A Couple Of Problems To Prepare For When Moving Into University Accommodation

Moving to university is a serious milestone for most students. It is the start of a new chapter in their lives and is likely to be much more independent than previous chapters. This is an extremely exciting moment, but can also be quite scary for many people, the safety net of home is being well and truly removed. In this article, I am hoping to try and highlight some problems to expect, so you can prepare for them before they happen. It doesn’t matter if this is Aberdeen university accommodation, Oxford digs or Sheffield Hallam accommodation, these are problems that affect most if not all students, one on an individual basis and the other more communal.

Finding the right balance between work and play can often go a bit askew, especially in first year. Really try and make the effort to get to all of your lectures in first term, more than anything this is just to get in a good routine. This makes it a good habit which is much harder to break, rather than setting a bad precedent to begin with that can often slip and slide into missing a lot more than you ever thought you would. Try not to panic too much if you feel you are missing a lot of classes, it’s good that you are at least aware what you’re doing. Rather than panic be proactive, find lecturers in their office hours to catch up on what you missed, find various resources online that can also help you catch up, such as lecture slides, or some universities offer recordings of lectures, so that students can catch up in their own time.

Looking at things in a more communal sense, cleaning, or the lack of it can be a real problem for many students when they first move in. It can ignite arguments that can get well and truly out of hand. Setting out a cleaning rota early on can be a great way to avoid these confrontations. This allows everyone to share responsibility equally from the word go, and it makes it very obvious when someone has not done their fair share and can help people not point fingers at the wrong person. Maybe don’t mention the concept of a cleaning rota the second you get through the door, but try and bring it up within the first couple of weeks, if you think it is needed. Or when the mess becomes unbearable it might be a good time to say that you think a cleaning rota is necessary, you need to work out within your own situation what the best approach is.

Top Tips For Picking The Perfect Restaurant

Most of us love a trip out for a slap-up meal in a fancy restaurant. Hands up if it takes you longer to decide where to go than it takes to wolf down a three-course meal? Yep, thought so. With over 86,000 restaurant businesses in the UK, it’s no wonder we all get a headache trying to choose the perfect place. Here are five things to consider when choosing your next meal out.

Go for Green

It is more important than ever that businesses go green and promote sustainable processes. When picking your next restaurant, consider how eco-friendly it is. Check to see if they use biodegradable take-out cups and paper straws rather than plastic. Also find out if they are using effective recycling systems like First Mile services to dispose of their food, glass and cardboard. That way, you can be sure your tasty treats aren’t harming the environment.

Hygiene is King

Who wants to pay good money to eat somewhere that is dirty or unhygienic? No thanks. The Food Standards Agency rate restaurants, cafés and bars hygiene standards from 0 to 5 which is often displayed on a green sticker at the premises. This makes it super easy before you go in to check if you want to spend your hard-earned cash there. 5 means that the standards are very good (go for it) and 0 means that urgent improvement is required (avoid these like the plague).

Customer Reviews                                                          

One of the best ways to check if a restaurant is going to live up to expectation is to see if other people have enjoyed their experience. Generally, if the majority of customers have rated a restaurant highly and have said the food, service, ambience and value for money is good, then it should be a pretty safe bet. TripAdvisor is a great place to start as it ranks restaurants according to their review scores and gives you the opportunity to read other customers comments before you go.

Value for Money

It’s important when choosing a restaurant to ensure you are getting good value for money. No one wants to spend £50 for some dry spaghetti or a handful of fries. You can usually check out the restaurant’s website beforehand to see if they are using quality, fresh ingredients, locally sourced meats or delicacies. This should indicate whether the product is worth the price tag. Meals out can be pricey, so make sure you are spending wisely!

The Benefits and Privilege of Being Able to Drive

In today’s fast paced and modern world, we have come to expect many privileges as part of our daily lives. From our smartphones and tablets, to our holidays and cars, these things are synonymous with daily life and often viewed as a right.

While you may have fun taking your car down a country lane or feel disgruntled when you are sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic during the morning rush hour, there are still many people the world over who cannot afford or do not have access to a car.

For example, it was only this year that women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to drive, with the first licenses handed out in June. Furthermore, although many cars can now be adapted, with the likes of Allied Mobility modifying a variety of vehicles, for some, getting behind the wheel remains impossible.

The cost of driving is also a major barrier to some. Fuel prices are higher than they were 20 years ago and household earnings have fallen vs inflation. Many people settle for public transport – for some; learning to drive, owning a car, paying for insurance and paying for fuel are luxury purchases.

That being said, while driving is definitely a privilege, it can also offer a lot of perks. So, without further ado, here are six benefits of being able to drive.

Freedom and Independence

While public transport is great at getting you from A to B, it can be limiting. A car, on the other hand, provides flexibility and freedom, allowing you to jump in and set off. No more waiting at bus stops, no more delayed trains, no more annoying passengers. Keep your car in good condition and you can travel wherever you like.

More Career Opportunities

There are numerous jobs that involve driving, or perhaps the chance to travel, from haulage and delivery roles, to regional managers and consultants who frequently visit different locations. As such, having a driving license can open up a whole host of new career development opportunities.

This is a problem for some who aspire to earn more in order to afford luxuries associated with owning a car but cannot due to their inherent lack of car. This is a cycle from which many Americans struggle to break.

Daily Tasks are Easier

Without a car, if you need to do a large food shop, go to appointments and visit family, this would involve lots of time spent waiting around and hopping between different forms of public transport, all while trying to juggle lots of bags. However, a car allows you to move from place to place with ease, making light work of hectic shopping or organising days.

Fun Leisure Time

In addition to the above, driving can also be a lot of fun and enhance your leisure time. From driving to the airport to start your holiday, to taking a road trip with friends and family, a car can improve your quality of life and allow you to do more interesting things.