience in ĎXí requiredĒ. The problem is youíve been a student your entire life and, unless that ĎXí represents working at Next, it is unlikely you have what employers are after. The key to building up key skills that big companies
     
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Following on from how to find your perfect job, we have now got some advice on how to actually land that job. This is because at some point in your life, ladies and gentlemen, you will need a job. As university students, you are the cream of this generationís crop, and consequen
     
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Every student knows that after the stress of exams comes an amazing period of life, full of long, hazy summer days (we can all live in hope!) with no stress or cares in the world... you can do anything you like for three whole months Ė you can go on that once-in-a-lifetime backpa
     
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Further to the last entry about avoiding dodgy housemates, recent stories suggest that itís not just your co-tenants you need to be wary of Ė the landlord could be just as untrustworthy. Three students at Kingston University fell victim to a fake landlord rent scam last year w
     
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At university you often move to an entirely new city and are faced with the likelihood that youíll be living with a bunch of people youíve never met before. Or it may be that you go into your second or third year with your friends and the idea that youíre all going to co-habit so
     
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Itís gotten to that time of year again when, having stared at your bank balance in excitement at the realisation your student loan just came through; you (accidentally) blow most of it on nights out and shopping... now you have to try and budget your money until the summer. See
     
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Unfortunately, food is not free. Try as you might to stretch that loan for one more night out, you need food and you know it. Food is the most important part of the day giving you energy and brain power to get up and go study, so you need to fuel your body with some grub. Having
     
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The academic year has almost drawn to a close which means that most students will be saying goodbye to their friends and going home for the summer. Some of you may be sad to be leaving your housemates behind, while others have been counting down the days to escaping since Christ
     
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This past weekend we actually had some sun. Could spring finally be here? Looking at the forecast, the outlook is positive and the weather couldnít be better timed. With the academic year winding to a close, lectures and seminars are slowly dwindling. There may still be exams
     
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Once your exams have finished youíll be looking forward to the start of September when you can share a new house with your closest friends. Itís going to be an exciting time and youíre sure to have lots of fun, but before you all go home for the summer, itís best if you decide o
     
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Perhaps after exams youíre hoping to earn a little bit of extra cash over the summer holidays to boost your savings... maybe youíre thinking about bar work or a shop job... or you could join our student team here at Accommodation for Students! accommodationforstudents.com is
     
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Right in the horizon after all of those exams are the summer holidays... three long, lazy months Ė how are you going to fill your time? You feel like after sitting all of your exams, you should congratulate yourself on all your hard work/commiserate the bad grades youíre certain
     
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Besides the actual learning part, the majority of university activities involve drinking, sleeping or trashy American TV. Though undoubtedly enjoyable, it could easily be argued that these activities are perhaps not the best ways to spend your free time and some of them are poten
     
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Poor housing is one of the biggest stress triggers for students living away from home for the first time, according to groups helping depressed students.

Universities worldwide have set up counselling and self-help sessions to help students deal with homesickness and s
     
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Deciding which university to go to can be an extremely difficult choice to make Ė whilst the degree you choose is important, so is the area in which youíll spend the next three years of your life in. After reviewing the breakdown of average rents, and feedback from previous stud
     
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University societies are the best ways to make new mates and have a laugh at uni. Through several (usually fancy dress) nights out, youíll make a great new group of friends who share your passions. For those sporty individuals, it's a great opportunity to get out and exercise and
     
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Work experience: like it or lump it, you pretty much need it. Weíre living and learning in a day and age where a university degree is just not enough. The competition is fierce, with thousands of students nationally graduating with the exact same qualifications as you. How are yo
     
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Failing an exam has to be one of the worst feelings ever. You put your heart and soul into something and it turns out you just missed the mark. Alternatively, you didnít study hard enough in which case itís your own fault! Weíre human beings after all, weíre genetically programme
     
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Back in last summer, it all seemed so rosy. You and your mates had signed the rental agreement for your very own house. No more living in halls with random people imposed upon you by the university accommodation department. Now, youíre panicking - one of your mates has unexpecte
     
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Poland is cranking up interest as a bargain basement place for a university education Ė and wants more British students to take the plunge and enrol in the nationís high education institutions.

