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Get out of your Flat!

Hey everyone Kathryn here and first of all sorry for not updating on Saturday, I could give you a long winded explanation as to why I didn’t update but I suspect that would be both boring for me and for you. Anyway so for today’s tip of the day I would advise you to get out of your flat. 

Living on your own, or living in university halls is no small feat, going from being dependent on your parents to being independent is a big change. However one of the biggest changes is going from living with your family to living with six other people you don’t know or living on your own.

At the university I went to I ended up sharing a flat with seven other people (who I believe were picked at random). While I made good friends with one of my flat mates, I didn’t really get on with any of my other flat mates.

This made first semester of first year really difficult when around November I felt really isolated. At the time I didn’t have any good friends, only a couple of people I hung out with at lectures. The problem was there was nothing I could do to stop feeling isolated, but what I did find helpful was getting out of that flat.

It doesn’t matter where you go, just get out of that flat: go for a walk, go shopping or even just sit on a bench somewhere. The important thing is to get out of the flat.

Another thing that helped me was that I started making more of an effort to meet up with my friends and the flatmate I was friends outside of lectures. This helped me a lot during second semester and I definitely felt less isolated.

However if you are living on your own then I’d still recommend that you get out of your flat. Personally I love going round all the charity shops on a Saturday and it takes my mind of being alone. And don’t forget, you can still talk and meet up with people!

And that’s all from me for today, until next time, Kathryn

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Give yourself something to look forward to!


Living on your own is hard especially if you’ve just come from living with your family or living in halls with six/ eight people. It’s hard not being able to go to the kitchen and see and talk to someone.

It’s hard adjusting to life on your own so for today my tip is to give yourself something forward to. Don’t isolate yourself just because you are living on you’re own. You will still see your family and your friends just not as much as you used to.

So my advice is to plan things to do especially on the weekend. Go home to see your parents, meet up with your friends, keep yourself busy!

This ties into my previous blog post of installing a countdown app. A countdown app is a good way of keeping track of what you have to look forward too.

If you keep yourself busy, you’re less likely to feel lonely when living on your own. Next weekend I’m seeing my boyfriend, and the weekend after I’m seeing my best friend.

So give yourself something to look forward to and it’ll help you feel less lonely. Until next time, Kathryn.

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Make lists

Hello everyone my tip for this Thursday is for when your moving home. Whether this is for university or moving for work. This is a very stressful time not only do you have to deal with the worry of leaving home (maybe for the first time) but you also have loads of things to pack and loads of things to sort out even once you have moved. With all these to think about you are bound to forget somethings.

This is wear my tip comes in, calmly sit down a couple of  weeks before you move and make a list of everything you think you need to do and pack. This tip come from my mother who is very list obsessed, I may grumble and moan every time she makes me do, I would never tell her this but in all honestly I have found it a great help. You could write this on a phone or a tablet but personally I get a small file and write them out of paper and keep it in a safe place, this means I can get the enjoyment out of scribbling out each item on the list as I do it.

Being a very forgetful person making a list doesn’t mean I remember everything (sadly) just it stops me forgetting the important things.

Until I post again, Samara 😀

P.S oops!!!!, sorry I have posted on the wrong day made a mistake when scheduling the post.


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Budgeting Your Student Loan

So, now you have money coming through on a regular basis, it might be one of those things where you immediately want to go and spend the money ASAP. However! It might be wise to budget your year first. Just in case.

Budgeting can be daunting at first, but once it’s done, it’s just a case of habitually updating the spreadsheet! You can then work out how much you can limit your personal spending by each month, vs how much you have to spend on rent, electricity, food, water etc.

You can go and pick up a random spreadsheet online that has already been filled out for you and all the functions have been set up for you. Or you can go and create your own. Plenty of places on the Internet have these available for you, even Microsoft and Libre/Open Office will have their templates all set up for you to download.

Or you can follow a guide if you’ve never made spreadsheets before and follow along, once you feel comfortable knowing all the different functions and how they work, then you can start working on them yourself. Adding your own data and functioning it so that it works out your spending habits.

These will also come in handy when you are working out finances when you’re outside of University as well. When money isn’t coming in regularly and you need that little extra assistance making sure that you aren’t going to spend anything that you can’t spend on needless things.

Once you’ve done this, you’re also able to plan extras that you might want to go on, say holidays and buying videogames or alcohol. This is useful for those moments where you really want to stop yourself spending but can’t without having a visual aid tell you ‘No’.
Goodbye for now!
Conor ^-^

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Set Calendar Reminders for Bills!

Hi everyone, Kathryn here and for today’s tip of the day I would like to expand on Samara’s post about being organised. Being organised is particularly important especially when you start living on your own. 

When you start living on your own you will have a lot more responsibility and I would advise you to keep a track of all your bills and make a note or calendar reminder of when they are going out and how much is going out.

If you’re like me and you’re not very organised then you’ll inevitably start worrying at one point because some money has gone out and you don’t know why.But if you have a list of things that are going out monthly on your phone and dates of when they are going out it’ll be much easier to manage your money better.

Even if you aren’t living on your own it can be useful to keep track of monthly payments. E.g Spotify, phone bills and Netflix. And this will help you be more organised in the future.

So I would advise you to create a note on your phone and set calendar reminders to remind you that money is going out. And this will help avoid any nasty shocks if you’ve forgotten to keep money back for your water bill!

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Use Public Wi-Fi!

Hi, everyone and for today’s tip of the day I have decided talk about something that has become a necessity in our lives: the Internet. Whether we like it or not the Internet plays an important role in our day to day lives; it’s a way of communicating with our friends, catching up on the news and even watching silly cat videos. But what do you do when you’ve just moved house; and you’re only living there for a year: is it really worth the hassle to phone up BT and get them to install a router and then have to pay £20 a month?

There are two solutions to this problem a) get a mobile contract and get something like 20GB of data which is enough to listen to music/ use messenger/ check Facebook or b) use public Wi-Fi. For today’s tip of the day I will talking about solution b; use public Wi-Fi.

Using public Wi-Fi is a good way to save money if you only ever use the Internet for small-ish tasks, most places now have free Wi-Fi and it’s very easy just to sit in a Café or the library and use their Internet. (Libraries in particular are a great place to use the Wi-Fi since there are normally desks you can sit at, but cafes are good too- if you don’t mind buying a coffee that is!)

Yes, you may end up still getting a mobile contract so that you can check your banking on your phone, but you can also use free Wi-Fi for tasks such as messaging friends, catching up on the news. (Just don’t use free Wi-Fi if you are buying something online; where you’re entering your debit card details or any personal information). Which will also help make sure you don’t go over your data limit.

And that’s all for now! Kathryn.