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Moving In For The First Time

This week I’d like to talk about settling into your new place.

For most of you, this will be your first real excursion in living on your own and it can be absolutely daunting. I remember this time last year, I was sat with my parents in the living room and going through my list of stuff I needed to take with me and I was surprised I didn’t bring the kitchen sink. I genuinely could have lived off of the stuff in my room and never ventured into the kitchen. I had that much powdered milk, sugar, coffee and snacks.

However. Now is your time to decorate your room how you would want it. Whilst most Universities have a rule on posters and blu-tac, however, with a few command strips from a local supermarket or Amazon, you are more than allowed to put them up.

For lights, usually if your accommodation won’t give you a bedroom lamp, you’re more than welcome to travel down to Argos where (I got personally) some nifty little bedside table lamps from their colourmatch range that are touch activated and yes, like a child in a sweetshop I played with them for hours.

Then comes other decorations. Funko pops and figurines can really liven the place up a little bit, even some flowers or growing your own pot plants in your windowsill. It’s something quite amazing when you can have a chilli in your cooking that you grew earlier in the year and it has a sense of “I’ve saved a little tiny bit of cash” by doing so this way.

So that’s another thing to look into. However, books are your best friend (or video games if you’re like me). They can fill a room with your hobbies and your pleasures then it genuinely brings that feeling on homesickness down a little bit. Even having a huge photo collage of all of your family and friends from home can help ease the pain a little.

So when you get into that dorm room, remember that it’s yours for a year. Go and make it a home.

Until next time!

Conor ^-^

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Don’t Isolate Yourself

Hello everyone Kathryn here, and first of all apologies for the lack of updates recently, I ended up using all of my mobile data and not having enough to update the blog. So this evening, I’m holed up in the library and using the computers.

So today I would like to continue from one of my previous blog posts where I empathized the importance of getting out of your flat. However today I would like to stress how important it is to talk to people and not isolate yourself.

Living on my own was one of my biggest challenges, it was something that I never thought was possible yet here I am in my own flat and managing perfectly okay. Yes, you may be sitting there thinking but school, university, work is really hard, how can you say living on your own is the hardest thing?

And yes, school and university are both challenging, however the big difference between that and living on your own is that when you’re living on your own; you are as it says on the tin; you are on your own. When you’re at school or university chances are that you’ll have lecturers, teachers and friends to ask for help. However if you are living on your own you are for the most part alone.

Yes you will still have colleagues, lecturers, family and friends to support you but for the most part you have to figure it out for yourself. And whilst it is hard to figure it all hard, one thing that it’s really easy to do is to isolate yourself.

When you’re living on your own it can be really easy to feel down, and because you are on your own it feels that sometimes there isn’t anyone to pick you up when you’re feeling down. We can end up feeling that we’re alone in the world, when in reality our friends and family are only a phone call away.

And my advice to you is to not isolate yourself, if you keep talking to people on a regular basis it will help you feel like you’re not alone. Just keep talking to people, whether their colleagues, friends, family or even just cashiers. If you don’t you will end up feeling isolated and cut off from the world.

 

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Book Viewings!

Hey everyone, Kathryn here and for today’s tip my advice to you is to view bookings for flats.

Moving to a new flat is never easy, whether you’re moving to halls, to a shared flat or a one bedroom flat it’s never easy. There’s a lot of decisions to make including the big question, do I see myself living there?

But one thing I would encourage to do is to book viewings, in my first year of university I didn’t go to the room tours of the halls I was living. And although I don’t regret this decision because I met one of my best friends, I wish I had been able to walk around the accommodation before applying.

Although I didn’t view the halls I was living in for my first year of uni, there was a video of what it looked like and so on. While this is ideal if you can’t actually view the room, the fact that you can’t just walk in means it’s harder to picture yourself living there. More to the point I wasn’t 100% sure what it would be like and I ended up feeling like I was being overcharged for the accommodation.

When second year came around I was a bit more prepared. I choose to live in the halls that I had previously visited on one of the open days, and one that I had visited a lot due to a friend living there in my first year. I was a lot happier there since being able to visit it meant I got a feel as to what it would be like to live there.

However when it came to booking for flats for my industrial year I postponed it as much as possible but I still managed to book a couple of viewings. One of which was perfect and I was able to imagine myself living there easily. Needless to say when I got back the first thing I did was pay the deposit.

So my advice to you would be to book viewings, and see if you can imagine yourself living there, remember it’s a big decision and it’s important that you are happy with the outcome.

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

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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!

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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.