As fees and the cost of living make studying in Britain a major financial h
     
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1. Bring water, and lots of it! Dehydration can cause fatigue, and you'll want all the energy you can get. 2. Gather everything you need first. That way when you sit down to start work, you won't keep interrupting yourself to find another vitally important book. 3. Take healthy
     
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Revision sucks. Thereís absolutely no two ways about it. It is an obstacle you cannot avoid, and university exams boil, simply, down to this: if you donít revise, you wonít do well. It really is that simple. However, revision itself is a slightly ambiguous beast and though we are
     
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Students should work hard and play hard. Yet, playing costs money these days and, with tuition fees at an all-time high, itís getting harder and harder to stretch the student loan to accommodate this. Therefore you, like many others, may be considering a part-time job to fill a f
     
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Your house may just be a base for you between lectures and Friday night drinking sessions but it probably has most of your living possessions in it too. While youíre out enjoying yourself, you need to make sure itís protected and everything inside if safe. Unfortunately, crime i
     
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1. Turn down the brightness on your screen. Make the most of working on a computer that you can adjust. Your eyes will thank you for it. 2. Prioritise your work. If you've got a film to watch as research, take the opportunity to do it while you know you can blast sound from your
     
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Youíve finally been let free to live on your own. No mum, no dad, no dogÖjust you and the big, bad world. Dishes and clothes wonít wash themselves, no one can survive off curry forever. Waking up and going to lectures, washing and your general well-being is all down to you. No on
     
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So youíve found your housemates, decided on location, logged into accommodationforstudents.com and drawn up a shortlist of great properties. Now itís time for the viewings! Thereís a certain art to viewing a student property, especially in very competitive areas, so make sure
     
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Times are tough for graduates. In the 2012 High Fliers survey of the graduate market, it was found that there were, on average, 52 applications graduate per job. Itís a 25% rise since 2009 and means that competition is at an all-time high. Back in 2010, over one in five graduat
     
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The reputation of British universities is under threat because of tighter controls on international student visas, say critics.

There is now a growing chorus of politicians and university leaders calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to stop including overseas studen
     
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More students from the UK would be willing to study overseas if they have more information about doing so, according to the British Council.

Just one in five students said that they had received enough advice on moving abroad and this lack of information is preventing
     
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University is a fantastic chapter in life. You meet some of your best friends there, become a more rounded person and experience moments that shape the rest of your life. Itís a transitional phase, for many, when you go from being a teenager to an adult. For most of us, it involv
     
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A lack of housing options for asylum seekers in Australia has been blamed after a university student was allegedly subjected to a sexual assaulted in her home.

The issue has come to light after an asylum seeker was charged with indecent assault on a female student at a
     
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A student at university is like a child in a sweetshop. Every day is the opportunity to go out and do something fun, broaden your horizons and live life to the full. Unfortunately, the majority of students wonít ever take these opportunities and spend the majority of time either
     
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As students, itís all too tempting to procrastinate. That essay isnít in for about a month Ė It can waitÖ right? Or maybe youíve already started the essay but are attempting to multitask it with Facebook, Twitter, sessions on FIFA and copious amounts of tea making. Whatever your
     
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University: 3 or 4 years of new friends, laughter, memories which will stay with you forever and jaegerbombs. So. Many. Jaegerbombs. But most importantly, we cannot forget the reason we actually applied to university in the first place; to further our education. The way Universit
     
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With great power comes great responsibility. Renting your first shared student house can be great for you and your friends, but unfortunately this usually comes with a hefty price tag in the form of a deposit. This is basically protection for the landlord against any damage or
     
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More than a fifth of all students flock to London to study, according to the latest official figures.
Just over 460,000 students out of the total UK number of 2.245 million students live in the capital.
Most Ė 341,200 Ė come from the UK, while over 40,000 are from
     
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Your housemates form a big part of your time studying. So itís good for everyone if you all get along. They may be your best mates or you might not even have known them before university. No matter how much you like them as people, though, itís likely that their habits irk you on
     
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Campaigners and councillors are pleading with Oxford University to reduce the height of a building housing students because the roof and top floors spoil views of the historic spires.

