Moving into student halls or student accommodation can be tough, especially if you don’t know anyone on campus and you’re shy. The good news is that there are lots of ways to make new friends and get to know your housemates, and below we’ve rounded up some of the very best options.

Prepare a meal

One of the simplest and most exciting ideas is to prepare a meal with your new housemates. Set a budget, all throw in £5, and then head to the supermarket together to do some shopping. Once you’re back, you can decide who’s going to do what, and then sit down and enjoy your meal together. Simple and effective.

Go for a night out

The chances are that you’ll be wanting to spend a lot of your free time going to the pub or the club, so bring along your flatmates so that you can get to know each other a little better. The best part is, once you’ve had enough and want to get back to your student digs, you’ll have someone to walk back with! Win-win.

Join a society

University societies can be great fun and give you a chance to make new friends, so ask your flatmates whether they’re interested in signing up for one together. You don’t necessarily have to stick it out and attend every week, but going along to a couple of beginner’s sessions can give you some ideas as to whether or not it’s right.

Make a joint bucket list

Meeting new people that you’re going to be living with can be awkward, but as soon as you’ve got to know each other and your traits, it’ll become a whole lot more simple. Consider making a bucket list, where you all pitch in an idea or two of things you’d like to get up to before the end of the term. That could include going to a local karaoke night, making your own homemade curry, finding a girlfriend/boyfriend, or simply going for a road trip.

Decorate together

If you’re not happy with the communal spaces in your new shared accommodation, then consider asking everyone to get involved in a decorating session. Paint and pizza parties are a great idea – you order a couple of pizzas and buy a few tins of paint, and within no time at all, you’ll have painted your house and have bonded.

There you have it – five simple ways to bond with your new housemates. Give these ideas a go and see where they take you,  and you might just be surprised by the results!

Whether you’re in school, college or university, being a student can be an expensive business. On top of the school supplies you’ll need, like stationery, books and a laptop, there’s the cost of living in student accommodation, food and socialising with your friends.

Today, we’re putting together five of the simplest ways that you can save money as a student.

 

Sell unwanted stuff

The chances are that you have hundreds of pounds worth of technology, books, games and furniture lying around your house, so what better way to get rid of them all than by selling them? There are so many ways that you can sell unwanted stuff, but the most popular nowadays include Facebook Marketplace and eBay. Put your items up for sale and ask people to bid – or choose a price outright and wait for people to get in touch with you. If you live in a university city, then you’ll be able to find buyers for furniture and textbooks within days, so don’t delay!

 

Move back home

This point is targeted towards students who are studying in their hometowns or close to home rather than those who are living far away. If you’re renting an apartment or living in halls while you’re at university, then consider the benefits of moving back home with your parents. Sure, you’ll be giving up some of your freedom and independence, and it might make it more challenging to make new friends and go on nights out, but living at home can save you thousands of pounds per year – and mean that your cooking and washing will be done for you.

 

Walk to classes

We get it: after a heavy night out on town, getting up early and sitting on the bus or walking to your lecture can seem like an impossible task. Because of this, you might choose to get in the car, hire a taxi or book an Uber to get to your class – but doing so can be expensive. Instead, walk to your classes, or buy a bike and get there in style. It might take you a little bit longer, but walking is good for you, and can save you a fortune over time. What’s more, while you’re walking to classes, you can listen to podcasts and audiobooks that will enhance your learning.

 

Make your own lunches

Subway, McDonalds and Nando’s are popular lunchtime treats for students, and with a student card, it’s easy to save money when you’re out and about. But eating out can be seriously expensive, especially if you’re grabbing lunch on the go and don’t really care what you’re eating. Making food at home is a sensible idea, as it allows you to make something relatively healthy and inexpensive, and save you time during the day when you should be studying. And a quick fact; if your University has three ten-week terms and you buy a meal deal for £4 per day, you’d be spending more than £600 a year on lunches. Buy your own bread and fillings at home, and you could save HUNDREDS of pounds in food bills alone. It’s a serious saving that cannot be ignored.

 

There are hundreds of money-saving ideas for students, but today we thought we’d round up five of the most obvious and commonly-overlooked ones. Let us know how you get on – we’d love to hear from you!

Father’s day is fast approaching, however the dilemma every year is what do you get a man who has everything.

It’s the same every year, it’s gets to the day before so we all frantically rush out and buy the same thing we got him last year – socks, slippers, chocolates, beer, whiskey.

That’s all a little safe, these gifts are thoughtful but thinking outside of the box can take hours of trawling through website after website only to go back to the safe option. With most men it all about giving them the tools to make their lives easier and more enjoyable.

Being a student, there’s no time to search and money to spend especially coming towards the end of term. If you want something a little different for under £20 then look no further.

Here are five gifts that your main man will certainly enjoy this Father’s Day.

Xinantime M1 Waterproof Bluetooth Smart Watch

Amazon: £9.35

It’s not quite a Fitbit but it’s still a smartwatch and looks pretty similar to the real deal.

This bargain smartwatch comes in a range of different colours, features include; an alarm clock, Bluetooth facility, it monitors and records sleep, calorie consumption and captures your daily movements.

Smartwatches are a great way to stay fit and monitor your health, they also double up as a watch, monitor your health and link to your phone.

Divoom Bluetune Bean Portable Bluetooth Speaker-Blue

Boots: £14.99

This Divoom Bluetune-Bean is a portable wireless speaker, it connects to all Bluetooth-enabled devices and has a powerful microphone and speaker for clear sound.

It also comes with a carabineer to clip on to a belt loop or backpack for those long walks in the countryside or working in the garden.

According to research from the University of Missouri, music can have a very positive effect on our wellbeing. Music makes us feel uplifted, content and can improve health.

So, if you are wanting to get your dad in a good mood, this is the gift for you!!

14 in 1 Solar Robot

Boots: – £18.00

This cool little solar powered robot kit is every techy dad’s dream. It comes with the tools to build 14 different moving styles of robot that operate on both land and water making it a challenging, playful and stimulating gift.

Although this is more towards the higher end of the budget, if your dad is into gadgets then he’s sure to be impressed with this gift.

Smartphone Projector 2.0 – Copper

IWOOT: £16.99

Projectors are no longer the thing of the past, if you were born in the 80’s then you all know projectors were the in thing and the only way to display those memorable experiences.

This smartphone projector magnifies images on your phone, and the silicone grip holds your phone securely in place, transforming any wall into a cinema experience.

Black iBed

IWOOT: £7.99

If you really want to show your dad how much you mean to him this Father’s Day, why don’t you make him breakfast in bed with his favourite movie or show all set up for him to enjoy.

It not only means he gets a warm welcome in the morning but he can then use it to watch what he wants when he wants.

This ibed will allow your dad to use his iPad or tablet in bed, on the sofa and on the plane.

It’s filled with microbeads for added comfort, a slot to place the hold the tablet and a non-slip surface to hold drinks and plates.

What more could a dad ask for this Father’s Day?