Clubs and societies, Free time, Study

Reaching the End of August

Only a few months ago, returning to university seemed like an age away. And now we’re nearly at the end of August, and I am reminded that for students, this means the start of term is fast approaching. I know it’s a cliché, but where has the time gone?

Whether you are a new or continuing student, I hope you join clubs and make the most of the opportunities that uni provides, as well as putting your best into your studies – after all, that’s why you’re there!

I’d like to recommend a great Student Guide on my favourite financial website, MoneySavingExpert.com. The guide features 52 excellent tips to help students with saving money, kitting out with household and study materials, and nabbing super offers. Check it out!

But don’t stress too much – there’s still a few weeks to go before it all kicks off again! Happy holidays all.

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Accomodation, Free time, Nightlife

In retrospect: University halls

My summer plans did not work out, which left me with a lot of free time to think back about my experiences regarding student accommodation.

Having been at University for two years, I’ve experienced living in both Uni halls and rented student house. In this post I will concentrate on student halls, as this is how most of the students (including myself) start off at University.


I personally think that living at Uni halls is the ultimate student experience. In my first year I lived on the 4th floor of the Trafalgar halls and I was the only girl in a 6-person flat! I must admit, at first I felt a little uneasy about this, but the worry went away as soon as I adjusted to the fact I’ve left home and was no longer under the supervision of my parents.

What I’ve noticed while living at Trafalgar was that there is not a single minute in the 24-hour cycle where all students are asleep! You can never go into a student hall and expect to hear silence. There are always pre-drinks and parties going on, people are coming back from their drunken nights out and then decide to cook or have group showers (yes, things like that really happen…) at 3am… both of which activities set off fire alarms! And yes, that means you have to go and assemble outside, no matter weather or time of day (or night, which was usually the case).

While the above might seem like quite a negative view of halls, I assure you there are positive aspects as well! Living in halls means you can meet a lot of new people outside of your course or society. On one occasion, just as I was getting back in after a night out, I bumped into a random guy walking through the front door (who later turned out to be my next door neighbour), who invited me to a party at his flat. That night I met a bunch of really interesting people. And this was only one night out of the 10 months I spent there – it really is that easy to meet people!

Most of the halls are located at the very centre of the campus, which means you can stay in bed that extra 10 minutes! And who wouldn’t like that?! 😉

I’ve recently found a photo of my halls room I took when I moved in, so I thought I’d share it with you. It was still clean then 😉

Overall, I am very happy I got to experience living in halls. It definitely helps one transform from the kid who lived with their parents for the past 18 years, to a newly discovered party animal and student, to a young adult who is responsible enough to be able to live in peace with other members of the community.

So, future Portsmouth students, if you managed to secure a place at any of the halls – well done! I am sure you will enjoy it! (How many of you are out there? Let me know in comments!) And those of you who didn’t – don’t worry, living in a house can sometimes work out better.

 

 

Up next: Living in rented student housing.

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Free time, Relationships

Olympic fever, Reading Festival & er, my dissertation.

Well, my last post made it sound as though my summer had been a bit of a disaster and, if I’m honest, it’s not been particularly amazing. I’ve ended up dealing with the typical student issues (relationships, the stress of living at home for a few months, and dealing with a severe lack of hours at work) and it’s been pretty stressful.

It’s not all doom and gloom though! I’ve really enjoyed watching the Olympics. I can’t believe how into it I’ve got and I’ve loved watching all of the events. I’m currently watching Andy Murray absolutely destroy Federer in the Olympic tennis final and it’s amazing (although I’m a massive tennis fan anyway). The uni received 50 tickets for the games the other day and I would’ve loved to have gone but couldn’t make it to London at 7am the next day. It’s inspiring to see Team GB doing so well overall and it just goes to show, whether it’s sport you’re in to or something else, if you work at it you’ll end up achieving great things.

The other thing I’m really looking forward to is Reading Festival. It’ll be the first time I’ve seen most of my friends from uni since June and, regardless of the British weather, I know it’s going to be so much fun.

On the downside, I need to type up a new dissertation proposal this week. I really wasn’t happy with my last one and I want to completely change the subject of what I was initially going to do, so it’s going to be stressful but hopefully it’ll all work out in the end!

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