Castle Mill is branded ďstark and aggressiveĒ and calls are urging demolition of the
     
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The first exam season for university students is just about over and, with all that revision, you may think that you simply donít have time for a part-time job. Of course, your studies should come first Ė while the money may look good in your pocket now, it wonít help you get a
     
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As students the last thing that many of us think about is being burgled. A few weeks ago a private student accommodation house on my street got burgled. Since then numerous burglaries have also occurred in nearby student accommodation and halls. This raises concerns about our sa
     
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At the start of your second semester there are only a few more months to go before the end of the academic year. This may be scary or exciting for some people or even a bit of both. However, before we complete the academic year it is important to work even harder in the upcoming
     
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The world of fresherís week probably can seem so far away, and if youíre like most students, youíre probably finding it pretty hard to focus on your studies. With a world of distractions out there Ė from Facebook to funny cat videos, itís no wonder youíre putting off the inevitab
     
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Deciding who to live with for the next academic year can be quite a difficult task for some students, especially for first year students. It can be risky considering that you have only just met your new friends, and you have to arrange who and with how many people you are going t
     
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There are so many opportunities open for students to try something that is way out of their comfort zone. One of the things many students fear is being unemployed in the near future, however the smallest changes to your usual university lives can differentiate you from other stud
     
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Itís normal for students to feel overwhelmed with the amount of money they find in their accounts once the student loan has gone through. The majority of students would be tempted to hit the shops as soon as possible, and buy as many things as possible, without putting any though
     
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Studying at University is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your knowledge and graduate with a degree. However, nowadays having a degree is simply not enough for some employers. Gone are the days where people used to graduate and go straight into their dream job. Nowadays, emplo
     
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It is certain that pretty much every student has to cope with their own deal of stress during their time at University, whether that be stress from studies, coping with being away from home and families, and of course, the fear of not fitting in or having an affluent social life
     
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Hi Iím Marie Quinney, a final year student at Leeds University with some essential information you'll need when looking for your new accommodation whilst at university. The term is almost over and the panic of viewings and signing for next year is in sight. As a final year stu
     
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Landlords battling to repel increasing red tape despite offering decent homes at a fair price to tenants are often let down by a few outlandish rogue landlords. The latest unnamed miscreant has been unveiled by London home hunter Laura Evelyn who revealed his idiosyncratic and
     
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Scotland Yard detectives have arrested three more people as part of a long-running investigation in to a £1 million phishing scam that siphoned cash from the bank accounts of hundreds of students Two men were jailed for their part in the fraud last year, while two are awaiting
     
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Landlords can finally plug in to the Green Deal for funding energy-saving improvements to upgrade heating and insulation in private rented properties. The long-awaited scheme starts for landlords on January 28, 2013. Under the scheme, whoever pays the electricity bill is re
     
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Students are paying an average rent of just under £5,000 for their term time accommodation outside London, according to figures from new research. But in a curious quirk of fortune, higher tuition fees going in to universities have resulted in more money going out in bursaries a
     
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Two private landlords who flouted shared house licensing laws must repay six student tenants nearly £40,000 in rent. Abdul Kalam and his wife, Jahanara Begum, were convicted of running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) at Highbury Magistrates Court in June 2012. T
     
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Student landlords and tenants risk losing money to lawless letting agents taking advantage of the lack of regulation in the industry, according to the professional surveyor trade body. Rogue letting agents are cashing in on the buy to let rental boom by exploiting low consumer e
     
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Business is booming for Britainís biggest student landlord, Unite, despite this yearís massive fee hike for English students. Annual tuition fees leapt from £3,000 to £9,000 at the start of this academic year, leading to a small drop in the number of students seeking a place at
     
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The cost of living in student halls has doubled in a decade and seen a massive hike of 25% in the past three years. Students living in university or private halls pay an average £117 a week rent Ė compared with just £59 10 years ago in 2002 Ė according to research by the Nationa
     
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Students are griping about their accommodation in student halls Ė with nearly half upset they had no other choice. The findings came from a York University Student Union survey that showed 45% of students ended up in housing that was not their first choice. Many raised concerns
     
