5 things to not forget for uni!

My Freshers bedroom

I promise you that I am not only writing this so I stop cleaning up for a while. I thought I would write a post about the things that are easily to forget when moving into Uni halls.

I had thought of loads of the stuff that I wanted or needed to take with me last year. However on my moving day I forgot some of them. Some of the things are also stuff I had never thought of.

Clothes hangers
In my halls I didn’t have any cupboards so I had to hang all of my clothes up. However even though I had a million clothes hangers at home I left them all at home leaving me to buy more at uni. It’s more expensive and such a waste of money.

Toilet paper
When you move into your halls you will probably need to go to the toilet. Especially if you have traveled a long way. If you bring it with you then you don’t have to rush straight to the shops.

Baskets
As I said before we didn’t have any draws at my University however we did have shelving type storage. Instead of just letting it become a mess I found that baskets allowed me to organize my clothes into sections without them getting all mixed up.

Food
This is actually one that I think you shouldn’t bring with you. The space in your car is precious, you want to fit as much as possible. So don’t waste it on things you can get when your there. I found it was much easier to get unpacked and then go shopping. It meant that I knew the nearest supermarket. I could think about what I wanted, and pick up any stuff you forgot!

Fancy Dress
During freshers week and the following few weeks there will be a number of fancy dress events. I remember almost every night of freshers week I was in Fancy Dress. I took my school tie but didn’t take a white shirt. I ended up spending money throughout the week getting more stuff. So bring as much fancy dress as you can think of!

Hope you enjoy Freshers!

Lauren X

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What to expect when you live in halls

What to expect when moving into halls

Missing food.
In every halls of residents there is a food monster, who sneaks into the kitchen when nobody is about and takes your food. At least this is the only explantation I have come up with to explain how food goes missing and people’s stuff gets used without anyone in the flat knowing where it goes.

Some Halls provide a padlock on the cupboards to only allow you to get your stuff. This is great and should stop the monster!

Sex is all around you.
University is known for being based around sex, drinking and possibly drugs. So it probably isn’t a surprise that you will hear some excitement from the room above/next door/below. However when you are trying to get to sleep or having friends round it can be a little cringe.

Party rock is in the house tonight!
Living in a house with a number of other people all studying different courses you will no doubt have a clash of timing every now and then. So while you are trying to study or write an essay you room mate may want to have a party or loud sex (try not to write SEX SEX SEX EWWW in your essay!)

Things that go bump in the night.
I don’t know what it is about the designers of student halls but they have managed to make a building where 99.9% of all the rooms will be able to hear everything that goes on by the main entrance. This basically means that every night you will be able to hear the door banging shut and people shouting as they come back from whatever club had a big night that night.

A knock at the door
Once you have become friends with your flatmates they will come knocking on your door at anytime they know you are in!

10 tips for uni rooms

I found this on the Telegraph website and thought it was great to get you thinking about what you will need for uni!

Not long to go!

A-level results are just around the corner, which means that parents across the country will soon have to face the dreaded moment when their little darlings head off to university.

For new students, it is a chance to flee the coop. You don’t want to arrive with a big picture of your mother and father. But it is still important to make your room homely. You’ll spend most of your days dropping in on others, and being dropped in on yourself. Your room becomes an extension of you. Having the right decorations is key.

Here are 10 ways students can make the new life easier, and ease the strain on their parents.

1 Pack a trunk

A new room won’t feel like home until you’ve filled it with your personal flourishes. Freshers should take a tip from boarding school veterans, and pack a large trunk with all the nick-nacks and antiques that make their rooms feel special.

Books, artworks, and curios dotted around will make it clear that you are an interesting individual. A trunk can also be used as an impromptu chair or table, for when all the new chums descend for drinking games.

2 Avoid obvious clichés

Leave behind anything to do with Che Guevara, or those French Art Nouveau Absinthe/Black Cat posters. Everyone has them. Ditto Abercrombie and Fitch ads or the Keep Calm and Carry On poster which your mum has in the kitchen back home.

3 Don’t wear your heart on your walls

You probably don’t want to alienate that charming person you met at Fresher’s Week with a Socialist Workers Unite poster on the wall, or a Young Conservatives summer party invitation. So keep it to a couple of vaguely interesting pictures and a cork pinboard. And don’t forget a hammer and some picture hooks.

4 Gap-year conversation starters

Pack that lovely Mexican throw, the baseball glove from your summer in America and the cushions from Bulgaria. They will make your room look different, and encourage conversation on something you know about. Avoid marshalling new friends through the 5,000 photos of you bungee jumping in South Africa. Even if it was Just Incredible.