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Firefighters have warned students about the dangers of pan fires when cooking food is left unattended following a major kitchen blaze. Around 200 students were evacuated from halls of residence at Bradford, when food caught light in a third floor flat in the six storey block. S
     
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Student letting in one university has shifted from boom to bust in just a year as a 200-bed hall of residence may close due to lack of tenants. Last year, the University of Cumbria, Carlisle, was crying out for private landlords in an SOS for student rooms. This year, higher tu
     
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Eguides explaining about acting as good neighbours have been emailed to thousands of students and landlords in Manchester. The specially written guides for students living off campus in private shared homes were emailed out by Manchester City Council. The guides offer hints abo
     
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The latest solution to the lack of affordable for students in university cities has landed - the pod. Pods are simply redesigned sheds measuring a tiny 10 feet by 8 feet are intended to let to students for £400 per month - or £5 per square foot. They do come with all mod co
     
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The government has set up a special £2 million fund to compensate students for losing advance rent and deposits as a result of London Metropolitan University losing a licence to sponsor students from outside Europe. Universities Minister David Willetts is giving the students
     
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Students will have to take rooms in hotels or sleep on camp beds in common rooms because of a housing shortage at a university. Around 50 students are homeless at the start of term at Edinburgh University - 30 have rooms at Travelodge hotels in the city and 18 are camping out
     
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Places in university halls are running out in one university city and pushing up rents as subsidised foreign students flock to let private shared houses nearest the campus. Landlords and letting agents in Sheffield report Chinese students are keen to pay up to £1,000 for place
     
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Identity theft from shared houses is the target of a new joint campaign by landlords and police. The Residential Landlords Association has linked with the Dedicated Card and Plastic Crime Unit and Financial Fraud Action UK to warn landlords and tenants in houses of multiple oc
     
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Rip-off letting agents could cost a fortune for students looking for housing in London, warns the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors. RICS is urging students to make sure any letting agent obeys a code of conduct and protects deposits. With places in student halls gen
     
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First-year students have made a barrage of complaints to the students union and university housing managers in York after they missed out on their preferred halls accommodation because an email was sent out late. Student union president Kallum Taylor claims the email process h
     
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Fraud watchdogs are warning about rent scams as students hunt for homes as universities ready to start the new academic year. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has issued a checklist to reduce the risk of losing cash to fraudsters. The scams offer housing in pri
     
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Students will be picking up more than flat-pack furniture from budget retail giant Ikea as the firm moves in to providing housing and hotels. The £7 billion rated Inter Ikea - the holding company that owns the Ikea brand - has plans to build 100 budget hotels and student halls
     
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Councils are increasingly trying to enforce Ďno carí rules for student housing developments that they cannot police. The latest ruling is under consideration by Swansea planners on developers who want to build 75 student apartments on the site of a former nursing home in the c
     
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Upmarket landlords are booting out the bankers and moving in students from overseas who have the money to live in luxury. The face of student letting is changing from the common misconception of scruffy, tired and cramped shared houses to designer hotel-style apartments offeri
     
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A prolific burglar who preys on student victims has been jailed again - for his 83rd conviction in since 1990. James Callaghan targets student accommodation, mainly in the university city of Oxford. Callaghan, 39, was sent to prison for four years after admitting stealing a
     
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Judges have rejected a challenge against plans to build one of the worldís tallest student housing towers in London. The Court of Appeal has backed the scheme after objections from neighbouring landowner Threadneedle. The Quill is destined to soar to 31 storeys (109 metres)
     
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Student landlords with shared homes to rent near Birminghamís City University may be left high and dry if plans to move the campus across the city come off. The university is based at Perry Barr, Birmingham, but is set to move to a new £125 million purpose-built campus at East
     
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Students in London and Manchester are victims of the worst crime rates near university campuses, according to police statistics. London Metropolitan has the worst overall record for crime - and also records the greatest number of robberies and violent offences. Second is Ki
     
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Good housing standards are slightly more important to home-hunting students than price or location, according to a new study. Two-thirds of students believe they are paying too much for their accommodation, according to the research by student housing provider FreshStart.
     
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While Dundee University celebrates topping a student poll as the most popular university in the UK, we take a look at the other end of the table. The student experience survey is carried out every year by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and grades teaching, facilities,
     
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Landlords need to watch out for a Ďstealth taxí on their income as clever manipulation of income tax rates could pull many in to the net of higher rate tax payers. The headlines claim increased personal income tax allowances will ease tax for many, but a combination of increas
     
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Students have been urged to stop paying rent to a letting agent whose business has gone in to administration without warning. Joseph Newman Letting suddenly stopped trading and for sale signs went up over the firmís office in St Dunstan Street, Canterbury. Owner Joseph Newm
     
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Shared house planning laws that are mainly aimed at controlling the growing number of students lettings in university cities are confusing councils and landlords. Since October 2010, local councils can opt to take on article 4 planning controls that make house in multiple occu
     
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Buy to let rents are still rising despite falling tenant incomes, according to the latest survey by landlord insurers Homelet. Average rents across the country increased 2.6% from February to £764 a month in March, but London rents surged ahead of the rest to hit £1,156 a mont
     
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A tax tribunal has thrown out a claim for incorporation relief by a landlord changing her trading status to a limited company. In what is believed to be the first case before a tribunal by a landlord claiming the lucrative capital gains exemption offered to other traders, Eliz
     
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Viewing flats can be very stressful: you turn up at the building to find a dozen other students all nervously eyeing each other up which provokes a competitive feeling and chilly atmosphere. This stress makes it hard to remember the checklist of Ďimportantí things you had hastily
     
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A student protesting about the cost of renting digs is in hot water over setting up home in a tent - on a raft in the middle of a lake. William Woodbridge, 21, has spent five years struggling to find a home. He has spent most of the time sharing digs or living in a car.
     
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Operation Can-Do is targeting landlords operating unlicensed houses in multiple occupations to clear up rubbish, poor housing and anti-social behaviour in Peterborough. The council reckons the city has 4,100 private rented homes grouped in the city centre that are home to stud
     
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Spending a fortune on fire safety measures and risk assessment is a waste of money for landlords when student behaviour sparks danger. Recent weeks have seen several student fire scares hit the headlines - with firefighters warning several of the incidents were avoidable. U
     
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Students who want to make sure their funding for rent, tuition fees and living costs need to start an online application for their loan right away. English students can join in online web chats and UCAS conventions to find out what to claim and how to make the application as N
     
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Students sharing a flat were at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning because their GP landlord failed to maintain the boiler. The danger was spotted when a gas engineer was called to repair a fault in the boiler at the flat in Oxford. The engineer refused to carry out the repa
     
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Corporate student accommodation giant Unite is setting up a foundation to offer students help with living costs from bursaries. The 21 bursaries are part of the companyís 21st anniversary celebrations. The Unite Foundation will initially fund students at Bristol, Edinburgh,
     
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Universities are bringing students to book by barring their graduation if they have unpaid fines for failing to return library books on time. Owing just £5 at Exeter University will stop graduation - while a graduation ban is imposed for debts of £20 at Lancaster and £25 at Gl
     
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Students and their families who want to know whether the cost of studying for a degree is worth the cash outlay can check out their likely earnings online. A handy set of statistics on payscale.com plots earnings for a selection of degrees and major subjects. With fees and
     
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Viewing property is never treated as an exact science by most investors - but experienced landlords and developers work to a plan. Just turning up for a quick trip around a home is not enough - viewing a house involves a lot more. To help, here are some professional landlor
     
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A student Ďfront maní for prostitutes offering sex-for-sale was jailed for nine months. Thai Tanasak Sopatai, 27, who was in the UK on a student visa, rented a luxury flat in upmarket Castle terrace, Edinburgh, intending that several women would move in to run it as a brothel.
     