5 Food

Eating together is part of the fun. Arriving with just one plate, one fork, one knife, one spoon and one mug sends out the wrong message.

A few big jazzy dishes and serving spoons for the communal spaghetti bolognese are essential. A big teapot or an eight-cup cafetière is a good idea too.

It is also crucial to have a few recipes, to avoid existing entirely on Cheerios and alcopops. Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course has probably saved millions of young lives. In particular, her barbecue chicken is simple and delicious. There is a great list of student cookbooks at www.cybersplat.co.uk.

6 Bed moments

You will spend a lot of your time in bed, so it might as well be comfortable. Invest in some proper blankets or Egyptian cotton sheets from John Lewis. You could also check out linen in the Heal’s sale as it is usually available at a massive discount. While we’re on soft furnishings, a pair of decent curtains will brighten up your room and make it personal. Habitat or John Lewis have a ready-made selection.

7 Practicalities

Boring, but not nearly as boring as being caught without them. Essentials include a corkscrew, extension plug, rubber bands, laundry baskets, a desk lamp and tea towels.

8 Games

With university fees darkening the horizon, you (and your parents’ banks) may not feel like spending a lot of money on going out. Pack some good old fashioned board games. Pinch the family Scrabble or Monopoly, and also take some packs of playing cards. They will be crucial if you are going to live up to your ambition of funding your way through university by playing poker.

9 Music

A portable instrument such as a ukulele or guitar is a brilliant accessory. Particularly if you know how to play it, and have a selection of seductive Paul Simon numbers up your sleeve. But leave the Fender electric guitar, just for the moment, until you get a better handle on the character and tastes of your neighbours.

10 Finally, things to avoid

Old school files will make you look sad. Giant pictures of a distant lover may put off a new or current lover. An exercise bike, or other fitness equipment are sure to only sit and gather dust.

The TV Rules

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When your at university although you only go to lessons a couple of hours a day, much less than school or sixth form. Although you have loads of work to do outside of your lectures you also need to be able to relax.

One good way to just slob out and relax (that doesn’t give you a headache the next day) is to watch television. I found that putting the TV on was great while I was doing other things. Cooking and cleaning is just a little more interesting when 2 broke girls is on! So I thought I would share with you all the information you need to know about watching tv at uni.

DISCLAIMER: All the information written on the posts is true to my knowledge and at the time of posting. This is based on the laws within the United Kingdom so if you are studying abroad or live in a different country then the rules may differ.

Television licensing

Through my course I have learnt so much about the television licensing but I will try to keep this simple and to the point.

At home your parents most likely pay a license fee to allow you to watch television, however at university, especially living in halls most people decide not to pay.

In the most basic terms once you have paid you for your TV license you are allowed to watch any tv as much as you want. Obviously other charges can apply such as paying for cable. The TV license goes to paying for BBC channels as these do not take money from advertisers.

So if you have a television with the capability to watch tv you need to pay for a license. Having the capability means that it is plugged into an arial and is tuned to channels. If you have a TV that is only used to watch DVD’s then you do not have to pay for the license as you are not watching tv although you will have to prove this.

How can you watch tv without a license

I am sure I could find a million illegal ways for you to watch tv but I am not suggesting any of them as, of course, you could get into trouble! However there are ways for you to watch television at university without paying extra money for a license.

You can watch TV for free if you don’t watch it live. Watching websites such as IPlayer, 4OD and more are available for you to watch while you are at university.

Some very weird rules!

From what I have researched I have found out that you can watch channels such as SKYGo on your laptop without a tv license if it isn’t plugged into the wall. So if you watch it of your computer battery you are fine!

A warning!

If you are staying in halls then you are likely to hear from the tv licensing people a lot (Just letters) Because people at university don’t pay for a license and in todays society with so many people having tv’s the expect you to have one. So you have to go online, or phone them, to tell them that you don’t have a tv.

I told them we didn’t have a TV and we kept getting the letters. I think each person needs to tell them if you have locks on your doors.

You will get a number of letters telling you you need to tell them if you have a tv and buy a license. As time goes by the warnings get stronger and they start to take ‘legal action’ and you are under investigation. However if you don’t have a tv or can’t watch live tv on it then you don’t have to worry.

Although it could be easier to just go online and tell them you don’t have a tv!

Good luck and I hope you still get to watch your fave shows.

A quick note:

I know I have said this a number of times but I am really sorry about the delays I have had over the past week. I have been going through a lot of problems and I didn’t have the energy to look after this blog. I am back though and sending my love back to my blog!

Lauren x