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Councillors are ignoring pleas from students and landlords to set up a no-go zone for shared houses in Southampton. Southampton City Council voted the ban on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) after neighbours complained about noise, litter and bad behaviour by tenants. T
     
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A university has hit out at speculative student flat developers and councillors for building too much housing that is not needed. Birminghamís Aston University warns they have their sums wrong and the cityís student numbers will fall as restrictions on students from abroad and
     
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Students living in a shed village at Lincoln University have moved out to a new home. The university is in crisis over accommodation for students after accepting 200 more freshers for courses than beds were available to sleep. The solution was moving temporary huts on to ca
     
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Desperate developers cashing in on student rental gold are flooding town halls with planning applications. Meanwhile, banks have lost their appetite for funding big student projects, according to a report from property consultants EC Harris. The study suggests a cut in publ
     
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Freshers are picking up advice safeguarding themselves and their belongings from crime as the new academic year gets underway at colleges and universities. Many first year students staying in halls pick up crime prevention tips to help them stay out of trouble. While severa
     
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Students demonstrating with a sit-in at the University of Strathclyde as a protest against charging students from England and Wales £27,000 in tuition fees for courses. The protesters claim Scottish universities are unfairly charging students from England and Wales for tuition
     
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Police tracked down a thief who stole a studentís laptop by monitoring his internet usage with antitheft spy software loaded on to the computer. Now, police are urging students to download and activate the software to deter thieves on campus and at student houses. The call
     
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Students moving out of home to start a college or university course may have a lot of book knowledge but have problems looking after themselves. Many confess they have never had to cook, wash clothes or do the ironing. The shocking statistics were highlighted in a survey of
     
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Students are such rubbish about putting their garbage out at the right time that a special team of bin men has to clear the streets where they live every day. Now, neighbours and the council are so fed up with their laziness that £100 fines are being introduced for residents w
     
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Cash-strapped students have offered sex-for-sale to raise the money to pay their living costs and complete their courses, a court heard. The sordid details were revealed in a sex trafficking case involving an escort agency in Glasgow. One girl, an unidentified girl from Bel
     
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Student housing is so scarce in Aberystwyth that the university has started installing extra beds for room shares in halls of residence. Aberystwyth University, one of the fastest growing in the country, has had a deluge of applications and housing students has reached a crisi
     
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University bosses have banned parties at a nightclub because they fear students might be encouraged to take part in lapdancing. More than 1,000 complaints were received about the clubís licencing plan - and public opinion led to the University of Bedford pulling a deal to hold
     
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Hundreds of students looking for digs were shown around a holiday camp after a university put up a Ďno vacanciesí sign on halls of residence. New students at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, were offered shared chalets after a guided tour of a Pontins Holiday Camp a
     
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Students are competing with young professionals who can pay higher rents in some cities. Landlords with shared houses are picking up more inquiries from young adults out at work who can no longer afford to rent or buy a flat on their own. For them, renting a room in a share
     
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Universities are pleading for more private landlords to offer their homes to rent as numbers of homeless students queue up for digs. Renting black spots include London, Crewe, Aberystwyth and Carlisle, while Edge Hill University is sending students to check out a holiday camp
     
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Broadband access is rated as more important that value for money and location by students looking for a home. Thousands of students in universities and colleges across the UK were asked what makes a good home by the National Student Housing Survey (NSHS), and 90 per cent rated
     
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Finding an affordable home to rent while organising courses and a move to a new city can be a stressful time for students and their families. Online portals and letting agents can make the task easier - and to help hereís a helpful top five tips for students moving in to digs:
     
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Lawyers are challenging the Scottish governmentís university funding scheme because students from England face discrimination that breaches their human rights. Legal firm Public Interest Lawyers are preparing to take the Scottish government to court for a judicial review of ho
     
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Students starting university this year should expect to pay an average £9,541 living costs plus tuition fees, according to new research. Those that fork out top-rate tuition fees of £9,000 a year to study will have to find around £1,855 a month to fund term-time at university.
     
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Students starting university and college courses next year expect to run up debts of more than £50,000 each - double what students starting this year reckon they will owe. On graduation, in three yearís, this yearís students will finish their course by handing over an IOU for
     
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Crooks face a crack down as the Student Loans Company joins ranks with other financial bodies in the battle to fight fraud. The Student Loans Company (SLC) has lined up with CIFAS, the governmentís fraud prevention service. Joining CIFAS lets the SLC check out weed out frau
     
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Students signing up for a yearís tenancy at purpose-built halls can earn a £1,000 cash back. The cash incentive is offered to students who want to live at Point Exe, Exeter. Rents for the cluster rooms and en suite flats for the year average around £6,775 - with the cash ba
     
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Three students sharing an average house will have gadgets and electronics worth around £8,000. Computers, mobile phones, cameras and music players make up the bulk of expensive personal belongings for most university students - adding up to equipment valued at around £2,650 fo
     
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Two women students have found tiny web cameras hidden in smoke detectors with an open view of their shower. The surveillance cameras and other electronic bugging equipment linked to a wi-fi transmitter were removed from their apartment by police. The two Bulgarian students,
     
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A new online guide profiles the gay friendliness of Britainís 150 universities by benchmarking the institutionsí attitudes to lesbian, gay and bisexual students. Backed by lobby and research group Stonewall and search giant Google, the guide is an up-to-the-minute look at the
     
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Starting university is not only a life-changing event for new students, but a watershed for their parents as well. As soon as a place at university is secured, the countdown for the start of term begins, which can be just a few short weeks away for late-comers who grab a last-
     
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Student rents are rising in London because accommodation providers cannot keep pace with the number of students flocking to the capital. The latest figures pitch 55,000 purpose-built student bed spaces in the capital - with 283,500 students seeking a place to stay, which is a 6%
     
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Students and their parents will spend the next few weeks scouring the web in a race to find the best-priced accommodation. For students starting professional courses such as Medicine, Architecture, Dentistry or Law, buying a home is an option because they may stay in the same
     
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Art experts believe a drab picture hanging in student halls of residence for more than 80 years could be the most expensive oil masterpiece ever - a missing Michelangelo worth more than £100 million. Generations of students have ignored the depiction of Christís crucifixion wi
     
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Students at universities and colleges all over the UK are building a database of problems with landlords who are failing to return deposits at the end of a tenancy. Some students are losing deposits of £1,000 or more when they move out at the end of term. Now, student union
     
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Bogus landlords are ripping off students looking for bargain properties to rent. The scams often centre around property advertised online on budget web sites like Gumtree and Craigslist. Often the properties do not exist or belong to another landlord unwittingly sucked in t
     
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An empty office block that featured as a set for BBC TVís Dr Who is likely to be converted into digs for students. The block may look small from the outside, but just like the Tardis, inside it will provide deceptively spacious accommodation. Villiers House, a vacant block
     
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A top-rated student halls has chalked up another first in a rate-your-landlord survey. Liberty Livingís Atlantic Point, Liverpool, was voted best student halls in the city in a poll by Liverpool Students Union. The plaudit follows the halls winning the Best private halls pr
     
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Students on green university courses are moving out of cramped accommodation in to yurt tents favoured by Mongolian nomads. Three students are ready to try their new home and are expecting others to join them. The move is packed with benefits for the students - ē The yur
     
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Homeowners are blaming their student neighbours for turning their street in to a slum because they are not putting out rubbish for collection on the right days. They claim rubbish sweltering in bin bags is causing the streets around Cathays, Cardiff, to smell and that birds an
     
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Hungry students have taken to cooking and eating road kill they scoop from gutters and verges as part of their degree course. Forensic archaeologists from Bournemouth University learn how to cut up their carcasses as part of an investigation in to butchery throughout the ages.
     
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Itís the end of term at most universities and colleges, so time to pack up and go home for the summer. No one likes the work involved in handing back a shared house to the landlord, but the job has to be done. Here are some important points to watch that could make the diff
     
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Some of the not so pleasant truths about studying and working at universities are revealed by investigative reporters patiently sifting data from freedom of information requests. Ian Benson runs the whistle-blowing web site AcademicFOI.com, which gives a warts and all view of
     
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Universities are expected to give students better value for money if they charge higher tuition fees, according to David Willetts. The Universities minister claims British students are Ďfrustratedí by the low person-to-person study time they gain from lectures and tutorials.
     
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A student evicted from university halls for breaking fire safety rules reckons she is around £1,000 a year better off living in a private shared house. Zoe Christo, 19, was thrown out of her Goodricke College room at the University of York, for smoking, interfering with a smok
     
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A student with a knife rampaged around university halls terrifying other students as he hunted for a girl he was obsessed with. Before finding Clare Fox, 18, who he had tried to kiss two nights before, another student tackled him, took the knife and threw it out of a window.
     
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Students are looking for some degree of romance as well as professional qualifications from university. Most think they will meet the love of their life on campus, just like Prince William and Kate Middleton. Romance is a hot topic for students - more than a third (35%) con
     
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Students Josh Hart and Dan Gyi have had their two-year prison sentences overturned on appeal. The pair were sentenced to two yearís youth custody at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting criminal damage with reckless endangerment after end of term high jinks spiralled out of c
     
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Email scammers have stolen thousands of pounds after tricking students in to revealing details about their maintenance grant payments. The fraudsters send out bogus online messages offering extra financial support to students picking up the payments. When students respond w
     
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Shocked campaigners protesting against building student halls and an underground car park in a graveyard have lost their fight to stop the development. Planners have agreed the 262-bedroom student accommodation scheme can go ahead Ė but the developers have to wait for permissi
     
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Police are investigating claims that prostitutes are running a brothel in university halls. The University of Sussex has told police a single bedroom flat in the halls at Falmer, Brighton, is advertised in an online escort site offering sexual services by single girls or two t
     
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A university has secretly checked out the details of cars parked on public roads near halls of residence in a bid to catch students breaching parking restrictions. Drivers have had their car registrations checked against DVLA ownership records to try and match up their details
     
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Cash-strapped students who can't afford rising tuition fees at english universities are broadening their horizons and looking at cheaper options in other countries. From September 2012, English universities can charge up to £9,000 for tuition Ė a 50% increase on the current £6
     
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Around 100 students have registered to join a new soccer and business school that kicks off courses in September. The multi-million pound enterprise runs alongside Championship side Burnley's Turf Moor stadium. Builders have created a state-of-art football and business scho
     
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Students with musical instruments often get off on the wrong note by failing to to take special insurance cover. Losing an instrument is not just a blow to brass and woodwind players Ė the average cost of replacing a misplaced or stolen instrument is £650 for all musicians.
     
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Students and landlords in Scotland will have to protect rental deposits and bonds in an official scheme after a new law was passed by the Scottish Assembly. The rules are similar to the deposit protection scheme that is running in England and Wales. The aim is to cut disput
     
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Developers are pumping millions of pounds in to building more student accommodation in towns and cities all over the UK. Construction is underway on several sites that are aiming to open for the 2012 academic year including: ē Four 9 floor blocks on the former BBC World Ser
     
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Students and landlords are protesting to councils up and down the country that the push to bring in tighter planning controls for shared houses is unfair and impracticable Ė and they may have a point. Many councils are seeking to ban new shared student homes in university citi
     
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A council is seeing red over a student letting house painted bright pink to promote a web site. Swansea City Council has told the owner to cover up the sponsor's name and logos Ė but has agreed the house can stay in the pink. The council was involved after a complaint was r
     
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The cost of raising children and sending them to university is a staggering £210,000 Ė and is set to keep on rising. Increases in tuition fees for students have helped push the costs up by 4.5% this year, according to insurer LV=. The insurer started publishing the costs of
     
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Students and landlords should watch out for bogus property listings online set up to con them out of fees and deposits. Crooks set up the dodgy web sites by copying property listings from bona fide letting agents Ė and then try and scam cash from landlords and students. Let
     
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Money management experts are keen to help students with their finances while living away at university. Almost 450,000 students will receive the free money manual packed with information, tips and cash-saving strategies when they receive their statement of decision mailing fro
     
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Students who want to stay on in their accommodation for the next academic year need to rebook early or run the risk of losing their homes. Universities are already pre-booking their own halls and private accommodation in anticipation of a rush of new students next year. The
     
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Crime fighting campaigns run by students in Birmingham are so successful that a plans to heighten robbery awareness have been cancelled. On top of that, thefts and burglaries from student houses in the city's Selly Oak neighbourhood have dropped 70% to the lowest crime figures
     
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HMO protest petition signed by 1,000 students Thousands of students are protesting against councils forcing them to move out of shared houses near universities to edge-of-town halls. Latest to come under attack is Nottingham City Council, where the student union is leading
     
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Keep an eye on the agreement Letís assume you are about to move into your first student accommodation. It may be the first time you have heard of a tenancy agreement let alone read one. There are a few important things to watch out for. You will discover different termi
     
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